Previewing Sony’s Walkman Z-Series

Alison Young
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September 21, 2011
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I’m sitting here in Tokyo waiting for the Tokyo Game Show 2011 (TGS 2011) to kick off. And, no, that’s not some wacky Japanese TV game show, it’s a video game exhibition for the next generation of titles. You’ll be hearing about this next week and in future columns.

Anyway, while I’m here, coincidentally Sony announced its Walkman Z-Series of personal media players (PMP), which is the next step up from the Walkman W8 Android device. The W8 was a disappointment, but hopefully the Z-Series will erase that from our memories and be a big hit for Sony.

The Z-Series runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 512MB of RAM. It has the usual WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and Gyroscope capabilities, along with an HDMI port.

Other features include the “SMaster MX” digital amplifier, digital noise cancelling, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE enhances the sound of compressed music files), Clear Stereo, Clear base, 5-band equalizer, 5-speed VPT Acoustic Engine, Dynamic Normalizer and xLOUD. It also sports a large 4.3-inch WVGA 480x800 screen with approximately 20 hours of battery life while you’re doing music playback.

A key Walkman feature is the W. Button. Here you can do intuitive music playback anytime with the touch of a single button. You can view album art, choose random playlists or listen to your music in categories (i.e., Upbeat, Relax, Mellow, Dance Floor, etc.). While the music is playing, the Visualizer lets you view various images (i.e., shapes, etc.), depending on the beat of the song.

Photo courtesy ADP

The Z-Series will come in black or red, and 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage capacities. Additionally, a variety of accessories will be available separately. The release date is slated for Dec. 10 in Japan, but it hasn’t been announced when it will be available in the U.S. Prices range from $360 to $560.


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