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April Clare Welsh
11 January 2023, 22:19

Sony announces new Walkman, the NW-A306

The digital music player lets you install music streaming apps and promises high-resolution audio


Sony has announced a new Walkman, the NW-A306.

With full WiFi compatibility, the compact, digitised music player is equipped with a 3.6" full-colour touch screen, physical buttons and promises reduced noise and distortion for high-resolution audio built from Sony's AI-powered DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) upscaling technology, which can "restore acoustic subtleties and dynamic range for "a richer, more complete listening experience".

The NW-A306 also boasts an extended battery life (up to 36 hours on one charge) compared to previous Walkman models and is available in blue and black. You can add music streaming apps to the device from the Google Play Store.

The NW-A306 will be available for £350 / €400 across Europe from January 2023. As Sony point out, no plastic is used in the packaging material for the NW-A306. Visit the Sony site here for more info.

In 2019, Sony designed a limited-edition Walkman to celebrate 40 years since the release of the original model. The original Walkman cassette was released in 1979, and was discontinued in 2012 after 33 years of production. Unlike its predecessors, the all-new model NW-A100TPS has full digital capabilities and a 26-hour battery life. It also features 16GB of storage.