Android-powered Sony Walkman unveiled in Japan
Sony and Google’s Android have formed a music and media tag-team – unveiling the Walkman Z range in Tokyo, Japan, which will be up for sale in December.
The Walkman Z features 4.3” WVGA touchscreen display, 1GHz Tegra CPU with a choice of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB onboard RAM and in colours red and black or black and blue – with limited edition white coming in early 2012.
This announcement updates the platform tenfold from ‘Walkman’ branded cassette players we walked to school with ‘back in the day’ and introduces the Android 2.3 mobile operating software so not only will this contender to the Apple iOS-based iPod Touch play your music and movies, it’ll also have access to apps on the Android Market, including games.
Of course being an Android gadget, the Sony Walkman Z will come with slick and fast interfaces, allowing easy and swift browsing of favourite tracks and artists with a simple touch or slide on the screen. It’ll also come with other Android features, including location relevant apps and GPS, as well as HDMI output, WiFi, Bluetooth and Sony’s ‘Throw’ for connectivity.
Walkman Z hits Japan in December costing around ¥28,000 (that’s approx £230) for the lowest 16GB RAM model.