I was digging around in my garage the other day and found my old cassette Sony Walkman player and with a couple new AA batteries it was good to go with the Steve Miller Band. Today, Sony ushered in a couple new series of Walkman devices, the S and E series. The S Series Walkman Video MP3 player has integrated stereo speakers so you can enjoy your content without the use of headphones. I personally find having external speakers on my smartphones to be valuable when trying to enjoy content in my car, in a hotel room, and while working out in my garage. The E Series is similar, but without the integrated stereo speakers.
S Series: The S Series is less than a half inch thick and has a 2.4 inch QVGA LCD display with up to 42 hours of music and 6.5 hours of video playback time. This is reduced when using the integrated speakers (rather than a wired headset) to 17 hours and 5 hours, respectively. A voice record and FM recorder are included in the device so you can actually capture your favorite FM radio station for later listening.
E Series: The E Series display measures 2 inches with support for 30 frames per second video playback. The battery life is up to 30 hours for music and 4 hours for video.
The S Series will come in red, black, violet, and pink with capacities of 8GB and 16GB for $110 and $130. The S Series is scheduled for a September release. The E Sereies will come in red and black with 8GB and 16GB capacities for $80 and $100.
September looks like a busy month for digital content players with these new Sony Walkman devices, the Zune HD, and possible iPod updates.