After more than 40 years since the release of the original Walkman, Sony has relaunched one of its most iconic portable music players, this time with new and improved features.
The Walkman NW-A306 is Sony’s latest iteration of the device. Its features include a 3.6-inch touchscreen, 32GB of internal storage, and buttons conveniently placed on the side so users can easily control the volume and switch between tracks.
The music device runs on Android 12 and supports MP3, DSD WMA, AIFF, FLAC, AAC, and Apple Lossless media formats. It’s also equipped with full Wi-Fi compatibility so that users can stream and download their music straight from Spotify, YouTube, Deezer and other apps from the Google Play Store.
It also uses S-Master HX digital amp technology developed just for the Walkman, which according to Sony’s press release, “reduces distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies, for a rich and full-bodied sound.” The Walkman NW-A306 also integrates the DSEE Ultimate, an AI-powered upscaling technology that greatly improves the quality of compressed music.
It’s lightweight, weighing only 113 grams and lasts up to 36 hours on one charge. Fans of the stereo headphone jack will also be pleased to hear its return to the Walkman NW-A306, along with a USB Type-C port, microSD card slot, and Bluetooth 5.0.
In light of Apple announcing last year that it would discontinue its iPod line, Sony hopes to please music fans by keeping the spirit of music-dedicated devices alive with this Walkman release.
The Sony NW-A306 Walkman will be available this month in black and blue colorways and will retail at £350.