Yesterday we argued that the old-school PMP might be dead, but Sony sure doesn't think so. It's just updated its S-series with two 2-inch LCD Walkmans that include the new 720x480 TV-out and noise-canceling features built into the upcoming A-Series.
Apart from being colored differently, the NW-S640 (top left) and the NW-S740 (top right) are pretty much identical, though the S640 lacks noise canceling.
The players have an FM radio, usual codec support, and an eye-opening stated battery life of 42 hours for music, and 10 hours for video. They also come with premium MDR-EX300SL earphones, and a matching speaker bundle will be available when they arrive in Japan in October.
The S740 series will be: 8GB (Y16,000; $177), 16GB (Y19,000; $210), and 32GB (Y25,000; $276). The slightly cheaper S640 series is: 8GB (Y14,000; $154), and 16GB (Y17,000; $188). We'll fill you in when we know more about an almost-certain U.S. release. [Sony Insider]