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If you can’t afford a super-sized Sony Bravia HD telly for your living room, then how about a pocket-sized model? The Japanese manufacturer has unveiled two portable TVs featuring dinky versions of its Bravia displays.

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Sony's XDV-D500: a 3in display and internal storage

The 3in, 432 x 240 resolution XDV-D500 LCD pocket TV is compatible with 1seg broadcasts, Japan’s terrestrially broacast mobile digital audio, video and data broadcasting service. Its screen has a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and a 500:1 contrast ratio, which doesn’t sound like much compared to existing Bravia TV’s, but remember that the XDV-D500's screen is only 3in across.

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The G200-XDV has a 2in display

An Electronic Program Guide helps users choose which shows to record out of the ten hours of TV the gadget’s 2GB internal memory can hold. It also receives both FM and AM radio broadcasts.

Sony’s also created the G200-XDV that sports a smaller, 2in LCD display and is designed to be held vertically. It too receives 1seg, FM and AM broadcasts, with the added benefit of noise-reduction technology.

Unfortunately, all this talk of 1seg reception does mean that both miniature TVs are, so far, only set to be released in Japan this April. The XCV-D500 will cost around ¥38,000 (£180/€245/$355) and the XDV-G200 around ¥30,000 (£145/€190/$280).

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