New Sony A-Series coming at IFA 2014?
Sony will soon be introducing a new Walkman, resurrecting the A-Series name once again. The most surprising aspect may actually be what appears to be a micro-SD card slot on the side. There will be 3 models, with Japan receiving the NW-A16 (32 GB) and A17 (64 GB) and the the rest of the world will have 2 models, NWZ-A15 (16 GB) and NWZ-A17 (64 GB).
The device will feature both bluetooth and NFC, permitting quick connection to wireless headphones and speakers. Just like earlier with the new WS-Series, confidentiality of the FCC documents ends in early September 2014, so an IFA debut is likely, with possibly press info late August.
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It seems not all regions will receive all models, here is the breakdown from the FCC.
Region J - NW-A16, A17
Region EE - NWZ-A15, A17
Region E - NWZ-A15, A17
Region CEW - NWZ-A15, A17
Region MX3 - NWZ-A17
Region U/CA - NWZ-A17
Region CN - NWZ-A17
As seen from the image above, the CPU frequency is only 533mhz, more in line with the older A-Series, which had a 500mhz CPU from EMMA mobile by Renesas. Digging into Renesas' European site, I stumbled onto this; here is the PDF which has some details. It appears to be a cortex A9, dual core at 533mhz/core.
Nothing major but the previous CPUs were the EMMA Mobile1-S (A860, S760) and MP201 (X-series), so it is logical that Sony would opt for a newer gen of the same product. Even though the new EV2 has SD card support, the old EMMA Mobile1-S also had it so it seems that Sony decided to active the support this time around. I may be wrong but I feel this is the most likely CPU choice for Sony for the new A10. I feel the A10 will not run android but will come with the current Sony mp3 player OS, hopefully updated with new features like on the fly playlists.
I am not sure if there will be Noise cancellation, I would hope so since the device is an A-Series but who knows. I will try to get more information.
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