Sony has just announced that their dual-sim Sony Xperia E Dual is up for pre-order in the U.S. with units shipping on March 1st. This entry level Android smartphone features a 1GHz CPU, a 3.5-inch WVGA screen and a 3.2MP rear camera. While these specs are nothing to shout about, Sony has presented an entry level smartphone in a very sleek and attractive package. The device will cost $199.99 which on the surface may seem high, however this is the price you pay for the device unlocked. Most of the higher end smartphones cost the same price on a two-year contract with a carrier. For $199.99, this is a great starter phone for anyone jumping into the smartphone market for the first time. Head over to the source to pre-order your Xperia E Dual today.
Source: Sony Store
We recently told you about a leaked mid-range Sony device, features above on the left. So far all we knew was that the Xperia SP had a slightly larger screen, probably around 4.5 or 4.6 inches, and had a Snapdragon S4 under the hood. The latest leaks confirm those rumors, and we now know that the SP will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T chip with a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor. The 4.6 inch screen will be built around an aluminum body with plastic back, that does indeed house a micro SD card slot, in addition to an 8 MP camera and 8 GB of internal storage. Pretty standard these days. Be sure to keep an eye out for more from Sony at MWC next week.
source: Xperia Blog
With Sony’s big announcement last night on the PlayStation 4, it’s no shocker that there would be something Android (and iOS) related. They announced a new app, simply called the PlayStation App, that will allow Android (and iOS) smartphones and tablets to become a second screen when playing PlayStation 4 games. Sega had the vision years ago with the controllers that came with the Dreamcast, but Sony is taking it to the next level.
The TV will still be the display of choice for gameplay, but you can now use your smartphone or tablet to look at maps. It makes perfect sense when playing something like football against a friend because your opponent won’t have any idea what play you’re calling. Users will also be able to purchase PlayStation titles from their devices and watch other gamers.
You may not be able to get your hands on a Sony Xperia Z quite yet as it is just starting to trickle out to some international markets, but when you do, instructions are already available for those who want to root their new device before doing anything else. Gaining root access has been accomplished by XDA forum member DoomLoRD using a modified root file he had for a Google Nexus 4. After some modifications, and with the assistance of some other developers, the new file for the Xperia Z is ready. If you hit the source link for access to the necessary files and instructions, you might note that DoomLoRD achieved this remotely as he does not yet have the device himself.
If you do get an Xperia Z and want to go down the root path, keep in mind you are taking some risks in unlocking the bootloader and flashing a new kernel on your device.
source: XDA Developers Forum
Three, the UK wireless carrier, announced via their Twitter account this morning that they are rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update to owners of Sony Xperia T devices on their network. Besides all the benefits of Jelly Bean, Sony includes some updates for their own apps like Walkman, Album and Movies. Reports indicate some new homescreen options will now be available for device owners along with improvements to the camera app.
The update does not appear to be available as an over-the-air option. Three’s support site instructs users to connect their phone to their computer and use the Sony PC Companion software on Windows PCs or Bridge for Mac on Apple PCs. This update from Three follows on the heels of the update being pushed out to unlocked devices and those on the O2 network.
You already know that the Sony Xperia Z is going to be pretty durable thanks to its dust and waterproof casing, but some casual nonbelievers wanted to take some time and see how the device would hold up in some extreme conditions like a public pool. As you can see in the video below, the Xperia Z’s camera not only holds up well when recording video, but the quality of the video and audio is as astounding as the quality of the device itself. Of course it should be pointed out that while recording the video while being underwater was a cinch, the on-screen buttons are not functional underwater, so users will need to actually hit the record button before actually putting the smartphone through its courses underwater. Still you gotta admit that it’s pretty cool seeing Sony’s claims of the Xperia Z’s durability holding up pretty well.
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Sony may be testing a new device and if the latest findings are correct, it’s going to be an impressive device. With the model number C680x, Sony’s device will be running Android 4.2 and sporting a full HD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Due to the model number being higher than the anticipated Xperia Z, this might be an indication of yes another Sony flagship phone. Very little details are known at this point but check back with TalkAndroid for the latest reports.
source: Xperia Blog
The Sony Xperia Z is scheduled to be launched as a general release at the end of February, but an announcement from Sony informs us that the phone will go on sale a little earlier than expected. The anticipated smartphone will debut at the Sony Store in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, February 21st, 2013. Those of you who want to get your hands on Sony’s newest release who do not live in Berlin or aren’t planning to travel there anytime soon, will have to wait for the general release scheduled on February 28th, 2013. Let us know if you’re going to be one of the lucky few who pick this phone up a week early.
Sony’s anticipated flagship in the Xperia Z will be publicly demoed ahead of it’s initial release at a UK retailer. While the device was unveiled during this years CES, many have been eager to see it in action. Starting tomorrow on Feb 15th, Phones4U will be displaying demo units of the Xperia Z at more than 300 of their retail locations.
Anyone willing to give Sony another shot in purchasing this Android device?
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We recently reported that Sony will introduce a mid-level phone with the codename “HuaShuan” and that it would be called the Xperia SP. Recently images of it posing with the Xperia V were leaked, which tells us quite a few new things. While the currently available Xperia V sports a 4.3-inch screen, the leaks have shown that the SP will be slightly larger, possibly a 4.5-inch screen. The Xperia SP will sport a 1.7 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU according to previous rumors as well as a non-removable battery which has been noted from previous tips. Although you can’t see it in the picture, the tipster said the microSD slot is behind the back cover, which is sure to make Android users happy.
As the trend of bigger and sharper screens continues in mobile phones, the rumored Xperia SP falls under the mid-range spectrum which won’t necessarily impress but could be a viable option for those looking for a less expensive alternative. Check out the pictures below of the reported leaks and let us know what you think of the rumored Sony Xperia SP.