Surprisingly exactly on schedule, Sony’s NW-A800 series of video-enabled Network Walkman players have hit the virtual shelves in Europe. The 2GB NW-A805, 4GB NW-A806, and 8GB NW-A808 can be preordered now in the UK for an outrageous $235, $294, and $392 (respectively) in black, white, pink, and violet. Certain models can also be ordered with accessories like a speaker cradle ($647 with A808), leather case and neckstrap ($420 with A808), and Bluetooth dongle and headphones ($490 with A806).
The players measure 3.46″ x 1.72″ x 0.36″, have 2″ QVGA displays, and support the usual onslaught of audio codecs. Battery life is exceptional at up to 30 hours for ATRAC playback and 8 hours for MPEG4 videos, but is it $400-for-8GB exceptional?
No word on when the NW-A800 series will be available in the U.S. (or how much it’ll cost when it gets here), but UK orders are expected to begin shipping in April.