Sony could be working on a ‘lens camera’ that attaches to smartphones

Concept-Xperia-Camera-Mount

Word is that Sony is working on a something called a “lens camera” that can be used on its own or mounted onto a smartphone. This lens camera will transmit pictures via NFC and WiFi directly to the smartphone. Users can also mount it to their phone using a special magnetic mount, which would give users a live view of the lens from the phone’s display.

The lens camera will have it’s own imaging sensor, battery, and memory. Word is that it will have the same sensor that is on the Sony DSC-RX100 II camera, which is a 1-inch 20.2MP Exmor R with a f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens. In addition, Sony could be working on a second model with a smaller sensor and a higher zoom.

To give you an idea of this concept, hit the break for a couple of videos from Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens (WVIL). This product first appeared at CES 2011, and could be very similar to what Sony is planning. (the image above is a concept image and not intended to be the actual product)


Read more

Sony ‘Honami’ camera UI shown in leaked image

Sony-Honami-Camera-UI

Another day means another leak of the upcoming Sony “Honami’ flagship. This time we get a glimpse of the camera UI. It gives us further confirmation of the expected 20MP sensor. You will also notice a newer icon with the letter “M” in it, which is for manual settings. It also appears they have changed up the settings. This new UI has from left to right, Settings, Flash, Front/Rear lens toggle, and secondary settings. Are you guys getting excited for the ‘Honami’?

source: Gadgety
via: Xperia Blog

Leaked Sony ‘Honami’ press render reveals G Lens branding

Sony-Honami-Press-render

The Sony Honami has a new leak and this time it’s a press image. Other than a decent picture of the phone, you can see G Lens branding next to the lens. If you aren’t familiar with G Lens, it’s Sony’s proprietary glass brand they use on their cameras. Furthermore, since G Lens is onboard, you can expect the Honami to also have the BIONZ image processing engine. It’s a separate processory with powerful algorithms. At this point, we suspect that it will be similar to the Bravia Engine in that it will be software based because it’s for mobile.

The Sony Honami looks to be a pretty amazing beast, but will it make any waves in North America?

source: ePrice
via: Xperia Blog

Xperia Z to head north to Canada in late July, exclusively available on Bell Canada

Bell_Canada_2

It looks like Sony’s Xperia Z is going to be heading north up to Canada, as Sony has confirmed the device will be available from Bell Canada later this month. The phone will be available to customers in three color options, including black, white, and purple (?). Pricing has yet to be officially announced.

Adel Bazerghi, Senior VP of Products at Bell Mobility had this to say regarding the announcement: “With its amazing durability, Xperia Z raises the bar for superphones and Bell is proud to be the exclusive Canadian carrier of this innovative and much anticipated mobile device. Combined with the largest LTE network and Bell’s Mobile TV, which includes more than 30 news, entertainment and sports channels, Bell and Sony are making the mobile experience even better.”

Tim Hernquist, VP of Marketing for North America at Sony Mobile Communications, said that ““With Xperia Z, we are thrilled to bring a breakthrough superphone to Bell in Canada. The Xperia Z brings over half a century of Sony innovation to a superphone for an experience that truly stands out.”

Source: Xperia Blog

 

 

Sony “Honami” smartphone’s 20MP camera rumored to have smaller sensor than previously expected

sony_honami_leak_2

 

We already know that Sony’s next beast of a device is gonna have some awesome specs, but we are starting to get some critical deets for one of the most important parts of the smartphone— it’s awesome camera. While we know the i1 will probably have a 20MP camera, it will likely have a smaller-than-expected sensor compared to say… the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. Rumor has it that the sensor will “only” come in at 1/2.3″ in total size, compared to 2/3″ that was previously expected. Despite the smaller sensor, the camera will still be topnotch as the 20MP cam will have a f/2.0 with 5mm focal length and utilize the BIONZ processing engine, which effectively allows the camera to take photos with a resolution of up to 5248 x 3936 pixels.

Of course this is all speculation, but it finally appears that we’re starting to get a better idea of what to expect when Sony unleashes its next flagship in only a matter of months from now.

source: Esato
via: Phone Arena

Sony sends invites for ‘Exclusive Booth Unveiling’ on Sept. 4, ‘Honami’ flagship announcement expected

Sony_Invite

Sony just sent out invites to what they’re calling an “Exclusive Booth Unveiling,” set to take place on September 4th in Berlin, which is just a couple days before IFA 2013. It’s expected that Sony will announce their next flagship, currently codenamed ‘Honami,’ at the event. It’s a pretty good tactic, as its buzz should avoid being drowned out by the other products being announced later that week at IFA.

Many rumors say that the Honami’s official name will be the “i1,” and will pack a 5-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a powerful 20MP rear shooter. More details to come as we find out more info about the Honami/i1— there’s a lot of time between now and September, so expect plenty more information to leak.

T-Mobile nabs the Sony Xperia Z as an exclusive, available July 17 for $99 down

T-Mobile_Xperia_Z

It might be a little late, but the Sony Xperia Z is finally coming to America. T-Mobile just announced that it will be exclusively on their network on July 17 for $99 down and 24 monthly payments of $20. Customers can also pre-order the Xperia Z online on July 16 and receive a free Sony Wireless Speaker gift. If you can’t wait until July 17, you can grab it now from any of the 38 U.S. Sony Store locations or online.

This is the same phone that’s been available internationally for several months. Why carriers wait so long, I will never know. Full presser after the break.


Read more

Sony Smartwatch 2 UK availability pushed back until September

Sony_SmartWatch_2_SW2

Originally, Clove in the UK listed Sony’s brand new smartwatch with a July 15th availability despite Sony saying the smartwatch would be available later in the year. Now Clove has moved that July 15th date back a few weeks to September 9th, claiming the original information they received from Sony was incorrect. It’s kind of a “he said, she said” situation, but at least that gives everyone a little more time to preorder the device. And anyone on the fence about preordering one will definitely have a better look at the smartwatch at IFA, which is that same week that the device is slated to go on sale.

source: Android Central

Sony’s “my Xperia” remote security service now rolling out globally

My_Xperia

After some successful beta testing, Sony has announced on their blog that they are ready to roll out their “my Xperia” remote security service globally.

While there are certainly other alternatives to Sony’s service currently on the Play Store, “my Xperia” will surely introduce some new and useful options.

It does all the basics, such as locate and protect your phone should it ever be misplaced, sound an alert which overrides silent mode and wakes the display, maps the phone’s location through the cloud, locks the phone, pings a message with contact details, and even erase internal and external SD card data info or data if needed.

Check out the full press release after the break for more info.
Read more

Sony highlights how efficient you will be with the Xperia Z Ultra in latest video

Sony_Xperia_Z_Ultra_using_a_pencil

Who wants to be more efficient and who wants a large, and I mean a very large, phone? Well assuming the answer is yes to both questions, then Sony thinks the Xperia Z Ultra is the phone for you. They just posted a highlight video showcasing how efficient you will be at creating a new note with any pencil, multitasking, using the calculator that features handwriting recognition, using the one-handed keyboard, and answering calls with the Bluetooth handset. With all this efficiency, the battery could be an issue, so you might want to utilize STAMINA mode. Hit the break for the 78-second clip.


Read more