Hot News from CES 2015 today, Sony is bringing back its old "Walkman" brand to the 2015 Android World. The new Walkman device is powered by Android OS and will be priced at $1,200.. which reduces the targeted market size.
Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 is as high-quality as a pocketable player gets it supports FLAC/ALAC (up to 96kHz/24-bit) and Bluetooth with SBC/LDAC hi-fidelity codec. Dual-band Wi-Fi is also available for DLNA playback. The player packs a massive 128GB or not so massive considering a single FLAC album is in the hundreds of megabytes, a full gigabyte even. There's a microSD card slot if you run out, but at an ultrabook price we were hoping for a bit more room out of the box.
The Sony Walkman officially runs Android on a 4" screen. The screen is not up to up to par with the audio capabilities. Not that the screen is a crucial part of a music player, but something better than 480 x 854px would have been appreciated.
Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is also not our top pick. With the whole "will they, won't they" upgrade situation on phones, I don't even want to think what it's like to wait for a music player to be updated.
with a $1,200 Headphones are essential, otherwise the difference between FLAC and MP3 is imaginary. Just saying that you have to add several hundred dollars more if you want this Walkman player. At least it gets decent battery life 60 hours. If you listen to 128Kbps MP3s. If you want to use the player as intended and listen to FLAC, you get about half the battery life, 33 hours.