Sony Yuga to debut as the Xperia Z, feature 5-inch 1080p display with OptiContrast technology

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A new report regarding Sony’s heavily leaked Yuga C660X has surfaced today, suggesting the elusive handset could eventually launch as the Xperia Z. In addition to the new naming scheme, the device is said to sport a water and dust resistant coating, with an Ingress Protection (IP) rating of IP55 and IP57. In the past, Sony has equipped its Xperia V and Xperia Acro S with the same type of coating.

The handset’s rumored 5-inch 1080p display will be outfitted with Sony’s OptiContrast technology, something that isn’t all too surprising considering the latest fleet of the company’s devices features the same display tech. What’s more is that the Xperia Z will reportedly be just 7.99mm thin, equating to one of the thinnest devices ever for Sony.

Of course, there’s no word on a release date, or even when we’ll get a chance to take a look at this bad boy, but we’d expect to hear something official in Q1 of 2013.

Source: XperiaBlog

The Unofficial Sony “Yuga” Smartphone Gets Detailed Preview, Confirms Everything We Thought Previously About The Device

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Another day, another tidbit of news regarding the suddenly not-so-secret Sony “Yuga” smartphone. After seeing some teaser photos of the superphone yesterday, we are now treated to a an actual preview of the device, complete with all the spec details you can handle. Thanks to our friends at Mobile Reviews, we now know the “Yuga” will come fully loaded with a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2 gigs of RAM, a microSD card slot, LTE and 12MP camera. In addition to the premium hardware features, the smartphone will come preloaded with Android 4.1 and Sony’s custom UI slapped on top.

So now that the cat is just about out of the bag, it’s just a matter of time before Sony comes out and gives up the deets. Q1 2013 can’t come here soon enough!

source: Mobile Reviews

Sony announces timeline for Xperia Jelly Bean updates

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Good news for Sony Xperia owners; Sony has followed up on a time frame for when it’s going to upgrade Xperia devices to Jelly Bean. It’s in line with what they’ve previously told us, so that’s a plus. The Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V will be receiving the update in February and March, which isn’t too far off. The Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia Go will be receiving the update  towards the end of March, and the Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia Ion and Xperia Acro S will follow shortly afterwards. We had heard a sooner date for the Xperia S, but better late than never. Unfortunately, the Xperia U, Xperia Miro, Xperia Tipo, and Xperia Sola will not updated from Android 4.0.

So who’s excited about this latest update on their Sony device?

source: Sony Mobile

Images Of Sony “Yuga” Prototype Surfaces

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It’s no secret that Sony has a superphone in the works for 2013, but it appears that we now have an idea of what this device may look like. Thanks to some leaked images from Mobile Review, you can see how the Sony “Yuga” looks in plain view— and she sure is a beauty too. Similar to the Nexus 4 or LG Optimus G smartphones (as well as previous renderings we had seen before), the device is almost entirely coated in a glassy-type material coupled with a sleek black finish. In addition, Mobile Review indicates the smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon-based processor— refuting any type of rumor highlighting the device would possibly be powered by a Samsung Exynos processor.

So now that we’re beginning to see more and more information pour out for this impressive device, all that’s needed now is a better idea of when Sony will finally come out and formally show this device to the masses. Considering Sony has a history of unveiling premium devices at certain January trade shows, we suspect that we’ll likely see something then.

source: Mobile Review

Sony Xperia E budget phone appears to be landing in the UK this February

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When it comes to releases, Carphone Warehouse seems to always give us a good indication on dates. Sony already announced the Xperia E budget phone, but didn’t tell us anything more than to expect it Q1 2013. Well Carphone Warehouse has a page to pre-register for the dual-SIM device, and it clearly states that it’s expected February 2013. Pricing should be around £130-£140 ($210 to $225).

source: xperiablog

Sony Rumored To Have “Yuga” Smartphone In The Works, Would Feature 128GB Of Storage And Samsung Quad-Core Processor

