Now that you can use pretty much any smartphone as an MP3 player, dedicated portable audio players aren’t as common as they once were. But Sony thinks there’s still room for a device that puts media playback front and center.
The company launched a high-end portable audio player powered by Android in Japan in 2013, and now the company is getting ready to bring the Sony Walkman NW-ZX1 to Europe and possibly eventually the United States.
It won’t be cheap though — the device could cost as much as $1000 if and when it goes on sale in the US this summer.
What you get for that crazy high price is a pocket-sized device which can handle 192 KHz/24-bit FLAC audio files. It’ll play MP3 files too, and Sony tries to work a little digital magic to make them sound better, but if you’re the sort of audiofile who would drop $1000 on a music player, you probably don’t have a lot of MP3s in your collection.
The Walkman NW-ZX1 also has a sturdy aluminum case, dedicated music control buttons on the side, WiFi, Bluetooth, and access to the Google Play Store where you can download third-party apps.
This isn’t a phone and it doesn’t make calls or connect to the internet when you’re away from WiFi. It also doesn’t have a camera, and the 4 inch display only has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. But if you’re looking for better specs on a basic Android device to use as a media player, there may be better options.