Sony has just unveiled its new lineup of Walkman players, which consists of four players. Three are variations of a more traditional style MP3 player, while the fourth is a new top model Android based media player.
Starting at the top, the F800 is the Android based player in the bunch. It features a 3.5-inch screen with an unknown resolution, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Google Play access. Powering the device is a Tegra 2 chip, which while dual core and all that, is still a 1.5 year old chip at this point. With a price of up to $300 for the 32GB model, you basically have to want the small size of the device in order to pick it over the $200-$250 tablets that are popping up all over the place.
If size is an issue, you might even want to drop Android powered devices altogether, and instead look at the three non-Android devices in Sony’s new lineup. Called the E470, E570, and S770BT series, the only thing that seems to separate the three is how they handle the headphones. The E470 is the most traditional, supporting just normal headphones. The E570 supports – and comes with - noise cancelling headphones, similar to many Sony players in the past. The S770BT is the Bluetooth model, and actually comes bundled with a Bluetooth receiver. They all share the same 2-inch QVGA screen and up to 36 hours of audio playback.
Mind you though that the information of these players, in true Sony tradition, varies depending on location. The US press release doesn’t mention the E570 and S770BT, while the EU press page doesn’t mention any other capacity than 8GB for the E470. I guess we’ll see what comes out where in the beginning of August.