The Android operating system is turning up in all sorts of tech gear from smartphones and tablets to set-top boxes and MP3 players. Sony has a new product called the NW-Z1000 that is a portable MP3 player carrying the Walkman name. This device launched in Japan previously, but it has been spied crossing the FCC for approvals.
The NW-Z1000 has the style of a mobile phone and will compete against the Apple iPod touch. The device has both Bluetooth and WiFi inside for connectivity. It has a big 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 800 x 480. The processor is an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core and the MP3 player has 512MB of RAM.
The operating system is Android 2.3 Gingerbread. In Japan there are three versions with different storage amounts available. Versions come with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB with Japanese prices that work out to $365 to $561. The official US pricing is unknown at this time.