Xperia Z2 Tablet with 10.1-inch display initially shipping without LTE
Sony has opened up pre-orders for its Xperia Z2 Tablet in the United States, via its website and through some Sony Stores. Launched at Mobile World Congress in February, the waterproof follow-up to the Xperia Z1 Tablet will be shipping on May 4th, with the 16GB model being sold for $500 and the larger-capacity 32GB version selling for $600.
More Xperia devices added to Android KitKat update list by Sony
Sony is starting to roll out Android 4.4 to some of its smartphone range. As confirmed in November last year, the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact, and Xperia Z Ultra are all receiving the Android KitKat update, though final timing depends on the market and carrier, with a company blog post also giving some hints as to when other Xperia devices will see the new mobile operating system.
Software bundle supplied with Samsung Galaxy S5 estimated to be worth $575
Samsung has detailed the free and discounted software and services offered with its new flagship Galaxy S5. The collection, estimated to be worth more than $575 according to Android Central, will include subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek +, LinkedIn Premium, Map My Fitness, Run Keeper, Skimble, Lark, Box, Evernote, and Bitcasa, as well as coupons for Blurb and Cut the Rope 2, among other additions.
Mid-range Xperia M2 takes style from Xperia Z2, lowers specification
The Xperia M2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet both launched at the same time as the Xperia Z2 earlier today. One attempts to be a value-priced alternative to the Xperia Z2 in appearance and functionality, while the other takes after the name and offers a far larger surface to use. Electronista stayed at the Sony exhibit to look over the two other devices, and work out if they are worth a second glance when compared to the new flagship smartphone.
5.2-inch Xperia Z2 smartphone tested shortly after unveiling
Earlier today at Mobile World Congress, Sony unveiled the upgraded version of its previous flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z1, alongside two other devices. The Xperia Z2 appears to be similar to the original, but with a number of improvements. Electronista travelled to Sony's stand at the trade show to try out the device, in order to find out if it is as impressive as Sony makes it appear.
Z2 devices powered by SnapDragon 801 processor
At the Barcelona Mobile World Congress, Sony has taken the wraps off a trio of devices at its pre-expo keynote. Shown today by CEO Kazuo Hirai are the Xperia M2 midrange phone, and the premium Xperia Z2 smartphones coupled with the Xperia Z2 tablet.
Details of upcoming Sony Xperia smartphone, tablet leak
The rumored Sony Xperia D6503 "Sirius" smartphone has allegedly leaked in a new video walkthrough, showing a number of features of the device. Specifications for another Sony device has also surfaced ahead of Mobile World Congress, with the Xperia Z2 tablet, codenamed "Castor," claimed to have a 10.1-inch Triluminos display with a resolution of 1920x1200.
On-device answerphone, slow-motion video effects touted in Sirius smartphone
In a similar manner to a recent Samsung leak, images of what are claimed to be the user interface of an upcoming Sony smartphone have surfaced. Claimed to be taken from the codenamed Sirius device, the screenshots apparently show that the device being used is capable of recording video at a 4K resolution, along with an answering machine function built into the device itself, instead of relying on a carrier.
Post-CES smartphone launches from Sony offer modest specifications
Sony has launched two more devices in its Xperia smartphone range, though unlike the Xperia Z1S shown at CES, the pair appear to be more modest offerings. The Xperia T2 Ultra boasts a 6-inch 720p display with Triluminos and Mobile Bravia Engine 2 for mobile, while the Xperia E1 opts for a smaller and lower-resolution 4-inch 800x480 screen.
5.2-inch Xperia smartphone could be joined by new Sony tablet
Sony could be preparing to unveil a new flagship smartphone in the next month, according to a rumor. The codename "Sirius" device is tipped to be launched at Mobile World Congress in February, though it is possible that another device, a high-end tablet codenamed the Sony "Castor" could also make an appearance at the Barcelona-based trade show.
Upgrade takes another shot at Android market
After achieving less-than-stellar sales with the Xperia Z, ZL and Z1, Sony has introduced the revamped Z1S as its latest attempt to establish a stronghold in the high-end Android market. The handset features a faster processor and an upgraded camera, while retaining the waterproof construction of its predecessors. We spent some time using the new phone at CES to see how it compares with the competition.
