Sony has completed the Sony Ericsson buyout, and with that, changes are coming to the new Sony Mobile Communications. For example, new devices like the Xperia Ion and the Xperia S, will no longer carry the Ericsson name. The Xperia S is not supposed to be available until sometime in March, but new unboxing videos, and a leaked promo video, have surfaced for those of you waiting. The first thing you will notice is the change in packaging style, which is now wider and thinner than before.
Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s upcoming president and CEO, has recently hinted that Vita OS might make an appearance on future Sony phones and tablets. Vita OS is the operating system that powers the Playstation Vita. At a Q&A session with reporters Hirai stated that he doesn’t want people to forget that Vita OS is not just a gaming platform, but has the potential to be a powerful mobile OS as well.
Sony’s Senior Vice President, Yoshio Matsumoto, is reported as saying:
“If you’re asking if we’ve made it in a way that’s expandable, so that it’s possible to apply to smartphones and tablets on top of achieving the high responsiveness we need for gaming devices — it is possible. That doesn’t mean that we’re applying it to smartphones and tablets at this point in time, but it’s been designed with expandability in mind.”
All the sport enthusiasts out there should keep their eyes peeled for the Xperia Active Billabong Edition. Sony Ericsson has partnered with Billabong, a sportswear and casual clothing manufacturer based out of Australia, to present the ultra hip branding you see in the picture above. The Billabong Edition will also have some exclusive screensavers, videos, and the Billabong LIVE app to track surfing events. When you’re not hitting the waves, you can play the preloaded game Billabong Surf Trip.
In our unboxing and review of the Xperia Active, we noted that it runs Android 2.3.4, has a 1GHz single-core processor, and a 5MP rear camera. It’s dustproof, waterproof, scratch resistant and can withstand any tough workouts. SE is putting the Billabong Edition into the hands of snowboarding, skateboarding and surfing athletes around the world to demonstrate just how tough the phone is.
It’s available now in select markets. Check out the full press release after the break.
There’s been some talk of this happening and over the past week it has. As of January 26th, the company, Sony Ericsson, is solely owned by Sony. Their former partner Ericsson sold their stake for $1.47 billion. Sony Ericsson had a rough year, closing out 2011 with a $318 million dollar loss in the 4th quarter of 2011. Moving forward the company’s aim is to update their device line to ICS in hopes that consumers will pick up their devices on confidence of updates. Of course, they also have some exciting new devices slated including the Xperia Ion and Xperia S. Here’s hoping Sony makes good of their acquisition.
Do we now know the full identity of the upcoming 1GHz dual-core powered device? Stay tuned with Talk Android for more updates and rumors regarding the upcoming “Kumquat”.
[via Xperia Blog]
Hot on the heels of last weeks leak of the Sony smartphone roadmap, pictures of the Sony (Ericsson) ST25i “Kumquat” have just shown up as well. XperiaBlog was able to get their hands on what is reportedly the first leaked image of the device, and it sure looks a lot like a smaller version of the Xperia S.
According to the leaked roadmap, we should see the “Kumquat” sometime in April with a €262 ($339) price tag. Reports are showing that the device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, has a 5MP camera and a 3.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display. Not much else is known about the phone at this time, but I imagine we will learn more at the Mobile World Congress event at the end of February. For those of you looking for a higher-end device without a large screen, this may end up being a top contender. Stay tuned as we will fill you in as we learn more.
The Xperia S is a sleek and stylish phone. Given that it’s the first handset from Sony after they bought out Ericsson from Sony Ericsson they are coming in with a bang. Quite anticipated after its announcement at CES this year users from the UK will be happy to know that the Xperia S is scheduled to drop January 30th even though it was expected March 5th. Given that Samsung dropped the bomb about their Galaxy SII HD not coming to the UK it is certainly good news to see another gorgeous phone coming to the UK.
You can pre-order the device at Play.com for £450 which is the cheapest you can get your hands on the device right now. Both Clove and Ebuyer will let you pre-order device as well. Most of the major UK carriers will offer the phone at cheaper per contract prices. So expect this device soon and if you’re wanting this phone and are having a hard time waiting, check out the hands-on video from CES. Hopefully it’s enough to tide you over.
[via GSM Arena]
Looks like some lucky person was able to get their hands on Sony Ericsson’s latest 12MP monster, had a photo shoot, and ran it through a benchmark test all before Sony could announce it next week at CES. ITProPortal gets all the credit for unearthing all of these great photos and benchmark results of the soon to be public, Sony Xperia HD.
We have seen a lot of rumors and leaks surrounding this device lately so the images you see aren’t anything groundbreaking, but definitely are cool. We are now hearing that the device is dubbed the Sony Xperia HD and not the Xperia Arc HD (Nozomi) as rumored before. A few specs have been confirmed including an HD 720 x 1280 screen, Android 2.3.7, a 1.5GHZ dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM and a whopping 12MP camera. The device pictured only comes with 8GB of internal storage as well as no support for a microSD card – no telling whether the production units will have the same configuration. Also, the device uses a microSIM card just like the DROID RAZR.
If you’ve happened to come across Sony Ericsson’s FB page lately, you’ll be happy to note the company tossed up a teaser of a new and upcoming device. Most are speculating that it could be a highly anticipated follow up to one of their popular Xperia devices, the Arc and Arc S, check out our initial hands-on and review of the Arc S here and here. The pic on FB shows us a similar camera key as that of the original Arc as well as the usual squared-off HDMI out port. The HD camera is still present and SE provided this caption under the pic:
Just a few more days until we can reveal some interesting news – what do you want it to be?
The company is hinting to the fact that we’ll most likely see this bad boy at CES next week. If we were to speculate, it’s possible that a few devices could be proper prospects for the title. It’s possible the handset could be the anticipated 4.3-inch Nozomi device we reported in early December or the Xperia Arc HD that’s been buzzing all over the tech blogosphere. And of course, there’s the leaked Sony Ericsson LT28at “Superphone” sporting LTE, HSPA and a 4.55-inch display. I’m personally rooting for the latter. Definitely stay tuned as we dig a little deeper on the device, whatever it should be, as we rapidly approach CES in Las Vegas next week. Though some of the hardware may initially look different from what SE is touting on their FB change, we could still see a different looking final product by launch time. Feel free to further speculate in the comments below.
Well what do we have here? There have been numerous leaks over the last few months regarding Sony Ericsson’s next flagship phone, the Nozomi– also known as the Xperia Arc HD. We now have information on what will be the American cousin of the device. Known as the LT28at, the phone will come with a 4.55-inch 720P Sony Reality Display screen, a stunning 13MP camera and LTE support.
When you dive deeper into the device, we can fit some of the pieces of the mysterious puzzle that is the LT28at. For starters, SE generally adds the “at” suffix for AT&T devices and since AT&T now has LTE, it’s more than likely the device will be headed for AT&T stores. Moreover, while we don’t know which processor the LT28at will carry, it’s a safe bet that it will likely carry a similar dual-core processor to the Nozomi/Xperia Arc HD.
Let’s hope that we’ll see this puppy formally announced hopefully in the next few months. I’m not sure about you, but I can’t wait to see the photos and video from the 13MP camera of the device.
[via Android Central]