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Sony unveils digital voice recorder

Sony Corp has launched a new AI-featured digital voice recorder as the first model to support Chinese-language speech-to-text functions.

The Japanese tech giant has aimed to integrate high-quality sound design and artificial intelligence functions in the recorder.

AI-featured voice recorders launched earlier by Chinese vendors like iFlytek and Sogou have been greeted warmly by the market.

In 2019, the market for Chinese digital voice recorders had a niche value of 2 billion yuan (US$312.5 million), but it diversified with new AI demands, especially in the pandemic era.

Sony’s ICD-TX660 has raised its AI power with new functions that reduce background noise, auto voice recording, 16 GB built-in memory for extended recording, and easy and efficient speech-to-text functions in Chinese language, the latter through cooperation with local startup AI Speech Ltd.

It will sell for 1,299 yuan in China through Sony and MSC, the company’s IT distributor.


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