Samsung updates notifications on Galaxy Gear for Twitter, Facebook, Gmail
Samsung has issued an update for the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, improving the notifications on the device. Messages and tweets from Gmail, Twitter, Google Hangouts, and Facebook Messenger can now be partially read on the wristwear, reports Pocket-Lint, with changes to Smart Relay making the switch between viewing information on the watch and a smartphone easier. The lift-and-pause gesture for activating the clock has also been improved.
International version of Xperia Z1f to have Android 4.3 onboard
The rumored Sony Xperia Z1 Mini has reportedly reached the FCC for testing, as the company prepares it for launch in the US and Europe. The filing for the smaller version of the Xperia Z1, previously called the Xperia Z1S, offers little in the way of new information for the device, except that it has the model number D5503 and given the codename "Amami."
Miniature Xperia Z1 surfaces briefly on Sony Mobile website
A miniature version of the Sony Xperia Z1 could be on its way, after a listing for a device called the Xperia Z1s appeared briefly on the Sony Mobile website before being pulled offline. The device is thought to be a rebranded version of the Xperia Z1f, a device that originally launched in Japan for NTT DoCoMo in early October.
Smartphones, smart watch sold off-contract, unlocked from Sony directly
Sony has put two new Xperia smartphones and an upgraded smart watch on sale in the United States, off-contract. The unlocked Xperia Z Ultra LTE and Xperia Z1 have gone on sale through the company's online store, and are accompanied by the follow-up to the SmartWatch, the SmartWatch 2, which also goes on sale today.
Marketing efforts also a factor in Sony's change of priorities
Sony could be relaxing its push to release smartphones in the United States, in order to protect its sales in Japan and Europe. CEO Kaz Hirai advised that, in terms of smartphone sales, Sony's "biggest priority is maintaining our share in Japan or increasing it," as it attempts to fight off the rising popularity of the iPhone in its home country.
Sony Xperiz Z1 f 'mini' appears in another leak
Sony's rumored Xperia Z1 f, also referred to as the Honami mini or Z1 mini, has surfaced in yet another leak. Images of an NTT DoCoMo brochure, posted by UnwiredView add to numerous leaks and suggest Sony is nearing an official unveiling. The device is said to share many of the same features as the current Z1 flagship, but with a smaller 4.3-inch display.
Small Z1 powered by same processor
Sony's rumored 'mini' variant of its new Xperia Z1 flagship smartphone has surfaced in yet another leak. Brochure images show an "Xperia Z1 f" alongside the current model, stepping down from the 5.0-inch 1920x1080 display to a smaller 4.3-inch 1280x720 panel. Both are said to share the same quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 20.7-megapixel camera.
Internal poster gives instructions for out-of-office prototype usage
Sony is hoping to tighten up its security surrounding its mobile devices in the future, after the launch of the Xperia Z1. The electronics giant has allegedly placed posters in its offices to warn its staff away from sharing details with non-employees, complete with its list of rules for handing confidential, prototype mobile devices.
A spate of interesting and innovative products from Sony bodes well
Corporate strategies are a dime a dozen, so when Sony CEO Kaz Hirai unveiled his ‘One Sony’ vision people would have been right to view it with a healthy dose of scepticism. It certainly sounded good on paper, but “the proof of the pudding is in the tasting” as the saying goes. If there ever was a company that was crying out for a much more integrated and cohesive approach to its devices and services strategy, it is Sony, a company long viewed to be comprised of fractured and fragmented divisions often pitted against each other, rather than working together harmoniously. It must have been hard to swallow as Sony watched Apple take its crown as the maker of the coolest and most lusted after tech gadgets on the planet.
Special edition aimed at cooks
Sony has introduced a special "Kitchen Edition" of its 10.1-inch Xperia Z tablet. The new offering, which was spotted by Engadget, ships with an iGrill wireless meat thermometer, pre-loaded food apps and videos, and a foldable stand. The company boasts that its waterproof tablet can be rinsed off under fresh water or even submerged for a half hour.
