CES 2015: Sony Walkman ZX2 comes in at £949

CES 2015: Sony Walkman ZX2 comes in at £949As the dust settles over the Nevada desert, we’re cleaning up the last few devices of note from CES 2015, and this one is a real doozy.

Welcome Sony’s Walkman ZX2 Android-powered music player, a steal at – wait for it - £949.

Music stuff aside, Sony Walkman ZX2 specs are largely unimpressive, including a 4in display with 480 x 854 resolution, and Jelly Bean Android 4.2. If this were a smartphone, we’d be thinking entry-level rubbish.

But nope, the Sony Walkman ZX2 is very much being touted as a high-end music device for people with more money than sense.

Equally crazy is the weight. At 235g, the Sony Walkman ZX2 is almost three times the weight of the iPod touch fifth gen.

To be fair, the promise of 60 hours of MP3 playback sounds pretty sexy, thanks to a mysterious unspecified battery. We do know it’ll take 4.5 hours to charge from 0%. There’s also a generous 128GB of expandable storage.

The processor and RAM are a complete mystery, however, though Sony logically focuses on the music stuff in its press release, including the “S-Master HX digital amplifier, uniquely developed for Hi-Res audio playback,” which “reduces distortion and noise while reproducing wide frequency response for a clearer acoustic experience”, DSEE HX upscaling for non Hi-Res sources, and support for a variety of file types.

The Sony Walkman ZX2's UK release is confirmed, with shipping commencing from the beginning of March. Right, who's buying one?

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CTPAHHIK  Jan. 9, 2015 at 10:10

The Sony Walkman ZX2's UK release is confirmed, with shipping commencing from the beginning of March. Right, who's buying one?

Price aside, as everyone will agree, it will slide pretty fast and very soon; it must be someone who is exited about carrying two devices.

Treab  Jan. 9, 2015 at 11:03

i have already ordered 6....

course in all seriousness if the audio is good this will sell well... always enough audiophiles with more money than sense...

SpeedyG  Jan. 9, 2015 at 11:08

I doubt even audiophiles would touch this with a barge pole. There's a niche market for players like these that can offer more hardware than this Sony.

Its got 2015 failure written all over it. Even if it was a less than half its RRP its still overpriced and somewhat dull and uninspiring niche device.

Treab  Jan. 9, 2015 at 11:19

theres just something odd about it... it must have at least one plus right?

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