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We now have some additional Sony news to share with you all. As previously indicated recently, we knew that Sony has at least one major flagship device that is in the works behind the scenes, though we couldn’t quite confirm what the expected specs would be— until now. Thanks to the gang at Phone Arena, we now know that Sony has named a mysterious device the C660X “Yuga”, which will be a 5-incher and be completely surrounded in Dragonglass glass panel (Dragonglass is similar to Corning’s Gorilla Glass). The news doesn’t stop there either— the upcoming device is reported to feature a specialized quad-core processor not from NVIDIA, Qualcomm or Mediatek— but rather the “Yuga” will feature a Samsung Exynos variant processor, which is a shocking departure from the normal processors that are used, but not completely unexpected considering we knew Samsung intends to have its processors all sorts of manufacturers’ smartphones. Additional details about the “Yuga” includes the following:

 

Samsung Exynos 5 Quad
3 GB
5 inch OLED display FHD
128GB ROM
16 megapixel
3000mAh battery
Water / Dust resistant
IR blaster

 

What’s unclear though is if this device will be identified as the Xperia 5 (or Xperia 6) or if it will be given some other name. Also, no one seems to know when this device is expected to be released– though we have a hunch we’ll see it in Q3 or Q4 of 2013. Still– we certainly know that Sony has some clear intentions on snagging a big share of the market place— and this device could certainly go a long way with achieving that goal. Stay tuned with Talk Android as we try to get further details of what could be a potentially game-changing device.

source: Phone Arena

 

Sony releases Motiongraph application [Video]

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Sony has released their Motiongraph application that allows users to create photos that essentially “move.” You shoot a short 2 second video and use various images from the videos you record to create your own gifs. Pretty nifty, don’t you think?

The video below showcases the new app and how you can use it. The app is available in the Google Play Store for $0.99!

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Sony’s 2013 potential flagship devices ousted; Quad-core Cortex-A15 with a huge battery is expected

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Recently there have been rumblings of Sony releasing some hefty Android juggernauts in the coming year of 2013. Codename’s of Sony’s Yuga/Odin have been flying around lately and is expected to be one hell of a device. With Sony recently taking HTC’s #2 spot and only behind Samsung when it comes to Androids top manufacturers, I’m sure they’re preparing for a big push this next year to challenge that top spot.

The leaks are pointing towards 5+” full HD displays paired with a  quad-core Cortex-A15 processors along with 13 MP Exmor RS cameras on the back. Here’s what the Sony tipster had to say:

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Sony launches Xperia Lounge Beta for accessing unique entertainment experiences

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Sony just announced the release of the Xperia Lounge Beta app for Android smartphones. Users will be able to access new content from Sony’s world-class portfolio of partners and sponsors. You can expect content from music, sports, films, and gaming and there will be competitions to win tickets to concerts, movie premieres, and sporting events. Users can also stream live concerts, get behind the scenes footage for new films, access music, and meet celebrities.

The app has actually been around for over a year so I am not sure why there is an announcement now. Maybe it’s because there is exclusive content from Coldplay or that they are offering a chance to win tickets to see Swedish House Mafia on their farewell tour or to attend various FIFA events.

It’s available to all Android users, but only owners of Xperia smartphones get access to a special VIP area and streaming mobile content. Hit the break for download links and the full press release.

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Sony & Box Renew Free 50GB Cloud Storage For Life Promotion For 2013

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You remember how Sony and Box came together to offer Xperia owners a cloud storage deal they couldn’t refuse? Well both are back and set to offer the same free 50GB of cloud storage for life promotion— this time running until the end of 2013. You read that right folks: if you happen to own a Sony Xperia variant, Sony and Box are offering 50GB of free cloud storage all for the price of gratis. The promotion applies to most of the various Xperia-esque models—- though the deal doesn’t apply to the Xperia X10 mini, X10 mini pro or any device that runs on Android 2.1 or older. Nevertheless, those of you who do own a fairly recent Xperia smartphone have no excuse not to take advantage of this awesome promotion. After all— how else will you store those vast amounts of Frank Zappa albums?

You can find full details of the promotion in the presser after the break.

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