Who wants to be more efficient and who wants a large, and I mean a very large, phone? Well assuming the answer is yes to both questions, then Sony thinks the Xperia Z Ultra is the phone for you. They just posted a highlight video showcasing how efficient you will be at creating a new note with any pencil, multitasking, using the calculator that features handwriting recognition, using the one-handed keyboard, and answering calls with the Bluetooth handset. With all this efficiency, the battery could be an issue, so you might want to utilize STAMINA mode. Hit the break for the 78-second clip.
When Sony announced the SmartWatch 2 last week, they said it would be available in September and they didn’t offer any pricing. Now Clove in the UK already has it listed with a July 15 release date. I am not sure that date will actually hold, but it’s the first time have a price associated with the watch. The first Sony SmartWatch was priced at $150, so one has to assume that the second version will be priced similarly, considering the fact that sales weren’t all that spectacular the first go around. Clove has it listed for £120 (with VAT), which translates to about $180. If you take the VAT out of the equation, it comes to £100, which brings us back to the $150 price point.
Some information regarding upcoming devices to be sold through O2 Germany show several new HTC devices, some devices from Sony, a pair of mysterious Nokia devices to go with several WP8 handsets, and a couple Huawei smartphones. None of the devices are available now, but their presence on the list indicates O2 Germany anticipates selling them in the near future.
Manufacturers continue to put out some pretty awesome features to their devices an effort to rise above their competition. Continuing this trend is Sony, with their new “Touch Block” feature which they’re rolling out to the Xperia ZR, and most likely other phones in the future. The feature disables unintended touches, for example, when you’re under wet conditions. However it doesn’t interfere when you try to use your phone under normal circumstances.
The app is currently in beta, as the release is only version 0.1.A.1.0. It’s rumored that the feature will only be available to their water-resistant devices in the future, but we’ll have to wait and see from them.
Source: Xperia Blog
Sure Sony’s mysterious Honami may be a dream for us at this point, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t take advantage of some of its sweet camera features in the meantime. Crafty XDA user krabappel2548 took some time and was able to successfully port the Honami’s camera app for other premium Sony devices like the Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia ZL, and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Among the cool goodies users of the camera app will be treated to some nifty goodies like augmented reality capabilities, built-in filters, an awesome time shift function and superior image processing.
If you’re on any of the above aforementioned Sony devices and happen to be on Android 4.2.2, give the camera app a try today by checking out the source link below.
source: XDA Forums
Recently, some images surfaced for Sony’s latest and greatest, the “Honami’, but we now have more information about the device thanks to a system dump from the Canadian version with a model number of C6906. It looks like they will reveal a brand new UI that will feature a new launcher and app tray. There will also be new apps for the clock, album, conversations, phonebook, settings, calendar, and Walkman. That’s not all as it appears they have some sort of augmented reality app and a new app called Info-eye. Info-eye is a visual search app based on kooaba, which is a leading image recognition platform. It will give you more information about places and landmarks around you. This app was revealed in the latest press render that we showed you over the weekend.
The system dump also revealed some of the specs, which isn’t anything different from what we have heard. It will sport a Snapdragon 800 CPU and sport a 20MP camera. Something we haven’t heard is the ability to record 4K (4000 x 2000) video with an aspect ration of 2:1. They will also be adding Timeshift burst, which is some sort of burst shooting that lets you shift back and forth in time.
The ‘Honami” sounds like a serious contender, but is it going to be just another Sony device that doesn’t make its way to the U.S.? Hit the beak for some images, but you will find a lot more at the source link.
Later this week Sony is expected to unveil its newest flagship device, codenamed Honami, at a press event in Paris on July 4th, so it seems in order that some new images would leak. The latest find supposedly came from a system dump of the system, so they are being described as “official” renders of the device.
Rumor is that Sony plans on announcing the Honami device come July 4th during their event held in Paris. It’s said to resemble the Xperia Z in many ways but a tad bit bigger in regards to form factor. Other specifications of the device include a 5-inch 1080p screen along side a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. It’s also expected to be waterproof and dustproof.
More news on this device to come in the next few days!
T-Mobile has a little event in New York City on July 1oth, which will probably cover phase 2 of their UNcarrier plan and the Sony Xperia Z. According to a leaked T-Moble roadmap, a “Major EIT Release” is scheduled for July 14, and a few days later, on the 17th is “Device Launch Day”. The devices in question include the Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 925, and the T-Mobile 768, which will probably be a low-end device from Huawei or ZTE.
In case you missed it yesterday, Sony announced their newest entry into the phablet market yesterday with the Xperia Z Ultra. Aside from being massive (6.44-inches!) and having a ton of cool features, its also a gorgeous phone, with some very innovative design. After Sony’s launch events yesterday, Sony’s Product Design Director, Jun Katsunuma, went into detail on the inspiration behind the Xperia Z Ultra’s 6.5-millimeter thick, double-glass design.
“The frame is made of plastic, then we picked a PMMA (a transparent thermoplastic) for the plate, but this time we use aluminum in the side plates, which means it’s totally different, then we could realize this super thinness [on the Xperia Z Ultra].”