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Update: Sony has announced pricing and availability. The F800 will be available starting in August (next month), and the 16GB version will start at $269.99, with 32GB costing $299.99. That's some seriously premium pricing, so let's hope these devices provide a real premium experience to go along with it.

Refusing the let the Walkman die, Sony just announced the newest iteration of the series: the F800. The newest member of the Walkman family runs Android 4.0, has a 3.5" multi-touch display, a Tegra 2 dual-core processor (why?), Bluetooth, S-Master MX digital amplifier, Clear Audio technology, and xLoud speaker system. It will also have access to the Play Store.

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According to Sony, the F800 should offer up to 20 hours of audio playback, and four hours of video playback. There will be three versions available: 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB, though firm price and launch date hasn't yet been announced.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • acidic-e-

    I hope the audio playback is correct or at least even close to the 20 hours. I'm really looking for a mp3 player to replace my itouch I want all my apple products gone but sadly I've yet to find a mp3 player that compairs for battery life alone with it. If this does it though I might have just found the replacement that I've been looking for.

    • http://youtube.com/user/CurelessSyn CurelessSynergy

      ZuneHD. Gives me roughly 30 hours playback.

      • blueberry1979

        Sad... I've been looking in the market for a ZuneHD that is untouched. But I seem to be too late as I can't find any reliable seller. So I'm looking in the market for a new -not an apple garbage- player.

  • Cheeseball

    Any specs on the DAC used? Hopefully it's not a Yahama chip like what they used in the Galaxy S II.

    • Steva

      I hope it's the newest Wolfson chip. Together with that digital amplifier it would be awesome! Can't wait to hear the price.

      • Cheeseball

        Ouch. At those prices (which basically match the iPod Touch now), it better have a Wolfson chip.

    • Coollead

      ... your comment confuses me. Who is "they"? Samsung and Sony are different companies.

      • Cheeseball

        Samsung

  • Coleburns

    Any ideas if it will have an expandable memory?

    • Steva

      99.9% it won't be expandable. There wouldn't be any point in buying a version with more memory.

  • CoreDuo08

    MicroSD?

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

    I'd be much more interested in a Cyber-shot Android device
    (especially if it's also a phone!).

  • barnassey thomas

    This is actually good because the tegra 2 series have all been using the wolfson audio codec.