New Sony Xperia Z3X device info leaks, includes new curved camera sensor

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New rumors and information are starting to surface about a new device from Sony, initially identified as the Sony Xperia Z3X. Although it appears from the name that the device may represent an expansion of the current Xperia Z3 lineup, there is the possibility this is the Z3′s successor that should come out in early 2015. Besides an impressive list of hardware, the device appears to include a new curved camera sensor that Sony has been working on.
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Sony’s Xperia Z3 heads to Canada for launch on October 31

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Sony has announced that its teamed up with Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS and WIND Mobile in order to launch its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, in Canada on Friday, October 31.

The handset will be available to purchase from any of the operators bricks-and-mortar stores, as well as their online ones, too. Sony shops will also be stocking the Z3 for purchase on launch day.

Unfortunately, we have no information with regards to pricing as of yet, but we expect to see the device retail for around $700 on a prepaid tariff or south of $200 on any flexible two-year contract.

Hit the break to view the full press release.


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Teardown reveals how Sony waterproofed the Xperia Z3

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Teardowns are nothing new. For most it can be boring, but for those that need to repair their phone, they are a godsend. The Xperia Z3 is a little different since it’s fully waterproof with a rating of IP65/IP68. You may not ever own the phone or ever need to repair it, but you might find this teardown interesting since it reveals the care and workmanship from Sony in designing this beautiful hardware. The fact that they could keep the phone so thin yet make it waterproof is mind boggling.


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Sony kicks off ‘Don’t settle for good Demand great’ campaign for the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact

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The Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact will start rolling out throughout the world, so it’s not surprising that Sony is kicking off a new advertising campaign in support of the devices.

This digital campaign of short films are now live on YouTube and titled, “Don’t settle for good. Demand great.”  According to Louise Forbes, director of product marketing creation at Sony Mobile, the campaign “taps in to the passion of those people who refuse to settle.”


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Carphone Warehouse tests the Xperia Z3′s waterproof rating by doing an underwater unboxing video

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The Sony Xperia Z3 is a device with a ton of cool features, but one of the biggest selling points is its unusually high dust and waterproof ratings, normally found in the more rugged-looking Kyocera and Casio Android devices. The Z3 is IP65/68 certified which means it can go as far as five feet deep for up to an hour with no damage to the device.


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Sony will host an Xperia event in the US on October 9th

sony xperia z3 inviteSony has sent out invites for an upcoming event to be held in New York on October 9th. The tagline for the event is #DemandGreat, so we’ll probably see something related to the Xperia Z3 availability on US carriers. T-Mobile is a guaranteed carrier, but there’s always a chance that some other carriers will pick it up. There were rumors not too long ago about Verizon carrying an Xperia phone, so maybe that deal will finally happen.

Regardless, we’re just a few weeks away from knowing for sure. What are you hoping for from this event?

Non-Sony Android devices get access to Sony PS4 Remote Play thanks to new port

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When Sony announced their new Xperia Z3 smartphones during IFA 2014, one of the new features included was PS4 Remote Play. This new feature meant owners of the new devices could use their Sony smartphones as a second screen for the their Sony PS4 gaming platform. Even better than that, users could continue to play PS4 titles remotely on their mobile device. This was some great news for gamers who had PlayStation 4 devices if they were going to invest in a new Sony smartphone. Unfortunately, a Sony spokesperson said the company had “no intent to bring remote play to any device other than Xperia” meaning a lot of PlayStation 4 owners would miss out on the feature. That may have changed now thanks to a new port developed by XDA member XperiaPlaystation who has figured out how to get it working with a much larger population of Android devices.
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Sony announces SmartEyeglass and software development kit preview

Sony_SmartEyeglass_01Sony isn’t interested in sitting back and watching other manufacturers get into the smart glass game. They just announced SmartEyeglass which is another version of Google Glass.

The image above doesn’t look all that appealing, but Sony says it’s a prototype. It will do most of the same things that Google Glass does such as superimposing images, videos, and text. It also includes a 3 MP camera, accelerometer, gyroscope, brightness sensor, and a compass. Battery life is one of the biggest complaints with Google Glass, so Sony has added a bulky battery pack that is wired to the glasses. I’m not sure that is the answer. The prototype will connect to smartphones running Android 4.1 and higher.


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