updated 11:30 am EDT, Wed August 30, 2006
Zen Vision W Official
Creative had inadvertently revealed the existence of its updates to the Zen Vision line in advance through print magazines, but today the Singapore-based electronics firm made those updates official by announcing both the anticipated Zen Vision:W and a 60GB version of the Zen Vision:M. Similar in appearance to the original Zen Vision (pictured), the Vision:W is a video-focused media player with a 4.3-inch widescreen display. It can play MPEG-1/2/4 and XviD videos for up to 4.5 hours on its removable battery. It also features a CompactFlash card slot that lets owners of some cameras transfer photos to the player without first uploading to a computer. The Vision:W will ship to Singapore in 30GB ($412 US) and 60GB ($475 US) models during September, with an American release to follow. Creative expects the 60GB Vision:M, functionally identical to the existing 30GB model, to ship at the end of September for the equivalent price of $380 US.