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Sony unveils bevy of Walkman devices, puts premium on hi-res audio playback

Alexis Santos

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If you prefer Walkman hardware to Sony's corresponding app, the company's got a fleet of new models for you to consider. Headlining the new lineup are the ZX1 and F880 series, which boast 1GHz dual-core processors, 854 × 480 touchscreens, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, an "S-Master HX" digital amp and high-res audio playback (192kHz/24bit) in AIFF, ALAC, FLAC and WAV. Since they both run full-fledged Android 4.1, they also have access to Google Play and can run games, as well as other apps. A silver ZX1 will hit Japanese shelves on December 7th with 128GB of storage, and a lofty price of 75,000 yen, or roughly $760. The F880, meanwhile, will arrive in Japan in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options -- each available in black, blue, pink or white -- priced at 27,000, 30,000 and 40,000 yen (about $273, $304 and $405), respectively.

Sony's positioned the new S series Walkmans as its most battery-conscious option; the thing is said to last through 77 hours of music playback with a 320 × 240 LCD and up to 32GB of space. Music listeners will be able to snag the device for as little 18,000 yen (approximately $182) come October 19th. Also available is the E line, which has just 4GB of storage and starts at 11,000 yen (around $111). The M series packs 16GB worth of tunes in a tube-like form factor, and it'll be available December 7th 18,000 yen, or roughly $182. Finally, the Walkman parade is rounded out with an update to its waterproof in-ear Bluetooth headphones, doubling capacity to 8GB. When October 19th rolls around, they'll go for 15,000 yen (or around $152). No word on when the barrage of new products will make it stateside, but you can dive into the source for more in the meantime.

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