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CES 2009: Sony Unleashes Touchscreen X Series PMP

Gordon Kelly


CES 2009: Sony Unleashes Touchscreen X Series PMP

One thing that stood out for me at CES this year was the distinct lack of focus on MP3 players and/or PMPs. Creative, SanDisk, Samsung and even iRiver seemed to have their focus on other sectors. Which just left Sony...

To be fair, the newly announced 'X Series' was also given little of the limelight (something that was unashamedly reserved for the P Series netbook) but it could still be enough to give potential iPod touch owners food for thought.

Dubbed the Sony Walkman 'NWZ-X1000 Series' in full, the player features a 3in touchscreen OLED display, integrated noise cancellation technology and WiFi while also coming in Apple combatant 16GB and 32GB capacities. Interestingly, while Sony has somewhat copied the Home button of its primary rival its decision to add physical playback keys to the top could be a stroke of genius for all those who like to carry their devices in a pocket.

Elsewhere you'll also find native YouTube support, an unspecified web browser and its potential Achilles' heel: a mere 12 hours of audio battery life (watch out video). That said, with Sony suggesting we may have to wait up to six months for the X Series to hit store shelves it could once more find itself playing catch up to the improvements made by the likes of Apple in the meantime. Sony also isn't known for its wallet friendly RRPs so we'll treat this with cautious optimism for now.


January 13, 2009, 9:19 am

Well at least now I have a PMP to match my granite effect kitchen worktops. Oh how long I have waited...

Seriously though, what's up with that? I was waiting for Sony to muscle in on the touchscreen PMP market with their wallet-busting alternative, ever late as usual. I'm sure it'll have the sound quality to best the iPhone/Touch, but can it really match up in the UI department? (any word on multi touch support yet?)


January 13, 2009, 9:28 am

@smc8788 - none that I know of

Pienaru Adrian

January 13, 2009, 4:08 pm

actually that battery life is incorrect. From what I've read,on the numerous tech sites out there and from Sony themselves the 12 hour battery life was for the Sony Walkman W series, while the X-series hasn't received an official battery life. Though if I'm wrong I apologize. BTW finally there's an PMP that matches my counter tops:P

Nicholas Phan

January 13, 2009, 6:15 pm

I thought that wallet busting comment was misinformed, especially for a tech website. Yes Sony's products tend to be more expensive than their competitors, but not in every single area. Their pmps and mp3 players for example, have always been very reasonably priced. When compared to the prices of iPods, the Sonys look cheap!


January 13, 2009, 6:55 pm

This Walkman looks absolutely incredible. I wonder if it can make me regret buying my Zune now...


January 13, 2009, 7:10 pm

Well a friend of mine (not an apple fan) not long ago purchased one of Sony's newer models the NWZA-828 (I think) for a little over &#163150. This was the 8gb model and is very close to the 8gb iPod touch price point, which, although the sound quality isn't quite as good, offers more than twice the features. I admit that they are generally not as expensive as apple products (save for their vaio notebooks) but then what is? I am a fan of most of Sony's products though when the price is right because they often offer superior sound and build quality than their rivals without compromising (too much) on looks or usability.


January 13, 2009, 8:59 pm

Sorry but the Sony's being expensive was a little uncalled for, in most market sectors they do operate in the premium range, however for mp3 players they have some of the best value for money players on the market as it's not hard to find their 16GB NWZ-S639 for around &#16390.


January 13, 2009, 10:33 pm

Nice Screen Sony, i have my JXD 302 LTPS screen and is best in its class for the moment, i really hope that this Sony device could add a Camera of 3mp or so and im sold ...

Best Regards from South America Peru i enjoy very much reading this website everyday ... bye


January 14, 2009, 4:26 pm

Not sure where u got 12 hours battery life from, I assume you got it from the "W" series... Another inacurate report by a an apple fan site...

Hamish Campbell

January 14, 2009, 5:04 pm

"... Another ina{c}curate report by a an apple fan site..."

Nice trolling, Troll.

Yeah you heard me.


February 2, 2009, 11:11 pm

Wallet busting and 12 hours battery life are both unfounded comments - Sony has not yet revealed either.

The last I heard, the audio battery life was going to be 30 hours, but again this is probably either a mistake or wild speculation.

I just very cleverly managed to crack the screen on my A728, which, though frustrating, opens up a window for this. Even to that, there is a bright side!

Now I've just got the long wait for summer, when it should hopefully be released.


February 2, 2009, 11:15 pm

@acgs1 - well if you mean by 'unfounded' the formal spec sheet printed beside the player then sure ;)

Seriously though, these specs are never final so they could yet improve BUT that was what Sony was officially stating at CES.


February 2, 2009, 11:22 pm

Did they actually say that?

If so, I really do hope they improve...

Sorry for doubting :P


February 4, 2009, 7:04 am

Finally Sony is relasing a great piece of MP3-device. Seriously, I guess I'm not the only one who was looking forward to see a full-touch MP3-Player of Sony.

They've been doing very well with the Walkman-series and I'm confident that they are going to really rule the market this device.


February 4, 2009, 8:37 am

@g4rfi3ld - as long as Sony gets the battery life above 2004 levels...


February 25, 2009, 4:27 am

@Gordon As has been stated previously, the 12 hour battery life would appear to refer to the W series, not the X series:

I've yet to see any specific battery information for the X series on any of the other tech sites I visit and I seriously doubt that they'd miss something like the low battery life you're suggesting it will have, so I'm hopeful that your concerns regarding battery life will prove to be a red herring.

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