Sony Unveils First In-Dash Cradle That Converts Into A In-Car Multimedia System

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As a geek and lover of all cool gadgets, I’m filing this one under the “hell yeah, that’s what I’m talking about” category. For some reason Sony chose to quietly announce this little tidbit at CES 2014 this year dubbed the XSP-N1BT. The product would have been missed entirely by the tech blogosphere if it wasn’t for the folks over at @evleaks tweeting about it. Being called the world’s first double-DIN handset cradle receiver, the XSP-N1BT (this thing needs a cooler and shorter name) allows you to place your device on it, adjusting the slider for a firm fit. With NFC/Bluetooth functionality you can pair the devices instantly, allowing you to play audio through your speakers, make hands free calls and charge your phone via the USB port.

In addition, the company is further reporting that future Xperia devices may be able to charge wirelessly. To wrap up the cool device, the company has also added a little remote for easier functionality and access to all of the devices features. With a Sony remote application, you can even use an AM/FM radio app for those who have not jumped on the Pandora/Slacker bandwagon. To check out the rest of our CES 2014 coverage click here and feel free to leave a comment or two in the comments section below.

source: @evleaks

Sony’s 2014 flagship smartphone and tablet leak, ‘Sirius’ could be heading to Verizon

Sony_Xperia_logo_110Kaz Hirai wasn’t letting it all out at in Last Vegas. At their CES 2014 keynote, Sony announced the Xperia Z1S and Z1 Compact. But what they did not shed any light on was their 2014 flagship smartphone, codenamed Sirius. In the wee hours of the morning, @evleaks tweeted a tip that was passed along to him. The Sirius smartphone is going to debut at Mobile World Congress next month and will come with a 5.2-inch display.

The tweet mentions there is a MSM8974AB SoC inside. This would be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor. If that is true, it would be disappointing as other flagships this year are likely going to pack the new Snapdragon 805 processor. To brighten up the mood after that speed bump, Verizon may be carrying this handset. It would be shocking as Big Red has notoriously passed on many devices in the past.

Later on, @evleaks tweeted information regarding Sony’s ‘Castor’ tablet. It will also have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor along with WiFi and LTE variants. The tablet will likely debut at MWC as well.
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Hands on with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact at CES 2014

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One of Sony’s biggest announcements at CES 2014 was the addition of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact to the Xperia family. The Xperia Z1 Compact is exactly what you would want out of a device with that name – it’s an Xperia Z1 with a smaller body. Some people just don’t want a 5-inch display, and 4.3 inches is perfect! Fortunately for those people, the specs of the device are still great, with a 20.7MP camera and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

Hit the break for our hands on with the device, and check back here for all the latest information on CES 2014.


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Hands on with the Sony Xperia Z1S at CES 2014

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Sony had a pretty big year at CES this year, releasing a number of new phones as well as a few wearable devices in the Sony Smartband and the SBH80 Bluetooth headset. The Sony Xperia Z1S is basically just T-Mobile’s variant of the Xperia Z1, and it features a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM. It also features a 5-inch display which makes use of Sony’s TRILUMINOUS technology. It has 32GB of onboard storage, but if that’s not enough it also has a microSD card slot. The Sony Xperia Z1S will be available from T-Mobile on January 13.

Hit the break to check out our hands on video with the device, and make sure to keep an eye on all the latest information about CES 2014 by clicking here!


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Sony announces the Xperia Z1S for T-Mobile, available January 13

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There was some confusion when specifications for the Sony Xperia Z1S leaked earlier today. It was believed that it would be a 4.3-inch device that had almost the same specifications as Sony’s flagship Z1; however, that turned out to be the Xperia Z1 Compact. The Z1S is just T-Mobile’s variant of the Z1. While the leaked photo was correct, the specs were meant for the Z1 Compact.

