Sony Corp announced three new series of its Walkman portable music including the “NW-Z1000” series powered by Nvidia Tegra 2, equipped with an 4.3-inch TFT LCD panel and running Android 2.3 (gingerbread).
NW-Z1000 user interface is slightly customized and its sound quality is improved thanks to a digital amplifier chip called “S-Master MX.” The changes made to the UI include shortcut icons for Sony’s music applications and video players at the bottom of the screen.
The NW-Z1000 has wireless LAN capability, GPS and sensors such as acceleration sensor and is pre-installed with GMS (Google Mobile Service) which includes Google Maps, YouTube and Android Market.
Here are the specifications of the NW-Z1000 series Walkmans:
- Android 2.3 with access to the Google market
- YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps and various Sony apps pre-installed (Sony Music Player, Photo Player, etc.)
- 4.3-inch LCD with 480×800 resolution
- NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core mobile CPU (1GHz)
- 512MB main memory
- 16, 32 or 64 GB Flash depending on model (See below).
- IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- DLNA support
- FM radio
- internal mono speaker
- microSD card, USB, HDMI slots
- battery life for music: 20 hours (video: 5 hours)
- size: 70.9×134.4×11.1mm, weight: 156g
There will be three models in the NW-Z1000 series: the NW-Z1050 (~364 USB) comes with 16GB flash, the NW-Z1060 (~429 USD) with 32GB and the NW-Z1070 (~563 USD) with 64GB. Sony plans to officially release the NW-Z1000 series on the 10th of December 2011 in Japan.
For more information, you can watch this video shot by Diginfonews during Sony announcement in Tokyo.
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