UK retailer play.com has jumped the gun with some press images of the new luxury Sony player, and they look fantastic. The new A series player features a
3.4-inch 2.8-inch OLED touch screen, and a similar, but much more evolved design from previous A series players. Strangely enough, the player features wireless file sharing and wireless music streaming but doesn’t come equipped with Wi-Fi. It’s likely Sony will use its Bluetooth tech for these services.
Pricing for the A series will start at $225 for the 8GB version, $267 for 16Gb, $352 for 32Gb and the big 64Gb model will run you $494. The pricing seems pretty absurd at this point considering 64GB competitors are about $100 cheaper than this Sony model. Hopefully that changes with the official release in the coming days, but we shall see.
Sony is really bringing some beautiful designs back to its product lineup. Its new Vaio computers are stunning, its S1 and S2 tablets look to bring some real design to the world of copy cat slates, and its new DAP lineup is simply gorgeous. Of course beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, but I’d say there aren’t too many disappointed Sony fans out there after seeing these images. The pricing is surely a little disappointing though.