Originally only released in Japan, the Sony Walkman Z has made it through FCC certification, indicating a pending US release. The Android-based media player has a really nice hardware design, and offers another Android alternative for people wanting a connected media player but don’t want an iPod touch.
The Walkman Z (NWZ-1000) is running Android Gingerbread, using a dual-core Tegra 2 processor with 512 MB RAM. The media player has a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 px. It will be available in 16-, 32-, and 64-GB versions. While the Walkman Z greatly resembles an Android phone, it only supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also has DLNA support for wireless media streaming, a micro-HDMI out port, and an FM radio feature if you tire of listening to your own local media.
Concrete details on pricing are not yet available, but conversion of Japanese prices suggest a range between $365 and $561 USD. Hopefully actual US prices are lower to compete better with the iPod touch as well as Samsung’s Galaxy Player devices.