Four devices, some unannounced at this time, were name-dropped by Evan Blass on Twitter with Verizon being among their destinations. The companies sending their devices to Big Red include Sony, LG, HTC, and Apple.
According to MobiTelefon, who published a report online earlier today, it looks like Sony is gearing up to launch the Xperia Z4 Compact next week. The scaled-down model of the South Korean company’s flagship smartphone is expected to be unveiled on Wednesday, May 1, in Japan where it’s believed it will be an exclusive.
Another company has announced a phone that targets selfie-takers. This time it is Sony and the new Xperia C4 as it has a 5MP front-facing camera. Sony bundled some of its most popular camera components to ensure that users get optimal results for their selfies. The Xperia C4 features a 25mm wide-angle lens, Exmor R sensor, soft LED flash, and SteadyShot technology. Sony also included special software to add some fun to the device’s experience. The AR Mask app, for example, allows users to take a selfie and place their face over someone else’s.
Hit the break to see what else is going on with the Xperia C4.
Yesterday, a report surfaced online claiming that Samsung is shipping some units of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge with its own ISOCELL camera sensor on board, instead of the Sony IMX240.
Up until today this was nothing but speculation. Read more
Sony has just announced that it is pushing out an update to its Xperia Z2 and Z3 ranges of smartphones and tablets, bringing a variety of bugfixes and tweaks with it whilst keeping the devices on Android 5.0. We have the changelog after the break. Read more
Last week Sony launched a new device in Japan that they called the Sony Xperia Z4. Unfortunately, the reception to the new device was tempered when it became clear that Sony had not changed much compared to the Xperia Z3. The design of the two devices is basically the same with the only real differences being the chipset, front-facing camera, and the USB charging port. Perhaps due to that cool reception, Sony may choose a different name for the device when it eventually hits other markets around the globe, possibly the Xperia Z3+.
The source for this alternative name comes from a document for a case for the Xperia Z4. The list of compatible devices for the case lists “Xperia Z4/Z3+”. Since there have been no rumors for another device based off the Xperia Z3 and given that the case will work with the Xperia Z4, sources think the odds are good Sony is planning to use the Xperia Z3+ name outside the Japanese market. That should please some who see the Xperia Z4 as just a minor iteration of the Xperia Z3, although it may create some naming issues for Sony down the road as they try to get their Japanese product line in sync with the rest of the global market.
source: Xperia Blog
Sony is working a special strategy for the smartphone market in India says managing director Kenichiro Hibi. The need for a special strategy is driven by Sony’s larger move as a company to get out of the entry level smartphone market on a global basis. However, India is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world, even faster growing than China, and entry level smartphones rule the roost. This means Sony has to continue to produce them for that market if they want to compete in India. Read more
Earlier today, a leaked press render along with a set of alleged specifications appeared online for Sony’s long-awaited, high-spec, budget-friendly smartphone, the Xperia P2.