updated 08:20 am EDT, Mon September 10, 2007
SanDisk Sansa View Remake
SanDisk today announced its final shipping version of the Sansa View, the flash memory maker's first video-oriented media player. Following several months after the company scrapped the old model, the new version is aimed at the same audience as the third-generation iPod nano. Though it boasts one of the largest screens for a pocketable player at 2.4 inches, the device is just 8.8mm (0.35 inches) thick -- as thin as a pencil, SanDisk says. Unlike the Apple player which has received similar comparisons, however, the View adds an FM tuner with 20 presets and a voice recorder.
The slightly larger dimensions of the View allow it to play up to seven hours of video in H.264, MPEG-4, or WMV form, while music is supported in "most audio formats" for up to 35 hours. SanDisk also plays its nature as a memory supplier to its advantage: every View includes a microSDHC slot that lets the device store at least 8GB more than its built-in memory -- an extra 12 full-length movies at the player's native 320x240 resolution, the company claims.
Two players are expected to ship by the early fall. A basic Sansa View with 8GB of internal flash memory will ship for $150 and should be accompanied by a 16GB version for just $200, which can be expanded up to 24GB thanks to the expansion slot. Using the player officially requires a Windows system with Windows Media Player to sync music and videos.