Sony Introduces Walkman Z Portable Media Player





CES is still alive and kicking on a blockbuster first day and Sony aims to close out the day with a bang. We already knew that the Walkman Z was possibly on its way, but we didn’t know how soon we’d see the device. Sony finally unveiled its sleek and sexy new portable media player and announced it is on its way to American soil. Sony plans to unleash 3 variations too: the 32G model at $329.99, the 16G model at $279.99 and the 8G at $249.99. Here’s some specifics of the Walkman Z series since you all care:

  • All 3 devices will feature the W button in order to quickly open the media player
  • Features a 4.3-inch WVGA display
  • Fully supports DLNA technology
  • Operated by Gingerbread 2.3

Attractive features for a PMP device, aren’t they? Hit the break for the full presser from Sony.


LAS VEGAS (CES Booth #14200), January 9, 2012 – Sony today revealed the new Walkman® Mobile Entertainment Player. The new Z1000 Series, designed for music lovers, by music lovers, combines stylish hardware design with outstanding audio for the ultimate mobile entertainment experience. Featuring a gorgeous quick response and anti-reflective 4.3-inch multi-touch LCD touch screen, the Walkman® Z Player display is perfect for enjoying music, video and games on a large screen.

Superior Audio Experience

With legendary premium sound, the Walkman® Z Player features the integrated S-Master MX digital amplifier to greatly reduce noise levels and distortion along with additional audio technologies to create an enriched music experience.

By touching the W.button, users can effortlessly launch the music player application for full playback control and intuitively browse their music collection or enjoy on-screen visualizations. Imagine being able to play music based on your mood. With SenseMeTM, users keep their music in tune with their mood by automatically categorizing music tracks into different channels.

Rich Entertainment

The new Walkman® Z Player serves as a portal to mobile entertainment. Tailored for music lovers, by music lovers, the Walkman® Z Player is the first MP3 player from Sony powered by AndroidTM 2.3 (Gingerbread). With WiFi® built in, users can access the Android MarketTM place, browse the Internet, check e-mail and enjoy a variety of digital content.

Music lovers will have access to over 10 million songs with Sony Entertainment Network’s cloud-based Music Unlimited Service1. Users are able to discover new music, sync their own library to the cloud and even enjoy channels synched for off-line use. Walkman® Z offers easy transfer from iTunes®2 for Windows® or Windows® Media Player.

Share your Content

The Walkman® Z Player is more than just a music player. Users can throw personal content from the Walkman® screen direct to their DLNA enabled TV’s, PC’s and speakers. In addition, users can experience expanded connectivity by hooking their Walkman® up to the TV via a micro HDMI video output port for enjoyment of videos, games and photos. The ability to connect to Bluetooth® speakers, headphones, hi-fi systems or car stereos is also useful at home or on the go.

Pricing and Availability

The new Walkman® Mobile Entertainment Player will be displayed in U.S. for the first time at Sony Electronics Inc.’s booth at 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, booth #14200 and will be available beginning spring 2012 at Sony Stores, participating retailers and online at The 8G Z Series will retail for about $249.99, the 16G for about $279.99 and the 32G for about $329.99.



About the Author: Roy Alugbue

Conceived as Spock’s 4th cousin, Roy has had quite the life. He was born in beautiful San Jose, California, raised in Los Angeles, California and now resides in the greater New York City area. He has always been fascinated and obsessed with technology, especially the continuous advancements of mobile platforms. He was a Blackberry slave since his undergrad days at the University of Southern California until realizing in Feb. 2011, there were greener pastures in the land of Android. His first Android phone was the Motorola Atrix 4G, and he hasn’t looked back. He currently works in corporate media, enjoys following media and technology trends, reading a good book, weightlifting, playing on his XBOX 360 and conversing with total strangers.

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    The Walkman x series was probably the best Walkman they have madewith the georgeous oled screen