Sony, last year announced a new Walkman at CES. That was the Walkman ZX2, which was a $1,200 Walkman and provides some very high end audio for those audiophiles out there. It was hard to believe that Sony was bringing back the Walkman, after all most of us put all of our music on our smartphone these days. Sony is back this year with a new Walkman, although not as high-end as the Walkman ZX2 was. The new Walkman A26 is here at CES and coming out in a slew of colors. The Walkman A26 comes in Blue, Red, Purple, White, Lime Green and Gray. Sony’s digital noise-canceling earbuds come with the Sony Walkman A26 and they match the color of the Walkman as well.
This is the successor to the Sony Walkman A17, which was announced back in 2014. The Walkman A17 had lossless and high-resolution audio for $300. The Walkman A26 looks pretty similar in design to the Walkman A17. There’s no touchscreen here, instead the Walkman A26 uses physical buttons to get around the interface and play your favorite music on your Walkman. This new Walkman does support Bluetooth wireless audio as well as NFC for pairing with headphones and home stereo systems. Unlike the high-end Walkman ZX2 that was announced last year, Sony did not choose to go with Android for the operating system on the Walkman A26. As far as formats that it supports, we’re looking at FLAC, AIFF, WAV, ALAC, MP3 and AAC.
This Walkman isn’t good for streaming music from the likes of Spotify, Google Play Music and other streaming services. You’ll need to download the files and place them on the Walkman A26. So unfortunately you can’t just get lossless audio from Spotify on the Walkman A26, although that would be awesome. The A26 does come with 32GB of storage, along with a microSD card slot that can support 128GB of storage. Sony is promising around 50 hours of continuous playback before needing to recharge the Walkman A26, although your experience will likely differ. Sony hasn’t shared a release date or a price for the Walkman A26 just yet.