updated 07:19 am EDT, Wed July 18, 2012
Sony reveals slew of new Walkman MP3 players
Sony has revealed a slew of new Walkman devices led by the arrival of its second Android-powered Walkman, the F800 Series. The new device joins the Walkman NW-Z1000 unveiled earlier this year which centers on a large 4.3-inch display, but only runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). The new 3.5-inch F800 ships out of the box with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but shares the NW-Z1000's proprietary S-Master MX Digital Amplifier for superior audio reproduction.
The new F800 is joined by a number of other new Walkman devices. Among them is the new Walkman S770BT Series, which as its name suggests, is a Bluetooth equipped MP3 player that also comes bundled with a pair of Bluetooth earphones. It, along with the new E570/470 Series Walkman devices, are Sony's slimmest ever Walkman players, measuring just 7mm thin.
The Walkman E570 Series includes in-built digital noise cancellation technology and is bundled with noise canceling headphones helping to ensure that external noise is well and truly minimized. The Walkman E470 Series comps in a range of colors and is highlighted by a new Karaoke mode that also supplies synchronized lyrics on its 2-inch display as well as supplied games to keep things fun.
The new Sony Walkman lineup is available in Europe from 18 July with no details on North American availability at this time. The F800 is expected to retail around $300 with pricing on the other models expected soon.