updated 04:50 pm EST, Mon January 7, 2008
Clip 4GB and View 32GB
SanDisk today upgraded its Sansa jukeboxes, escalating the fight between flash-based music players. The Sansa Clip (shown at right) now doubles in storage to 4GB but also receives a stylized mirror finish; the effect not only brings the player upscale but creates a stealthy effect for the built-in LCD screen. The View in turn becomes SanDisk's most capacious-ever music player: at 32GB, it eclipses the iPod nano and touch and pulls even with the just-announced 32GB Creative ZEN in storage. More can be added through a microSDHC card slot.
Both keep their software features from before, which involve Audible, MP3, WMA, and WAV audio support, an FM radio, and a voice microphone. The View's 2.4-inch screen supplies video in H.264, MPEG-4, and WMV formats. Shipments of the two players start in February, with the 4GB Clip priced at $80 and the 32GB View set at $350.
Accordingly, SanDisk today has also unveiled new memory cards, including its first 12GB microSDHC card. The storage can boost any device with a supporting slot and pushes the View's storage as high as 44GB. The flash memory maker is also catering to users of increasingly common HD camcorders with the new Video HD memory card line; the series gives owners of cameras with SDHC and Memory Stick PRO Duo slots a storage option that transfers at the necessary speeds for HD. All ship in March; SDHC cards will be priced at $80 and $140, while same-size Memory Sticks will sell for $80 and $150. The microSDHC card has not been given release information.