Sony's S710, A720 and A820 WalkMan Players hitting the US in March

sony us Sony's S710, A720 and A820 WalkMan Players hitting the US in March

Sony recently started offering pre-orders for the NWZ-A820 in Europe. This player is now confirmed to hit the US in March along with two new models, the S710 and A720 Walkman players.

The NWZ-A720 is essentially the same player as the NWZ-A820, but lacks bluetooth support. It’s also available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB, while the A820 only comes in 8Gb and 16GB. The A720 is priced at $150 (4GB), $200 (8GB) and $300 (16GB) and comes in black or pink, while the A820 will cost you $270 (8GB) and $320 (16GB) and only comes in black.

The NWZ-S710 is good news for those who commented on the lack of noise cancelling in the NWZ-A820. While this feature was removed from the US and European versions of the A820, it is in place in the smaller S710 series, and Sony claims it will help reduce outside noise by up to 75%. It will however not have the same design as the A720 and A820, and will only have a 1.8″ screen compared to the 2.4″ screen on the A720 and A820. It will be available in a $150 4GB version with 3 different colors, and a $200 8GB version which comes only in black. No 16GB version is announced.

[ Press Release ]


SwayDizzle on February 26, 2008 2:38 PM

great but now i have to complain about the small screen xD haha, i guess u cant have everything

Ian on February 26, 2008 3:10 PM

that is a really confusing and screwed up pricing schemeotherwise the players look good

EnzoTen (Grahm) on February 26, 2008 5:32 PM

They could really use some Non-alphanumeric names for their products.

Chowdder on February 26, 2008 10:04 PM

Will the bluetooth be like Samsung T9 or Samsung P2?

Cptnodegard on February 27, 2008 2:50 AM

According to gizmodmo’s hands on, the bluetooth skips a lot and have a rather short range. Well have to wait and see when it’s released though, but I’m guessing it won’t be a mtch for the P2

Lex on February 28, 2008 11:24 AM

I don’t think these players were ever targetted at the P2. The P2 is for those who want something flashy, touch-based, and feature filled- essentially a cheaper iPod Touch competitor- but not necessarily music-oriented quality wise. There’s a thread in the forums exactly about this and you can see that most P2 owners talking about how sleek their players look or how many applications it has. :\

eazy3 on June 27, 2008 11:10 AM

reply to chowdderno… the bluetooth on this player is nothing like the p2 or the t10. i got hold of one of this sony by a sony rep at work. the bluetooth can only be used to stream data (eg bluetooth headset, stereo, etc.) you cannot use it 2 send and recieve files to and from other bluetooth devices!!!i own a p2 and must say its bluetooth features are extremely superior to this walkman player. now having said all this i must also say that this player is sorely aimed at the apple ipod nano. when taking that into consideration this walkman player is a winner. for a couple more bucks….u get bluetooth, a stereo bluetooth headset, premium inear headphones, bigger and better screen,etc.this player simply cannot be compared to a samsung p2 because they are aimed at different players themselves.

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