Sony Walkman Z1000 media player to hit the market this spring with Android 2.3 and Tegra 2 processor
January 10, 2012 | by Adrian Diaconescu
Even though it carries the legacy of the old and oh, so loved walkman and it clearly targets the competition of multimedia players such as the iPod Touch or the Galaxy Player 4.0, the Sony Z1000 is a high-end gadget, running Android with all its benefits and apps and being powered by a snappy processor.
With Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board and full access to the Android Market, the Walkman Z1000 is pretty much a smartphone without the actual phone call function and will feature an Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset, a 4.3-inch multi-touch LCD screen, as well as wireless connectivity.
Set to hit the US market in just a couple of months (‘’beginning spring’’, to quote Sony’s official statement), the Walkman Z1000 will be available in three different models, depending on the internal storage space.
The 8 GB next-generation Walkman will go for 249.99 dollars, the 16 GB version will be available for $279.99, while the top-end, 32 GB Sony Walkman Z1000, is set to cost 329.99 bucks.
All three models will of course have all the works in terms of audio features and functions, including the S-Master MX sound tech, an xLoud compact integrated speaker, an FM radio, and a W.Control key for instant music playback.
Also, the Sony Walkman Z1000 will be DLNA-enabled, meaning that you can connect the media player to an HDTV, PC or set of speakers and easily transfer files from one device to the other.
All in all, the Walkman Z1000 looks pretty nice on paper and might be a gadget to follow in the upcoming months, especially if Sony will release the multimedia player for slightly tweaked price tags than the ones announced a couple of hours ago.