Sony Announces Xperia Z5 Smartphone Range

Sony has unveiled the latest additions to the Xperia range during IFA in Berlin, today, which includes the Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium. All three of these handsets feature a revolutionary 23-Megapixel sensor and F2.0 G lens. The front-facing camera utilizes a 5x zoom and 0.03-second autofocus to help improve the clarity of sudden, action shots. Sony’s SteadyShot software acts as an image stabilizer during video capture and enhances user results in low-light conditions. This is a common complaint with smartphone cameras so it will be fascinating to see how well this actually works. Jun Makino, senior product manager for Sony Mobile delved into detail about the new camera sensor:

“The biggest pain point when it comes to smartphone cameras is missed opportunities. A smartphone is a device that you always have with you, but sometimes you can miss spontaneous moments because it doesn’t focus in time, or you just simply miss it,”

“We want to change it so that, with one shot, you get the perfect image. So no more having to take ‘just in case’ shots, or having to recreate the scene.”

The standard Z5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB RAM, 2900mAh battery, IP65/68 waterproof, 5MP front camera, up to 32GB onboard storage and microSD slot supporting a maximum capacity of 200GB.

So how can we differentiate between each handset? The Z5 is Sony’s mainstream device and opts for a 5.2″ 1080×1920 IPS display. In contrast to this, the Z5 Compact is rather small by today’s standard and its screen measures 4.6″. Unfortunately, Sony decided to scrap the idea of a better PPI screen and reduced the resolution to 1280×720.  Not only that, the RAM is limited to 2GB, and the battery is now rated at 2700 mAh. This is a reasonable concession though given the 720p resolution which require less processing power.

Finally, the Z5 Premium is touted as ‘the world’s first 4K phone’. Unlike the lower end Z5 versions, the Z5 Premium features a 5.5″ 3840×2160 IPS display with an astonishing screen PPI of 806 and a 3430 mAh battery which Sony claims will last up to 2 days.

According to Clove, the Z5 will retail at £525, and its bigger brother, the Z5 Premium is expected to launch around £650.  

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Sony Launches Xperia A2

Sony has just made Xperia A2 official in Japan. We are familiar with Sony’s practices of launching devices in the country before teh US and Europe markets; Sony has launched it exclusively with Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. Some of the smartphone’s features can lead you to think of it as flagship, but the rest will just define it as high-end at best.

Specifications of the Sony Xperia A2:

  • 4.6-inch 720p display
  • 9.1mm thickness
  •  129 grams
  • 16GB storage (expandable up to 128GB)
  • 2GB RAM
  • Quad core Snapdragon 800 SoC
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • 2,600 mAh battery
  • 4G LTE connectivity
  • IPX5,8 / IP6X certification for water and dust resistance

Xperia A2 sports a bit dated HD (720p) display which is sensible considering the size of the panel is just 4.6″ so pixel density won’t be hurt as much. It boasts, reportedly, the same shooter as witnessed in Xperia Z1, a 20.7 MP Exmor RS sensor and carry all the water and dust resistance capabilities as found in Sony’s Flagship devices. It will be available for purchase starting next month in various color variants like Grey, Pink, Blue and White.

We currently do not have any more information on it global launch, but we will keep you up to date as soon as we do.

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Sony Unveils Xperia Z4

Sony have unveiled the latest phone in their Z range.The announcement arrived on their Japanese website outlining the specs for the new device.

The Z4 will have a 5.2-inch, HD display and is 6.9mm thick. The device will weigh 144 grams and contains a 1920*1080 resolution screen. Sony have made they Xperia range known for their waterproofing and their ability to withstand dust and dirt. The new phone comes with an IP6X dustproof rating and is also IPX5 and IPX8 certified, meaning it is not just splash resistant but can be fully submerged in water for a long period of time. The new device will also have a fully waterproof USB port so there is no requirement for the little caps that were used on earlier devices.

The new device will be available in 4 colours, White, Black, Copper and aqua green but Ssony have not released a price as of yet.

The Z4 will be equipped with a 20.7 megapixel camera on the rear with a 5 megapixel one situated on the front of the device. Underneath the solid construction, the device contains a 2930mAh battery, a 64-bit Qualcomm snapdragon 810 processor, a whopping 3gb of ram and comes with Android Lollipop installed. Sony state that the device will have 32GB of internal memory with an SD card slot that supports up to 128GB.