Entry-level Xperia smartphone uses 5MP Exmor camera sensor, NFC
The Sony Xperia M smartphone has gone on sale in the United States, three months after the electronics producer revealed the mobile device, and weeks after it launched in Asia and Europe. The entry-level smartphone has appeared in both Sony's own online store and Newegg as an off-contract and unlocked release, priced at $250.
Sports 5-inch full HD display, new photo shooting tech
Presenting at this week's IFA gathering in Berlin, Sony today announced the Xperia Z1, its next flagship Android smartphone. The phone is waterproof and equipped with a 5-inch display, 3,000mAh battery, and the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the 2.2GHz quad-core 800. Much of the emphasis in the new model however is on its camera, which uses a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor measuring 1/2.3 inches, making it larger than the sensors on rival phones like the iPhone 5 or even the Lumia 1020. The camera also uses an f/2.0 maximum aperture, and the G Lens and BIONZ processing technology from Sony's dedicated camera line.
Sony Xperia Z1 switches to aluminum frame from glass fiber polyamide
The Sony Xperia Z1 has been revealed in full thanks to a leaked press render. The picture reveals a device very similar in appearance and design to the Xperia Z, although there is one notable difference in its construction. Where the Xperia Z used glass fiber polyamide in the construction of its frame, the Z1 switches to an aluminum frame that runs the outside edges of the device, complementing its glass front and rear panels
Sony Xperia Z1 takes aim at the Samsung Galaxy S4
Sony has teased its Xperia Z1 again, this time focusing on the water resistant capabilities of the device. The campaign surrounding this new flagship smartphone has also been noticeable ramped up compared to its previous smartphones, suggesting that the company is gunning for a much larger chunk of the Android market currently dominated by Samsung. Specifications compiled from numerous leaks ahead of its launch suggest that it may have the hardware to pose a more significant challenge that it has in the past.
Sony Xperia Z1 power button gets a macro shot to tease arrival
Sony has published a Xperia Z1 "Honami" smartphone ahead of its anticipated launch on September 4. Accompanying the image the tweet says "It's the smartphone everyone's been talking about...not long now." The power button itself is not unique to the Xperia Z1, but it is also found on several of Sony's current Xperia range including the new Xperia Z Ultra -- however, compared to most smartphones, it conveys a sense of prestige due to its aluminum finish.
Sony Xperia i1 mini to sport high-end specs unlike other 'mini' devices
Sony is rumored to be prepping a mini version to follow its soon to be officially revealed Xperia i1 'Honami' flagship smartphone. However, unlike other 'mini' handsets taking the name from a flagship device like the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini that downgrade specifications along with their size, the Sony Xperia i1 mini is expected to retain its larger namesake's high-end Snapdragon 800 quad-core chipset and 20-megapixel camera and discrete Bionz image processor. The phone is expected to appeal to Android users keen for smaller 4.3-inch smartphone that still boasts high-end specifications.
Sony turns the corner, stems losses as recovery strategy starts to bite
Sony CEO Kaz Hirai's 'One Sony' philosophy driving the company's restructuring and product focus seems to be paying dividends. The Japanese tech giant has reported its fiscal Q1 results (pdf) and has produced a modest, but significant, profit of $35 million against a $312 million loss for the same period last year. The positive result outstripped analyst’s expectations and was driven by the traction it gained in the tough smartphone segment, with its Xperia line of smartphones shipping 9.6 million units along with favorable currency exchange rates.
Confidentiality letter hides FCC photos until September 30th or earlier launch
Sony's rumored Honami smartphone has made an appearance at the FCC, according to a recent filing. The appearance at the Commission suggests that Sony could be launching the codenamed Xperia i1 the United States and further afield in the near future, with the device having been in testers hands since the 17th of June.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra gets Hong Kong pricing, launches end July
Sony has revealed the devices that will are set to receive the new Android 4.3 ‘Jelly Bean’ update. The Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, Tablet Z, SP and forthcoming Xperia Z Ultra are all in line to receive the latest flavor of Jelly Bean. Older devices may also be compatible with compatible with the update, including those still stuck on Android 4.1. Devices like the Xperia ZR and the Tablet Z will both get updates to Android 4.2 in August before getting the update to Android 4.3.
