Sony has officially unveiled the Walkman Z-series, a new line of personal media players running Android, powered by NVIDIA Tegra 2 chips. The 4.3-inch device was on show at IFA 2011 last week, albeit without the official name or branding. The Walkman Z sports a WVGA (800x480) display, 512MB of RAM and between 16 and 64GB of internal storage depending on your chosen model.
Software-wise, you've got a skinned version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with additional software perks including DLNA connectivity and FM radio. Being a Tegra device, you'll also get 1080p playback, either through the included micro-HDMI port or over the air using DLNA.
The Walkman Z-series is due to hit Japanese retailers from December 10, with prices starting at ¥28,000 (~$360) for the 16GB model. Currently Sony is offering no additional information on wider international availability or pricing.
Source: Sony (Japanese)
Alex was with Android Central for over a decade, producing written and video content for the site, and served as global Executive Editor from 2016 to 2022.
Fortunately there aren't any other tegra-powered PMPs that start with the letter "Z".
Finally, FINALLY someone besides Apple is offering dedicated music players with more than 16GB built in! Let’s hope that Sony release these in Australia, because I can tell you now, there will be a few of these getting around my household if they do…
You mean other than the Zune?
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