Earlier today, an unannounced Sony smartphone passed through Japan’s official certification authority — the RRA (Radio Research Agency). Information included in the brief filing documentation reveals that we could potentially be looking at the upcoming Xperia Z4 — a revamped model of the company’s flagship smartphone of 2014.
A few days ago, the Samsung Galaxy J was leaked, and now it’s official. It’s a Galaxy S 4 variant that probably won’t be offered outside of Japan, and specifically NTT DoCoMo. It has a 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to 64GB of expanded storage, 13.2MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 2,600mAh battery, and Android 4.3.
It will be offered in Coral Pink, Satin White, and Lapis Blue. No word on pricing, but it should be available by the end of the month.
source: NTT DoCoMo
The Sony Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F) is a “mini” version of the Xperia Z1, but this is no regular mini. Traditionally, mini versions have horrible specs, but the Xperia Z1 f provides top notch specs for those that want a smaller smartphone. The only glaring complaint anyone could have with the phone is the resolution is 720p, but seriously folks, it’s a 4.3-inch display, it’s more than enough. The rest of the specs include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 20.7MP rear camera, 1.8MP front-facing camera, 2,300mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, waterproof IPX5 / 8 grade (under consideration), and Android 4.2.2.
For a mini, it’s also well built with its metal frame. The Z1 f weights 30 grams less than the Z1, but is a little thicker, at 9.4mm. It will be offered in Black, White, Pink, and Lime.
We can only hope that Sony will offer the Xperia Z1 f in other areas, but for now, it will only be available on NTT DoCoMo in Japan. Hit the break for a promo video.
Japanese telecom giant NTT DoCoMo has revealed their portfolio of devices for the summer months which includes a new Sony Xperia A device. The Japanese version seems to be a bit different from the device carrying the same name that recently slid through the FCC on its way to U.S. carriers. The Japanese version sports a 4.6-inch screen, 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, and runs Android 4.1. This seems to put it as more of a mid-tier device whereas the U.S. version mirrors the top-tier Sony Xperia Z, only with a removable battery.
In addition to the Xperia A, NTT DoCoMo is also adding Sharp’s Aquos Phone Zeta and Aquos Pad, two devices that incorporate new, thinner displays. The Zeta device comes with a 4.8-inch full HD screen while the Aquos Pad is a 7-inch tablet that is approaching a full HD display resolution. Other manufacturers got their devices added to the portfolio, like the Panasonic Eluga and the 5.2-inch Fujitsu Arrows NX. All of these devices from Sharp, Panasonic and Fujitsu will come with Android 4.2.
source: NTT DoCoMo
If you were paying attention to CES 2013, you may have noticed that one of the more popular items on display was the flexible screens under development by Samsung. As their short video showed, the flexible screen will open the door to some new form factors. Until then, if you want something unique you may have to look for something like the NEC Medias W N-05E. NEC has basically taken two 4.3-inch devices and merged them together with a hinge in the middle. When opened, the device doubles screen real estate while maintaining a small, pocket-able size when folded up. Read more
The rumors that the Sony Xperia Tablet Z would get announced by NTT DoCoMo came true today. The tab was already announced by Sony so no major surprises on the specs: a 10.1-inch 1080p (1920 x 1200) display, a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD, an 8.1MP Exmor R camera, 6,000mAh battery, NFC, LTE, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Just like the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, it will be waterproof and dustproof. It’s only 6.9mm thick and weighs in at 495 grams, which makes it the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet. It will be available in Japan in mid March, but no word on pricing. The big question is if Sony will actually sell any of them?
sources: NTT DoCoMo, Sony Mobile
NTT DoCoMo announced a bunch of phones and tablets for their spring lineup and the LG Optimus G Pro was one of them. We already knew most of the goods on it, but the specs are now official: 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, 3,000mAh battery, and LTE. It will be available in April. No official word from LG so we have no idea when or if it will be available in other parts of the world.
source: NTT DoCoMo
NTT DoCoMo customers in Japan will have a new toy from Panasonic to look forward to in the near-future. According to a newly-surfaced FCC listing, details for a mysterious P-02E has been made available for the world’s eyes to see. According to the listing, the newly unveiled device will have NFC capability, an LTE chip and wait for it— a retractable TV antenna. In addition to the newly highlighted features of the smartphone, there have been previous rumors highlighting the new device will have Jelly Bean on-board, a 5-inch screen capable of a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor.
Of course NTT DoCoMo customers probably won’t need to wait long for this puppy to hit the marketplace from this point, though those of us out here in the States will probably not want to hold our collective breaths anytime soon.
NTT DoCoMo, the large network operator in Japan, has released the line-up of devices that will be included in their 2012 Winter Collection. The list includes several high-end devices like the Samsung Galaxy S III in Titanium Gray, a red LG Optimus G model, a Samsung Galaxy Note II, the Sony Xperia AX, a Sharp AQUOS ZETA smartphone, and a Fujitsu Arrows Tab 10.1-inch device.
The AQUOS ZETA phone sports a 4.9-inch IGZO display running atop a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip with 2GB of RAM. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the device is water and dust proofed and will be available in red, white or blue models. Another device readers may not be familiar with is a 10.1-inch tablet from Fujitsu. The Arrows Tab is running an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.7GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM to drive a full HD 1920×1200 WUXGA display. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the device packs a huge 10,080 mAh battery.