As yet Sony have not released an international release date.

Thank you to Cnet for this information.

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Sony Xperia Z4 Photos Leaked

With LG and Sony yet to reveal their 2015 flagship phones many have been eager to get some information on them. Today photos of a Sony Xperia Z4 have emerged and do look authentic, though with leaks it is always best to take them with a grain of salt.

The Z4 is rumored to have a 20.7MP camera, Snapdragon 810, 4GB of RAM, IP68 certification and two different 5.2″ screens with one being FHD and the other QHD. These would mean that there may be Z4 devices at varying price points with varied hardware specs. With the LG G4 being unveiled later this month, many are hoping to see what Sony will bring to the table so that they can figure out which device they want for their next upgrade.

Source: XDA Developers

Sony Receives Four IF Design Awards for 2015, One of Them for the Xperia Z3

Sony Mobile seems to have gained four IF Design Awards for 2015. The awards were given out to Sony’s Xperia Z2, the SmartWatch 3, LifeLong app and the Xperia Z3.

Sony’s Xperia Z2 appears to have been appreciated for its rounded corners and light weight, making the slate easy to handle. Another key feature for its awards was the minimum number of components used, the water and dust proofing, as well as attention to detail, receiving the IF Design Award 2015, Discipline Product – Gold.

“It is particularly difficult to stand out with a product like a tablet – but exactly this was achieved with the extremely flat Xperia Z2. The rounded edges and the ultra-light weight (only 439 grams) make the Z2 particularly easy to handle. The amount of components has been reduced to a minimum; details such as the connection of frame and back are excellently executed – furthermore, the Z2 is water and dust proof. The result is an honest, outstanding device.”-IF Design Jury

Sony also received IF Design Awards last year for its Xperia Z Ultra phablet, Sony SmartWatch 2, Sony Xperia C, Bluetooth Handset SBH52, and Xperia Z1 Compact.

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Sony Accidentally Reveals Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony has accidentally leaked the first glimpse of its forthcoming Xperia Z4 tablet ahead of its official launch at MWC in Barcelona on 3rd March. The reveal came through the company’s Xperia Lounge app, which offers “exclusive VIP content” to Sony Xperia users.

The Z4 tablet is similar in size and profile to its Z3 predecessor, with its black metal case and rounded edges. The listing on Xperia Lounge didn’t list the device’s specifications, but made mention of a 2K display, “ultra fast processor”, and “industry-leading battery performance”. The tablet is expected to carry the Android Lollipop operating system.

As with previous iterations, the Z4 is likely to be part of a family of devices, including associated smartphone models.

Source: Hexus

Sony Xperia E4 to Have Two-Day Battery Life

Sony’s forthcoming mid-range smartphone, the Xperia E4, will have a 2,300mAh battery that can handle up to 48 hours of active use. The Xperia E4, due to go on sale later this month, could even run for longer, using its STAMINA and Ultra STAMINA power-saving modes.

“With Xperia E4, we wanted to offer people some of the premium Sony features they have come to expect — with unparalleled ease of use — at a highly competitive price point,” Tony McNulty, Vice President of Sony Mobile’s Value Category Business Management, said. “With a simple setup, great screen and unrivaled two-day battery life, we’ve created an on-the-go entertainment device that will keep on going, wherever you are.”

The 5-inch Xperia E4 has a MediaTek MT6582 1.3GHz quadcore processor, a RAM 1GB, and 8GB built-in storage. The handset also features a rear 5MP camera with full HD video capabilities, a 2MP front camera, and a microSD slot. It will run Android 4.4.4 KitKat, but no news on whether it will have an Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade.

The smartphone will not be available in the US, and is rumoured to be priced at around £100.

Source: Tech Times

Sony Mobile China in Turmoil

Recent times have seen Sony’s Chinese Mobile branch go through a large amount of employee lay-offs and follow a similar suit to Samsung in losing ground to Chinese-based companies.

This news doesn’t come as a large shock, we’ve reported recently of Chinese-domestic brands like Millet selling 1.62 million phones over a non-stop 72 hour period, alongside news of the whole Chinese Mobile market being in a significant decline.

