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Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 handles hi-res audio (pictures)

Sony's new Walkman is a surprisingly simple gadget that focuses on hi-res audio playback. Check out our hands-on photos.

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Meet Sony's new NWZ-A17 Walkman. That's its US name anyway -- Sony told us that elsewhere this gadget may go by the moniker NWZ-A15.

Sony thinks there's still room in this smartphone-packed world for a dedicated MP3 player. Check out our hands-on pictures.

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It's very light, and drastically more portable than most smartphones.

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With this Walkman, Sony's aiming squarely at audio enthusiasts. Sony's really pushing what it calls "hi-res audio" at the moment, which is audio of a higher-than-CD quality, typically at 24bit/96kHz or 24bit/192kHz.

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Here's a view of the side, which plays host to volume controls.

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NFC and Bluetooth are on board, though curiously there's no Wi-Fi.

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There's no touchscreen either, but with such a simple interface, that doesn't feel like too grievous an omission. Instead of prodding the display, you'll control this Walkman using this diamond-shaped set of navigation keys.

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The relatively simple specs could help out with battery life. Sony reckons this diminutive player will manage up to 50 hours of battery life, or 30 hours when playing full-fat 24-bit/192kHz files.

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