New Sony Walkman music gamers function beautiful beauty, Android 12

Sony has a pair of latest Android Walkmans out, the NW-A300 and NW-ZX700. Sure, that is proper, Walkmans, Sony’s legendary music participant model from the 1980s. Apple might have given up on the thought of a smartphone-adjacent music participant when it killed the iPod Contact line lately, however Sony nonetheless makes Android-powered Walkmans and has for some time. The primary was in 2012 with the Android 2.three Gingerbread-powered NWZ-Z1000, which seemed 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 at this time there are a complete sequence of Android-powered Walkman music gamers 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 probably 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. That is an upgraded model of that machine with a less-ancient model of Android, a brand new SoC, and a scalloped again design. In Sony’s house of Japan, the 32GB model is 46,000 yen (about $360), whereas in Europe, it is 399 euro (about $430).

The NW-A300 is a tiny little machine 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 may not be the patron electronics juggernaut it was, nevertheless it nonetheless has an unbelievable product design division. I’ve no use for a standalone music participant, however each of those Walkmans are so fairly that I simply wish to maintain one.

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