2012 Sony Walkman Line Announced, Some Run Android 4.0

2012 Walkman Series Announced

Yesterday, Sony unveiled two new media players in their ‘Walkman’ line. The Walkman line of MP3 players has been due for an update for quite some time so these upgrades are definitely welcomed by diehard Android and Sony fans who are looking for a new media player. Sony has updated both their high-end and low-end media players.

The Walkman F800 is an interesting new iPod Touch competitor which runs on the Android 4.0 operating system and can run a ton of different apps from Google Play. The player also offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity all packed into a slim package with a 3.5″ touchscreen. The F800 is currently available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB variants starting at $279.

As far as the lower end Walkmans go, Sony updated the Walkman E474 by adding a larger screen and more colors to the lineup. Other than that, the E747 is pretty barebones as it runs a proprietary operating system and is not touch based. The E747 will run you roughly $80 and can be purchased with an optional speaker dock. If you like the E747 but want Bluetooth capabilities, Sony has you covered. Sony also announced Walkman S770BT which is essentially the same as the E747 but adds Bluetooth capabilities.

Source: Engadget

Sony Ericsson Announces The Walkman Z Series of PMPs

Before the iPhone and Android powered handsets arrived, Sony Ericsson was known for its Cybershot and Walkman series of phones. Ever since Android explosion and SE adopted Android as its primary OS, it launched its entire Android range under the Xperia brand, killing the Walkman and Cybershot range.


Sony Ericsson loyalists all around the world hoped that someday the company will launch a Walkman branded Android handset. Cybershot loyalists, already got some love with the Xperia Arc and its 8.1MP Exmor R sensor.

When Sony Ericsson finally announced its first ever Walkman branded phone, the Walkman W8, it was a total disappointment. The W8 was basically a re-branded X8, which is a low-end Android phone running the age old Android 2.1.

Today, Sony Ericsson has announced a new range of Walkman Z series of personal media players (PMP). The PMPs are pretty powerful, and sport an Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC, along with 512MB of RAM and the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Gyroscope, HDMI port and DLNA. The PMPs sport a 4.3-inch WVGA (480×800) screen. The press release from Sony Ericsson does not mention whether these PMPs display support its BRAVIA engine based Reality Display or not.

For the die-hard audiophiles, these PMPs feature an S-Master MXdigital amplifier, Digital Noise Cancelling, DSEE, Clear Stereo and Clear base, 5-band Equalizer, 5 speeds VPT Acoustic Engine, Dynamic Normalizer and xLOUD. The Walkman Z series of PMPs from Sony Ericsson will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

These PMPs will also have a dedicated Wbutton, along with a new UI. Sony Ericsson will also launch some new accessories with these new PMPs like headphones, leather case, Silicon case and screen protectors.

The PMPs will be available in capacities ranging from 16GB to 64GB. The base model of the PMP costs around ¥ 28,000 ($363), with the top-of-the-line 64GB variant costing ¥ 43,000 ($558). Sony Ericsson will launch these PMPs in Japan. The company did not mention anything whether they will release these PMPs in other regions of the world as well.

It’s quite ironic that these PMPs from Sony Ericsson are more powerful than their Android based handsets. None of the current-gen Android handsets from Sony Ericsson feature a dual-core processor. Hopefully, Sony Ericsson will launch some dual-core powered phones before the end of this year.

Sony Ericsson Announces The Mix Walkman And Txt Pro Feature Phones

Today, Sony Ericsson has announced two new feature phones, the Walkman branded Mix and the txt pro.

The Sony Ericsson Mix Walkman phone looks similar to the Xperia Mini, but has the Walkman theme all over it. The phone will sport a 3-inch touch screen with WQVGA resolution. One unique feature of the Mix is that it will sport a Zappin’ button. When a user presses the button, the phone will automatically preview the chorus of the next song.


The txt pro looks similar to the Xperia Pro and packs a four-row slide-out QWERTY keyboard along with a 3-inch WQVGA touch screen. The handset will have a Friends’ application, which will provide users with the updates of all their friends from Facebook and Twitter.

Both the phones pack a 3.2MP camera at the back, and also include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB cards. Sadly, both the phones lack support for 3G. The handsets will also have a four corner UI, similar to the ones found in the Xpera Mini range of handsets.

The handsets are expected to hit the retail stores sometime in Q3 of 2011, at an unknown price.

Sony Ericsson Announces Its First Android Powered Walkman Handset – W8

Before the advent of Android and iOS world dominance, Sony Ericsson was popular among the general users for its Walkman and Cybershot range of handsets.

When Android started gaining ground, Sony Ericsson started focusing on its Android powered handsets available the Xperia brand. The company still released some Walkman branded phones, but there were below par.


Today, Sony Ericsson is going to change all that with the release of its first Android powered Walkman phone the W8. The W8 is similar to the Xperia X8, except for some fancy colors and the Walkman logo.

The W8 features a 3-inch touch-screen display with HVGA (320×480) resolution. The phone is powered by a 600 MHz processor, and packs 168MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 3.2MP camera.

Sadly, the W8 will run Android 2.1 Éclair which is downright disappointing! I highly doubt Sony Ericsson will treat this handset with some Froyo or Gingerbread love.   The specs of the handset are nothing to write home about, but hopefully the audio quality of the handset will make up for it.

The Sony Ericsson Walkman W8 will be available in India, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and some other regions of the world by Q2 of 2011, in a bunch of colors. Here is the official product page of the W8.