It’s certainly no secret that Sony plans to take over the mobile world, so it should come as no surprise that it has introduced what can be seen as some revolutionary technology. It went ahead and revealed its Triluminous display technology which aims to enhance the display of various devices to levels never seen before. Essentially, Triluminous display technology utilizes quantum dots (otherwise known as nanocrystals) that are so small, they have quantum properties and emits light just at preset wavelengths. The effect of this process i the significant enhancement of display factors like a larger color gamut to improved brightness and contrast.
Sony certainly can’t wait for this technology to arrive on its Xperia line of smartphones too. Here’s a Sony insider highlighting the important plans Sony has for this technology:
“During the interview, the heads of Sony Philippines likewise confirmed that Triluminos display will definitely come to the Sony Xperia smartphone line. This is cool because, as of writing, Sony is still using TFT panel even in its top of the line handset releases, including Sony Xperia Z. Triluminos will be the Japanese company’s answer to display technologies being offered by other companies like Retina Display and SuperAMOLED”.
via: Phone Arena
Sony has two flagship models slated for release later in 2013, and we’re finally hearing some details about the pair of devices. According to a device tester, the Togari device will sport a 6.44 inch, 1080p screen with a similar body style to the glass Xperia Z, as well as a white option, similar to the Z. The phablet could possibly be released in July in Japan, although there’s no word on when or if it would make it’s way to other markets.
Sony continues to lead the race to see which phone manufacturer can use the most letters in the alphabet. The Xperia ZR, codenamed Dogo, seems to be an Xperia Z variant. It will sport a 4.6-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm CPU, 2GB of RAM, 13MP Exmor RS camera, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot, and 2,300mAh battery. As to the CPU, it wasn’t specified if it’s an S4 Pro or the newer 600 series. Also of note is that it’s water resistant with an IP/IP58 rating, which is higher that the IP55/IP57 rating for the Xperia Z. As far as design, it seems more like the Xperia ZL because it sports a glass body. We have no idea when this will be released, so stay tuned for more information as it happens.
Sony announced today that they have opened the software code for their Sony Xperia Z smartphone to the Android Open Source Project. The software has been uploaded to Sony’s GitHub. Between that and information available at Sony’s Developer World site, external developers should have everything they need to get started. The project will be overseen by the same people who were over the Sony Xperia S AOSP. Sony points out that the software is not intended for everyday use and several apps and services one might expect on a standard smartphone are not present. Hit the break for a short video about the project and some shots of what is included in the code.
Although it sometimes seems like Samsung and HTC are the only manufacturers fighting for Android device supremacy, there are others out there producing some top of the line smartphones that should satisfy even the most cutting edge buyer. A good candidate for this is the Sony Xperia Z which just succeeded at selling 4.6 million units during its first 40 days on the market. Sony appears to be ready to try to capitalize on this success and keep the momentum going, at least in the U.S., with plans to expand their retail footprint through the use of stand-alone stores and freestanding Galleries.
If you’ve been keeping an eye out for either of Sony’s latest flagship phones, we’ve got some good news about the Xperia ZL, just a day after hearing that the Xperia Z may hit our shores relatively soon. The Xperia ZL, which is the non-waterproof/dustproof cousin of the Z will be hitting Cincinnati Bell on May 1st for $249 with a two year agreement. It’s taken awhile for either of these devices to land on any US carriers, but even with Samsung and HTC fighting for the attention of consumers, I still think the Xperia ZL will move a few devices. It’s definitely a high end option for someone looking for something a little different.
The XL will come sporting a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 5-inch 1080p screen, and that stunning 13 MP camera. It also still has the LTE and GSM bands to work on any carrier in the States, (Band 4 for T-Mobile LTE and Band 17 for AT&T) but there’s no word on if the device will be sim-locked or not. Hopefully not. Hit the press release below for all the details, and be sure to mark the 1st on your calendar if you’re planning on picking one of these up.
As Android smartphones become more powerful with each successive generation, more people are finding them capable of running games they enjoy playing. Depending on a device’s capabilities, it is easily conceivable that it can serve in the same role as a traditional game platform like a PlayStation, complete with a connection to a flat screen TV and dedicated controllers for players. We have seen many companies come to market with controllers for Android devices that replicate the controllers found with leading game systems in pursuit of such a setup. It appears that Sony has decided to get in on this market with the introduction of native support for their PlayStation DUALSHOCK 3 controllers on some devices.
Sources are indicating that T-Mobile is in the process of testing the Sony Xperia Z, which could result in Sony returning to the T-Mobile portfolio. TmoNews reports three different sources over the past two weeks have all confirmed Sony is testing the device. The Xperia Z is a 5-inch 1080p display smartphone powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, a 13MP camera with Exmor RS for mobile and HDR video, and is dust and water resistant. Although it may not be garnering all of the attention that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or the HTC One are grabbing, the Xperia Z is still a top tier device and should be a welcome option for consumers on the T-Mobile network.
Just because T-Mobile is testing a device does not guarantee it will be offered to consumers. This happened last fall with the HTC One X+ which was never picked up by T-Mobile. Still, the fact that the device is getting put through the paces by T-Mobile is a good sign.
Someone please tell me when Sony will run out of letters? We can now throw the Xperia A and Xperia UL into the mix. Both are headed to Japan this summer. The Xperia A is headed to NTT DoCoMo and is codenamed ‘Dogo’ with a model number of SO-04E. It will sport a 4.6-inch HD display (not sure if it will be 720p or 1080p), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 2,300mAh battery. It’s also said to be water/dust resistant and will come with mobile wallet, One Seg and an IR blaster.
The Xperia UL is headed to KDDI and is codenamed “Gaga’ with a model number of SOL22. It will have a design that is similar to the Xperia ZL and it will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a removable 2,300mAh battery. Just like the Xperia A, it will be water/dust resistant and come with mobile wallet, One Seg, and an IR blaster.
Up until now, the majority of lockscreen security issues regarded Samsung phones, but it seems as though the Sony Xperia Z is suffering from something similar. With a few simple steps, you can bypass the lockscreen on any Xperia Z and get full access to the phone. From what I saw at CES, the Xperia Z is a really nice phone, but this is now the second major issue. Many users have reported their Xperia Z would suddenly die with no way to turn it back on. Sony did issue and update for European owners for that last week, but it looks like Sony software engineers will be hard at work again for another update to rectify this situation. Hit the break for the step by step video tutorial of how anyone can bypass the Xperia Z lockscreen.