The main issue that these companies are facing is said to be due to their ‘premium’ pricing, as is seen through most big business offerings (see: Apple). The public are now seemingly refusing to spend the extra few hundred dollars to buy the big-brand’s latest tech, choosing to go for the much cheaper domestic option instead. As according to Chinese-based website MyDrivers however, this is largely Sony’s fault – claiming that these external competitors only helped accelerate their decline.

Alongside issues with their tight marketing budget, Sony is said to be going about pushing their phones in the wrong way. We’ve seen reports that Sony phone counters have disappeared in many main Chinese cities, they’ve been also expressing a lack of appreciation for the social media market and providing a lesser product mobile to their competitors. Sony have been said to believe their products will ‘sell themselves’ which, given the information you’re currently reading, is not true- they’re not Apple.

MyDrivers has also claimed that the local service for Sony’s tech offerings was poorly handled. Free applications given to Western consumers are often blocked by the high-security Chinese government, making the ‘premium’ purchase price for an Xperia Z mean that much less. Alongside this, there has been reports of major internal fighting within the Chinese company branch – all of this amounting for a poor sales showing year on year.

One other major issue that was pointed out is the pricing issues that Sony experienced with their Xperia Z. Being released at 4,999 yuan ($815 US), Sony decided to cut their price majorly after just one month down to 4,299 yuan ($700 US) and a further drop to 3699 yuan ($600 US) was seen just 30 days later. The issue here is that it cheapens Sony’s image – Can you imagine how mad you would be, purchasing a product on release for $815 US, only for it to be retailing for $200 US less in just 60 days time?

Sony is not giving up the fight for the Chinese market, we will report as the story develops.

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Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact to Feature PS4 Remote Play

The Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact handsets have been revealed and certainly look set to be an awesome pair of devices, but while many have been focusing on the camera, screens and other features, the new devices will have another trick up their sleeves, PlayStation 4 remote play!

The Z3, Z3 compact and the Z3 Tablet Compact will be joining the ranks of the PlayStation Vita by gaining the ability to steam and play games from the PlayStation 4 while away from the console. Touch screen is obviously not ideal for PlayStation 4 games, but since the Xperia are Sony devices, they can pair with your Dual Shock controller without any issues and Sony have revealed their new GCM10 Game Control Mount which is basically a clip to hold your phone to a Dual Shock controller, turning it into a handheld games consoles style device.

The devices are set to launch later this autumn and Report Play will roll-out to Z3 range in November.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

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New Xperia Tablet Hinted through Certification Listing

A certification listing on Sony’s Indonesia Postel website has given away the possible near-release of a new Xperia Tablet. The device is listed as SGP621 and contains a similar naming convention to it’s older tablet brothers in the Xperia series – The Xperia Tablet Z (SGP321) and the Xperia Tablet Z2 (SGP521). Oddly with no “SCP421” in the naming fashion.

Android Central speculates:

“The number “2” in the model number suggests that the upcoming tablet will feature LTE connectivity. For instance, the Wi-Fi only edition of the Xperia Z2 Tablet has a model number SGP511.” 

This new tablet will possibly be revealed this year at IFA in Berlin, Germany.

We’ve learned it’s unlikely that this new model will be smaller in size as rumors indicate that Sony is considering production of an 8-inch form factor. We have no further information on hand in regards to the specifications, price or release date – unfortunately, all we have is the above model number.

We do know however, that Sony’s last few tablets have all been of high-end quality and specification, so this new edition could very likely follow the same trend.

Here’s hoping all will be revealed in Berlin next month at IFA. When it does, we’ll let you all know.

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6-inch Xperia T2 Ultra Announced By Sony

Sony has announced yet another phone, the 6-inch T2 Ultra. The screen is in the Xperia Z Ultra range, but it is said to cost less due to it having lower specs than its Z series brother.

It is said to have a 6-inch 720p LCD screen, with a 1.4GHz Quad-Core chipset and 1GB RAM. The chipset hasn’t been specified, but it’s likely to be the Snapdragon 400. There is 8GB internal memory which can be expanded via microSD card. On the back is a 13MP camera with Exmor RS sensor and a 1.1MP camera with Exmor R sensor on the front. The relatively large 3000mAh battery should last a few days under moderate use.

