... and Android 4.2
Standalone portable music players increasingly be seen as a thing of the past, but Sony's not willing to let go just yet. Today at CES 2015 the Japanese manufacturer unveiled the latest in its long line of Walkman products, the Walkman NW-ZX2. Focused on playback of high-definition music, the device aims to buck the trend towards smartphone and cloud-based music playback with a range of features for audiophiles.
Sony's S-Master HX technology claims to accurately reproduce the original sound. DSEE HX aims to upscale lossy audio formats, making them sound better than through a standard a MP3 player. There's also Bluetooth with LDAC for high-quality wireless playback. The built-in battery provides 60 hours of playback per charge. And it comes with a healthy 128GB of internal storage plus microSD support, providing plenty of space for a vast library of songs.
But there are a couple of major sticking points. The first is the price — at a whopping $1119.99, the Walkman NW-ZX2 costs more than even the most expensive high-end Android smartphones. And the next is the version of Android loaded on there, the more than two-year-old Android 4.2 Jelly Bean release. The device comes loaded with the Google Play Store, so it's fully Google-approved, but there's little justification for using such an ancient Android release in 2015. Perhaps if all you're doing is playing music you won't care.
In any case, expect the ZX2 to debut in Spring 2015 with that eye-watering price tag attached.