Sony’s S610 is their low man on the totem pole in the new line of video flash players sporting 2, 4, and 8GB capacities. This is last year’s model but Sony has decided to keep it around to accompany the newer 2.4” screened Bluetooth players. But don’t let the “last year’s model” deter you from purchasing. The S610 is by no means out of date- features, sound quality, and video playback are comparable to most players currently on the market.
If you read the A810 review, you may experience a bit of déjà vu since these two players share similar features and navigation. The S610 may be a good alternative if you are looking for an FM radio and a slightly more compact form factor.
Sony has announced the introduction of two video walkmans to the US in September, both of which will not support their proprietary ATRAC format or require the use of SonicStage.
The first of these, the NWZ-A810 series, is identical to the NW-A800 available in Europe, but completely new from Sony is the NWZ-S610. It features a 1.8-inch screen (0.2-inches smaller than the A810) with the same 320 x 240 pixel resolution, and FM Radio which is absent in the A810. The two players share the same support for MP3, WMA (DRM), and unprotected AAC audio formats, as well as the H.264/AVC and MPEG-4 video codecs.
Each model will be available in 2GB, 4GB and 8GB versions, and cost $120, $160, and $210 for the S610 and $140, $180, and $230 for the A810 respectively.
[Press Release via Engadget]