Sony will have the new handset available in two variants, a single SIM and dual SIM version, which will be available in black, white and purple colors. The price has not yet been revealed, but given the specs and the price of the Xperia Z Ultra, it shouldn’t be more than £400.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Expected To Be Revealed Early Next Year

Sony has had some acceptable devices released this year, spanning from the Z model all the way to the Z1. Though none of them were considered as a big success, it might at least have been a lesson for the future. Now there are rumors of a new Sony handset, the Xperia Z2, and the question is will this be the handset that will make Sony proud? Given the recent failures to grab the attention of most smartphone users, Sony had time to analyse the market and might now have something up its sleeves.

The Z2 is said to be the successor of the Z1 handset, using the same IGZO display panel. It is rumored to have a 5.2-inch display, boasting a Snapdragon 800 CPU and run on the Android KitKat operating system out of the box. Sony will also have the same 20-megapixels camera installed on the Z2, though we are hoping on more improvements on the Z2 model.

Sony should make the announcement official at CES or MWC since they are the first events of 2014 and are right around the corner, but there is also the possibility of Sony to make it official right before we pass into the following year.

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A More Affordable Sony Xperia E2 With LTE To Be Released In 2014

While Sony managed to introduce several interesting high-end smartphones this year, it also launched lower-end models, like the Xperia E. The Xperia E will seemingly have a successor. Unsurprisingly called Sony Xperia E2, this should be released in 2014.

Unlike the firs Xperia E, the E2 will have LTE connectivity – at least that’s what EMSOne is claiming. We don’t know much else about the handset for now. However, since the original model is a low-end device with a 3.5 inch HVGA display, its successor will most probably also have low-end specs.

Affordable LTE smartphones will become more and more popular next year, and the Xperia E2 will apparently be one of them. Since Android 4.4 KitKat doesn’t require powerful hardware, we can certainly hope that the Xperia E2 will have it on board at launch.

The original Xperia E has a dual SIM version, so the new E2 may also come with support for two SIM cards.

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Sony Xperia Z1 mini To Change Its Name From “Z1s” to “Amami”

The elusive mini version of the Xperia Z1, earlier rumored to be the Xperia Z1s, has cleared FCC under a new codename and now it’s known as the Sony “Amami”. Appearing under model name Sony D5503, the “Amami” is a smaller version of the Xperia Z1, but it’s said to be smaller mostly in size and not in performance. The handset is expected to ship with the same powerful Snapdragon 800 system chip and 20-megapixel camera as the original Xperia Z1.

Sony has already announced a mini Xperia Z1 but it’s only aimed at the Japanese market and comes under the Sony Xperia Z1f name. The device in cause that just passed FCC certification however is expected to be heading to Europe.

The build numbers 14.2.A.0.144 and 14.2.A.0.78 suggest the Sony Amami will come pre-loaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and not the latest 4.4 KitKat version. We still would not count those references as hard proof as Sony could change things and to be noted also is that a FCC filing does no promise for an actual product launch, it’s just a step in a regulatory process.

Whether or not we will see the device named “Amami” or Z1s, we hope to see more at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and Sony’s January 6th presentation.

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Sony To Launch An Octa-Core 6-inch Phablet Codenamed “Tianchi”

Sony had a really busy year, and will not stop here it seems. After several high-end smartphones, tablets and phablets, it appears that the company also wants to offer users an alternative to the already growing mobile market, in which ASUS Fonepad Note 6 and Nokia Lumia 1520 lurk.

The Sone Xperia Tianchi is the phablet to compete with the above mentioned competitors, and is quite like a big brother Z Ultra. The flashgrip is equipped with a 6-inch display, but it seems will not packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC. The Japanese phone maker has been working very closely with MediaTek on their upcoming “true octa-core” chipset. So the Tianchi will most likely come with the MediaTek MT6592 SoC, combining eight Cortex A7 cores in one chip.

If the rumors turn out to be true, Sony will be announcing their 6-inch phablet codenamed Tianchi at the Shanghai event in China on the 12th of November. Rumors also indicate that the pricing will be around €400 ( £341 ).

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Sony Xperia Z1 Mini (Z1S) To Launch On November The 12th

Sony appears to be scheduling an event for November 12 in Shanghai, according to Chinese social media sources, which could see the global launch of the Xperia Z1S, also rumoured as the Xperia Z1 Mini. The Xperia Z1S has already been launched in Japan as the Xperia Z1f.

