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.
There’s no doubt the Sony Xperia ZL smartphone was one of the big stars at last week’s CES and while this device probably will only arrive in a standard black or white color variation— we now have an idea of how it will look in an attractive, yet slightly outrageous color. Sony recently held an Xperia ZL launch event for the South East Asian markets and brought with it a special edition red color of the smartphone. As you can see, the device still features that sexy and sleek design with its glossy black display— but has an almost blood-red metallic backing. In addition, there are some slabs of black lines that hug the outside edges of the phone. Pretty attractive indeed, isn’t it?
While this special prototype was on display at the event, Sony is adamant with its claims that this color will not be available when the device will be launched later this year. We’ll have to take its word for it now— but don’t be surprised if we see this bad boy creep up in retailers’ shelves at some point in 2013.
source: Xperia Blog
If you’re the kind of person who has a short attention span, Android devices are your best friend. Even though Sony unveiled their high-end Xperia Z just last week at CES, we’ve already got a new device to watch for. Some specs have leaked about the tablet counterpart to the flagship device, appropriately titled the Xperia Tablet Z, and it’s pretty much identical to the phone, except for the 10.1 inch screen. It’s got the same 1080p resolution screen, quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, and, surprisingly, the waterproof and dust proof specifications. It’s also packing LTE, NFC, Android 4.1, and a 6,000 mAh battery, all in a 6.9 mm shell. If those specs turn out to be more than just rumors, that’s a pretty impressive tablet.
I think this would be a smart move for Sony. They’re slipping up in sales lately, so bringing two high-end devices to market to grab up some market share is exactly the kind of strategy they need. And after seeing the awesome interconnected media they were showing off at CES, pairing a tablet with the Xperia Z could lead to some really cool stuff.
source: Unwired View
Before a phone comes out, we always have a bit of fun with accidental preorders and some leaked product pages. UK retailer Expansys kicked off this morning with an attractive price point of £399.99 ($643.70) for the newly unveiled Sony Xperia Z. This was quite a bit lower than the other preorders we’ve seen, but hey, you certainly wouldn’t complain about saving money, right? Unfortunately, that price was too good to be true, and Expansys has pulled the price back up in line with other retailers to £529.99, or $852.91. Unfortunately, they’re only listing the black color of the Experia Z, and there’s no official release date. Still, though, it’s good to see some preorders, because that means official availability can’t be too far off, and I’m sure I’m not the only one excited to get their hands on one of these monsters.
Last week at CES 2013, the Sony Xperia Z grabbed the attention of many people, including a spot on our Best of CES 2013 list. At their press conference announcing the new device, Sony did not reveal any information about pricing or a release schedule other than the vague first quarter of 2013. That status has not yet changed, but the smartphone did show up over the weekend on the web site of Slovakian retailer MP3.SK for pre-order. No fulfillment date is available on the site which lists the device for 605.99 Euro, or about $810 USD.
via: Android Central
With Sony’s first 4G phone being debuted at CES in the Xperia Z, they plan on releasing plenty more 4G this this upcoming year. John Featherstone, the head of Sony’s mobile business operations in Oceania reportedly said that “Around 8% of our phones for 2013 will be 4G…all of them around the mid- to top-tier devices.”
With the Sony Xperia Z expected to hit several US carriers, Sony certainly has some excitement brewing in their mobile department. Will you give Sony Android devices a shot this year?
Well— it certainly didn’t take very long for us to find out about when we have an idea of when that sexy new Sony Xperia Z would be available to order. UK retailer Phones4U has announced that residents in the UK will be able to order the phone from March 1st. In addition, Phones4U will be offering select customers the option to pre-order the device in order to ensure that they will be able to secure a device– just in case well you know— it sells out and all like other devices. There’s no word on how much the device will cost as of now, but we’re pretty sure it will more than likely cost a pretty penny…
It’s one thing for a manufacturer to make a flagship phone, but the content is the key. Everyone is fighting to make their own ecosystem. Sony already has Sony Unlimited and PlayStation Mobile, but they know everyone likes to use their phone or tablet while watching TV. That’s why they created the TV SideView app. It lets you control your TV as well as search for what’s playing. It will even make recommendations. If you want to push content, you can do it with compatible Sony TVs. Check out the hands on video after the break.