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The Sony Walkman NW-A300. It is a disgrace Sony by no means turned a drive in smartphones, as a result of, wow, their product designs are nonetheless so good.

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Yep, that is common Android.

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The underside. From left to proper we have got a headphone jack, lanyard gap, USB-C port, and a microSD slot.

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Music buttons! So many music buttons!

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The again has this good scallop texture.

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The body is aluminum.

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It is available in colours. That grey one actually hits me within the nostalgic Sony candy spot.

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There are little folio instances! They’re so cute.

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The folio case lets it get up!

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Sony has a pair of latest Android Walkmans out, the NW-A300 and NW-ZX700. Sure, that is proper, Walkmans, Sony’s legendary music participant model from the Nineteen Eighties. Apple might have given up on the thought of a smartphone-adjacent music participant when it killed the iPod Contact line just lately, however Sony nonetheless makes Android-powered Walkmans and has for some time. The primary was in 2012 with the Android 2.3 Gingerbread-powered NWZ-Z1000, which appeared like Sony simply stripped the modem out of an Xperia cellphone and shoved it onto the market as a music participant. Since then, Sony has made designs with extra purpose-built {hardware}, and at this time there are an entire collection of Android-powered Walkman music gamers on the market. Sadly these new ones appear to solely be on the market in Japan, the UK, and Europe, for now.

We’ll begin with essentially the most consumer-friendly of the 2, the NW-A300. This fundamental design debuted in 2019 with the NW-A105, however that shipped with Android 9. That is an upgraded model of that machine with a less-ancient model of Android, a brand new SoC, and a scalloped again design. In Sony’s dwelling of Japan, the 32GB model is 46,000 yen (about $360), whereas in Europe, it is 399 euro (about $430).

The NW-A300 is a tiny little machine that measures 56.6×98.5×12 mm, so fairly near a deck of enjoying playing cards. And actually, simply look at these footage. Sony may not be the buyer electronics juggernaut it was, however it nonetheless has an unbelievable product design division. I’ve no use for a standalone music participant, however each of those Walkmans are so fairly that I simply need to maintain one.

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The entrance is dominated by a 3.6-inch, 60 Hz, 1280×720 touchscreen LCD. There’s 32GB of storage, and the machine helps Wi-Fi 802.11AC and Bluetooth 5. That is about all Sony desires to speak about for official specs. It touts “longer battery life” however will not say how huge the battery is, promising solely “36 hours* of 44.1 KHz FLAC playback, as much as 32 hours* of 96 KHz FLAC Excessive-Decision Audio playback.” Presumably, that is all with the display screen off.

For extra specs, we will go to The Walkman Weblog, an exquisite web site that may be very critical about these little music gamers. In October, the positioning discovered documentation for the A300 itemizing a 1500 mAh battery. The system-on-a-chip within the older NW-A100 mannequin was the NXP i.MX8M-Mini, a wildly sluggish 28 nm SoC that has simply 4 Arm Cortex-A53 CPUs and 4GB of RAM. You’ll be able to say, “That is only a music participant,” however that is not likely true because it nonetheless runs full Android with an app retailer and every thing. Geekbench scores present this has a brand new quad-core Qualcomm chip of some sort with 4GB of RAM, however we will not make certain of the mannequin quantity. A more recent chip with smaller transistors would most likely account for lots of that “higher battery life” promise.

It is a music participant, so after all, there is a headphone jack on the underside of the unit. You may additionally discover a spot for a lanyard, a speedy USB-C 3.2 Gen1 port for fast music transfers, and a MicroSD slot for storing all of your music. Buttons alongside the aspect of the machine additionally offer you each music management you would need, like a maintain change, earlier, play/pause, subsequent, quantity controls, and energy.

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