FiiO started selling the M11S, a leaked portable music player last year. The FiiO M11S should theoretically compete with Sony’s new walkmans, which Sony announced earlier this week as the NW-A306 and NW-ZX707. However, the FiiO M11S is likely to fall between their prices; Sony has yet to confirm US pricing for either of the new Walkmans. Anyway, the FiiO M11S has a 5-inch display that resolves to 1280 x 720 pixels, matching the NW-ZX707.
The FiiO M11S is even heavier than Sony’s latest effort, with around 50g separating the pair. Somehow, the FiiO M11S weighs 271g which makes it as heavy as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 despite measuring just 125.2 x 74 x 18.5mm. FiiO also equips the M11S with a Snapdragon 660 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and a 5300mAh battery. FiiO only rates the large battery at up to 14 hours of battery life when playing audio through its 2.5mm and 4.4mm or 3.5mm jacks, which is 10 hours less than the NW-ZX707.
Elsewhere, the FiiO M11S supports Bluetooth aptX HD, LDAC and LDHC codecs via Android 10, as well as DSD256 and MQA audio, as well as Apple AirPlay and DLNA technologies. The device can also stream lossless audio through Tidal, which it passes through its two ES9038Q2M DACs. The FiiO M11S can now be ordered via Amazon (affiliate link) for US$499.99. At launch, FiiO is offering the M11S in black and titanium colorways, with the latter pictured below.
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