Sony unveils new Walkman players

sony f800 e470 Sony unveils new Walkman players

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.

[Sony EU via The Verge | Phandroid]


digi_owl on July 18, 2012 6:06 PM

No card slot, no dice.

nathan on July 18, 2012 6:30 PM

“No card slot, no dice.”


kredig on July 18, 2012 8:23 PM

“No card slot, no dice.”

the non android players just look like the old ones.soundwise they probably sound like the old ones

tds101 on July 18, 2012 9:38 PM

No 32gb E or S series released in the USA,…Sony can, again, KMA.

John on July 18, 2012 11:00 PM

+2 on the card slot. Won’t even consider it…

GN-0015 on July 19, 2012 6:01 PM

Same design, same interface, and maybe same features too. New? Really?

iveand on July 19, 2012 6:27 PM

++: card slot is essential. So, what is the best option on a device that *DOES* have a card slot these days in the traditional MP3 (non touch) category (also in the less than $100 category)??

Is there any better than the Sansa Clip Zip?

naka on July 20, 2012 9:04 PM

Can songs be rated on Walkmen?
If this is possible and they do a 32gb version I’m in.

Woldstad on July 20, 2012 11:32 PM

Rather disappointing.

kasrhp on July 20, 2012 11:40 PM

It seems nobody is even trying anymore. Recycled design, old specs, same ol’ garbage being pushed out year after year.

al luna on July 21, 2012 1:41 AM

“No card slot, no dice”
Samsung, please save us!!!

rpch on July 21, 2012 7:20 AM

cowon and sony are doing it again. stepping backward one at a time. sheesh

emphaser on July 23, 2012 1:57 AM

No card slot, no dice.

John on July 25, 2012 8:36 AM

FLAC support is long overdue, but the capacities are hopeless for lossless. Currently I have a 32GB X-Series, and have more music than space, when I replace it I will want more capacity – what’s the point of replacing like for like (not intrested in Android/Web Surfing etc). Sony add a microSD slot.

Nihilio on October 18, 2012 9:56 AM

So…did they get rid of the EU volume crap?

mahyar on December 20, 2012 6:32 PM

hi. sony has always made its players in a clear and strong volume. and its products always have long battery life .
i can not pay for another trade mark. im a fan of sony. i think its the best in the world. why? because it respects u and give u a a product not just for a few month . u can use it for ever… i believe that SONY . MAKE BELIEVE…..

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