Inside the Z1S is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. The 5-inch display uses Sony’s own TRILUMINOUS technology and underneath it all is a 3000mAh battery. While there are 32GB of storage, a microSD card slot is present to expand the device’s memory. Just like many of Sony’s mobile devices, the Z1S is very durable. It can be put under almost five feet of water for around thirty minutes and it is also dust resistant. On January 13, the Z1S will be available online and T-Mobile will start carrying it on January 22.

Click here for Talk Android’s CES coverage.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is just like the Z1, but in a smaller body

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Today, Sony has announced a new member to the Xperia family. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is exactly what you would expect. It is a smaller version of their flagship Xperia Z1 handset. A 4.3-inch display is great for people that do not want monstrous 5-inch phones. And users will not be sacrificing size for specs. Just like the Z1, it has a 20.7MP camera. It even has Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor and a 2300mAh battery. The only area that has been downgraded is the resolution of the display. The Z1′s 1080p and this is 720p.

When the Z1 Compact goes on sale in February, it will be available in four colors — white, pink, yellow, and black.

Click here for Talk Android’s CES coverage and hit the break for the full press release.
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Sony Xperia Z1S image leaks, specs too

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Yesterday, @evleaks leaked both an image (above) and specifications of the Sony Xperia Z1S. The device will have a 4.3-inch, 720p display. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM is packed inside. A 20.7MP camera sits on the back and a 2MP on the front. The battery is sized at 2300mAh and there are 16GB of storage and Android 4.3 is said to be shipping at launch.

As you can see in the leaked image, T-Mobile’s name is stamped on the back. Sony is holding a press conference tonight at 8pm EST where the handset is expected to be announced. Also, T-Mobile has a press event scheduled for January 8 where this device may be introduced to the network.
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Two unidentified Sony devices slide through the FCC, could be the E1 and E1 Dual

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Right on the eve of their CES 2014 press conference, two Sony devices have slid through the FCC. The model numbers are D2004 and D2104; however, no one knows much about Sony’s new D series that leaked a few weeks ago. There is a belief that it could be the Xperia E1 and E1 Dual. These two devices would have HSPA+ connectivity while the previously leaked models would pack LTE support. Also, it could be an updated release of their Xperia L device. Currently, the Xperia L has a low resolution 4.3-inch display. Inside is a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Plus with 1GB of RAM.

If Sony does want to make something official, their press conference is tomorrow at 8pm EST. Click here for Talk Android’s CES coverage.
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[Deal] Get the Sony SmartWatch 2 from Best Buy for $159.99

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If you are ready to take the plunge and invest in a smartwatch type wearable device, you may want to check out a special that Best Buy is running right now on the Sony SmartWatch 2. The device is Sony’s successor to their original SmartWatch and normally retails for $199.99. Best Buy is currently listing the device with a nice discount of 20% for only $159.99.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 has a 1.6-inch transreflective LCD display, is IP57 certified for water resistance, and will work with many Android 4.0 or better devices including a full range of Sony smartphones. Along with Bluetooth 3.0 technology, the SmartWatch 2 comes with support for NFC.

If you are interested in the Sony SmartWatch 2 and want to try to grab it during this special offer, hit the source link.

source: Best Buy

Sony looks ahead to 2014 with successor to Xperia Z1, smartwatches

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Sony posted a New Year’s message on its blog today— the general theme of the post included looking ahead to the future, but also looking back at all of the company’s accomplishments from the past year.

In terms of what’s coming down the pike, Sony plans to keep its “Omni-Balance” design as a major part of all of its devices— this scheme involves symmetry of parts, flat front and back panels, and a stylized outer trim.

The company also plans to keep the Xperia Z1 as its main flagship heading into 2014— the device has yet to land in the U.S., but a Z1 sequel could be unveiled at CES next week, so you’ll want to stay tuned for more information. (A miniature Z1 could also be released, but we’ll have to wait and see.)

Wearables seem to be in Sony’s plans for 2014 as well. A successor to the SmartWatch 2 is sure to come, possibly with an entirely new form factor and brand new features.

Source: Sony Blog