Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Sony Xperia Walkman Concept for Music Lovers

Sony is well known company for their crisp displays and audio quality. Since they have started manufacturing smartphones,thousands of Sony fans got the chance to put their best music and audio in to there pockets. Sony Ericsson Walkman series was the most popular among the music lovers. But after the change of name "Sony Ericsson" to "Sony" the Walkman series was also sent to the grave along with the "Ericsson" part. It's sad to see Sony didn't made a special phone with high end music capabilities for music lovers out there. Although most high end Sony handsets features a great music enhancements,there could be people who doesn't like to own a high end device. The Xperia Walkman Concept is just for the people who worship Music.

Music playback and the quality is a key factor to consider about when buying a new smartphone. Many people tend to leave this factor if planning to buy a Sony device. It's quite ok ,as Sony already crowned in the music industry. Other Companies like Samsung, Nokia and HTC also joined the competition recently but only Samsung went ahead by introducing "Galaxy Music", the small handset with great music and audio standards. 
So i have designed this Walkman handset to show how cool it would be if Sony managed to give us a "music only" phone.

The concept has the traditional Sony design with glossy plastic along with the new round side buttons which Sony introduced with Xperia E. No physical capacitive keys on the front,just the screen has occupied most of the front area with front facing camera,sensors and the Xperia branding at the bottom. Top of the device is sloped to front side just like in Xperia T and J and you can see a 3.5mm audio port and a speaker grill besides in the middle.

Detailed List Of Specification 

Screen- 3.7" LED backlit TFT screen
              480x854 resolution, 265ppi
              Sony Sensor on Lens technology
              Mobile Bravia Engine 2
              Shatter proof scratch resistant glass
Hardware- 1GHz Dual Core Krait processor
                   Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 plus MSM8227 chipset
                   Adreno 305 GPU
                   1GB RAM

Imaging-  5 Mega Pixel Exmor R sensor
                 LED flash
                 720p video recording @30fps
                 1.3Mega Pixel front facing camera, VGA video record

Storage-  8GB internal memory (5GB user accessible) 
                micro SD card support up to 64GB (SDXC compatible)

Connectivity-  GSM,UTMS,DC-HSPA+, TD-SCDMA
                        Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
                        WiFi, WiFi hotspot, DLNA,
                        HDMI via MHL, USB on the Go

Audio-  SRS dual Mobile Speakers
             Sony xLoud engine
             2.1 virtual Surround Sound
             HD voice with noise cancelation
             imprved version of Walkman player

OS-  Android 4.1.2 Jelly bean
         Sony TimeScape UI 2.0

Other- 2300mAh Li-ion user removable Battery
            black ,pink, white colors

Price - 300$ out of contract

The back side of the device coated with mat rubber plastic to give a good grip in hand. At the bottom, there is a wide and narrow silver colored speaker grill. Due to the arc shape of it, this speaker grill wont be covered even though it was placed on a flat surface.

From the side view it clearly shows the physical media player buttons. If you take a closer look, you might find that these buttons are similar to the media player buttons found on Sony Ericsson W995. To turn on the Walkman player ,you have to press the play/pause button in the middle of left side. I have added the new round power/lock button to the right side which Sony using in there upcoming devices.

With the dual SRS Speakers integrated with xLoud engine, user can have the best audio experience. I came up with the idea to make the phone as a sub-woofer with 5.1 surround sound. but that seems too much expectation from a mobile device. We know Samsung Galaxy S features 5.1 virtual SRS surround sound, but many Galaxy S users said that 5.1 isn't good for music but for Video playback. So i imagined 2.1 surround sound might be good for Xperia Walkman as it's device with multi purpose music capabilities. Anyhow with NFC ,you can play your music with a NFC enabled wireless speaker and supports Bluetooth speakers as well.

We shouldn't forget HTC with it's powerful beats audio enhancement. And Nokia with Dolby digital. It seems all of the top smartphone manufacturers have there own weapon in audio department. we often seen  audio comparisons between them and cant really announce a winner.but i think Sony still leads in music quality from logically and in reality.

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