Following up the Walkman Z line that came to the United States earlier this year, Sony has launched two new versions of the Walkman – the F800 and E470 – that assure us that yes, the brand does in fact still exist.
Both are mp3 players first and foremost, but the F800 seems to be the more intriguing device – a digital audio player that sports a 3.5” screen and runs on a Tegra 2 dual-core processor. If that kind of power seems unnecessary for a DAP, take this into account – it will also run Android 4.0, and will have access to Google Play. Granted, Google Play and Sony’s own music store aren’t the best around, but chances are you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for. If not, the F800 is drag-and-drop friendly, so you can easily purchase DRM-free music from other stores and load it onto your Walkman.
The E470 is extremely thin – 7 millimeters – but does not run Android. It’s a simple mp3 player with a few games pre-loaded, along with a 2” LCD screen.
All of the new Sony Walkman music players will be available in August. The F800 will come in 16 GB and 32 GB models, for about $270 and $300, respectively. The E470 will come in 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB models, and will sell for about $80, $90, and $110, respectively.