Some of the promotional material for the event shows the slogan “Be moved”, which some are suggesting could be a hint that this is a mobile device. The Xperia Z1f launched in Japan has a smaller bodyshell and a 4.3-inch 720p display, but with much the same spec as the Xperia Z1 flagship down to the Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and 20-megapixel camera.

There are plenty of arguments as to why Sony would do well to introduce such a handset to the wider global market, not least of all the fact that most other “Mini” devices from rival manufacturers have not echoed their larger counterparts so exactly in the hardware department. Sony has something of a unique product on its hands, in this instance.

Another possible candidate for the event is the rumoured Sony Xperia Tianchi, a 6-inch phablet with a 720p display and an octa-core MediaTek processor, which could be an affordable equivalent to the Xperai Z Ultra. Of course, as the current trend is very much towards multi-device launches, both rumoured handsets could appear at the same event (but the Z1S is the most likely candidate).

Thank you KnowYourPhone for providing us with this information.

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Stable CyanogenMod 10.1 Port Available For Xperia SP

The CyanogenMod for Sony’s mid-range Xperia SP has been finally made available, although not officially…yet. A couple of Android ROM developers took it up to task to port the zippy and light custom ROM over to the Xperia SP, and have met with great success. Almost every bug has been fixed and nearly everything is working, save for FM Radio. If you don’t use that feature, this ROM is good to go as your daily driver.

Here is the post by one of the developers, Brinly Taylor:

“So here it is +CyanogenMod 10.1 for the Xperia SP
This port was done by +Adam Farden(adfad666) +Giulio Cervera(Kali- for his awesome fixes once we got it booting) +Brinly Taylor (your’s truly aka uberlaggydarwin) in no particular order.

Sources are on github.com/XperiaSP-AOSP/ but more details on that later 😀

Everything works now  (including RIL – eagleeyetom’s simcard is in his other device)

Thanks +Tomek Kondrat(eagleeyetom- the mod on XDA) for the screenshots and the encouragement and motivation and organisation on IRC.
Some details coming up later 😀 ”

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CM10.1 brings Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean to a phone that is still stuck on the now ancient Android 4.1.2. And looking at the leaked Xperia Android update schedule, it doesn’t look like the device is slated to receive any official software update to a new version of Google’s OS anytime soon. There’s a video which shows just how stable and smooth the port is running on the device. Interested users should definitely give this a try if you’re looking for some stock Android action.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Sony Xperia Z1Rumored To Get Android 4.4 KitKat Update On November 7th

The most anticipated android update, which is the Android 4.4 Kit-Kat, will hit the Sony’s latest flagship that was launched at the IFA 2013 in Berlin Xperia Z1. Rumors are that Sony is working on its update platform and will roll out Android 4.4 updates in November to its devices. November the 7th is the date for the Xperia Z1 and after that, Sony will release this new update to its other Smartphones as well and there is a chance that after the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra will be powered up with the Android 4.4 Kit-Kat.

The rumors also tell us that the Android 4.4 Kit-Kat will be bundled with many changes and will include some great enhancements and features, so probably this update is supposed to be big and could bring huge changes to the Sony Xperia flagships.The update will also bring security and bug fixes and optimized X-Reality Engine will also be bundled with this update.But unfortunately there is no official words on it so consider this news as the rumor.

To sum it all up, Sony will most likely skip Android 4.3 update for its latest flagship Xperia Z1 like Samsung recently do with the Galaxy S3 and its other Smartphones as Samsung have skipped Android 4.2.2 update.

Thank you Android SAS for providing us with this information.

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Sony Reveal Xperia Smartphone Styled WG-C20 Portable Wireless Server

Sony have unveiled their latest nifty creation – the WG-C20 portable wireless media server that is styled to replicate the Xperia Z1 smartphone. Measuring in at 14.4 x 7 x 0.9 cm the WG-C20 allows users to hook up SD cards and USB devices and then share those via NFC or 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. The WG-C20 is designed for wireless streaming of photos and films and is DLNA compatible. The USB port is capable of supporting most external hard drives as it can output 1.5 amps.

Sony also claim the WG-C20 is capable of bridging any internet connection to split that into multiple devices. When not being used for any media server capabilities the device also doubles as a mobile charger with its 1.5 amp USB output port and 3000 mAh battery. The first time you connect to the device it directs you to the Google Play Store page of the app required to use it.

Sony will make the WG-C20 available from November 2013 in white, black and purple.

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