As we inch closer to MWC 2014, one of the devices surrounded by some buzz has been the Sony Xperia Z1 successor. Dubbed the Sony Xperia Z2, the device has been going by the name Xperia Sirius with a model number D6503. We have already seen some leaked images of the device, so it should be no surprise to see it starting to show up in certifying organization databases. This is true for the FCC where the Sony PM-0740-BV, thought to be the same device, showed up with a wide range of wireless capabilities. Perhaps most notable is the presence of several LTE bands that would make the device compatible with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile depending on which exact band is enabled.
In addition to the smartphone device, a new tablet device from Sony also shows up in the FCC database with the model number TM-0043-BV. The FCC filing shows the same connectivity options as the smartphone. Previous reports had suggested the tablet was going by the codename Castor and would be released in the second quarter in Japan. With an FCC filing in place, it looks like it may make it to U.S. shores as well.
If you purchased a Sony Xperia Z1 after January 13, you’re now eligible to receive a free one-year subscription of PlayStation Plus. The service offers free games each month to owners of the PlayStation 3 and 4, and PS Vita. The games stay free for as long as your subscription lasts.
The promotion ends on February 12, so if you haven’t bought an Xperia Z1 yet, you still have time. The last day you can claim the subscription is March 5.
The new Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the biggest phone that Sony has made to date, coming in at a whopping 6.44-inches. In fact, that’s big enough for Sony to have launched it as a WiFi only tablet in Japan. Sony has created a pretty smart marketing video to back the device, aiming at specifically showing off the large screen size on the Xperia Z Ultra. Hit the break to check out the video, as well as the “making of” video to see how they made the Xperia Z Ultra look so large.
Back in October, Rockstar Consortium launched a fierce patent lawsuit against Google and Android. Then in December, Google decided to fight back and stated Rockstar’s own CEO said that every tech company is infringing on their patents. Google, rightfully so, was sticking up for their Android OEMs. But now Rockstar has made one of them give in. Rather than going through a legal battle with a group that has much more power, Huawei has decided to pay off Rockstar.
Had Huawei stood up to Rockstar, they would have faced a group led by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony, and Ericsson. Since Huawei filed a joint motion with Rockstar, the group will now likely push harder against the remaining OEMs they previously sued — Samsung, LG, HTC, ASUS, Pantech, and ZTE. If history means anything, we know one of them will put up a good fight.
Source: FOSS Patents
Along with the WiFi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Flex, Japanese carrier KDDI is adding a few more devices to its lineup today. These devices, however, will likely never leave Asian markets. First up is the Sharp Aquos Phone Series Mini smartphone. Pictured above, Sharp is offering the device in a few different colors. Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. A 13MP sits on the back and the Phone Series Mini runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Incredibly, this 4.5-inch smartphone has a 1080p display that allows for 487ppi.
The other device, also from Sharp, is the Aquos Pad. This 7-inch tablet also has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Like the Nexus 7, it has 1920×1200 display which is great for a 7-inch tablet. Like the aforementioned smartphone, it has a 13MP camera. Hit the break to see the Aquos Pad.
One of the most loved features of Sony’s Xperia Z1 was it’s camera, coming with a mode that allows you to capture 61 frames within only 2 seconds. After taking all those photos, you can go through the frames to decide which one you like best. According to Sony, you will never miss a crucial moment with Timeshift Burst.
Well now Timeshift Burst is available to anyone with a compatible device. All you have to do is head over to the Play Store and download the app. You can find a link to the app after the break.
We have seen a number of leaks regarding a Wi-Fi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra, and Sony finally made it official. It’s essentially an Xperia Z Ultra smartphone without the cellular radios. They are marketing it as a tablet, and it just might be the smallest tablet yet with its 6.4-inch (1080p) display.
The rest of the specs include a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2.2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3. Also, of course, just like the smartphone version, it’s dust and water resistant and is only 6.5mm thick.
For now, it will only be available in Japan for a price of ¥51,800 ($495). If you’re in Japan, look for it on January 24th in either black, white, or purple.
source: Sony Japan
A Sony device with the model number SGP412 has recently passed through the US FCC, and it’s believed to be a WiFi only model of Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra. All specs are the same as the regular Ultra, aside from the missing 3G/4G radios. In addition to the FCC filing, the user manual for the device has also leaked.
It’s tough to say when we’ll see this device hit the US, but if it’s gotten the green light from the FCC, it shouldn’t be much longer until this tablet sees the light of day.
source: Xperia Blog
We have been writing a lot about Sony’s upcoming “Sirius” (D6503) phone, but another device with the model D6603 has surfaced via AnTuTu Benchmarks.
According to the tests, the phone will pack a Qualcomm MSM8974AB chipset as well as a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 330 graphics, a 1080p display, a 20.7MP rear shooter, 16GB internal storage, and 2GB RAM.
For many years, Apple has been the envy of every other tech company, but kinks in the armor are starting to appear. Forrester Research just posted the results of their third study regarding customer experiences for electronics companies, and things didn’t go so well for Apple this time around.
For the first time, Apple fell below Samsung, Sony, and Microsoft. Interestingly enough, Amazon has led this category for the Kindle line of tablets since 2012. This year, they got their highest score ever of 91, which lands them in the “Excellent” category. Second place went to Sony with a score of 83, and Samsung and Microsoft tied for third with a score of 82. Apple wasn’t far behind at 81. All four of these companies are in the “Good” category.
Now these scores are all pretty darn close, but it is the first time that Apple is this far back. Are you guys surprised with the results?