The Walkman has not only disappeared, but their brand, which has held up so well for so long, remains attractive to a very niche audience. That’s why Sony released brand new devices like the TPS-L2 and the NW-A105, a special edition Walkman at the time.
The combo gets even fresher with the NW-ZX700 arriving with Android 12. Its casing is made of aluminum, it has a five-inch screen and, according to The Walkman Blog, the processor in charge will be the Qualcomm QCS4290. It’s not power to dazzle, but it certainly will be more than enough for a music player.
close to being a smartphone
With acceptable power, connectivity and up to Android 12, what stops it from being a current smartphone? Essentially two things: it doesn’t have a SIM input and it doesn’t have rear or front cameras either. Anyone wanting to make calls via WhatsApp and not take pictures can use it as their primary device, even if that is not the main purpose of the Walkman.
To meet the specifications, the NW-ZX700 Will have enough battery for up to 25 hours of playback In the case of tracks in the FLAC format at 44.1kHz, although at the moment we do not know how many mAh we are talking about. For audio processing, the Walkman features DSEE Ultimate and DSD.
The weakest specification for what is supposed to be an audio player seems to be the barely 64GB of storage out of which only 47GB is available to the user.
ZX700 will be officially launched February 23 in Japan At a price of 104,500, something like 15,300 pesos at the exchange rate. For now it is unclear whether the new Walkman will be available in other markets.