Leaked images of device show lack of Xenon flash, added speaker grille
Photographs claimed to show the Sony Xperia i1, also known as Honami, have appeared online. The smartphone, rumored to have a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, a Sony "G Lens" and discrete Bionz image processor, is apparently shown in the images to have a similar appearance to the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra.
Early Xperia Z orders to receive free wireless bluetooth speaker
T-Mobile has commenced pre-orders for the Sony Xperia Z, just one day before the the smartphone is launched on the carrier. The water-resistant, LTE-enabled smartphone will be appearing in stores on July 17th, with customers able to buy the handset under the recently-announced Jump program, which allows for earlier upgrades in exchange for a monthly fee.
Full HD 5-inch screen, water and dust-proofing also touted
Specifications for the Sony Xperia i1, known as the "Honami," have apparently leaked online. The rumored smartphone is said to be loaded with a 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, double that of most flagship smartphones but half that of Nokia's recently-launched Lumia 1020, along with a Sony "G Lens" and a discrete Bionz image processor.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to receive update to enable T-Mobile 4G LTE
T-Mobile has revealed it is extending its range of mobile devices that will work on its 4G LTE network by three, at its Jump program launch today. The Sony Xperia Z and the Nokia Lumia 925 will both become available on the carrier in the future, while owners of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will also gain access in a software update.
Sony takes on Galaxy Note III with Xperia Z Ultra
Screenshots from Sony’s forthcoming Xperia Z Ultra have been leaked and confirm that the device will sport an oversize 6.4-inch 1080p display with a density of 342 pixels per inch. The screenshots also show that that the device will also be among the first to run Qualcomm’s Snapgradon 800 quad-core processor clocked at an impressive 2.2GHz. The Xperia Z Ultra is due to be revealed at forthcoming launch event on July 4 already teased by Sony and will sport a similar design language to its Xperia Z 5-inch flagship smartphone.
Water, dust-resistant smartphone uses 5-inch 1080p display, 13MP EXMOR RS camera
The Sony Xperia Z will be going on sale in the United States on T-Mobile "in the coming weeks," according to a statement from the carrier. The water-resistant smartphone, an exclusive to the phone network, will be made available over the summer online and in stores, with a limited-edition purple version being offered at the same time as the black finish model.
Thin profile, stylus main focus of invitation design
Sony could be unveiling the Xperia Z Ultra phablet on the fourth of July, suggesting the Xperia Z follow-up will be a direct competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Invitations to an event being held in Paris, France, hints at the phone's design by showing the side with what appears to be a hole for stylus storage, along with pointing out the hand-written part of the invite using a stylus.
Sony brings its design flair to the entry level with Xperia M
Sony has introduced the latest in its ever-expanding line up of Xperia Android-based smartphones. The new Xperia M is targeted at the mid to lower end of the smartphone market, but still offers solid performance and specs for users who prefer a more compact device for comfortable one-handed use. However, counting against it is its lack of 4G LTE connectivity, although it is equipped with an HSPA+ 3G radio and also comes in a dual-SIM variant.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z now available globally for pre-order
Sony has announced the belated global availability of its Xperia Tablet Z. First unveiled in January, and finally made available for pre-order in the US in late April, international customers can now also place pre-orders for the device. Shipments of what Sony is calling the ‘world’s thinnest’ 10-inch tablet are expected in early June.
List includes nine smartphones, one tablet, one Raku-Raku device
Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has revealed the lineup of mobile devices that it will start offering over the summer. Eleven models make the cut, including nine smartphones, one tablet, and one "Raku-Raku" simplified smartphone. Notable additions include a new Sony Xperia smartphone, the Aquos Phone Zeta, and the Aquos Pad tablet from Sharp.
