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Sony announces first Android-based Walkman

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September 15, 2011

Running Android 2.3, the new Walkman comes with 4.3-inch WVGA (480x800) touchscreen and po...

Running Android 2.3, the new Walkman comes with 4.3-inch WVGA (480x800) touchscreen and powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core CPU platform

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Sony has taken the wraps off its first Android-based Walkman media player - the Z-1000. Running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Sony's would-be iPod touch rival comes well spec'd with its 4.3-inch WVGA (480x800) touchscreen, NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core CPU platform and 512MB of RAM.

The NW-Z1000 is equipped with "S-Master MX" sound processing, digital noise-cancellation and a dedicated "W" button for the music player app. Installing additional apps via Android Market is also possible.

File support includes MPEG-4, AVC, WMV (Full HD 1080p video playback at 30fps available), as well as MP3, ATRAC, ATRAC Advanced lossless, AAC, HE-AAC and WMA music files formats.

Connectivity comes courtesy of WiFi 802.11b/g/n, GPS, DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 (with EDR, AVRCP, A2DP, OPP profiles supported) and HDMI output. The unit also features digital compass, G-sensor, built-in mono speaker, FM radio and its lithium ion battery promises up to 20 hours of music and 5 hours of video playback.

The NW-Z1000's dimensions are 134.4 × 70.9 × 11.1mm (5.29 x 2.79 x 0.4in) and it weighs 156 g (5.5 oz).

Sony has taken the wraps off its first Android-based Walkman media player, the Z-series

Sony Walkman NW-Z1000 will be offered in three versions - 16, 32 and 64GB - priced at JPY28,000 (US$365), JPY33,000 (US$430) and JPY43,000 (US$561) respectively. It's set to be released on December 10 in Japan but availability in other countries hasn't been confirmed at this point.

Source: Electronista

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8 Comments

Screen should be same resolution, or better, than i-Pad Touch. I still like to see a user replaceable battery and a micro-sdhc or sdxhc card.

Joseph J Shimandle
15th September, 2011 @ 01:27 pm PDT

I would love one of those, but it's a high price for a mp4-player!

You could like, get an htc wildfire s for just a bit more! So, to expensive for me!

Rasmus Abrahamsson
16th September, 2011 @ 04:44 am PDT

Way overpriced.

Racqia Dvorak
16th September, 2011 @ 10:38 am PDT

WRONG!!

This ain't the first Android MP4 player - Archos has already been doing Android based MP4 players way before Sony. They were much cheaper too!

Josh Robertson
16th September, 2011 @ 11:52 am PDT

hmph...they forgot the camera(s) and tilt/orientation sensors.

Bryan Paschke
16th September, 2011 @ 12:52 pm PDT

Bryan: The tilt and orientation sensors are the digital compass and "G-sensor" (accelerometor), which this has. For the price, though, I agree - this should have a camera and WiFi and be about $200 less expensive, or have something really cool like HiFi stereo speakers, or an amazing (say, ahem, a SuperAMOLED or glasses free 3D) screen.

Charles Bosse
16th September, 2011 @ 03:51 pm PDT

No FLAC support on an open source based media player? FOR SHAME!

Facebook User
17th September, 2011 @ 12:52 am PDT

Not really competition for ipod until it's comparable price. I paid around 230 for my 64GB (I think...all I know is it's the highest GB they offer) it wasn't the touch, but I would not pay and extra 130 just for touch. Maybe they could come out with a cheaper non touch version?

Anna Hendricks
18th September, 2011 @ 12:57 am PDT
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