Sony Xperia Z And ZL Smartphones Appear In Subtle Press Shots

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It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.

So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.

source: Engadget

Sony to announce Sony Xperia Z at CES 2013

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Chinese web site ePrice is reporting Sony will unveil the forthcoming Sony Xperia Z at CES 2013. The new Sony handset is quickly morphing into a device similar to LG’s Google Nexus 4 in that so many images and leaks are coming out, any official announcement is almost anti-climatic. We have already been treated to a detailed review of the device going by the name Sony Yuga and reports have already surfaced indicating the name would be changed to the Sony Xperia Z. With this new 5-inch device, Sony is trying to remain in the market and compete for buyers looking for 1080p display devices. The addition of water and dust resistant coatings to improve survive-ability in harsh climates or against the occasional mishap may help set it apart from competitors.

ePrice indicates the new handset, after debuting at CES 2013, will hit the Chinese market on January 15th where it is expected to sell for 4289 yuan ($690 USD). No word yet on what the future release schedule will be like for other markets. Up to now, we only knew the new device would be announced some time in the first quarter of 2013. We are glad to see it will be near the beginning of 2013. With luck, TalkAndroid will get some hands-on time with the Xperia Z during CES 2013.

source: ePrice

Video Shows Jelly Bean On Sony Xperia TL

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A Vietnamese video shows the Sony Xperia TL, currently on Ice Cream Sandwich, running Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. The video also shows a new lock screen, updated launcher, ClearAudio+ mode and an Xperia V-like Superior Auto mode on the 13MP camera. There may still be updates before the final street version but this should give Xperia TL owners a good idea of what’s to come.

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Source: Xperia Blog

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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