DStv Mobile has launched a new 7-inch Walka portable TV at an event in Johannesburg today (26 September 2012).
Dubbed the Walka 7, the device carries a recommended retail price of R899 and is expected to be available at retail stores between 8 October 2012 and 14 October 2012.
According to DStv Mobile, the device boasts a 6 hour battery life that takes 3–4 hours to charge fully. The Walka 7 has a 800×480 resolution screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
The device also features a way to change the aspect ratio depending on the content being watched.
It’s worth noting that DStv Mobile broadcasts using the DVB-H standard at a 320×240 resolution, meaning the full display capabilities of the device won’t be exploited.
The broadcaster explained that it won’t be looking at increasing the quality of broadcasts for the moment as it would mean decreasing the number of channels being broadcast. This is due to the physical limitations of the spectrum they have available for mobile TV broadcasting.
The Walka 7 also features better speakers with a power rating of 2×1.5W than the original Walka, DStv Mobile said.
The new DVB-H TV does not replace the original Walka, DStv Mobile said, but is aimed at a more indoor, and less mobile use.
DStv Mobile has three channel bouquets to choose from:
- e.mobile [Free] – eNews, SuperSport Blitz, CNNi, Channel O
- DStv Mobile [R49 per month] – SuperSport 1,2,3,4, AfricaMagic, M-Net Series Mobile, Sony Max, Disney XD, Discovery, plus all channels in the e.mobile package.
- DStv Mobile for Premium subscribers [Free to Premium subscribers] – all channels in the DStv Mobile package plus M-Net Mobile.