Pictures of the next logical step appear on the web.
It may be about a ground breakingly insightful as saying processors will get faster, hard drives will get bigger and England will get knocked out of the World Cup yet again on penalties but 8GB flash memory players are coming and sooner than you’d think.
Both Sony and SanDisk will bring us capacity upgrades to their Walkman and Sansa e200 series players respectively over the next few months. Of the two Sony looks set to be first out the traps with its NW-A1200 already listed for pre-order on its website here.
After taking a trip to Stupidsville Sony claims the storage increase will enable up to 5,300 four minute tracks to be held on the device which, of course, is completely true if you all enjoy 48Kbps encoded music in ATRAC3plus?! For the more acoustically sane among us about 2,400 seems a more realistic number at 128Kbps. Other than this all specs remain the same with 20 hours of purported battery life, a 1.5in organic screen, MP3, ATRAC, ATRAC3plus, WMA (non DRM) and AAC (non DRM) support. Grab it online from 20 July.
Less official (but no less likely – wink, wink/nudge, nudge) is the e280, the impending 8GB flagship to SanDisk’s stunning new Sansa e200 range. If you don’t know all the reasons why the e200 series are currently the best flash based players on the market right now go read my review last month but suffice to say extra storage would make it even more lust worthy.
Unlike the Walkman, we don’t have an official release date for the e280 and no formal announcement has been made (though this ‘leaked’ product shot has turned up). Unless Apple does something with the nano prior to its release the e280 is going to be ”the” small format flash player to have.
Jobsy, get your finger out…