SanDisk debuts 6GB flash-based Apple ‘iPod nano killer’

SanDisk Corporation introduced today its SanDisk Sansa e200 MP3 player with a large color screen and 6GB of storage capacity for listening to music or viewing photos and personal videos. The company also introduced the Sansa c100, a value-conscious MP3 player with a color screen and compact size. Both families were unveiled at a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show where SanDisk is demonstrating products in Booth #30329, South Hall Level 3, Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Sansa e200 series features a slim new design and a 1.8-inch (4.572 cm) TFT color screen (QCIF+) along with high-quality audio, photo viewing and video playback capabilities. It offers an industry-leading, 6GB capacity ($299) that holds more than 1,400 MP3 songs (4 mins. per song, 128kbps MP3, 64kbps WMA). It is also available in 2GB ($199) and 4GB ($249) models.

SanDisk took pains to note that the players’ back cover is made with a Titanium alloy from Liquidmetal Technologies that is “stronger than steel and highly resistant to scratches and wear.” It includes a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery which can be replaced by the customer to ensure the player provides many years of continuous service. Dimensions of the Sansa e200 are 1.7 in. wide x 3.5 in. long x 0.5 in. high (4.4 cm wide x 8.9 cm long x 1.3 cm high).

For instant access to millions of digital songs, the Sansa e200 series players will support Microsoft PlaysForSure so consumers can download and pay for songs individually or download an unlimited amount of music for a flat monthly subscription fee from music stores such as Rhapsody To Go and others.

The Sansa e200 series features include:
• Icon-based menu for easy navigation
• Slideshow function to conveniently view photos and play music simultaneously
• FM tuner with on-the-fly recording to save your favorite songs or programs
• microSD expansion slot for additional memory capacity and support for SanDisk TrustedFlash and gruvi content cards that can be shared with mobile phones
• Universal accessory connector for the easy addition of future accessories.
Note: Sandisk has about 29 percent of the worldwide flash player market, while Apple has about 49 percent, according to NPD Group.

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  1. An easy to replace battery and a scratch resistant back for the iPod sure would be nice. The idea that you’re supposed to send your iPod away just to get a new battery is ridiculous.

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