Sony's new Walkman ZX2 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and costs $1,199


Sony's Walkman line of cassette-playing gadgets were the iPods of the 80s and 90s – few other products were as ubiquitous back then. But while the line eventually shuddered and died with the advent of the digital age, the Walkman is still something Sony occasionally spends time on, and the newly-announced NW-ZX2 is proof of that.

If you forget about the obviously imperative audio side of the equation, the rest of the ZX2's hardware is actually pretty modest, and the software loaded on it is nothing fancy by today's standards, either. It's got a 4-inch, 480 x 854 pixel resolution display (245 ppi), NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/a, and runs on top of a minimally-skinned Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. There's also 128GB of built-in storage and a slot for a microSD card in case your collection is truly enormous, and a battery that Sony claims can handle up to 60 hours of MP3 (128kbps) music playback or 33 hours of FLAC (192KHz/24bit). The exact capacity (along with other key specs, like the processor and RAM) aren't mentioned, but we do know that it needs a hefty 4.5 hours to charge from zero to full.

So far, the ZX2 is nothing special, even as far as media devices go, but not if you consider yourself an audiophile, in which case the ZX2 will likely land right up your alley. It offers all kinds of perks, including hi-res audio playback, one-touch listening via NFC and Bluetooth, and supports a plethora of formats (the full list of which is available in the press release at the bottom). Unfortunately, this solid slab (weighs 8.28 oz / 235 g) of electronics goodness costs the whopping $1,199, which positions it at the very top of the price spectrum. It's obviously aimed at a tiny, but typically affluent niche, so it'll be interesting if this otherwise well-designed device will manage to make a dent.

Would you buy one when it comes out in the spring?



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86 Comments

1. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

And then...they wonder why it's unsuccessful. Who the hell would spend such money on a "hipster" gadget?

4. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

it's MORE premium than iPod

64. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

$1,199 hahaha... It'll sell like hot cakes. Oh wait a minute! Is it in US dollar? Hahaha... A piece of garbage with low end specs. Maybe it has the magic DAC in there. Lmao

65. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Hahahhahaa lol. I dislike apple as my name explains and i was waiting for a music player to replace my aging iPod 4, and i was excited sony is releasing a 4 inch media player. . but this? 854x480 4inch? 4.2? At what? 1200$? No wonder they're having huge financial difficulties. H*ll no I'd rather get a PS4 a laptop and an iPod 5 for this. I'm getting the ipod 5 32 in one or two weeks. Meh, expecting stuff from sony. Wow hands up guys it's goddaammn sonyyy

73. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

why dont you use your Galaxy as a music player? I mean this Sony Walkman is definitely not meant to replace average user needs on music consumption... In my opinion, our phones are better and more versatile media players than dedicated iPods and Walkman devices (unless you work with music and need the absolute best quality)... So, in short... isn't your Galaxy enough for music needs? My Xperia is definitely the only music player I need...

6. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

"audiophiles"

11. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

what audiophile is going to buy this seriously?? lol the only ppl who will have this is recording artist and producers under the sony recording co...fawk outta here sony! lol

17. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

haha i put quotations there for a reason

53. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

people dont realize but same technology is in xpiera z3. no need to buy this if u plan to buy z3 or z4 or what ever from future.

60. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

"ha ha" -_- keep dreaming

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sony never gets anything right tbh.

21. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

better sound quality than the iPod

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

But definitely inferior overall given its price tag.

35. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

ZX1 was worse in that department than iPod Nano so you should wait with such claimings.

47. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

....Said nobody ever. Did you just come back from Mars or something? Because ZX1 sold 50,000+ units and holds the record for most sold audiophile portable players. Everyone in the know, knows it's one of the best on the market.

61. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Finally someone who knows. Some people here are such fanboys they shout such nonsense. Looking at you wiencon

70. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

"Better sound quality than the iPod" It must be, judging the price tag BUT how much better? 5%?

37. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

I don't care how much of an "audiophile" you are, this isn't worth $1200.00...

50. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

even for audiophiles, buying a $1200 mp3 player to listen to pop music composed using $600 laptop just makes no sense.

55. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

This play flac which is not composed, this is not for normal people. This for people who spend 1k on a CD player and have 1k headphone.

71. Tracy1988

Posts: 208; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

My phone can play FLAC too. This audio player is for stupid Sony fanboys only. So they can add this garbage into their collections. Sony is a joke. Lmao

41. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Its for people with more dollars than sense

85. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

+1.. Well said bro Lolzz

49. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

You'd be way better off buying an HTC M8 Harman Kardon. You'd get better hardware all around, lossless audio, and less than half the price if you just buy it outright with no service.

62. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

For us normal people yes but for a audiophile a phone is worthless for audio. I wouldn't buy this just because when im on the move im usually in the car or jogging. I just can't justify the price for me. But others could

59. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Ifans.

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

$1200 ??? ....DOA product , well atleast the Zune player will have some company

3. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

It's MORE premium than iPod

13. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

i dont give a fawk...do you think ppl with iPods care?? lol

14. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

No one wants an iPod anymore, not even a Walkman.

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