Showcased during CES, we got to get a first look at the Sony Walkman Z Series. It’s an old known name, but it’s a brand new product in the line of digital media players. Complete name is the, Sony Walkman Mobile Entertainment Player. It’s made to show all types of media from music, games, apps, video and photos.
Being released in March 2012, the Walkman, is especially made for an awesome music experience in mind. Coined “designed by music lovers for music lovers”, it has S-Master MX digital amplifier (plus 8 other additional technologies) for a premium sounds experience as well as 5 Band Equalizer with 6 presets: Heavy/Pop/Jazz/Unique/Custom 1/Custom 2. You can get new music directly via Wi-Fi connection or integrated Bluetooth with Sony’s Music Unlimited service and Android Market place. Sony Umlimited packages for music run from 3.99 to 9.99 when also released in March to all Sony connected devices. Battery allows for approximately, 20 hours of playback.
For video playback, Walkman plays MP4 and WMV files on the 4.3″ WQVGA (800 x 480 Pixels) screen. The battery allows for approximately 5 hours of video playback. For showing video from the Walkman to the a TV or monitor, connect through HDMI cable. For photos, showcase JPEG files easily on the anti-reflective screen. With the processor power, it also makes a good handheld gaming device.
The Walkman runs Google Android 2.3 with a tablet quality NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. Screen is a TFT color display with white LED-backlight, WQVGA (400 x 240 Pixels) with screen size, 4.3″ WQVGA (800 x 480 Pixels). Added uses: clock with alarm, radio with digital FM Tuner and voice recorder (built-in mic, MP3 CODEC). Dimensions are approximately, 2 7/8 x 5 3/8 x 7/16 inches and weighs 5.6 oz.
The Sony Walkman, comes in three model, 8gb, 16gb, and 32gb with mini SD card expandable. Running from $249.99-$349.99 and coming out in March 2012.
Since looking at it at CES, it’s definitely going on my “want” gadget list for 2012. I think it’s definitely going to contend with Apple’s iPod line if marketed well. Especially with the Sony Unlimited service added right to device. No more need to have to wait to get a computer to download music anymore.