In case you haven’t noticed, in the world of consumer electronics there is a continual effort going on to enable consumers to share content between their mobile devices and non-mobile devices like TVs. An example of this is Apple’s AirPlay system that gives users the ability to mirror iPad or iPhone content to their Apple TV. Apple’s solution enables some other features as well like initiating playback of remote content. Key to this is the ability to discover AirPlay capable devices. Great if you are part of the Apple ecosystem, not so great if you use other solutions or have hardware from other manufacturers. Netflix and YouTube hope to provide an alternative for non-Apple consumers and have launched DIAL with the backing of several other parties. Companies like Samsung, Sony, Hulu and the BBC are backing the effort to develop and implement the DIAL protocol.
The rumors that the Sony Xperia Tablet Z would get announced by NTT DoCoMo came true today. The tab was already announced by Sony so no major surprises on the specs: a 10.1-inch 1080p (1920 x 1200) display, a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD, an 8.1MP Exmor R camera, 6,000mAh battery, NFC, LTE, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Just like the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, it will be waterproof and dustproof. It’s only 6.9mm thick and weighs in at 495 grams, which makes it the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet. It will be available in Japan in mid March, but no word on pricing. The big question is if Sony will actually sell any of them?
sources: NTT DoCoMo, Sony Mobile
First of all, who knows what this image could be. There have been no confirmations whether this is a smartphone, much less real. The only thing we know is that the photo above was posted on the Chinese-language Digi-wo forum by someone who claims it’s a screen for a 6.44-inch 1080p Sony “phablet” device.
Obviously this is as much of a rumor as anything, but still interesting to see what Sony may be up to. Personally, anything over 5 inches for a phone is far too much, but to each his own!
The Sony Xperia Z looks to be one step closer to going on sale stateside. The posted FCC documents appear to indicate Sony’s sleek and water resistant Android handset has passed inspection and deemed safe for the American market. The inspection process also gave us a chance to take a peek inside this guy. A few European sites have begun pre-sales, in the UK and Slovakia, but US consumers still have a couple months to go. Hit the source for the full gallery of Xperia Z dissection photos.
A few days ago we started our watch for a new tablet device from Sony to complement their Sony Xperia Z smartphone. The wait did not take long as Sony has announced plans to release the Sony Xperia Tablet Z to the Japanese market this spring. The 10.1-inch tablet will have a full 1080p HD screen running on top of a quad-core Snapdragon S4 cpu running at 1.5GHz.
Sony has packed some other nice features into the tablet including an 8.1MP camera that incorporates some of their technology like Exmor R for mobile for grabbing stunning photos, notably in low light situations. Sony also incorporates S-Force Front Surround 3D sound, NFC capability, and a level of water- and dustproofing. The device will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is LTE capable. Initial color choices include black and white.
Sony has not released a specific date of availability nor have they released any information regarding other global markets where the device may eventually be released.
source: Sony Mobile Communications
Sony may be in the process of adding some screen calibration functions to their forthcoming Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL smartphones. This will likely be a nice feature for those users who are interested in doing some fine tuning of the overall screen display for their device. A screen capture of the settings reveals the ability to adjust white balance, color saturation and color hue.
The screen captures come from a Sony Xperia ZL handset. Assuming the function remains available on production units, it seems likely it would also be available on the Xperia Z.
source: Xperia blog
For all you Xperia S owners out there waiting for your Jelly Bean update, here are a few leaked images to hold you over. Xperia S owners will get a taste of some of the newer features that Sony has recently released, including a new lock screen, power management, Find My Xperia and screen mirroring. The new build will be 6.2.X.X.XX and a will be based on a new 3.4 kernel, compared to the 3.08 kernel which is currently powering the device. The Jelly Bean update is slated for an April release at the earliest, so jump passed the break to hold yourself over till then.
Source: Xperia Blog
The Xperia Z, set for a March launch, will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box but Sony announced it will be updated to Android 4.2 “shortly after.” Unfortunately, that’s about as specific as we’ve come to expect from manufacturers regarding update ETAs. Looking back on the Android 4.2 announcement, it doesn’t look like the Xperia Z’s update will be too extreme. It’s doubtful Sony will scrap its camera and keyboard for their stock Android equivalent and the only other major 4.2 enhancement I can think of was to Android Beam. We’ll let you know if we learn of any specifics related to the update. In the meantime, feel free to go back and check out our hands on with the Xperia Z from CES.
A few days ago information about the Sony Xperia Tablet Z (SO-03E) leaked. Why they didn’t show it at CES is anyone’s guess. We were thinking that it would show up at Mobile World Congress at the end of February, but it looks like it NTT DoCoMo in Japan will announce it next week on January 22. They will also display it in the DoCoMo Smartphone Lounge from January 23 through January 27.
The leaked specs include a 10.1-inch 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, a 6,000 mAh battery, NFC, and it’s supposed to be only 6.9mm thick. There will be an LTE version and like the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, it’s water and dust proof.
If you’re lucky enough to have a PlayStation Certified device, you will want to check out the PlayStation Store because Sony is giving away one free game each week for the next six weeks. This week’s game is Samurai Beatdown, which is a rhythmic-action scroller. The service is only available in Japan, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Australia. Now you won’t find a lot of devices that have the PlayStation Certification. It’s mostly Sony branded with a few Sharp and HTC devices, but we have the complete list after the break as well as the trailer video for Samurai Beatdown.