Sony Walkman A series images, specs leaked

U.K. retailer Play.com reveals high-resolution images and some specs of Sony's upcoming NWZ-A860 series Walkman.

Pictures of what appear to be Sony's latest high-end Walkman A series. Play.com

A major U.K. retailer has exposed pictures and previously unannounced details of Sony's next-generation Walkman.

Play.com set up a placeholder for the upcoming NWZ-A860 series, revealing a device that appears to differ greatly in design than its predecessors. This Walkman looks wider and curvier, and the circular button arrangement of yesteryear is replaced by a single half-moon-shaped Home button.

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A large bezel surrounds the 3.4-inch OLED touch screen, as confirmed by a CNET source familiar with the device who asked not to be named.

Click to enlarge. Play.com

Technical specifications on Play.com note that the device has "wireless file sharing" and "wireless music streaming;" both features have never before been seen in a Sony Walkman. Since we've already confirmed that the NWZ-A860 series will not have Wi-Fi (according to the FCC) and only Bluetooth, this means both wireless features will most likely require a partner device, such as a cell phone, to stream and transfer music.

Other Walkman specs outed by Play include an FM radio, karaoke mode, Lyric display, iTunes sync, and an aluminum build. A source has also confirmed that the right side of the device include navigation buttons, hold and volume control.

Play.com puts the release date of the NWZ-A860 series series at July 31. CNET previously confirmed pricing and some specs of the high-end PMP, which includes the NWZ-A864 (8GB), NWZ-A865 (16GB), NWZ-A866 (32GB), and NWZ-A867 (64GB).

Thanks to Przemek Lis of The Walkman Blog for contributing to this report.

 

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