Sony's NWZ-ZX1 flagship high-res Walkman revealed
We originally spotted the new NWZ-ZX1 at IFA, amongst the new family of Sony high-resolution hi-fi products.
Alongside the officially-announced high-res Sony Walkman F886 – which sports WiFi and the Android OS for apps, web browsing and more – was a product simply labelled "Walkman Prototype".
Well, we now know that product is the NWZ-ZX1, an Android-toting, high-res supporting, 128GB high-res music player.
According to the specs, it features a 4in FWVGA (854 x 480 pixel) LCD display, NFC, wifi and Bluetooth. Audio file support includes 24bit/192kHz, Apple Lossless (ALAC), FLAC, WAV and AIFF.
Contrary to early reports, the ZX1 does feature WiFi connectivity and will run Android 4.1 (aka Jelly Bean) but the specs still don't show an FM tuner. Battery life looks to be around 30-40 hours although this will obviously depend on playback conditions...
Needless to say at IFA, Sony assured us this flagship Walkman would sport sophisticated internal circuitry and other top grade audio components for optimum sound quality.
The ZX1 has a leather-effect rear casing as well as a notable bump in the profile, which Sony claims "improves holding comfort" and "holds all the key components for improving sound quality".
While we can't vouch for the feel, the aluminium edge on the design did look smart, with a simple Sony logo and the odd flash of colour to brighten the display.
Also on display at IFA was a prototype headphone amp, the PH-A2, which could possibly be portable, though this wasn't confirmed.
According to Sony Japan's website, we're looking at a December launch, although there's yet to be any official confirmation for the European market. It's priced at ¥74,800 which is around £482. It's isn't exactly cheap - let's just hope sound quality is up to scratch. Then again, compared to the Astell & Kern AK120, it's not so pricey...
by Andy Madden