Newest Android version coming to Sony flagship devices
Sony on Thursday confirmed that Android 4.4 KitKat will be making its way to many of the company's Xperia smartphones. The Japanese electronics giant listed what it called the "first raft" of Xperia products, leaving the possibility that the update will be coming to more devices beyond the initial five listed. KitKat will initially hit Sony's Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1, though the company has not given a time frame in which users can expect updates for those devices.
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.
Sony Xperia Z set to add Snapdragon 800 CPU in mid-cycle upgrade?
Although the Xperia Z powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro has yet to officially arrive in the US, serial Russian smartphone leaker Eldar Murtazin has tweeted that he has already been testing an upgraded Xperia Z prototype running the new Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU. According to Murtazin, the upgraded Xperia Z is “really fast,” while he also says the screen appears to be an upgraded LCD3-type, like the much praised display on the HTC One. However, Murtazin is not convinced that Sony will necessarily use this display when it goes into production.
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.
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 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.
Software aimed at making switching from iPhone easy
Sony is looking to attract users to its newest Xperia handsets, and it's taking aim at potential converts from Apple's iPhone. In a move to encourage switching from the iPhone to a Sony smartphone, the Japanese company recently rolled out a new version of its Xperia Transfer software. The software is aimed at making it easy to move from an iPhone to a Sony handset and still keep one's information intact.
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.
Sony pushing interoperability and seamless connectivity
Electronista was on hand today for the Sony Mobile Australia product launch of its 2013 Android flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z. Also at the launch was Sony Australia’s head of consumer marketing, Nicolas Barendson. According to Barendson, 2013 is going to be a huge year for Sony NFC-equiped devices, which the company is marketing as being ‘One-Touch’ enabled.
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.
Sony brings new Android flagship
Sony continued its five-year tradition of Xperia smartphone introductions at CES, unveiling the Xperia Z and ZL at the 2013 expo. Electronista had a chance to handle the new Android handsets at the end of the company's high-profile press conference.
Highlights: Snapdragon S4 pro, 13MP Exmor RS HDR camera
As expected, Sony has officially revealed the Xperia Z at the Consumer Electronics Show, its latest Android flagship. The Xperia Z is equipped with a 5-inch FullHD 1080p "Reality Display," Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 13 megapixel fast-capture back camera and LTE. A global launch is expected for the new smartphone in the first quarter of 2013.