We reported about a new Sony beast dubbed the “Odin” or C650X (the X gets replaced with a number) from a leaked agent profile and shortly after, an image leaked. Now we have images of a C6603 compliments of German site Android Schweiz, with a codename “Yuga”. I am assuming this is the same phone, but with a new bump in the model number. The specs seem the same as anticipated, 5-inch 1080p display, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, and running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. They are claiming the camera is 12MP, but you would think it would be the 13MP Exmor RS. Who knows, that could still change. Another tidbit is that it will sport a unibody design so that means no removable battery, but they will include a microSD slot and microHDMI port. Could we see this at CES? More pics after the break.
We discussed Miracast, the newest player in the streaming video segment earlier this year. It’s a segment that’s been around for a while that Android is playing catch up with, as it were. As a refresher, Miracast is similar to Samsung’s DLNA feature and a more recently announced feature of the Nexus 4 coupled with Android 4.2, which allows a person to mirror the images straight from a phone or tablet to a display over WiFi. This week a software update is beginning to roll out in Europe and Asia for the Xperia T/TX which includes this streaming functionality. The only catch is your network and your monitor will need to be Miracast-compatible.
An additional function which will likely appeal to battery-conscious users out there – and honestly who among us isn’t – is a feature which allows users to enable an extended standby function. This feature will disable data connections after a set amount of time, however what differentiates this from other features is that it’ll still allow for texts and calls to function as normal. Sony claims and extension of standby time by four-fold when opting in with this option. Other changes included with this update are some changes with the Movie and Walkman apps.
source: Sony Mobile
We know there’s more than a few of you out there who have been patiently waiting for the Sony Xperia V smartphone and now it appears as if your patience will now pay off. Sony Mobile France has confirmed the elusive device will not arrive at the end of the year, but rather the end of January 2013 instead. While some of you may be disappointed, there is a positive twist— The device will launch with Jelly Bean loaded up instead of the now seemingly outdated Ice Cream Sandwich.
It is worth noting the Xperia V is already out in Japan through several wireless carriers as of the time of this writing, though the expectation is that the version of the Xperia V due next year will be the international version.
source: Xperia Blog
You all remember how Sony had to abruptly halt the sales of its Xperia Tablet S models due to some wardrobe malfunctions? Well Sony Japan has confirmed that will resume production of the models by mid-November, meaning we should see the tablet models back in retailers by the holiday season. In addition to that, Sony Japan has also confirmed that it is still honoring free inspections and repair service of the tablet models in most markets, so if you’re an owner and think you may be affected— you can take the tablet to a local Sony retailer and have the device inspected and/or repaired— free of charge.
source: Xperia Blog
Sony knows that
all most of us are suckers for a creative promotion, so it has come up with perhaps its most creative promotion yet called the Xperia Face Off promotion. Highlighting the “one touch sharing” capabilities of their Xperia T smartphones. Using a standard Facebook profile picture, users will try to get their Facebook profile pictures to as many virtual devices as possible in a span of 2 minutes around the virtual track. Users will try to compete with one another for the chance to possibly earn lots of Sony goodies or even a chance to head on out to Vegas for a free trip.
The good news is the promotion will begin starting this weekend. The bad news— it’s only open to those out in the UK at this time, which is a bit of a bummer– but not the end of the world. If you live in the UK and are interested, hit the source link for more details.
source: Sony Xperia Face Off
Earlier in the month AT&T announced they would release Sony’s Xperia T in time for the holidays as the Xperia TL. They just officially announced that it will be available starting November 2 for $99 on contract. That’s a screaming good deal for a darn good phone. As a reminder, the Xperia TL sports a 4.6-inch (1280 x 720) Reality display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, a 13MP camera, NFC, LTE, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Full press release and quick video after the break:
Sony has announced that the Xperia Go will arrive in Canada by November. The Go features a 3.5-inch display, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP camera, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (don’t hold your breath for an upgrade to Jelly Bean).
The Go is a decent low to mid range device that offers great protection and falls in that category of “rugged” devices. If you’d like to learn more you can hit up the break for Sony’s official press release regarding the device.
Sony definitely has a few aces up its sleeve for its devices, thanks to a listing on the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM) in Europe. According to the listing, Sony has successfully trademarked “MyXperia”, which provides a means to “upload, storage, retrieval, download, transmission and delivery of digital content and media“. All in all– this clearly points to Sony likely set on introducing its own type of cloud storage solution for its wide range of Xperia devices, but we won’t assume too much until we hear what “MyXperia” is exactly directly from Sony.
source: Xperia Blog
Boy oh boy it seems like every Android manufacturer is getting in on the creation of devices with 5-inch+ screens and Sony is no different. If you recall, we’d seen a user agent profile of an alleged Xperia C650X Odin smartphone, but now we have a nice image that gives us an idea of how this phone looks like. As you can clearly see, the Xperia C650X Odin is a beastly looking device highlighting its massive display along with a likely metallic body. Additional rumor has it that the device will feature a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2 gigs of RAM, but unfornately— there’s no additional details for now. Hopefully we’ll continue to see additional info pour out in the near-future and as soon as we get additional details, we’ll be sure to let you know.
source: GSM Arena
We had previously heard rumors of multiple Nexus devices arriving in time for the holidays. And, after having seen alleged Nexus-branded smartphones from LG and Sony, our hopes had grown tremendously. The only thing though, is that the Sony Nexus X we saw last week has turned out to be a fake, effectively dismissing any faith we may have had.
Apparently, the actual process of creating the fraudulent images wasn’t as simple as photoshopping a couple of photos. Instead, the Nexus X was conceived using incredibly powerful 3D modeling tools which allowed the individual behind the hoax to stitch together pieces of previous Sony and Nexus handset designs to create the ultimate smartphone.