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Sony's OLED Walkman Gets UK Price & Release Date

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Sony's OLED Walkman Gets UK Price & Release Date

The unveiling of Sony's first touchscreen OLED Walkman at CES last month certainly got our attention and this interest has now risen even further after pricing and release dates slid out today...

Not for the first time (and certainly not the last) Amazon is the company to let slip announcing that it will ship both the 16GB and 32GB editions of the 'X Series' within "two to five weeks". The only problem with this is a typical Sony one: cost.

At a hefty £214 for the 16GB 'NWZX1050B' and £283 for the 32GB 'NWZX1060B' the two devices match up exactly with the price points of the ludicrously popular iPod touch range. On top of this Apple also offers an 8GB edition of the touch for a less wallet sapping £165. Can the rather faded image of the Walkman brand compete toe-to-toe? I'll guess we'll see.

For those who do side with Sony however you'll be treated to that beautiful 3in OLED display (something I saw in person at CES and it's gorgeous) along with integrated noise cancellation technology to backup the company's already excellent sound quality. WiFi is in there too along with YouTube support, smartly top mounted physical buttons and a web browser though there's still no news on whether the disappointing 12 hours of audio battery life quoted to us at CES has been boosted. You'd have to think so...

Could the iPod touch have finally met its match? The X Series looks the most credible alternative to date...

Update: Great news guys, Sony now officially reports the battery life as a superb 33 hours of music playback and up to nine hours of video playback. The iPod touch battle is on!

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16GB NWZX1050B Listing

32GB NWZX1060B Listing

Ohmz

February 25, 2009, 10:23 pm

"Could the iPod touch have finally met its match? The X Series looks the most credible alternative to date..."





One could argue that all the other iPods have met their match but as history has shown, Apple has this cult status and I don't think this player is going to change anything.





I really am looking forward to this Walkman, as a previous owner of a Walkman I can attest to their quality, but too bad many won't take the plunge themselves.









Chris

February 25, 2009, 10:39 pm

Don't forget, it should sound much better than an iPod, as Sony's Walkmans (Walkmen?) always do. If that's still the case, I might just.

Keldon

February 25, 2009, 11:23 pm

I had an Ipod Touch back when they were new, didnt think much of it really (apps might have changed that though)





I have had a Sony HD walkman before and loved it, amazing sound quality. Right now I have one of there &#163100ish models and its pretty good, this looks like a good update if it ever breaks :)






gettinhigh

February 26, 2009, 12:12 am

Darn Sony, those are some expensive players. I was hoping they had learnt their lessons after the steep price on A-series, which was sensibly followed up with the more reasonably priced S-series.





I would take Sony over the iPod any day, but I dont think they will manage to ship a lot of these with the iPods hanging around, unless prices take a bit of a dip at the launch.





I bet that OLED screen has a lot to do with the high prices.

smc8788

February 26, 2009, 4:13 am

Yeah, I would still like to see them about 10% cheaper than the iPod touch range. Although they will almost certainly offer better sound quality, they will probably be lighter on features than the iPod touch and Sony will never be able to compete with Apple in the marketing/coolness department. They need to be able to offer something better over the iPod to tempt would be Apple consumers away, which can only really be the price (and sound quality, but people don't even seem to care about that these days).

gurnaik

February 26, 2009, 1:14 pm

No Ogg or FLAC? No sale.

ChrisC

February 26, 2009, 2:17 pm

I think in terms of 'normal' ipods, there are better players out there with better sound quality, which for me is the most important thing about a music player and would govern any purchasing decision.





I bought an ipod touch last year, and it is probably the best gadget I have ever bought. For me, it provides a handy web-browser which I can easily use without firing up the PC, the ability to watch good quality video on the train, a good calender/diary system which I use for work, lots of apps/games & finally it plays music too, which whilst not the best quality, is more than acceptable and it has enough grunt to power full size headphones, which some players can't manage. So for me, the Sony would have to do all this equally well, and have better sound quality for it to warrant a purchase over the touch. I'm no apple fanboy, and I felt a bit dirty caving in a buying an apple product, but you can't deny how effortlessly usuable the damn thing is, - this is what the Sony is up against, and that's before you take in the cool image & marketing which sucks in the less tech savvy buyers.

thewelshbrummie

March 9, 2009, 9:34 pm

Looks like Gordon's concerns about battery life are thankfully unfounded... it's rated at 33 hours audio & 9 hours video playback according to Sony Hong Kong... http://www.sonystyle.com.hk/ss...

acgs1

March 14, 2009, 12:49 pm

Amazon now state the release date as 10 May

acgs1

March 14, 2009, 12:50 pm

No word from Play.com yet though...

Rickysio

March 15, 2009, 6:10 pm

@thewelshbrummie


"it's rated at 33 hours audio & 9 hours video playback according to Sony Hong Kong"





Expect ~30 hours audio and ~6 hours video playback.





Still, why does it appear that only Sony has mastered the battery technology? Only Sony players have ungodly stamina, as compared to the weaklings out there.

Gordon394

March 16, 2009, 12:32 am

@Rickysio - dunno about that ;)


http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

acgs1

March 18, 2009, 2:39 am

Play.com release on 30th this month.

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