Sony has just unveiled two new Walkman-branded music players, the NW-ZX707 and NW-A306. Both devices offer premium sound and construction and are intended to lure smartphone users into the portable music market using a blend of modern technology and nostalgic branding.
The Tokyo-based company launched its first Walkman player in 1979, and in the process revolutionized the portable music market, selling up to 400 million devices worldwide.
Updating A Legend
To meet the expectations of a new generation of users, both Walkman models are supported by Android 12 and compatible with the latest Wi-Fi standards. Android 12 allows owners to download various music-playing apps from the Google Play Store, as well as enabling YouTube and Spotify users to stream their favorite playlists.
Although many smartphone users will dismiss the idea of a dedicated music-playing device, audiophiles will appreciate details such as the distortion-reducing S-Master HX digital amp, upgraded capacitors and AI-based digital upscaling.
As more and more smartphones ditch physical buttons and headphone ports, readers will be pleased to hear that both the NW-ZX707 and the NW-A306 feature proper controls, USB ports, headphone jacks, and MicroSD slots.
As for battery life, Sony says the NW-ZX707 will last up to 25 hours, while the NW-A306 offers 36 hours of playback, depending on the file type being used.
Pricing & Availability
The Walkman NW-A306 will start from $430, while the NW-ZX707 model will weigh in at a pricey $820. Both players will initially be available in Asian and European markets, and Sony expects both models to significantly boost the company’s profits.
LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology
Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.
LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.
Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.
The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.
The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.
The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.