The Xperia M is the little brother to the Sony Xperia Z (not to be confused with the Xperia Z1 Mini) that bears many similarities to Sony’s higher end offerings at a much cheaper cost. The Xperia M has recently been made available unlocked to US consumers at a fairly cheap $249 price point, completely unlocked. That unfortunately puts it in competition with the Nexus 4, but if you want to try something a little different or particularly like Sony hardware, the M can hold its own.
It sports a 4-inch, high-res screen, 1 GB of RAM and 2 GB of internal storage with a MicroSD card slot. The processor is a decent dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus, and it has a 5 megapixel rear camera and .3 megapixel front-facing cam. You also get Sony’s unique software features, Android 4.1, and NFC, which is pretty rare for phones in this price range. Unfortunately, I don’t think the device is waterproof like the bigger models, but hey, can’t have everything. It also comes in four colors: white, black, purple, and yellow.
If you’ve been in the market for a new phone but you’re on a budget, hit the link below to check this one out.
Nowadays you can’t introduce a flagship phone without offering a mini version can you? Just yesterday we heard that Sony is going to introduce the Xperia Z1 Mini (codenamed the Honami Mini) in the coming months. Now we have a little more evidence. The above image is believed to be the Z1 Mini. If you guessed that smaller one that’s colored purple, you are right. Boy, you catch on quickly.
Usually mini versions don’t sport the greatest specs, but Sony is packing a lot in this bad boy. The display is going to be 4.3-inches and 720p, but it’s going to sport the Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and the same 20.7MP G Lens found in the Xperia Z1.
I think it’s a safe bet that we will see it at CES in January. This just might be the best dang 4.3-inch phone on the market next year.
via: Xperia Blog
Sony’s Z1 is starting to make waves as pre-orders for the device became available in many European countries last week. Now, we’re hearing that Sony’s smaller version of the device, the Z1 Mini, is set for a release within the upcoming months. The official name is still a rumor, but this is what we’re counting on for now.
So far, we’re expecting a 4.3 inch HD (1280 x 720) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20.7 MP camera with Sony G Lens, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a 2,400 mAh battery.
It’s certainly not a surprise that Sony will be offering the device, as major competitors such as Samsung and HTC are offering “Mini” devices of their flagships as well, including the Galaxy S 4 Mini and the One Mini. An announcement for the Xperia Z1 Mini should be coming soon.
Sony has made their upcoming Xperia Z1 flagship available for pre-order via the Sony Mobile Store.
Here’s a list of where it’s available and for how much:
- UK: £599 + free express delivery
- Digital Phone Company (UK): £549.99
- Germany: €679 (Same price as Z Ultra, which is odd because the official Z1 press release for Germany listed the price at €649)
- Amazon.de: €649
- France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain: €699
- Sweden: SEK 5,995
That’s all we have for now, but as availability widens, we’ll be sure to let you know of any updates.
Source: Xperia Blog
Back in June, Sony introduced the SmartWatch 2 for September, but didn’t specify pricing. Today, they reiterated that it would be available at the end of this month and let us know how much it will cost.
They will offer a black silicone strap model for €179 (~$236) and a stainless steel strap model for €199 (~$263). Replacement color silicone straps will go for €19 (~$25).
So far it looks like it will only be available in Europe for the time being since Sony hasn’t announced any intentions for North America. We can only assume that we will see a release stateside by the holidays.
source: Phone Arena
As part of their announcement of the Sony Xperia Z1 today, Sony took some time to show off a couple new accessories for smartphones. The Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 attachable lenses take the form of a lens, but are really a complete camera that can be attached to a smartphone via a special bracket that quickly clips on an off. The QX100 comes with a 20.2 MP Exmor 1-inch sensor, a Carl Zeiss lens with 3.6x zoom capability, and Sony’s BIONZ image processing software. The QX10 is an 18.2 MP device with a Sony G Lens that can zoom in 10x and has built-in Optical SteadyShot. The devices will sell for approximately $500 and $250 respectively.
Sony officially unveiled their Sony Xperia Z1 at their IFA 2013 event in Berlin today. Hitting the market with a one piece aluminum frame, fully waterproof, and a 20.7 MP camera, Sony describes the Xperia Z1 as a “watershed moment in Sony’s history.” Sony is clearly focusing on the camera functions of the device with the 20.7 MP camera augmented by “clear image” zoom technology that Sony says will provide 3x zoom with no loss of clarity. Other software enhancements are included like Social Live, an app that lets users “broadcast” to Facebook automatically; Info-eye, an app that will enable users to snap a pic then get info delivered automatically about the subject of the picture; Timeshift burst which takes 61 images in two seconds, some of them even occurring before the button is pressed, so users can pick from the very best image; and AR Effect which adds special effects to images. Sony indicates the SDK for the camera is open and developers are already working on new apps.
The Xperia Z1 is scheduled to launch later this month in Germany, France, the U.K., Canada, the U.S., and Japan, though no details about carriers are available yet. Along with the Xperia Z1, buyers will have access to a new, cloud-based service from Sony, PlayMemories Online, for storing photos and videos and syncing them with other devices. Storage will be unlimited.
Sony also mentioned some related accessories for the Xperia Z1 during their presentation, like the new QX10 and QX100 attachable lenses for smartphones, and the Smart Watch 2 and Smart Image Stand.
Be sure to check back here at TalkAndroid for additional details as they become available throughout the day and continuing coverage of IFA 2013.
Sony continues to try to make a splash with the Xperia Z1, but are they going too far? Last night they set up a huge cocktail glass filled with water and a few swimsuit models went for a swim along with the Xperia Z1. Obviously this is another way to show that the Z1 is waterproof, but I’m not sure how many people noticed the phone.
This type of marketing isn’t new for Sony. Earlier in the year, they set up a shower in a T-Mobile store with swimsuit models for the customers to gawk at to promote the Xperia Z. Is Sony going too far and acting a little desperate here, or is this just brilliant marketing? Hit the break for the video.
Earlier a Nexus device was spotted in a Google video regarding the KitKat statue, which was quickly assumed as being the Nexus 5. Adding to the speculation was the fact that Google pulled the video. Still, the big question on everyone’s mind is who is making the device? We have heard both LG and Motorola in the past, but we still don’t have any concrete evidence. That could be because neither company is the chosen one.
If you look closely at the leaked phone, it very well could be based on the upcoming Sony Xperia Z1. This comes from a Google+ post by Chris Winkley. He had heard Sony was making the next Nexus and quickly pointed out that both the leaked phone and the Xperia Z1 sport the same placement of the lens and flash. Now, we did hear that the next Nexus will look similar to the Nexus 7, so the fact that the lens is in the top left corner doesn’t prove that Sony is making the device, but looking at both phones side-by-side, it makes a lot of sense.
What do you guys think?
source: +Chris Winkley
A Sony site accidentally leaked the press release for their QX100 and QX10 “lens-style cameras,” which was removed shortly after. Unfortunately, Sony has asked our source to remove the press release from their site, and therefore, it is now unavailable. However, we do know that they will be announced tomorrow, Sept. 4 at 4:00 PM (London time)— you won’t have to wait very long to get all the juicy details.
Sony did release a video on their YouTube channel which hypes up the two lens-cameras. Check it out after the break.