Sony announces 10.1-inch quad-core Sony Xperia Tablet Z

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

Display calibration software may be included on Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL

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

Leaked screenshots from Sony’s Xperia S Jelly Bean update

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

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Sony Xperia Z To Get Android 4.2 Update Shortly After Launch

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.

Source: Sony

Sony Xperia Tablet Z to be revealed next week

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.

source: xperiablog

Sony is giving away PlayStation Mobile games for Free for six weeks

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.

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Red Sony Xperia ZL Surfaces At Recent Launch Event


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

Sony Xperia Z tablet specs leak, features quad-core processor and full HD screen

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

UK retailer Expansys opens up Xperia Z preorders

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.

source: Expansys

Sony Xperia Z shows up on European site for pre-order

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.

source: MP3.SK

via: Android Central