As the Moto G proved, an affordable phone does not have to sacrifice quality to reach a lower price point. Sony is only reinforcing that idea with their new affordable handset, the Xperia E1. It has the same look and feel as the Z1 Compact. To reach an affordable price point, it looks like Sony is going with a 4-inch display with a 480×800 pixal (WVGA) resolution. This suggests a 233 ppi pixel density. It’s not the worst of displays but you’re not going to be blown away by it.
Other specs include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. No word on if KitKat will be onboard or if the handset will have expandable storage. It will have a 1700mAh battery as well. The device will come in black, white or purple. According to Sony, it will have a 100db loudspeaker and one variant of the phone will have a dual-sim slot.
No word on pricing or availability as of yet, but we’ll let you know as soon as we do. We have the presser for you after the break.
Sony announced the Xperia Z1 Compact and T-Mobile-s Xperia Z1S last week at CES, but for whatever reason, they decided to hold off on a couple of phones until this week. Probably because they are mid-rangers. The Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra dual are 6-inch phablets sporting mid-range specs.
Both phones are identical other than the fact that the Dual has, you guessed it, dual-SIM capability. Specs for both phones include a 6-inch TRILUMINOS and Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for mobile, but the resolution is only at 720p. As to the rest, they sport a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor (presumably a Snapdragon 400), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 13MP rear camera with Exmor RS for mobile, 1.1MP front-facing camera, and 3,000 mAh battery. No word on which version of Android, but you can forget KitKat.
Last week we saw a rumor that Sony’s newest device, codenamed “Sirius”, could debut at MWC this year, and be coming to Verizon later this year. More information has come out suggesting that the device will be the Xperia Z2 and has all but officially confirmed the rumor that we’ll see it at MWC. It was rumored to be under the codename “Avatar” but a reliable source says that’s not the case. The phone will boast some amazing specs as well.
It will feature the quad-core Snapdragon 800, a 5.2 inch 2,560×1,440 pixel (Quad HD, QHD, or 2k) display, 3GB of RAM, a 20.7MP camera, and a 3,700mAh battery. It will come with the water and dust protection expected with Sony hardware and it will have KitKat on board. It will also have the Mobile Bravia Engine 3 with improved X-Reality. The rumor about it coming to Verizon, has yet to be confirmed. We’re a little over a month away from Mobile World Congress, and it’s safe to say we’ll know more then.
Just as Sony said, the Xperia Z1S smartphone is available online starting today. For $0, customers can pick one up and pay $22 per month for two years. If buying outright, the full retail price of the Xperia Z1S is $528. Users get a 5-inch, Full HD display and a 20.7MP camera. Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz with 2GB of RAM. Also, the handset is water and dust resistant. The Xperia Z1S will make its way to T-Mobile stores on January 22; therefore, heading to the carrier’s site is the only way to get one for now. Hit the source link to do so.
A Wi-Fi-only model of Sony’s first phablet, the Xperia Z Ultra, is on its way, according to recent appearances in the AnTuTu benchmark, as well as FCC certification databases. Perhaps Sony is ready to join the small tablets market with the 6.4-inch Z Ultra, without it’s baseband modem, and with it’s thin 6.5 mm frame?
The device is also waterproof, and can be written on with a regular pencil. Pricing and availability are obviously uncertain at this point, but we’re hoping it’ll be cheaper than the LTE version. More info should be coming soon, and we’ll keep you updated.
Via: Phone Arena
At CES 2014, Sony has announced the launch of a new streaming game service, PlayStation Now (PS Now). The service is expected to launch in the U.S. this summer and will give users access to titles from the PS3 library. The games will be playable on PS4 and PS3 systems, with PS Vita systems close behind. Sony indicates that they want to eventually expand the offering beyond the PlayStation platform and even beyond Sony devices, allowing consumers to play their titles on a wide variety of Internet-connected devices, notably smartphones and tablets. Read more
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.
Kaz 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. Read more
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.
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!