We’ve heard a few things about Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z4, but thanks to a leaked front panel, we’re getting our first actual look at what may potentially be Sony’s first phone of 2015. The panel is the touch screen for the device, and while we can’t get a screen resolution or anything out of it, we can at least see how it stacks up next to the size of the Xperia Z3.
Fortunately, it looks like Sony is sticking to that 5-inch range with the Z4 instead of going with a massive 6-inch screen like we’ve heard off and on. The display looks very similar to the Z3 with just a few minute differences. The cut-outs for the proximity sensor and camera have switched, and the speaker hole has moved up to the edge of the digitizer instead of sitting halfway between the screen and bezel.
Sony just took the wraps off of the Exmor RS IMX230 for smartphone cameras and other mobile devices. It is the first CMOS image sensor for smartphones that sport an “onboard image plane phase detection AF signal processing function to achieve excellent focus tracking of fast-moving subjects.”
What the hell does that mean? It means the new camera will do a much better job at capturing fast moving objects with high-speed autofocus. Anyone with kids knows what I am talking about, but don’t forget animals and sporting events. The IMX230 features 21.7 megapixels, and a 192-point autofocus, which is better than the previous generation’s 172.
Sony is the first company to announce it is holding an event at CES 2015. There, it is expected that new devices will be introduced to the Xperia line. To be exact, new phones and a tablet are going to be unveiled. Sony could be opting with CES 2015 for announcements as it allows the company to get ahead of everyone else doing so at Mobile World Congress in February. You will not have to wait until January, though, to find out what Sony has up its sleeve. Why? Because someone decided to spill the beans on the Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra, and Z4 Tablet.
Hit the break to find out what is to come from Sony next year.
Sure, Christmas hasn’t happened yet, but that’s not going to stop manufacturers from preparing the launches of their new devices for next year. Sony has already scheduled a CES 2015 conference for January 5th, although they haven’t specified exactly what’s going to be announced.
As Verizon’s reign of exclusivity over Sony’s SmartWatch 3 has now come to an end, residents in the United States can pick up Sony’s smart watch offering from the Play Store for $249. The device is currently listed as ‘in stock’ and will ship within 1-2 business days, so if you order today with Standard Delivery, it should be with you no later than Friday, November 14.
In the image above, you are looking at a version of Android 5.0 Lollipop running on select Sony devices. It is the AOSP version of the operating system’s latest version shown on a Xperia Z3, Xperia Z2, and even the Xperia Z1. Owners of those devices (unlocked) can go ahead and check it out.
The Xperia Z Series is scheduled to receive an official version of Android 5.0 Lollipop from Sony in early 2015. In Sweden, though, Sony has the 3Beta program that allows Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact owners to test drive Sony’s Lollipop software ahead of everyone else. This allows the company to understand how its software is performing in reality.
For those interested in an unlocked Xperia Z3 you’ll be excited to hear that the Sony Store has it. According to the web site the device will go for $679.99 and will start shipping on Monday, Nov. 10. It should be noted that this is the global variant (D6603) with support for LTE Bands 1-5,7,8,13,17, and 20. If you do decide to order one, you’ll have your choice of the colors available, including black, copper, olive green and copper. Hit the source link to score one.
If you’ve been holding out for PS4 Remote Play on your Xperia Z2 (or Z2 Tablet), your wait is over. Sony is officially pushing out the user experience update to those two devices which brings full support for streaming PS4 games to your device. The update will let you play full PS4 games with a Dualshock 4 controller right on your smartphone or tablet, which is an extremely cool feature, especially for gamers.
The Cast Screen for Android devices has slowly made its way to additional devices. Still, the total is quite low and there are some key devices missing. One company that is seeing many of its devices supported is Sony. Last month, its flagship Xperia Z3 and smaller Z3 Compact gained Cast Screen support. Now, the a couple more have been added in.
Here are the newest Sony devices to get Cast Screen support:
- Xperia Z3v
- Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
- Xperia Z2
- Xperia Z2 Tablet
Source: Google Support
The mobile division of Sony has failed to meet expectations. The company has cut forecasts left and right and has yet to make a meaningful imprint in the United States. Now, the Sony’s mobile division has a new leader. Kunimasa Suzuki will be reassigned within the company as Hiroki Totoki takes over. The reorganization is set to take place on November 16. Tomorrow, Sony is set to report its second quarter results and more changes are expected.
What do you think Sony has to do to make a mobile turnaround? Let us know in the comments.
Via: Xperia Blog