Sony walkman makes a comeback in high resolution

Sony is bringing back the walkman, with a new model of the music player pioneer that comes with high resolution playback and Bluetooth-connected headphones. The new Walkman, targeting audiophiles and set to cost about $1,200 (Rs 76,000), is a high-end version of a model Sony released in 2013 after retiring the classic cassette player in 2010.

The first-generation, clunky-looking Walkman went on sale in July 1979, redefining the way people listened to music. The NW-ZX2 Walkman was among products unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

Sony also presented an ultra high-definition action camera that uses the 4K video format it's trying to push, a challenge to GoPro in the market for filming extreme sports.


Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai led the presentation at CES as Tokyo-based Sony seeks to move past the embarrassing hacking on its Hollywood studio, an attack Hirai described as "vicious and malicious".

Sony is developing more content for 4K video whose resolution is about four times that of high-definition models to help drive customer adoption of the technology.

The company produced popular shows such as The Blacklist and Masters of Sex in the format. "4K will continue to be an important area of development and distinction for Sony," Hirai said. "Looking at what's currently in production or has recently wrapped, we're seeing a fantastic rate of adoption of our 4K capability among our Sony Pictures colleagues."

Android Televisions

Other products unveiled by Sony included the SmartWatch 3, with its own built-in GPS and the Smart B-Trainer headset for runners. All of Sony's Web-connected TVs will run this year on Google's Android platform with Sony planning models from 43 inches to 75 inches (1.9 meters).

The X900C TV is just 0.2 inches deep at its thinnest point, the company said. Hackers broke into Sony's computer system on November 24 and later released thousands of documents including credit card information, social security numbers and health records of Sony employees, in an attack that the US called a North Korean reprisal for the film, The Interview.

Sony cancelled the film's initial release before reaching deals to show it at more than 300 theatres in North America, on the biggest US pay-TV systems, online through Google's Play and Apple's iTunes among others.

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