New Sony Walkman music players feature stunning good seems to be, Android 12

Sony has a pair of recent Android Walkmans out, the NW-A300 and NW-ZX700. Yes, that is proper, Walkmans, Sony’s legendary music participant model from the Eighties. Apple might have given up on the concept of ​​a smartphone-adjacent music participant when it killed the iPod Touch line lately, however Sony nonetheless makes Android-powered Walkmans and has for some time. The first was in 2012 with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread-powered NWZ-Z1000, which regarded like Sony simply stripped the modem out of an Xperia telephone and shoved it onto the market as a music participant. Since then, Sony has made designs with extra purpose-built {hardware}, and in the present day there are a complete collection of Android-powered Walkman music players on the market. Sadly these new ones appear to solely be on the market in Japan, the UK, and Europe, for now.

We’ll begin with essentially the most consumer-friendly of the 2, the NW-A300. This fundamental design debuted in 2019 with the NW-A105, however that shipped with Android 9. This is an upgraded model of that gadget with a less-ancient model of Android, a brand new SoC, and a scalloped again design. In Sony’s dwelling of Japan, the 32GB model is 46,000 yen (about $360), whereas in Europe, it is 399 euros (about $430).

The NW-A300 is a tiny little gadget that measures 56.6×98.5×12 mm, so fairly near a deck of enjoying playing cards. And actually, simply look at these photos. Sony is probably not the buyer electronics juggernaut it was once, nevertheless it nonetheless has an unimaginable product design division. I’ve no use for a standalone music participant, however each of those Walkmans are so fairly that I simply need to maintain one.


The entrance is dominated by a 3.6-inch, 60 Hz, 1280×720 touchscreen LCD. There’s 32GB of storage, and the gadget helps Wi-Fi 802.11AC and Bluetooth 5. That’s about all Sony desires to speak about for official specs. It touts “longer battery life” however will not say how huge the battery is, promising solely “36 hours* of 44.1 OkayHz FLAC playback, as much as 32 hours* of 96 OkayHz FLAC High-Resolution Audio playback.” Presumably, that is all with the display screen off.

For extra specs, we will go to The Walkman Blog, an exquisite web site that may be very severe about these little music players. In October, the location discovered documentation for the A300 itemizing a 1500 mAh battery. The system-on-a-chip within the older NW-A100 mannequin was the NXP i.MX8M-Mini, a wildly sluggish 28 nm SoC that has simply 4 Arm Cortex-A53 CPUs and 4GB of RAM. You can say, “This is only a music participant,” however that is probably not true because it nonetheless runs full Android with an app retailer and every little thing. Geekbench scores present this has a brand new quad-core Qualcomm chip of some type with 4GB of RAM, however we won’t ensure of the mannequin quantity. A more recent chip with smaller transistors would in all probability account for lots of that “higher battery life” promise.

This is a music participant, so after all, there’s a headphone jack on the underside of the unit. You’ll additionally discover a spot for a lanyard, a speedy USB-C 3.2 Gen1 port for fast music transfers, and a MicroSD slot for storing all of your music. Buttons alongside the facet of the gadget additionally provide you with each music management you would need, like a maintain swap, earlier, play/pause, subsequent, quantity controls, and energy.

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