Sony Unveils the First Android-based Walkman

The first Android-based Walkman media player, the Z-1000 has been rolled out by Sony. The Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is running on it and is supposed to compete with iPod Touch with its 4.3-inch WVGA (400×800) touchscreen, 512MB of RAM and NVIDIA Tegra 2.1GHz dual-core CPU platform.

Furthermore, the NW-Z1000 features an “S-Master MX” sound processing system, digital noise-cancellation and a devoted “W” button for the music player application. It also allows installing or adding additional apps through Android Market.

The Z-1000 will show a good support for many music file formats such as MPEG-4, AVC, WMV (offers Full HD 1080p video playback at 30fps), MP3, AAC, HE-AAC, WMA, ATRAC and ATRAC Advanced lossless.

It also has a good number of connectivity options including; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, GPS, DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1 (supporting EDR, AVRCP, A2DP, and OPP profiles) and HDMI output. Some of the other features this device hold are digital compass, FM radio, G-sensor, a lithium ion battery (offering 20 hours of music and 5 hours of video playback time), and a built-in mono-speaker.

If we talk about its dimensions, it has 134.4 × 70.9 × 11.1 mm (5.29 x 2.79 x 0.4 inch) with a weight of 156 g (5.5 oz).

Three different versions of Sony Walkman NW-Z1000 will be available – 16GB, 32 GB and 64 GB with a price tag of ¥28,000 ($365USD), ¥33,000 ($430 USD) and ¥43,000 ($561USD) respectively. This remarkable device is supposed to make its official debut in Japan on December 10, 2011. However, it is yet not known when this Walkman is offered in other countries.

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