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Sony updates Walkman E series...in New Zealand

Photos and specs have been leaked regarding an update to Sony's E Series of portable MP3 players.

Photo of NWZ-E438 Sony Walkman MP3 player
Sony's new Walkman E series looks like a NWZ-A820 Walkman shrunk in the dryer. SonyInsider

Who do you have to know in New Zealand these days to get your hands on some new gadgets? The Kiwis were the first to get the iPhone 3G, now they're apparently getting an update to the budget-minded Sony Walkman E series MP3 player.

SonyInsider was the first to break news of leaked specs and images of Sony's paradoxically adorable and masculine NWZ-E435 (2GB), NWZ-E436 (4GB), and NWZ-E438 (8GB), which were temporarily posted on Sony's New Zealand Web site. Maybe calling the Sony E series "masculine" is a bit of a stretch on my part, considering the player comes in red, pink, and turquoise, as well as the guy-safe black (pictured). At least the E series doesn't look like lipstick anymore.

Specs on the new E series reveal a 2-inch color screen, music playback (MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV), FM tuner, video playback (conversion required), and an impressive battery life of 29 hours of music or 7 hours of video. No one knows for sure if we'll be seeing the updated E series Walkman in the States or how much it'll cost, but a New Zealand-only release doesn't seem likely.