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Briefly: Plex for Xbox One, Sony releases unlocked Xperia Z1

04/06, 11:15pm

Media client Plex to develop for use on Xbox One

Microsoft has given permission to Plex developers to create a version of the media client for Xbox One, in light of the recent announcement to support universal applications. Plex offers users the ability to organize movies, TV, music and photos for consumption on one's TV, and other devices. The developers have been granted membership into ID@Xbox.

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Android KitKat update for Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact, Z Ultra begins today

03/19, 11:21am

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.

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Possible Sony Xperia Z1 successor 'Sirius' surfaces in photographs

01/19, 7:24pm

Forum images show Sony smartphone minor external changes

Photographs of what is thought to be Sony's follow-up to the Xperia Z1 have surfaced. The pictured smartphone, said to have the model number D6503, could possibly be the codenamed "Sirius" device that is rumored to be launched at Mobile World Congress next month, though it could possibly be another variant on the Xperia Z1 alongside the Xperia Z1 Mini.

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Sony Xperia Z1 Mini passes through FCC, gains 'Amami' name

12/13, 7:58am

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."

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Sony Xperia Z1s spotted in website leak, possible rebranded Xperia Z1f

11/11, 10:41am

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.

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Full review: Sony Xperia Z1

10/31, 7:08am

Sony Xperia Z1 delivers an outstanding Android smartphone experience

Sony has been making large strides with its smartphones over the past 12-18 months. Not only have its smartphone designs become more attractive while also boasting the latest specifications, but it has worked hard to dramatically improve the pace at which it rolls out updates for devices after they have been released. The Xperia Z, released earlier this year, was the first Sony smartphone that could genuinely go head-to-head with the best Android smartphones on the market. So when it recently launched the successor to the Xperia Z, dubbed the Xperia Z1, we were keen to see if it could take the current Android smartphone crown from the HTC One, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the LG G2. Read on in our full review to see whether Sony has nailed it.

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Sony ships Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1, SmartWatch 2 in United States

10/15, 10:34am

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.

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Sony Xperia Z1f official, high-end CPU, 4.3-inch display

10/10, 5:43am

Sony launches Xperia Z1f, rare high-end 4.3-inch smartphone

The rumored Xperia Z1f has now been made official and will make its debut on Japanís NTT DoCoMo network. The device takes several of the key specifications from the 5-inch flagship Xperia Z1 including its 20.7-megapixel camera, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU and Triluminos for mobile display. It is targeted at Android power users who want high-end specs in a 4.3-inch form factor, although it weighs in at 140 grams and is 9.4mm thick, while display resolution drops from 1080p to a still respectable 720p.

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Briefly: Sony Xperia Z1 mini leak, transit info for Google Glass

10/07, 3:44pm

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.

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Leak details Xperia Z1 mini with 4.3-inch display

09/30, 11:32am

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.

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Hands on: Sony Xperia Z1, 20.7MP camera, Snapdragon 800

09/27, 6:15am

Sony throws down the gauntlet with its powerhouse Xperia Z1

In the wake of its official reveal at IFA Berlin, Sony has given Electronista an opportunity to get some quality hands on time with its new Xperia Z1 flagship smartphone ahead of its October rollout. The Xperia Z1 follows the Xperia Z and utilizes virtually the same chassis design but with some subtle and welcome refinements. However, like the iPhone 5s versus the iPhone 5, the Xperia Z1 is a true next-generation device from Sony and incorporates numerous enhancements that make it worthy of attention from anyone in the market for a new smartphone.

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Sony Mobile poster asks employees to avoid smartphone leaks

09/20, 6:26am

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.

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Sony Xperia Z1 mini surfaces in clear image, sizes up to Xperia Z1

09/10, 7:46am

Sony Xperia Z1 mini leaks out in clear photo

The forthcoming, and yet to be announced, 4.3-inch Sony Xperia Z1 mini has leaked out in a clear photo. It has been pictured beside the recently announced 5-inch Xperia Z1, giving a clear impression of how the two devices differ in both size, and potentially in-hand comfort. Unlike some other 'mini' versions of flagship handsets, the Xperia Z1 mini is thought to retain the same cutting edge quad-core Snapdragon 800 chipset found in the larger Xperia Z1, appealing to users who want a powerful Android handset in a smaller form factor.

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Sony Xperia Z1 full press render leaks out

08/25, 7:42am

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

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Sony teases Xperia Z1 again, focuses on water resistance

08/23, 7:06am

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.

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