Sony’s Gorgeous New A-Series Walkman Features OLED, Up To 64GB Capacity

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Sony has unveiled the latest update to the A-Series Walkman line with some serious features. The new NW-A840 series, available in black and brown, simply is the most brilliant Walkman offering from Sony to date – it has all of the features people have been asking for in previous Walkmans while shedding what it needed to. In my opinion, this is the most stylish appearance I’ve seen in a personal media player – and it has a jaw-dropping 2.8 inch WQVGA OLED screen. This is also the thinnest Walkman ever created at only 7.2mm. Sony has also finally come to the table with a better assortment of capacities – with the NW-A845 (16GB, Y24,000), NW-A846 (32GB, Y30,000), and NW-A847 (64GB, Y40,000) all due on October 31st. What’s also new for the first time is a TV-out function, that can output at 720×480 (SD) quality.

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There is no Wifi or touchscreen. Let’s face it – the browser on the X-Series was a disaster. The X-Series Walkman used an old CPU and lacked the memory needed for an optimal iPhone-esque browser experience everyone has become accustomed to.

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Of course, the newest A-Series is drag n’ drop, which also includes for the first time autoconverting video transfer! Additional features to round out this sweet package include a S-Master digital amplifier, FM radio, digital noise canceling (which we really think is incredible) and comes with premium MDR-EX300SL earphones. That is a really nice pair of stock buds to come with a Walkman – I am glad to see they didn’t skimp out. Other premium features to color your sound include DSEE, Clear Stereo, Clear bass, and lyric display.

I’m seeing here that the new A series has about 29 hours battery life at 128kbps, and 9 hours of video playback at 384kbps MPEG-4. Codec support looks like MP3, WMA, AAC, HE-AAC, ATRAC, ATRAC AL, PCM/wav. I assume ATRAC support will probably be limited to Japan, but we are not sure yet. For movies, the usual AVC (H2.64), MPEG-4 and WMV are allowed.

Here’s a keen introduction video courtesy of Sony Japan:

Sony also released a picture of a special SonyStyle limited edition Violet NW-A847:

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This information, brought to you in English, is a Sony Insider exclusive, brought to you here first.

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DISCUSSION 121 Comments
  • tang123

    The truth of the event will be revealed finally.
    To my mind, this event just is the aerosol bomb Apple sell down…

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  • davo78

    Will it have gapless playback? I just had to return the x series 32gb model as it is impossible to remove the gaps in between each track. Also making up playlists on the move should be in there. Simple things that should be on every walkman. How do they overlook these things before releasing them to the world? Also when will they release a walkman as useful as the old mini disk recorders? Is it so difficult to have an audio input on a walkman? I want to use a microphone and also record dj mixes directly on to a walkman. It used to be so easy with a mini disk player!

  • Starclassic

    It would be nice to have an ATRAC version of this, even if it means having the menus in Japanese. Having said that, I have 4 x NW-A3000 units so it wouldn't be a big deal for me to get one until they all die a tragic death that I can't fix. I only ask that Sony consider keeping ATRAC as a legacy codec at least for all their releases outside of Japan. Surely that wouldn't be a bad thing in terms of manufacturing costs?

  • hobbes

    Any updates on whether drag and drop works with an English OS? If it works, I'm saving up to get a unit when I'm in Japan next year.

  • hobbes

    Any updates on whether drag and drop works with an English OS? If it works, I'm saving up to get a unit when I'm in Japan next year.

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  • bushybrown

    I like your comparison between apples and oranges. Sorry fluffyc. You don't seem to comprehend that these the iPod classic (which I also happen to like) and this Sony A-series model are of different pedigree.

    You want capacity? Explore no further and stick with your iPod classic. Why whine about what Sony wishes to cater to those who desire style, design, and superior audio quality? At this point of time, Sony is trying to deliver in performance and features. Unfortunately for you, a mini hard drive, with moving parts being a liability for mechanical failure and potential overheating, isn't an option they're exploring. They also removed the need of SonicStage for US consumers. Good luck with your iTunes.

    You don't eat an apple and say “I wish it has more citrus flavor,” or bite an orange and say “I wish it was crunchier.” Pears and apples? Make sense. Orange and grapefruit? Make sense. You savvy?

