Press Images of the Sony Xperia Z1 leak


The worst kept secret this year has to go to the Sony Xperia Z1, codenamed the Honami. There has been so many leaks and teasers, that I’m not even sure Sony needs to hold their press event this Wednesday.

Now we have the full press render to feast your eyes on. There isn’t anything here that is going to shock you. You can clearly see the G Lens logo, a microSD slot, and a two-tone design. Hit the break for a few more images….

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Sony lens-camera devices will reportedly be called Smart Shot

smartshotSony is planning on releasing a few concept imaging devices at the IFA in Berlin next week. The DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 will be two attachable lens-camera devices that mount onto a smartphone to provide a built-in imaging sensor, Bionz processor, Wi-Fi/NFC, SD card slot and battery. A new report from SonyAlphaRumors tells us that these lens-cameras will be called “Smart Shot,” a mashup of smartphone and Cyber Shot.

As a refresher, the QX10 will have a 1/2.3 inch 18MP CMOS sensor and f/3.3-5.9 lens, while the QX100 has the same sensor and lens as the Sony RX100MII. Both devices will be able to capture video in 1080/30p as well as incorporate optical steadyshot stabilization.

Source: XperiaBlog, SonyAlphaRumors

Pricing for Sony’s upcoming ‘Lens Cameras’ QX10 and QX100 leaked


The upcoming “lens cameras” from Sony looks like a cool accessory for the camera enthusiast. Either one can be used as a standalone camera or attached to your phone utilizing its display as the viewfinder.

If you’re wondering how much Sony is going to charge for these bad boys, wonder no more. The QX100 sports a RX100MII sensor and a Zeiss lens, and according to “sources”, it will cost NT 14,900 or about $489. The more economical QX10 features a 1/2.3-inch 18MP sensor along with a f/3.3-5.9 Sony G Lens and 10X optical zoom. It is going to cost roughly NT 6,900 or about $230.

We are expecting Sony to unveil these next week at IFA. Stay tuned.

source: Sony Alpha Rumors


No more pictures, Sony teases Xperia Z1 (Honami) in video


After releasing three Xperia Z1 teaser images, Sony decided to take it one step further. They just released a 30-second video that pretty much shows us the entire phone, including the three images they already released. From the G Lens to splashes of water to close ups of Sony’s meticulous design, there isn’t much left on the table other than the phone’s UI. Hit the break for the full video.

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Latest Sony Xperia Z1 teaser confirms G Lens


We already were 99.999999% sure the upcoming Xperia Z1 camera was going to feature a G Lens since most of the leaked images showed the letter “G” along with “1/2.3″ and “20.7 MP” next to the camera lens on the rear of the device. In case you missed it, Sony has been Tweeting teaser images of the Z1 leading up to their September 4th unveiling, and today’s image is all about the letter “G”. No, this has nothing to do with LG, it has to do with the fact that the Xperia Z1 will in fact sport a G Lens.

Interestingly enough, this image only has the letter “G” next to the lens, so it’s slightly different than previous leaks. The megapixel count isn’t revealed, but we are pretty certain it will be 20MP with the ability to capture 4K video. So, tell us, has Sony “Captured your attention yet?”

I included one of the previously leaked images after the break.

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Mysterious Sony device leaked for your viewing pleasure— all fingers point to the Xperia Z1 (Honami) mini


2013 has been a resounding success for Sony, so it should come as no surprise it is continuing its momentum by working on additional devices for release before year’s end. One of those devices that we’re expecting happens to be a miniature beast of a device— such as you know, the mysterious Honami mini that we’ve heard so much about lately? Well after hearing some of the rumored specs such as a Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, 4.3-inch HD 720p resolution and 20-megapixel main camera with Sony G Lens, we now have a pretty good idea of how this puppy looks— at least in its early form. Thanks to XDA member Xleaky, we can see a slightly fuzzy image of a diminutive  Sony device that’s a smidge smaller than the Blackberry Q10 smartphone. Additionally, Xleaky also asserts that “you didn’t see this from me… but 4th of Sep is gonna be exciting! Thats all I’m saying!” 

So what does this mean exactly? No one knows exactly really. There could be a chance that the leak could be a fake (which tends to happen more often than not)— but then again, there could be a chance that we’re getting a good idea of what this Honami mini looks like, as well as something to look forward to at IFA Berlin 2013. So now the question is: you folks excited yet?

source: Xperia Blog

Sony Honami metal frame leaks, shows several angles of upcoming Xperia Z1

honami metal frame

This leak probably isn’t going to wow anyone, but it’s just a bit more confirmation that Sony has an upcoming device in the pipeline very, very soon. The metal frame of an unnamed Sony device, likely the Xperia Z1, has shown up on the website of a repair shop, ETrade Supply. It shows off the location of the volume rocker, power button, microSD card slot, etc. and also confirms that everything has a water-resistant coating on it. Basically, it’s a reconfirmation of some of the details we have already heard about several times about Honami.

Either way, this device looks like it’s shaping up to be a worthy successor the Xperia Z. Hopefully we’ll find out more on September 4th.

source: ETrade Supply

via: Xperia News

Sony promises the Xperia Z1 will ‘make a splash’ with latest teaser


Yesterday, Sony gave us a closeup of the Xperia Z1 power button, and today they posted another teaser showing the top and part of the right side of the phone along with a splash of water. This obviously means the Xperia Z1 will continue the tradition of the Xperia Z in that it will be splash proof. Of course, if Sony wants the Xperia Z1 to “make a splash”, then make sure it is on a few U.S. carriers at launch.

source: Twitter

One Sony Xperia Z1 tester isn’t impressed


Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z1 seems to be incredible on paper, but one tester doesn’t seem to be impressed. The Xperia Z1 is going to sport a 20MP G Lens so you would think it will be amazing right? Unfortunately the tester didn’t see a “wow factor” in it. He also said the display on the Xperia Z Ultra is “better with richer colors and contrast.” As the tester pointed out, he probably doesn’t have final firmware, so let’s hope Sony straightens things out before release. Hit the break for the full text of his short review:

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Some Xperia Z Ultra devices have faulty screens, possibly a software problem


Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra is an incredibly nice, although extremely large, device. The obvious selling point on the device is the large and incredibly crisp and detailed display, but some early adopters are reporting problems with their display not properly waking from sleep, or waking from sleep with green bars across the screen. The problem is reportedly not an Android problem, as the OS is running and functioning, and if the power button is pressed enough times it will eventually turn on properly.

The latest firmware for the Ultra has had some effect on fixing the problem for some users, but not everyone. Still, if a firmware update has had some success in fixing the problem, there’s hope that it’s just a software bug and not a hardware problem.

source: Xperia Blog