I had the pleasure of checking out three new players being added to the Sansa lineup. We knew about the two players from a leak on SanDisk’s site, but they did manage to keep one of their stars under wraps.
The Sansa Connect will be a flash-based player with WiFi and will retail for around $250. Initially, the player will sport 4GB of memory with the ability to add 2GB via microSD. The Connect is fairly slim and about the size of a business card. The 2.2” screen is similar to the e200, but looked a bit clearer. The scroll wheel is improved over the e200 and is very smooth and fluid.
Check out the video after the jump.
At the time of release there will be four main WiFi features. The primary use is wireless connection to music subscription services. But unlike the MusicGremlin, you will have a choice of providers. You will also be able to connect to Internet radio though Zing for free. WiFi is also planned to connect to Flickr to display your photos. Finally, you will be able to share… sorry, no files… just music file metadata. But this data will at least be tied in to a social network where you create buddy lists and join social groups that share your musical tastes.
SanDisk’s entrant into the video market, the Sansa View, will come equipped with a 4” screen, 8GB of memory, and a $300 price tag. Some people were worried that it would only play .mov files like the e200, but on the contrary the View will play back most of the popular formats, including WMV, MPEG4, AVI, and DiVX. The memory is also expandable, this time through a full-sized SD slot. Currently there are 4GB SD cards available, but 8GB will soon hit the shelves.
The last in the lineup is the Sansa Express. This player is really targeting the lower end of the DAP market. It will only come in 1GB and will retail for $60. It sports a 4-line OLED, FM radio, 15-hour battery life, voice recording, and a microSD slot.
Discuss these new devices in the SanDisk Sansa Forums