Remember Sony's big leap into portable music back in the 70's and 80's? With the growth of digital music, many have forgotten how Sony pioneered the first devices that allowed users to listen their favorite music on-the-go. First it was the boom box in 1978, then the Sony Walkman in 1979. Ya sure Sony has released a few mp3 players here and there, but nothing to really compete with Apple's dominance in portable music with the iPod.
Sony Walkman Z is powered by Nvidia's dual-core Tegra 2 processor clocked at 1 GHz. It comes standard with 1GB of RAM which is plenty to run the hardcore games and apps on the Android Marketplace. This media player has a 4.3-inch LED-backlit TFT LCD display with 800 x 480 resolution. The Walkman Z has a HDMI port and also has DLNA support for wireless media streaming. If your primary use is music, this player is equipped with Digital Clear audio technologies such as S-Master digital amplifier and a digital noise canceling function that gives crisp clear sounds. To ensure you hear the best sounds, Sony includes one of their premium headphones with the Walkman Z (Noise Canceling EX headphones MDR-NC20).
The design of the Walkman Z is very upscale. The back of the device is a metallic finish with duo speakers and small reset button. The back cover has a contour shape which makes holding the device very comfortable in landscape mode. The front has a glossy black finish that unifies with the 4.3-inch screen.
The Walkman Z is Sony's way of saying "We're Back" in the portable music market. It's aggressively priced and will make a big splash in 2012. We hope to see this device Playstation Certified in the future. Maybe even include a camera.
8GB Sony Walkman Z Price: $249.99
16GB Sony Walkman Z Price: $279.99
32GB Sony Walkman Z Price: $329.99
Sony Walkman Z Release Date: Available Now