Sony NW-A800 joins the video race

In the great Personal Media players Royal Rumble, Sony has sat back and watched while video heavyweights Archos and Creative slog it out and Apple bui

In the great Personal Media players Royal Rumble, Sony has sat back and watched while video heavyweights Archos and Creative slog it out and Apple builds up its movie muscle. But now, after years of contemplation, the Video Walkman has finally stepped out of the shadows and into the ring. All hail the NW-A800.At only 1cm thick, it floats like a butterfly as the slimmest PVP on the market, although its 2GB, 4GB or 8GB capacity means its sting is perhaps slightly less than bee-like.The 2-inch colour LCD screen can handle horizontal or vertical playback of MPEG-4 clips, while Sony’s SonicStage software will manage MP3, WMA, AAC and, of course, the ever-popular ATRAC.Black and white models are available for traditionalists, blue and pink are on offer for those who like their players to be gender-specific, while the navigation system looks, well, iPod-like in its simplicity.Sony also claims that you’ll get a whopping 30 hours of music playback and up to eight hours of video. If that’s true, then they’ve landed a bit of a smackdown on their rivals. Watch this space for a hands-on review.

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Sony NW-A805, NW-A806, NW-A808 Price: £119.99, £149.99, £199.99 On sale: April Contact: Sony Related stories: Rumours of an Archos 704 grow