Sony’s latest walkman, launched at CES in January has finally arrived in Australia with a suitably hefty price in tow. The Sony Walkman NWZX2 is now showing on the Sony Australia website, although it’s not actually available to purchase.

At CES, the newly updated Walkman drew great attention for its high-end specs, as well as the corresponding high-end price. With a launch price of US$1119.99 it was always going to be expensive when it arrived on our shores and Sony haven’t disappointed with the NWZX2 priced at $1,599.00 – although if you order from the Sony Australia website you will get free shipping.

The ZX2 has a completely Walkman style design, with no touches of the popular Xperia Z smartphone design language – although both products run Android. But while the Xperia Z series are running a relatively recent versions of Android – and are about to be updated to Android 5.0 – the ZX2 is running a nearly 3-year old version of Android, with Android 4.2 coming installed on the unit.

There’s a lot to like about the Sony NWZX2 though, with a heap of beautifully crafted audio components included and a lot of space to fill with those loss-less audio tracks that the audio-philes who covet this device all love. The full spec list is definitely impressive, including:

  • Memory capacity 128 GB
  • External memory microSD (card not included)
  • Key features High-Resolution Audio playback, S-Master HX Digital Amplifier, DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), ClearAudio+, Clear Bass, Equaliser, VPT, one-touch listening via NFC and Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Compatible audio formats MP3, WMA1, FLAC (192KHz/24bit), Linear PCM (192KHz/24bit), WAV (192KHz/24bit), AAC-LC2, HE-AAC, Apple Lossless (192KHz/24bit), AIFF (192KHz/24bit), DSD (2.8MHz, 5.6MHz)*1: Copyright protected WMA files cannot be played back.*2: Copyright protected AAC-LC files cannot be played back
  • Battery life MP3 up to 60 hours**(MP3 128kbps), Hi-Res Audio 33 hrs**(FLAC 192kHz/24bit)
  • Charging time Approximately 4.5 hours
  • Operating platform Android™ 4.2
  • Display 4.0 inch FWVGA (854×480) TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile
  • Communication mode Wi-Fi® (IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a)
  • Bluetooth® Bluetooth® (A2DP/AVRCP/OPP/HID/SPP)Supported Codec: SBC/LDAC
  • NFC Yes
  • Included applications Media Go (for Windows), Content Transfer for Mac (for Mac OS)
  • Dimensions 65.1×131.2×18.5 mm (WxHxD, excluding max. protruding section)
  • Mass Weight: Approx. 235 g
  • Accessories USB cable, leather carrying case, spacer (headphones not included)

The device is listed as out of stock, and we’ll be talking to Sony Australia on Monday for details on when it will be in-stock. But if you want to ogle the walkman, then head on over to the Sony Australia website and check it out.

Source: Sony.