While an iPhone or really any smartphone is a fantastic all-in-one device allowing you to surf the web, watch movies, and listen to music, sometimes it’s nice to escape the grapple of that feature you probably use the least, the phone. That last thought in mind, today Sony introduced the the NWZ-F800 Series Walkman. That’s right, they’re still using the moniker Walkman, and rightfully so as the first one changed music, or at least it’s portability, as we know it today.
The NWZ-F800 is surprisingly short on frills, lacking a camera or a pair of Bluetooth headphones. However, let’s just hope that’s an indicator of Sony’s newly found focus on the hardware’s quality. That being said, this 3.5-inch touchscreen device packs in Bluetooth, an S-Master MX Digital Amplifier, a speaker that Sony says cuts down on distortion, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich (as in Android 4.0). So provided there is a router in range of the F800, you’ll be able to send emails and even make calls, that is assuming of course you downloaded a VoIP app from the Google Play Store. Sony says the F800’s battery takes about 4 hours to charge, and provides up to 20 hours of music playback or 4.5 hours of video playback. When it launches sometime this August, expect to pay $269.99 for the 16GB version, $299.99 for the 32GB model, and a yet to be disclosed price for 8GB variation. All models will include a pair of their MDR-EX0300E headphones.