    Your make some sense because you got a criteria and you want big capacity. But don't whine at something trivial, like somebody saying their highschool teacher sucks because he was a man and they prefer a woman.

  • bushybrown

    I like your comparison between apples and oranges. Sorry fluffyc. You don't seem to comprehend that these the iPod classic (which I also happen to like) and this Sony A-series model are of different pedigree.

    You want capacity? Explore no further and stick with your iPod classic. Why whine about what Sony wishes to cater to those who desire style, design, and superior audio quality? At this point of time, Sony is trying to deliver in performance and features. Unfortunately for you, a mini hard drive, with moving parts being a liability for mechanical failure and potential overheating, isn't an option they're exploring. They also removed the need of SonicStage for US consumers. Good luck with your iTunes.

    You don't eat an apple and say “I wish it has more citrus flavor,” or bite an orange and say “I wish it was crunchier.” Pears and apples? Make sense. Orange and grapefruit? Make sense. You savvy?

    Your make some sense because you got a criteria and you want big capacity. But don't whine at something trivial, like somebody saying their highschool teacher sucks because he was a man and they prefer a woman.

  • 5ony Fan

    I have this Model if your interested

  • 5ony Fan

    Actually Sony Walkman Miulti-Media Players FINALLY beat crApple Ipods in october 2009. Sony IS #1 right now and Apple #2. The Zune HD came from #7 to #3 in only 5 months. I live in USA and I had 2 NWZ-S745 Models Brand New In Package which I bought for about $112.25USD each! I got a Great deal on those Players and I can not believe how Sony finally stepped their game up! I am very impressed with the NWZ-S745 Model. I just also got a NWZ-A845 World-Wide Version, not in Japanese Language only. Both Model come with the Sony “NC” Earbud Earphones which are the BNEST I have EVER heard by far! To tell you the truth, I like the NWZ-S745 Models better than the NWZ-A845 Models. There`s more options with the NWZ-S745 Model. Too bad I sold them. I did keep a pair of the New Sony “NC” Earbud Earphones though. If anyone is interested in buying the World Wide Version NWZ-A845, let me know.

  • 5ony Fan

    Actually Sony Walkman Miulti-Media Players FINALLY beat crApple Ipods in october 2009. Sony IS #1 right now and Apple #2. The Zune HD came from #7 to #3 in only 5 months. I live in USA and I had 2 NWZ-S745 Models Brand New In Package which I bought for about $112.25USD each! I got a Great deal on those Players and I can not believe how Sony finally stepped their game up! I am very impressed with the NWZ-S745 Model. I just also got a NWZ-A845 World-Wide Version, not in Japanese Language only. Both Model come with the Sony “NC” Earbud Earphones which are the BNEST I have EVER heard by far! To tell you the truth, I like the NWZ-S745 Models better than the NWZ-A845 Models. There`s more options with the NWZ-S745 Model. Too bad I sold them. I did keep a pair of the New Sony “NC” Earbud Earphones though. If anyone is interested in buying the World Wide Version NWZ-A845, let me know.

  • Jaime

    hello, I just bought a NW-A845 white model from Japan. But as some of you said, I couldn't install x-apli in my Windows 7 English OS. Could you tell me how you could do it? Acutally I am using a SONY Vaio.

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  • Kanupriyo

    Hi is there any chance that we in India will get to buy the much sought after X series Walkman. Its kinda disappointing that companies like Sony don’t bring their high end product for Indian people.

  • Tiklu

    Hi there has been a rumor among various communities that A series Walkman hisses a lot a has crackling noises with high sensitivity earphone and there seems to be lot of bass roll off with low impedance phones but neither it can drive properly high impedance earphones,volume capped.Can’t also reproduce flat response.

    With all these problems mentioned it gives us an impression that A840 series is a total failure for analytical listening
    Can somebody verify this over here.
    Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/DirtyPiGGuin Marlon Barnes

    hardware buttons, drag and drop, >40gb? if it has a voice recorder and flac/ogg support, it’s everything I want in a mp3 player. where can I get it, and for how much?

  • Paul.

    Just purchased the Sony NWZ-A847 64GB from http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk for £299 bargain and only 2 days left to order in stock now.

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  • Alex Aleksandrius

    I would like to buy the Japanese edition, where can i buy one? CE edition made for Europe has noise reduction and limited sound power.