Sony reveals latest Walkman MP3 playersNew wearable and video walkmans from Sony

13 January 2009

Sony Walkman

The Sony Walkman has come a long way since it was the world’s must-have portable cassette player; the W (pictured) and X series MP3 players take the brand a step further.

Sony’s wearable W-series MP3 player is aimed squarely at fitness fanatics. It’s light, wearable and features Sony’s answer to the iPod Shuffle a feature called Zappin, which Sony claims makes it easier to browse, search and listen to music without a display. Operated with a jog dial, Zappin helps you find tunes easily by playing popular clips of each song in your device's music library until you select your favourite.

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The Walkman is designed to be worn behind the neck and includes a feature, which allows the device to play back up to 90 minutes of music with only a three-minute charge and up to 12 hours of music with a full charge.

The W-Series will be available in black, white, pink, green and violet.

The X-Series, by comparison, is aimed at those who want to watch movie clips on the go. It is the first of Sony’s Walkman’s to include a 3-inch wide LCD OLED touch screen. The X-Series has a so-called Scene Scroll function, which Sony says will make it easier to flick between video clips.

UK pricing and availability has yet to be announced.

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