Xperia ZL a strong offering from Sony
Described by Sony as a culmination of its greatest technologies, the Xperia ZL is an attempt to bring the company’s best offerings together in a single device. In many ways the ZL makes good on this goal, offering a superb display, solid camera, and sleek design. What’s even more impressive is the compact frame that Sony was able to pack all of this into. Despite the inclusion of a five-inch full 1080p display, the Xperia ZL is comfortable to hold, and -- thanks to the relocation of the power button -- can easily be operated with a single hand. In our full review we look further into the Xperia ZL's feature set and see if it has what it takes to compete with other top Android handhelds.
Sony Xperia ZR delivers Xperia Z performance in a 4.6-inch package
Sony has revealed the latest addition to its smartphone lineup for 2013, the Xperia ZR. Like its 5-inch Xperia Z stable mate, the Xperia ZR is notable for its built-in water and dust resistance, rated at IP55 and IP58 respectively. Yet at the same time, it packs the same quad-core Snapdragon S4 found in the larger Xperia Z into a more compact, 4.6-inch device.
Uses 5-megapixel camera, unnamed Snapdragon processor
Details of a new mid-ranged smartphone from Sony has appeared online, complete with an alleged test of its 5-megapixel camera. The C1905 is said to be an Android Jelly Bean-based phone that will form part of the Xperia range, and will sit alongside the Xperia L in the company's product catalog, with the leak coming shortly after claimed specifications of the camera-oriented Xperia i1 Honami were reported.
Sony 'Honami' could pack 16 or 20-megapixel sensor
A new rumor has Sony set to ramp up the smartphone camera battle in the second half of 2013 with a smartphone featuring either a 16 or 20-megapixel sensor. The sensor is also said to be one of the largest to feature on a smartphone at 1/1.6-inches and will be an Exmor RS stacked sensor type paired with a Cybershot G glass lens. It is expected to appear on the sequel to the Xperia Z, which is reportedly codenamed ‘Honami.’
Choice of 4G, 3G options, includes dedicated camera button
Sony has opened up online pre-orders for the Xperia ZL to customers in the United States, ahead of a retail release. Available in a 4G version with a 3G-only option expected shortly, the Sony smartphone that Electronista tried out at CES in January can be ordered through Sony itself, with an estimated shipping date of the 8th of April.
Sony reveals mid-range Xperia SP and entry-level Xperia L
Sony has revealed its new Xperia SP and L range of smartphones. The SP is a mid-range device and centers on a 4.6-inch 720p LCD display with Sony’s Bravia Engine 2 enhancing imagery further. The new L-range sits in under the SP line centering on a 4.3-inch 854x480 display and an unspecified scratch resistant glass.
Sony launching its ultra-thin Xperia Tablet Z globally in Q2
Sony is taking its Tablet Z global in Q2 of 2013, after first making the device available in its home market of Japan last month. The device sports similar internal components to the Sony Xperia Z 5-inch Android smartphone that Sony also says is now available through 140 channels in 60 markets. The Xperia Tablet Z will go on sale in the US sometime around April for from $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi model that, like all editions of the slate, is both water and dust resistant.
Both phones share height, SP appears wider
Images of the upcoming Android Jelly Bean Sony Xperia SP have leaked online. The photographs compares the handset, identified by the model number C530x and codenamed HuaShan, to the current Xperia V, and shows they are roughly the same in terms of length, though the Xperia SP is slightly wider than it's predecessor.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z is the thinnest tablet in the world
Sony has taken the covers off its recently rumored Xperia Tablet Z powerhouse in Japan. As we anticipated, the new device sports an all-new design making it the thinnest 10-inch tablet currently on the market at just 6.9mm and 495 grams. It also incorporates a high-resolution 1920x1200 display that is enhanced with Sony’s Mobile Bravia Engine 2 tech.
Sony Mobile takes the reigns for Xperia Tablet z
The next-generation Sony Xperia Tablet specifications may have leaked on net via a couple tweets that have slipped out of China. The current Xperia Tablet S tooks its name from the Sony Xperia S flagship smartphone for 2012 and runs a Tegra 3 quad-core processor. The purported Sony Xperia Tablet Z would take its name from the new Sony Xperia Z, the Japanese company’s flagship smartphone for 2012.