Sony announces its series of Video Walkman players

Sony has finally announced its series of Video Walkman players, with three models, the NW-A805, A806 and A808 featuring flash memory capacities of 2GB, 4GB and 8GB respectively, according to this PC World report. 

These players are smaller and lighter than the Video iPod series, although with a drawback of much smaller capacities and a smaller 2" screen. These feature native ATRAC and MP3 playback and MPEG4 H.264/AVC video playback.  Like Sony’s walkman series, these players feature quite an impressive battery life of 7 hours of MPEG4 video at 768kbps and 30 hours of ATRAC audio at 132kbps.  Each player weighs just 53g (~1.9oz).  For Wave and WMA playback and increased battery time from MP3 music, it includes an ATRAC converter for these formats. 

These players will go on sale in Europe in April and in other markets later on.  Interestingly, even though it is not until now that Sony has announced its first portable digital video players, back in 1998, they sold the GV-8 Video Walkman which played content from Video-8 tapes as used by camcorders.