Sony to launch the first Android-based Walkman
Finally, the first touchscreen Walkman is here. Electronics giant Sony has finally come up with the details of the Walkman called the Z series Walkman, which would run on Android platform. This Android Walkman will be released in Japan on December 10 this year in three models 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.
Sony has come a long way from the classic cassette playing Walkman that used to come almost a decade ago. The latest Android Walkman is going to be way ahead from its previous avatars in terms of features and technology. According to the official Sony Japan website, this walkman will feature a 1 GHz Dual-Core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 512MB RAM, and Android 2.3 OS. The size of the LCD screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels is going to be 4.3 inches.
Considering that the Z Series Walkman is not a smartphone, its hardware is all high-end. It will include a mini-HDMI, DLNA, WM-Port/Mini-USB, and will be capable of Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 wireless connectivity. Not only this, but the device also has built-in GPS and a gyroscope to facilitate positioning related apps and various games available for Android OS. Having all these high-end features and advance hardware, the device is capable of giving a music playback of twenty hours and video playback of five hours.
The Z Series Walkman has great features such as digital noise canceling and a built-in S-Master MX digital amplifier. The music formats that are supported include MP3, WMA, ATRAC, ATRAC Advanced Lossless, Linear PCM, AAC, and HE-AAC. The device can play full 1080p/30fps through AVC/H.264 (10Mbps), MPEG-4 (.mp4, .m4v at 18Mbps) or WMV (20Mbps) videos. With all these features, it is needless to say that you can listen to your favorite FM stations also with this device.
With many such useful features, the Sony Z Series Android Walkman may leave Apple iPod behind. Well we will get to know that when it finally comes.