The new Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the biggest phone that Sony has made to date, coming in at a whopping 6.44-inches. In fact, that’s big enough for Sony to have launched it as a WiFi only tablet in Japan. Sony has created a pretty smart marketing video to back the device, aiming at specifically showing off the large screen size on the Xperia Z Ultra. Hit the break to check out the video, as well as the “making of” video to see how they made the Xperia Z Ultra look so large.
Back in October, Rockstar Consortium launched a fierce patent lawsuit against Google and Android. Then in December, Google decided to fight back and stated Rockstar’s own CEO said that every tech company is infringing on their patents. Google, rightfully so, was sticking up for their Android OEMs. But now Rockstar has made one of them give in. Rather than going through a legal battle with a group that has much more power, Huawei has decided to pay off Rockstar.
Had Huawei stood up to Rockstar, they would have faced a group led by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony, and Ericsson. Since Huawei filed a joint motion with Rockstar, the group will now likely push harder against the remaining OEMs they previously sued — Samsung, LG, HTC, ASUS, Pantech, and ZTE. If history means anything, we know one of them will put up a good fight.
Source: FOSS Patents
Along with the WiFi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Flex, Japanese carrier KDDI is adding a few more devices to its lineup today. These devices, however, will likely never leave Asian markets. First up is the Sharp Aquos Phone Series Mini smartphone. Pictured above, Sharp is offering the device in a few different colors. Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. A 13MP sits on the back and the Phone Series Mini runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Incredibly, this 4.5-inch smartphone has a 1080p display that allows for 487ppi.
The other device, also from Sharp, is the Aquos Pad. This 7-inch tablet also has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Like the Nexus 7, it has 1920×1200 display which is great for a 7-inch tablet. Like the aforementioned smartphone, it has a 13MP camera. Hit the break to see the Aquos Pad. » Read the rest
One of the most loved features of Sony’s Xperia Z1 was it’s camera, coming with a mode that allows you to capture 61 frames within only 2 seconds. After taking all those photos, you can go through the frames to decide which one you like best. According to Sony, you will never miss a crucial moment with Timeshift Burst.
Well now Timeshift Burst is available to anyone with a compatible device. All you have to do is head over to the Play Store and download the app. You can find a link to the app after the break.
We have seen a number of leaks regarding a Wi-Fi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra, and Sony finally made it official. It’s essentially an Xperia Z Ultra smartphone without the cellular radios. They are marketing it as a tablet, and it just might be the smallest tablet yet with its 6.4-inch (1080p) display.
The rest of the specs include a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2.2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3. Also, of course, just like the smartphone version, it’s dust and water resistant and is only 6.5mm thick.
For now, it will only be available in Japan for a price of ¥51,800 ($495). If you’re in Japan, look for it on January 24th in either black, white, or purple.
source: Sony Japan
A Sony device with the model number SGP412 has recently passed through the US FCC, and it’s believed to be a WiFi only model of Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra. All specs are the same as the regular Ultra, aside from the missing 3G/4G radios. In addition to the FCC filing, the user manual for the device has also leaked.
It’s tough to say when we’ll see this device hit the US, but if it’s gotten the green light from the FCC, it shouldn’t be much longer until this tablet sees the light of day.
source: Xperia Blog
We have been writing a lot about Sony’s upcoming “Sirius” (D6503) phone, but another device with the model D6603 has surfaced via AnTuTu Benchmarks.
According to the tests, the phone will pack a Qualcomm MSM8974AB chipset as well as a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, Adreno 330 graphics, a 1080p display, a 20.7MP rear shooter, 16GB internal storage, and 2GB RAM.
For many years, Apple has been the envy of every other tech company, but kinks in the armor are starting to appear. Forrester Research just posted the results of their third study regarding customer experiences for electronics companies, and things didn’t go so well for Apple this time around.
For the first time, Apple fell below Samsung, Sony, and Microsoft. Interestingly enough, Amazon has led this category for the Kindle line of tablets since 2012. This year, they got their highest score ever of 91, which lands them in the “Excellent” category. Second place went to Sony with a score of 83, and Samsung and Microsoft tied for third with a score of 82. Apple wasn’t far behind at 81. All four of these companies are in the “Good” category.
Now these scores are all pretty darn close, but it is the first time that Apple is this far back. Are you guys surprised with the results?
If you’re reading this site, chances are you like a good leak. Well, Sony doesn’t, and they’re blocking the AnTuTu benchmarking app from even being installed on prototype devices. If you try, you’ll see the popup above, which isn’t just a warning, but actually forces you to uninstall the app. This surely won’t stop leakers, but they’ll have to find a way around it.
Source: Xperia Blog
The Sony Xperia Z2‘s (D6503) specifications leaked this morning followed by a flood of screenshots in the afternoon. So it is no surprise that someone managed to photograph the handset next to Sony’s current flagship, the Xperia Z1. In the image above, the Xperia Z2 sits on the bottom and the Z1 is up top. The handset seems to have a notification light hidden near the top. In one of the images after the break, you can see that the location of the light becomes hidden when unlit.