Sony Xperia Z, ZL, Z Ultra, Z1, and Tablet Z will be updated to Android 4.4

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We’ve been getting confirmation as well as timetables from manufacturers regarding Android 4.4 updates to their devices, and today we’re getting the information from Sony.

According to Sony’s blog, the Xperia Z series will be upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat— timing information was not included in the announcement. The full device list includes the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1. It’s not expected to come in 2013, though.

This isn’t the complete list that will be updated though, as Sony described this as the “first raft of Xperia products that we’ll make Android 4.4 Kit Kat available for.” It would be a surprise if the Xperia ZR and Xperia SP are not included in the future list.

Source: XperiaBlog

 

Sony possibly making a Xperia Z Ultra with only WiFi connectivity

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According to new documents, Sony may be working on a WiFi-only model of their Xperia Z Ultra. Sliding through the FCC is a device that is listed as a “mini-tablet”  and a “portable handset.” This mystery device has 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and even a GPS; however, there is no cellular radio. With a screen that is sized at more than 6-inches, is Sony trying to aim for a new market with a small-screened tablet? We’ll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned for more info on the possibility of this interestingly unique device.

Source: FCC
Via: VR-Zone

Leaked Sony Xperia Z1S image confirms it’s a Xperia Z1 f variant

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Sony is all set to announce the Xperia Z1S next month, but is it a variant of the Z1, the Z1 f, or something entirely different? The above image was leaked accidentally on Sony’s website, and it looks awfully familiar to the Xperia Z1 f, except for a couple of differences. First, the front-facing camera is on the left side as opposed to the right side on the Xperia Z1 f. Second, is the absence of the NTT DoCoMo logo, which is found on the Xperia Z1 f because it’s an exclusive for the Japanese carrier. So the Xperia Z1S will be the “mini” version of the Xperia Z1 for the global market.

The specs for the Xperia Z1S (same as Xperia Z1 f) will include 4.3-inch 720p display, a Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 20.7MP rear camera, 1.8MP front-facing camera, 2,300mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.2.2.

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via: Phone Arena

Sony Mobile to host November 12 event, possibly the Xperia Z1S global launch

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Over the weekend, we learned that the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini could possibly be heading over to the U.S. as the Xperia Z1S. Now new information has revealed that Sony Mobile could be hosting an event on November 12 to launch the smaller handset globally. Another possibility for the event could be a budget phablet released in emerging markets.

While the screen of the Z1S is smaller than the flagship Xperia Z1, the internal specs are set to be toe-to-toe with the full size handset. Stay tuned for more info as an invite would have to be sent out relatively soon.

Source: Digi-Wo (translated)
Via: Phone Arena

Press image for Sony Xperia Z1S leaks

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This phone remains a mystery. While the Z1 was released not that long ago, it’s unlikely that the Z1S is another Sony flagship. This could, however, be the US version of the Z1 mini. The Japanese version is known as the “Z1 f.”

Other rumors suggest that this is the T-Mobile version of the Z1, because of the styling of the 4G LTE logo on the screen.

An official announcement is expected to come in the next few weeks, with more details as well. We’ll keep you posted.

Source: @evleaks

Sony releases an array of new colored SmartWatch 2 wrist straps

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smartwatch_strapThe Sony SmartWatch 2 is cool and all, but the black silicone wrist strap is kind of dull, no? Well, Sony has you covered, and has announced an array of different colored straps, including pink, purple, turquoise and yellow. They are available on the Sony Store website for  £16.99 in the UK and €19.90 in Europe. Also, Sony is now selling fancy black and light brown leather straps, if that’s more your type. Those are available for £20.99 in the UK or €24.90 in Europe.

The new straps don’t seem to be available in the United States just yet. They show up on the US Sony Store website, but no pricing or order info is present.

Source: Sony Mobile
Via: Xperia Blog

Next Sony Xperia could be able to wirelessly charge in one hour

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Sony-Xperia-T-Front-End-Logo-DAPSmartphones are incredible devices that have made our lives infinitely better, but they still have their problems. Like how long some phones take to charge. Sony might be solving that problem in a big way. According to Nikkei, Sony has developed a way to wirelessly charge their new Xperia that uses 10-15 watts of electricity, or twice the rate of current chargers. That would mean that their smartphone would be able to be fully charged in around one hour.

Yes, charging that fast would normally cause your phone to blow up into flames, but Rohm has developed control chips to be incorporated into Qi-compatible chargers and smartphones that keep heat generation down, and continue to let the ultra-fast charging occur.

This technology is expected to make its way to our Sony gadgets by late 2014.

Source: Nikkei
Via: Pocket-Lint

Sony SmartWatch 2 now available in the U.S.

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Sony just announced the availability of the SmartWatch 2 in the U.S. It’s available at the Sony Store for $199.99 and other select online retailers such Newegg and Amazon. The SmartWatch 2 is an upgrade over last year’s SmartWatch with a bigger screen, NFC pairing, better battery life, and better usability when not connected to your smartphone. Speaking of smartphones, the SmartWatch 2 can be connected to any phone running Android 4.0 ICS or higher. It’s also water resistant.

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Unlocked Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra now available in the U.S.

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Sony just announced the availability of both the Xperia Z1 (pictured above) and the Xperia Z Ultra smartphones in the U.S. These are unlocked versions, so you are going to have to pay full retail, but you won’t be tied down to a contract. The Xperia Z1 (C6902) supports UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz and GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz. Unfortunately no LTE. It’s priced at $649.99 at the Sony Store and select e-tailers such as Newegg. You have your choice of black, white, or purple.

The Xperia Z Ultra is being offered in both the HSPA+ (C6802) and LTE (C6806) versions. The HSPA+ version is priced at $649.99 and supports UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII) 2100 (Band I) MHz, 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 1700 (Band IV) and GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz. The LTE version is priced at $679.99 and adds in LTE Bands 1,2,4,5,7,8,17. Again, both are available at the Sony Store and select e-tailers. Color choices are the same: black, white, or purple.

Sony Mobile Links – Xperia Z1 / Xperia Z Ultra

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Sony stalling with plans for the smartphone market in the United States and China

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Although it seems that their flagship will arrive in the United States, Sony isn’t looking to focus there or in China. Instead they are choosing to aim at the European and Japanese markets. Sony CEO Kaz Hirai, who is known for building the PlayStation brand, says that “it’s not realistic to try to do everything at once. In the U.S. we’ll start gradually.” This can be seen with the release of Sony handsets being only available on T-Mobile in the United States. Rather than having wide distribution for its Xperia Z1, Sony would like to have softer launches because it wouldn’t leave them with an abundance of unsold units.

While their strategy is understandable, Sony needs to work a bit faster to have real growth. Judging from comScore’s August numbers, the Japanese company still does not rank as one of the top five OEMs in the world.

Source: Reuters