New mobile music player: Sony Walkman Z Series

Sony has launched its new mobile entertainment player. The Walkman NWZ-Z1050 series is powered by Android, and is targeted at audiophiles looking for exceptional sound quality in their music.

The Sony Walkman Z1050 Mobile Entertainment Player has a 16GB capacity and will be available for S$429 from this month.

Sony Walkman NWZ-Z1050 Music Player, 16 GB, Black, S$429.

Sony Walkman NWZ-Z1050 Music Player, 16 GB, Black, S$429.

The Walkman Z1050 is the Android equivalent of the iPod Touch, but with a bigger anti-reflective 4.3” multi-touch LCD screen. It is powered by a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor.

With the form factor of a smartphone, this Walkman allows you to enjoy great music, watch videos, play games, use Android apps and surf the Web using WiFi.

I was at the launch of the new Walkman in Singapore, and got to play with the device and listen to the music quality. It did not disappoint. Audio was crisp and clear despite the loud background music inside the Helipad, and MP3 music sounded almost as good as CD-quality tracks.

There’s no 3G connection so you can only make calls through VOIP when there’s a WiFi connection. There’s no camera but you can upload, edit, view and share photos on the gadget.

From the makers of the original Walkman

Available in May 2012

Available in May 2012

But true to its tradition, it’s a music player made for music lovers by music lovers.

The new S-Master MX digital amplifier greatly reduces noise and distortion level in your music, even if you’re listening to MP3 quality audio files.

This is one of 5 Clear Audio Technologies – S-Master MX, Clear Bass, Clear Stereo, DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), and EX headphones – which promises quality audio on-the-move.

A new W.BUTTON launches the W.Control app, which allows you to explore your music collection by flicking through the cover art viewing on-screen visualisations while the music plays.

SensMe sorts your music collection into 14 mood-themed channels to suit the time of day or the way you feel.

4.3-inch display, Android 2.3 OS.

4.3-inch display, Android 2.3 OS.

The xLOUD speaker system of the Z1050 to offers a high level of clear sound reproduction from its built-in speaker – you can now listen in to your favourite tunes with friends and loved ones without a speaker dock.

The Walkman Z Series allows you to share your content at home and on the move wirelessly via Wi-Fi and connects to other DLNA-enabled devices.

Simply ‘throw’ your music, pictures and videos from your Walkman screen by ‘flicking’ them directly to compatible TVs, PCs, or home audio system to stream your media.

Connect the Walkman directly to your TV via the micro HDMI to enjoy your videos, photos and games on big screen.

Or connect via Bluetooth to compatible speakers, headphones, hi-fi systems or car stereos effortlessly with no wire clutter.

Below are the main technical specifications of the new Sony Walkman NWZ-Z1050.

Sony Walkman Z1050
Audio Formats (music) MP3, WMA, AAC, Linear PCM
Video Formats (codec) Video: AVC(H.264/AVC), MPEG-4, WMV 9

Audio: AAC-LC (AVC, MPEG-4), WMA (Windows Media Video 9)

Platform Android Version 2.3
Display 4.3-inch (10.9 cm)
Interface Hi-Speed USB (2.0 compliant), HDMI micro
Bluetooth Communication system: Bluetooth specification version 2.1+EDR
Compatible Bluetooth profiles
  • A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)
  • AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile)
  • OPP (Object Push Profile)
Sensor GPS, Accelerometer, Magnetometer
Sound Effects
  • S-Master MX, DSEE(On/Off)
  • 5Band equalizer(None, Heavy, Pop, Jazz, Unique, Custom 1, Custom 2) & Clear Bass
  • VPT(None/Studio/Live/Club/Arena/Matrix)
  • Clear Stereo(On/Off)
  • SP Output Optimizer (Clear Phase)(On/Off)
  • Dynamic Normalizer(On/Off)
Charging Time (USB) Full recharge in approx. 5 hours
Battery life
  • Music(MP3 128kbps): approx. 20 hours
  • Video(MPEG-4 384kbps): approx. 5 hours
Dimensions 70.5 x 134.2 x 11.1 mm
Weight 156g

  • Copyright protected WMA/WMV files cannot be played back.
  • Copyright protected AAC-LC files cannot be played back.
  • Some WMV files can be played back only by transferring using Windows Media Player

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3 Responses to “New mobile music player: Sony Walkman Z Series”

  1. I don’t get why Sony still focusses that much on walkman phones, any ideas?

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