Sony will introduce two new portable music players into the market that will be feature Android 4.1. The Japanese based electronics manufacturer will release the NW- ZX1 and the NW-F880 into the Sony Walkman series line of touch based mp3 players.
As GSMArena reported Sunday, (Sept. 29), the new NW-ZX1 and NW-F880 players will feature Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software with Google Play Store support. Improvements to sound quality comes in the form of Sony’s new S-Master HX technology. This follows the recent reveal of the Sony 32GB NW-F886 Walkman, which is currently available for pre-order online at Sony’s UK Website.
The higher end NW-ZX1 comes in a silver color scheme and with a huge amount of storage space of 128GB. It features a 4-inch display with a resolution of 854×480, is Bluetooth, NFC and Wi-Fi capable. The NW-F880 features a smaller, 3.5-inch screen and is tagged at a lower price point and comes in variants of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. This lower end model will be offered in four colors including black, white, blue and pink.
Playback on the NW-ZX1 and NW-F880 supports 24-bit/196kHz hi-res audio and includes a variety of formats. Both Sony Walkman series players support WMA, AAC, ATRAC,AAC, HE-AAC, FLAC, WAV, AIFF and Apple Lossless.
Sony plans to release the NW-ZX1 and NW-F880 in Japan on October 19. The NW-ZX1 is priced at 75,000 yen ($764). The NW-F880 is priced at 27,000 yen ($275) for the 16GB, 30,000 yen ($305) for the 32GB and 40,000 yen ($407) for the 64GB. Sony did not release information on whether the new Android Sony Walkman Series portable players will become available in Canada, Europe or the United States.