Sony’s latest Walkman portable media player is basically an Android phone that doesn’t make phone calls, but which makes up for that oversight by offering long battery life and high-quality audio playback.
The Sony Walkman F886 is an Android-powered media player with a 4 inch, 854 x 480 pixel display, support for 24-bit, 192 KHz audio, and up to 35 hours of MP3 audio playback or 26 hours of 24-bit, 96 KHz audio.
It’s basically an Android device for folks that don’t need a phone, but who do value audio fidelity.
The Sony Walkman F886 features an S-Master HX digital amplifier and digital noise cancellation technology. It supports WAV, FLAC, AIFF, and Apple lossless audio files, as well as MP3 music.
It supports WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC, so you can pair it with an NFC-compatible Bluetooth headset by tapping the Walkman to your headphones.
The device runs Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features support for the Google Play Store, which means you’ll be able to run most Android apps. But it’s pretty clear that the Walkman is designed first and foremost for media playback.
That makes Sony’s decision not to include a microSD card slot a bit strange. While you can certainly fit an awful lot of standard quality MP3 files in the 32GB of built-in storage, it’ll quickly fill up if you start loading up the device with 24-bit, 96 KHz or higher quality audio files.
The Sony Walkman F886 is up for pre-order in the UK for £249, including VAT. That’s about $389 US, but it’d likely be cheaper if and when it goes on sale in the US.