Forget smartphones, Sony is bringing a new Walkman device to CES 2015


While a bunch of hours stand between us and the official CES 2015 kickoff in Las Vegas, folks on the ground are already stumbling upon somewhat revealing sights at the expo – first we got an early peek into a likely LG G Flex 2 candidate, and now it's Sony's turn.

As you must have gleaned from the title, one of the devices the Japanese company will have up at its booth is a new Walkman device – one that is pretty reminiscent of the NWZ-ZX1 Video Walkman. Indeed, judging by the poster you surely saw above, Sony is refining the formula behind the aforementioned model by introducing a curvy frame that, again, has all the controls on the side. If the seeming predecessor of this new audiophile gadget is any reference, we'd expect at least 128GB of storage, a 4-inch, 480 x 854 pixel resolution display, and over 32 hours of continuous playback of MP3-encoded audio at 128kbps.

For those of you who instantly thought of that Sony teaser from back in December 2014, we have fairly good reason to believe that it was referring to a different device altogether – for one, the mysterious device in the video was extremely thin, and judging by the audio jack, the Walkman pictured is anything but. What's more, said teaser strongly referred to Android Lollipop, but Sony has so far relied on its own, custom-built OS for its Walkman line. In other words, continue keeping your hopes up – this certainly isn't all the company has up its sleeve.

source: The Verge, Sony

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67 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Good start Sony. My Walkman still works.

5. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Sony walkman is a love. Btw in "that Sony teaser from back in December 2014" no "mysterious device" appears, is just a big piece of glass (probably fence) and is a general reference to glass as a material and thinness

40. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

So does my WALKMAN Z it's 8yrs old now. time to upgrade since it won't update from GINGER BREAD. Best MP3 player on the market. this is going to be a great CES

2. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Forgive me but... why do people still use these?

3. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Audiophiles use stand alone music players to get the best.

8. gravitor

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

"over 32 hours of continuous playback of MP3-encoded audio at 128kbps" lol for this quality you can use almost every phone. Audiophiles would get ear cancer by listening to this quality.

30. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Shi**y mp3 is not the only format it supports. It supports wma, aac-lc linear pcm for audio but sadly omits flac(at least original ZX1 did). Sony is for some reason adamant not to include flac support on their DAPs while they've had it on their xperia line up since early 2011.

10. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Oh, okay.

12. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

So you think Sony audio is the best? What a f**king joke! I have a Sony Google TV hanging on my kitchen wall right now. The reason I moved it there is the s**tty sound. My other TV made by Samsung has much better sound and costs only half. Sony AV Receivers are craps, too. I used to think Sony products are great until I actually compared them to the others. If you talk about display and sound, Sony is not even in my book.

14. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

You're not familiar with Sony DAPs and go on to sound like a blatant fanboy. In many DAP related sites Sony and Cowon rank in the top ranges.

20. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Wow some people can't handle the truth. It's pathetic how you people start accusing anyone with common sense of being a fanboy or troll. What company is he a fanboy of consumer reports?

22. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Sony would be a better company if fanboys didn't keep blindly supporting them

23. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

He probably isn't a fanboy but i think he is a hater

53. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

I don't give a damn about you being a fanboy and if I'm a hater, I wouldn't have bought so many Sony craps. I'm just speaking from experience. All major companies have their pros and cons but if you think Sony is one of the top on audio, you must be retarded. Last lesson learned: Z3 Compact. Its display is pure garbage. I couldn't believe those electronic patterns of the touch panel are visible. Its sharpness is at the bottom compared to other IPS panels with the same PPI. I'm only a fan of my money and I like to be happy about the purchase I made. No more Sony craps.

62. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

You have a weird logic. Talking about tv speakers and claiming that because of that they aren't on the top? Read my other comment and you can look those models up. The x9 and w95 are the reason bose is advertising better than "most" tv speakers with their 321 line. But still that is nothing look at their bookshelf speakers(not sure if its called that way) even their normal home theatre audio is pretty good. Keep crying about your z3c on every article it would do you good i guess. No one told you to buy it you wanted it and you could return it if you bought it in a store even a online store like you said. Otherwise sell it and never buy a sony product as you believe its crap and they are the worst. You have your right of a opinion but don't talk about things you don't know you just make a fool of yourself.

24. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

They aren't the best but have really good audio equipment. Samsung isn't near them. Don't know wich tv you got but the speakers on a tv usually are bad. Unless you got the w95 of x9 serie. The hx910/710/850 have better than average speakers but thats only because of the speaker foot.

38. shamrock

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

You said it mate, "...Sony is not even in my book." Now the whole world knows that your 'book' is crappy...

54. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Now the whole world also knows that you're a stupid Sony fanboy. Lol

57. imparanoic

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

I presume you believe Bluetooth speakers as audiophile products as well Sony AV amplifiers can cost as much as US$2500/GBP1500 and pretty high end also sounds decent, whether they are competitive to the Marantz, Yamaha, Onkyo and Denon is another thing in regards to audiophile products from sony such as NWZ-ZX1, NWZ-F886/7, MDR-A7 range and balanced armatures range as well as their DAC, it's pretty high end and very decent quality, among the best if not the best

58. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

@imparanoic You may be right about those expensive Sony AV Amps but I would never spend that kind of money for those while I can get the same quality for much less. Anyone with a rational mind will go for Marantz, Yamaha, Onkyo, Denon or Harmar Kardon instead.

37. goodenough

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

That's me. Quality sound COUNTS a lot

32. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

well, yeah, I still have an iPod touch 4th gen that I still use today it's scratched and starting to give up, I didn't get the 5th gen and not willing to get it, and I don't even know if there will ever be a 6th gen and I'm not willing to pick it up anyways .. so this, above, might end up in my pocket knowing that sony produces premium classy stuff. I know people don't use these a lot nowadays but many still do and this is an alternative to the annoying apple products.

41. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It's just a brand their using for their MP3 players WALKMAN is over 30yrs old.

46. dino1019

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

I love walkman

51. milkboy54

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I use it when I'm in the gym

64. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Do you pump your fists to the music? I mean, after a really, really, really hard workout?

4. Sid91 unregistered

That was the last thing I was expecting them to unveil, I think most people might buy this for nostalgia sake. That being said I just got a z3 compact tablet (My first sony product after a long time my previous was a sony arc phone) and I'm hoping they don't release a new model of the compact tablet just yet.

7. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Most people who buy these are audiophiles, and they work like real music players should and not just for nostalgia.

13. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

Are you considering yourself an audiophile? If you are, please go take some meds. FYI audiophile and Sony is not in the same category.

18. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

Nope. Go argue with another audiophile, "audiophile".

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