Looking for a waterproof smartphone but don’t want to break the bank?
Sony finally has an answer for you.
Although the internals aren’t premium, the newly announced Xperia M2 Aqua is fully waterproof as well as dust resistant. You’ll still get the sleek OmniBalance design, though, as well as a dedicated camera button. Hit the break for the details.
While reviewing the user guide for a Bluetooth speaker with a charging dock, the Sony BSC10, readers noted an unusual entry. Amongst the compatible devices listing is an entry for an “Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact” which seems to imply Sony is working on a tablet device smaller than the typical 10-inch plus devices they produce. Sony is not really a big player in the tablet market to begin with and their limited selection tends toward the larger devices.
Of course a lone listing gives us no clues about what the size or specs of a compact tablet from Sony may be, but odds are it will be in the 7- or 8-inch range. In the past, Sony has produced an Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone which turned out to be similar to the regular Xperia Z1 smartphone in a smaller size. So an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could end up being similar to the regular size Xperia Z3 Tablet with Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM and a 1080p capable screen.
Yesterday the EISA (European Imaging and Sound Association) awarded Sony’s Xperia Z2 tablet >8″ tablet of the year. The judges commended the slim, lightweight device for its sleek design (6.4 mm thick and 426 g) and its waterproofed security.
Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact is expected to be a mini version of the Z3 flagship, and the phone recently passed through the FCC in two separate variants for different carriers: FCC ID PY7PM-0810 and PY7PM-0812.
According to the FCC documents, the device will have a 4.57-inch screen, and overall dimensions of 127 x 64.9 mm. That comes out to be the third highest screen to phone size ratio of any Sony Xperia device — 69.85 percent. The original Xperia Z was 69.83 percent, the ZL was 74.97 percent and the T2 Ultra was 71.69 percent.
While several manufacturers have released their second round of smartwatches this past summer, Sony’s entry in the market, the Sony SmartWatch 2, was released almost a year ago. It should be no surprise then that Sony may be ready to reveal the next version of their wearable device, the SmartWatch 3, supposedly during IFA 2014.
As IFA quickly approaches, we are all becoming restless wondering about the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Thanks to some recent leaks, we now know some more about design. The device has curved sides, much like its larger cousin, and a 20.7 MP camera lens on the back alongside the LED flash. The MicroSD slot and MicroUSB port share a flap covering the openings and the three buttons have increased in size.
It appears that Sony Mobile is looking to add a new Xperia tablet to the family, following a post on an Indonesian site showing a new tablet with a model number of SGP621. The model number suggests that the tablet will sport LTE and continue the line of Xperia Z tablets with the LTE Z2 and the Tablet Z sporting model numbers of SGP521 and SGP321 respectively.
Similar to the Z3 Compact receiving photography treatment, the supposed Z3 is receiving similar treatment. A user of the Chinese web site Baidu has posted some photos of the alleged Z3 despite the fact that the design differs just a bit than previous design leaks. Of course design elements can change over time but it could be that we’re looking at a different phone entirely.
Sony is ending its attempt to bring its wildly successful console gaming brand to Android devices. PlayStation Mobile, which launched in 2012, was a hub that allowed high quality games to be accessible for PlayStation Certified devices. That certification will no longer be handed out to any future devices. Sony is keeping the service running smoothly on such devices running Android 4.4.2 and below; however, anything with Android 4.4.3 and up are being left in the dark. With future versions of Android, there are no guarantees that PlayStation Mobile will continue to operate correctly with software updates.
Source: Sony Japan
Although Sony does not have a big presence in the United States mobile industry, it does have a go-to carrier for launching new devices. That carrier is T-Mobile and the company looks like it will be doing so with the upcoming Xperia Z3.