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Sony Walkman Z1000 media player coming this spring: Tegra 2 and Android 2.3 for $249.99

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Sony's iPod Touch competitor — the Walkman NWZ-Z1000 — will hit the US this spring for $250.

Gallery Photo: Sony Walkman Z1000 press shots
Gallery Photo: Sony Walkman Z1000 press shots

After teasing its Walkman prototype at IFA and then releasing it just in Japan, Sony's finally coming clean with all the US release details. While the Walkman NWZ-Z1000 is very clearly an iPod Touch and Galaxy Player 4.0 competitor, it has the specs of a high end smartphone, including a Tegra 2 processor, 4.3-inch, WVGA display, and Android 2.3 And we're not talking a crippled version of Gingerbread: it has access to the Market and all of Google's services. While it's definitely an Android phone sans the phone parts, Sony's also touting its audio capabilities with its S-Master MX sound tech, xLoud compact integrated speaker, access to its Music Unlimited service, FM radio, and a W.Control key for "instant music playback." It sounds like a decent little player, but in typical Sony style it seems a bit too aggressively priced: the 8GB version will be $250 — $50 more than the iPod Touch and $100 more than the Galaxy Player. The 16GB model will be sold for $280 and the 32GB for $330. All will be hitting the US sometime in the spring, but stay tuned for some hands-on impressions and photos much sooner.

Check out our hands-on photos and impressions right here!