Sony unveils a trio of video Walkmans

Sony has a three-strong range of new video portables, plus an entry-level audio-only model.

The flagship player is the Walkman NWZ-A860 with S-Master MX digital amplifier, 2.8in LCD touchscreen, and wireless Bluetooth connectivity.

It's joined by the NWZ-S760 and NWZ-E460 (pictured top) models, which have a smaller 2in display.

The NWZ-A860 (below) comes in 64, 32, 19 and 8GB sizes, while the 'S760 is available in 16 or 8GB versions and the 'E460 with 8 or 4GB capacity.

Battery life on the 'A860 series is a claimed 23 hours for audio/five hours for video, while the latter two ranges deliver 50 hours (audio) and 10 hours (video).

Bluetooth is also fitted to the NWZ-S760 (below), but not the 'E460.

All models support MP3, WMA, AAC and linear PCM audio, as well as MPEG4, H.264/AVC and WMV9 video.

MediaGo software is included for drag-and-drop transfer of music, videos and photos from Windows Explorer or iTunes. But there's no web connectivity or apps.

Also new this year is the water-resistant Walkman NWZ-W260 MP3 player with Zappin song search and three-minute charge for 60 minute playback.

All the new Walkmans are due on sale in UK stores by the end of August. Prices to be confirmed.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.