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Sony Mobile is now set to only manufacture high-end smartphones


The past few months have been somewhat difficult for Sony, to say the least. Following a successful launch of not one, but three Xperia-branded smartphones in 2013, the Japanese company is now facing a serious loss in profit.

As a result, the firm has cut the amount of skilled workers it employs by 15% and adjusted operational strategies to primarily focus on the development of high-end smartphones, in order to seek financial gain rather than the global market share.

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Sony tweets zoomed-in picture of upcoming Z1 (Honami) super phone


We’ve seen seen leaked images of the upcoming Sony Z1 (originally code-named Honami) a million times now, and it looks as though Sony has decided to leak out their own images of the super phone to generate some more hype. The device will be one of the most anticipated of the year, and we’re only a few weeks away from its rumored release at IFA in Berlin, Germany. Check out the full embedded tweet after the break.

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Sony Xperia S Jelly Bean Update Details Coming Mid-December

Sony Xperia S

Apparently just asking Sony for an ETA on software updates works sometimes. Sony responded, via its Sony Xperia News twiter account, to a tweet regarding the pending Jelly Bean update for the Xperia S by saying it would provide details in mid-December.  The update news falls in line with Sony’s statement regarding updating most 2012-release Xperia devices to Jelly Bean.

Source: @SonyMobileNews

Sony Xperia Tablet S Officially Announced, Wants to Take Over Your Living Room

Sony has officially announced the Xperia Tablet S, with specs matching what we told you earlier. The sleek new tab is powered by a Tegra 3 CPU, comes with Android 4.0 and has built-in storage options up to 64GB. It has the distinctive look similar to the Tablet S, featuring the “folded-over” magazine shape, but is now made of metal and is a bit lighter. It has a 9.4″ IPS screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800, 6,000 mAh battery that will reportedly last up to 10 hours, and has an IR emitter which doubles the tablet as a universal remote (similar to the Tablet S).

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Sony LT29i Smartphone Gets Hands-On Treatment


You all remember that sleek Sony LT29i “Hayabusa” smartphone we told you about? Well, there are more details beginning to leak out for the mysterious smartphone. The gang at ePrice got hold of an engineering prototype of the LT29i and shared some detailed photos which highlight some of the smartphone’s features. For starters, you’ll note it’s somewhat similar in design to Sony’s also elusive LT30p smartphone— though the LT29i has more rounded corners. In addition, we have a better idea of the LT29i’s 720p display and solid viewing angles that are certainly comparable to other premium smartphones like the HTC One X. Among other items featured are an illuminated Xperia logo and the smartphone’s NFC chip

Now that we have a better idea of how the smartphone looks like and operates, it shouldn’t be too long before it’s finally released. All Sony needs to do now is change up the dated Sony Ericsson logo on the front and we’ll be in business. Hit the break and source link for additional shots of the smartphone.

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Sony LT30p ‘Mint’ Smartphone Outed and Outlined


While Sony has been quietly at work developing devices like the LT29i, we now see other devices it’s had up its sleeve in full fruition. A complete preview of a device called the LT30p (also known as ‘Mint’) has surfaced and gives Sony fans a look of what will be Sony’s next premium smartphone. The Sony LT30p will feature Android 4.0 and have a 4.6-inch (1280 x 720) display with on-screen buttons, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset, 1GB RAM, 13MP camera capable of 1080p video recording, 720p front facing camera, 16GB of internal memory, microSD, MHL output, NFC and a sealed battery.

The overall design of the smartphone looks to be a bit on the lackluster side, but the hope is what you see will not be the final design. After all— all those premium goodies should be featured in a premium design, right?

source: Xperia Blog

Sony Brings ICS to the Xperia Mini Pro

We reported back in March of this year about the revised update schedule for Sony Xperia handsets. In some instances there were some serious delays which probably resulted in some unhappy owners out there. Holding true to their schedule of updating the Xperia Mini Pro at the end of May or early June, the ICS update is now officially available for download.

Sony is setting itself apart by keeping their word and rolling out the updates to Xperia handsets globally. No failure to deliver in this instance. There were some concerns that devices such as the Mini Pro would not even be considered to receive the upgrade, but Sony surprised everyone by finally making it available for download. In order to access the update you must have the proprietary PC Companion software installed, but then it’s ICS all the way, and some very happy owners indeed. To grab the update for yourself head to the source link below.

source: Sony
via: Engadget

Sony: Xperia Ice Cream Sandwich Updates Still On Target

Just in case you’re still waiting for your Sony Xperia phone to get updated to Android 4.0, Sony took some time to update the community on the progress of the rollout. Nordic countries are currently receiving the upgrade, and Sony is working with carriers in various regions to get the upgrade out to all Xperia phones, including the Arc S, Neo V, and Ray. In other words, not much has changed since the last time Sony told us about the update. Sony just wanted to let everyone know that things are progressing as planned and to sit tight.

source: sony blog

Beta Android 4.0 ROM Released for Unlocked 2011 Xperia Devices

If you have an unlocked Sony Xperia from last year then I have some great news for you. Sony has released a beta Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for your flashing pleasure. This ROM is said to fix issues that the alpha ROM release was having as well as adds some much requested features to the mix. While the alpha was a preview of what was to come, the beta ROM has passed some certifications like the Modem type approval as well as important functions like GSM and FM radios being turned on and gives us an idea of what a finalized release would look like. Although it is said that more certifications and approval will be needed before we see an official version of Android 4.0 released on Sony devices. The update adds the following: Read more