Sony Announces Walkman Bean
Sony has announced a new flash-based MP3 player called the Walkman Bean. The 1.6-ounce player comes in two memory capacities, 512MB and 1GB, and four colors: Licorice Black, Cotton Candy Pink, Coconut White, and Tropical Ice Blue. It includes an FM tuner, but no recording capabilities, and has a one-line display.
We're intrigued by the Bean's claimed battery life—Sony says users will get 50 hours of playback from the rechargeable non-user-replaceable battery, and three hours of playback from a quick three-minute charge. We also like the USB connector, which is hidden in the player and pops out when the door is opened. Though the odd shape of the Bean will make it difficult for users to plug it directly into some computers, Sony thoughtfully includes a USB extension cable.
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