Sony Walkmans enter the world of video

LocationFree is but a cruel mirage for those without Wi-Fi laptops and PSPs, so Sony has crafted some portable video solutions for the technophobe: th

LocationFree is but a cruel mirage for those without Wi-Fi laptops and PSPs, so Sony has crafted some portable video solutions for the technophobe: these two DVD players.

The newbies both follow classic portable DVD player designs – the DVP-FX810 on the left is a ‘clamshell’ with a screen that can twist 180 degrees, while the D-VE7000S on the right is a lightweight ‘tablet’ job.

For a viewing experience, the clamshell model has the edge. It has a larger 8in screen, which is billed as being ‘superior to most other panels in its class’, although we’re still trying to pin Sony down on its resolution.

Inside, a 12-bit, 108MHz DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter) processes the pictures, and should help give a smoother picture than cheaper models with less bandwidth.

Aside from the usual anti-shock tech and support for all DVDs and JPEG/DivX loaded CDs, its best feature is the battery life – the external unit will keep it going for an impressive six hours.

Not so blessed in the juice department is the 7in tablet model on the right, which will only go for three hours, but it offers much better portability and sound output.

The D-VE7000S’s recharging cradle doubles as a speaker unit which can deliver 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, and it supports all the same DVD formats as its brother. It also has a remote control, and comes bundled with sound-isolating Walkman earphones.

Unfortunately, Sony wasn’t able to give us release dates and pricing for the models, but expects pricing and info to be released later this week. We’ll update this story as soon as we get it.

Update 5.50pm: Sony has told us that both players will be available from late June – the 'clamshell' DVP-FX810 will cost £250, while the 'tablet' D-VE7000S will cost £200.