Sony preps handheld Bravia digital TV

Sony is packing its Bravia technology into a new handheld TV it plans to put on sale in Japan in April.

Sony is packing its Bravia technology into a new handheld TV it plans to put on sale in Japan in April.

The XDV-D500 has a 3-inch screen and is compatible with Japan's "OneSeg" mobile digital TV service that provides conventional over-the-air channels at no cost. The set includes Sony's "mobile Bravia engine" digital image processor that seeks to improve the picture's color, contrast and brightness for an overall better image.

Like many other OneSeg devices the new TV features the ability to record programs. Users can program recording from the TV's electronic program guide, and there's enough memory for up to 10 hours of video. There's a cradle for charging, and it also has a socket enabling the TV to be hooked up to an external antenna.

The device also includes an AM and FM radio. Battery life is eight hours when watching TV, 27 hours when listening to the FM radio and 34 hours for the AM radio.

It will hit the market on April 10 and cost US$355.

Sony is hoping the device will get a sales kick from the substantial brand it has built up around the Bravia name. Sony has previously used the name on Sony Ericsson cell phones with a TV function as have other TV makers, such as Sharp with its Aquos brand and Panasonic with Viera.

Sony will also sell a second portable TV set on the same day but it doesn't include the Bravia technology. The XDV-G200 has a 2-inch screen and will cost US$281.

The OneSeg TV service is based on the ISDB-T standard that is only used in Japan so the sets won't work overseas.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?