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SanDisk Sansa e280 8GB

Mark Peters
Photokina report
Tuesday 22nd, August 2006
Posted by: Mark Peters

SanDisk unveiled the world's largest capacity flash-based MP3 player, the 8-gigabyte (GB) Sansa e280 that boasts award-winning audio, photo viewing and video clip playback capabilities. Priced at $249.99 (MSRP), the e280 is the latest evolution of SanDisk's flagship e200 series. The 8GB device sports a microSD expansion slot allowing expansion to 10GB of music or 2,500 songs - with an optional SanDisk 2GB microSD card, making it the largest capacity flash-based MP3 player on the market.

SanDisk Sansa e280

8GB SanDisk Sansa e280
In conjunction with the rollout of the e280 and in preparation for the holiday season, SanDisk has lowered its prices on the entire Sansa e200 line of products, including the existing 2, 4 and 6GB models. Current pricing on the SanDisk Sansa e200 product line includes a 2GB flash-based player for under $140 MSRP.

SanDisk Sansa 8GB MP3 Player
The dimensions of the SanDisk Sansa e200 are 1.7 in. wide x 3.5 in. long x 0.5 in. high (4.4 cm wide x 8.9 cm long x 1.3 cm high). Screen size is 1.8-inch (4.572 cm) TFT color screen (QCIF+). "SanDisk is once again making it incredibly affordable for consumers to purchase the most feature-rich, high-capacity players on the market at the best possible price," said Eric Bone, director of audio/video product marketing at SanDisk. "The most costly ingredient in a flash-based MP3 player is the flash memory. Since we make the flash memory, we essentially remove the middleman and pass that savings directly to the consumer."

SanDisk Sansa - Price and Specifications
SanDisk Sansa e250 - 2GB - 500 Songs - 32 hours - $139.99 retail price
SanDisk Sansa e260 - 4GB - 1000 Songs - 64 hours - $179.99 retail price
SanDisk Sansa e270 - 6GB - 1500 Songs - 96 hours - $219.99 retail price
SanDisk Sansa e280 - 8GB - 2000 Songs - 128 hours - $249.99 retail price

SanDisk Sansa support
For instant access to millions of digital songs, the SanDisk Sansa e200 series players support Microsoft PlaysForSure so consumers can download and pay for songs individually or download an unlimited amount of music for a flat monthly subscription fee from music stores such as Rhapsody To Go and others. The player is designed to work seamlessly with a wide range of popular music formats such as MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) in both unprotected and protected files (such as those WMA files purchased from music stores).

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