Sony Walkmans making a comeback
In a bold move, Sony have just announced the Sony Ericsson W8, the first ‘Walkman’ to run Android. The W8 of course, is just a simple re-branding of the Sony Ericsson X8 phone (the 3-inch Android powered phone), with an updated User Interface that will be based around the Walkman User Interface (so no stock Android here unfortunately), and obviously being a Walkman, this device won’t be able to make calls.
The specs are quite ‘low’ for this day and age, but we’ll let is pass based on the fact it’s not exactly a phone. The specs are as follows:
- 3-inch, 320 x 480 touchscreen (low in screen resolution, but as it’s mainly for music we don’t foresee this being a problem)
- 600MHz processor (not too bad, if games are allowed on this device it might struggle on higher graphic games)
- 168MB of RAM (Definitely low)
- Android 2.1 (The world is already moving onto Android 2.3, and talk of 2.4 is starting to surface, hence this is a slightly older Android Version, but still not all bad)
It won’t quite take the market by storm like the Walkman of the past, and buying a Walkman these days is like trying to capture your lost innocence of your teen hood, but they look nice so if you’re not an iPod Touch fan, this could be your next PMP (personal media player). Available in Red, Orange, and Blue, no release date or pricing has been announced yet.