CES 2015 | Sony's new Android-based Walkman to be priced at $1,200
At CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Sony unveiled the NW-ZX2, its latest high-end Walkman. The device is based on Android as the operating system, and comes with 128GB of integrated storage space, as well as the option to expand the internal storage through the embedded microSD card slot. The NW-ZX2 supports a variety of audio formats, including MP3, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, and many others.
The specifications of the latest Sony Walkman include a 4-inch display of currently unknown resolution, WiFi, Bluetooth, and an NFC chip. The battery is said to last for 60 hours of continuous music playing, which is not surprising given that the NW-ZX2 features a thick build by modern handset standards.
Although the Sony NW-ZX2 is compatible with a lot of audio formats out of the box, users can also install any app from the Google Play Store, thus expanding the device's capabilities as a multimedia player. At the heart, the device is based on Android 4.2 JellyBean, but Sony has tweaked the user interface quite a lot to make it better suited for a music player.
At the moment Sony did not announce an exact release date for the NW-ZX2. In the United States, the latest Sony Walkman will cost a whopping $1200. For that amount of money, Sony did not feel like it was necessary to include a pair of headphones in the retail box.