Sony unveils Walkman Z series powered by Android

first_imgNot everyone who wants to play music and videos or run apps and games on a touchscreen device is in the market for a for an iPhone or Xperia Arc. That’s why Apple still makes the iPod touch — and why Sony has just introduced the Walkman Z series powered by Android.Like many smartphones, the Walkman NWZ-1000 series PMPs offer a 4.3″ display that pushes 480×800 pixels, a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 512MB RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, FM tuner, and a micro-HDMI port for video output. Full 1080P HD video is supported and plays back smoothly at bitrates as high as 10Mbps. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Player range, Sony has decided to omit a camera on the NWZ-1000 — but this is a mediaplayer, so it’s easy enough for Sony to claim it doesn’t need to capture media as well.Three models are available: the NW-Z1050 with 16GB, the NW-Z1060 with 32GB, and the NW-Z1070 with 64GB. Pricing starts at about $360 and tops out around $560 (when converting at current rates from Yen to USD).Unlike some Android PMPs, Sony’s Walkman Z features access to the official Android Market for downloading additional apps and games. It’s also running Gingerbread, and Sony estimates about 20 hours of music playback or 5 hours for video.The new Sony Walkman Z series will launch in Japan on December 10th — no pricing or availability outside of Sony’s home has been announced as of yet. Still, it’s nice to see the Android Walkman finally get a launch date anywhere. It’s been a long time coming.More at Sony Japan, via This Is My Nextlast_img read more