These days we’re starting to see waterproofing as a premium feature on many manufacturers’ flagship devices, and Sony is looking to change that.
In 2015, Sony plans to make the feature a gold standard among its 2015 mid-rangers, not only its flagships. It’s a nice addition, and is sure to pick up sales for the company unless other manufacturers follow suit with the trend.
Sony currently has the most waterproof device on the market, the Xperia M2 Aqua, which is rated for both IP65 and IP68 protection, allowing the device to be insusceptible to jets of water and can also be underwater for up to 30 minutes.
We fully expect the Sony Z3 Tablet Compact to be unveiled at IFA 2014 next week in Berlin, but it looks like we have some more information for you earlier than launch, as usual.
In addition to a leaked photo (above) of the tablet paired with Sony’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch, we have some specs for you. (Also of note: the devices above are next to a pool. This could be hinting at water-proofing on both of the devices.)
Everyone is teasing soon to be released products in the run up to IFA 2014. Sony is getting in on the action and the image above, obtained by Xperia Blog, is showcasing two devices that have yet to be announced by the company. If the location of this image is any indication, Sony will stay true to its design language and keep everything water resistant.
The Sony Xperia Z3 has been certified in China by TENAA, which is similar to the FCC here in the U.S. This in itself isn’t anything major, but the fact that the specs are confirmed is.
This beast is going to have a 5.2-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) display, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC), an Adreno 330 GPU, 20.7 MP rear camera, and a 2.2 MP front-facing camera.
Last month Sony introduced their “selfie-centric” Sony Xperia C3 smartphone. The Xperia C3 is a mid-range device with an upgraded front-facing camera and some other features for making it more suitable for grabbing selfies. The front-facing camera is a 5MP shooter, but it does come with an 80-degree field of view. Sony also built-in an LED flash for it for low-light situations. On the software side, the Xperia C3 can detect a double tap on the rear panel or a smile to trigger the camera.
Although it appeared at the time of the announcement that China would be the first market to see the device, it looks like Russia managed to slide in there to grab the honor. The device is slated to sell for 13,990 Ruble ($386 USD) starting in early September.
The year 2014 will be remembered for its selfies. Anywhere you turn, in the real world or online, someone taking a photograph of themselves can be found. We have already seen companies aim to master the art of a single camera for both sides, but not quite like this. The image above is allegedly an unannounced Sony device that is all about selfies. The entire devices resembles a women’s perfume bottle and has a massive lens for the camera that swivels 360 degrees so that it can be used as a front facing or rear camera depending upon the position.
Looking for a waterproof smartphone but don’t want to break the bank?
Sony finally has an answer for you.
Although the internals aren’t premium, the newly announced Xperia M2 Aqua is fully waterproof as well as dust resistant. You’ll still get the sleek OmniBalance design, though, as well as a dedicated camera button. Hit the break for the details.
While reviewing the user guide for a Bluetooth speaker with a charging dock, the Sony BSC10, readers noted an unusual entry. Amongst the compatible devices listing is an entry for an “Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact” which seems to imply Sony is working on a tablet device smaller than the typical 10-inch plus devices they produce. Sony is not really a big player in the tablet market to begin with and their limited selection tends toward the larger devices.
Of course a lone listing gives us no clues about what the size or specs of a compact tablet from Sony may be, but odds are it will be in the 7- or 8-inch range. In the past, Sony has produced an Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone which turned out to be similar to the regular Xperia Z1 smartphone in a smaller size. So an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could end up being similar to the regular size Xperia Z3 Tablet with Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM and a 1080p capable screen.
Yesterday the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) awarded Sony’s Xperia Z2 tablet >8″ tablet of the year. The judges commended the slim, lightweight device for its sleek design (6.4 mm thick and 426 g) and its waterproofed security. Read more
Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact is expected to be a mini version of the Z3 flagship, and the phone recently passed through the FCC in two separate variants for different carriers: FCC ID PY7PM-0810 and PY7PM-0812.
According to the FCC documents, the device will have a 4.57-inch screen, and overall dimensions of 127 x 64.9 mm. That comes out to be the third highest screen to phone size ratio of any Sony Xperia device — 69.85 percent. The original Xperia Z was 69.83 percent, the ZL was 74.97 percent and the T2 Ultra was 71.69 percent.