Sony has announced a new portable DVD player in Japan that will go on sale on the 1 June this year.

The new player, the D-VE7000S, breaks away from the company?s focus on the UMD format found in the PSP will playback DVD and CD discs, including recordables and rewriteables and the newly announced DVD+RW dual-layer format.

The tablet styled unit will come with a 7 inch screen, 180 degree viewing angle and weighs 775g and measures 19.3 x 13.6 x 3.3cm - roughly the same size as a DVD case.

Built in 450W speakers will offer playback in Dolby Digital or DTS.

Sony is promising a battery life of around 3 hours with blacklight and a whopping seven hours without.

The company has also announced a slightly larger player called the DVP-FX810 that sports an 8 inch screen and weights slightly heavier at 1025g.

No price has been set as yet, although early predictions from local news sites in Japan are suggesting around 35,000 yen (£168).

Additionally Sony has yet to announce whether or not the player will be coming to the UK and if so when or how much.

We will keep you posted.