Sony Xperia Z3 And Xperia Z3 Compact Announced

Sony recently announced its flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3 at the IFA 2014 event in Berlin. It comes with a 5.2 inch Full HD display and 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor. Apart from that, Sony has also unveiled a mini version of this device, the Xperia Z3 Compact. Both of these smartphones packs a 20.7 megapixel camera, 4G Connectivity, Android 4.4 OS and more. Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact are the world’s first smartphones with ISO 12800 sensitivity for superior photos, even in low light.

“At Sony Mobile, ‘flagship’ now means offering a choice to consumers of enjoying a large screen Xperia Z3 for immersive entertainment or a more compact, lighter Xperia Z3 Compact that doesn’t ask you to compromise on features. Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact deliver leading innovations such as unique Sony camera experiences and, for the first time, PS4 Remote Play in two beautifully designed, fully waterproof smartphones.”

– Kunimasa Suzuki, President & CEO, Sony Mobile Communications

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Sony’s Battery Stamina Mode in these devices turns off background functions when you’re not using them to help extend your battery life. Sony’s DSEE HX technology in the Z3 series upscales the fidelity of MP3 or AAC music collection as well as the playlists on Sony’s cloud-based digital music service to near High-Resolution quality. Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact will launch globally from autumn 2014. The price of these devices has not been announced yet.

Sony Xperia Z3 Specifications:

  • 5.2 inch Full HD Triluminos display
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Android 4.4 (Kitkat) Operating System
  • 20.7 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus
  • 2.2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 128 GB microSD card slot
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • 3.5 mm audio jack with Digital Noise Cancelling
  • DLNA Certified
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • A-GPS with GLONASS
  • Up to 19 hours of talk-time
  • Up to 740 hours of stand-by time
  • 3100 mAh battery

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Specifications:

  • 4.6 inch HD Triluminos display
  • 1280 x 720 pixels resolution
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Android 4.4 (Kitkat) Operating System
  • 20.7 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus
  • 2.2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory
  • 128 GB microSD card slot
  • 4G LTE Connectivity
  • Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • 3.5 mm audio jack with Digital Noise Cancelling
  • DLNA Certified
  • NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • A-GPS with GLONASS
  • Up to 14 hours of talk-time
  • Up to 920 hours of stand-by time
  • 2600 mAh battery

Sony launches Xperia C3 in India, claims to be the World’s Best Selfie Smartphone

Sony India today launched Xperia C3 in India, their latest smartphone with a focus on digital imaging technology and interactive camera apps. The mid-range smartphone is geared to offer enhanced social sharing experience with a new powerful ‘PROselfie cam’. Continue reading Sony launches Xperia C3 in India, claims to be the World’s Best Selfie Smartphone

Sony launches the Xperia T3 in India for ₹27,990; available from next week

Sony India today introduced Xperia T3, a slim and stylish Android smartphone. Packed in a stainless steel frame with a matte back cover, the Xperia T3 is exquisitely designed and stands out in a crowd and weighs just 144 grams. Continue reading Sony launches the Xperia T3 in India for ₹27,990; available from next week

Sony Xperia Z2 Review: Everything You Need in a Flagship Smartphone

Announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this year, the Sony Xperia Z2 has recently arrived in India. Sony’s flagship smartphones have always pushed the envelope further in terms of design and features, but a few mishits here and there have let them down.

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Design

If you have seen the Xperia Z1, you have seen the Xperia Z2. In terms of design, there are not many differences you will be able to notice at a glance. But that’s a good thing. Sony’s OmniBalance design with a combination of glass and metal looks very premium, and stands out from the crowd. It picks up fingerprints like crazy though. There are three color options like with the Z1 – white, black, and purple.

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The latest iteration is tougher and the company claims that the glass panel on the back is scratch-resistant now. The design’s top notch, and the Z2 is dust-proof as well as water-proof. Sony’s distinctive round power button is in its now-familiar spot in the middle of the right edge and flaps lined with rubber protect the microSD card slot, the microUSB charging port, and the SIM card slot.

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The Xperia Z1 suffered from a poor display with bad viewing angles. That changes now, and the Xperia Z2 boasts of IPS LCD which makes the 5.2-inch 1080p display pretty crisp with great viewing angles. It’s not perfect, and is quite reflective especially in direct sunlight.

Hardware

The Xperia Z2 checks all the boxes on the specifications sheet for a flagship smartphone. Powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 clocked at 2.3GHz, the Z2 packs in a mammoth 3GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of internal storage, expandable by up to 128GB.

There’s not much you need to talk about the performance. The UI and navigation is as smooth as it gets, while multitasking and app startups are a breeze. There’s no lag in the overall user experience, and no stuttering while playing graphic-intensive games. I noticed it getting hot sometimes when pushed harder though.

One of the understated highlights of the phone is its battery backup. The 3,200mAh battery lasts for the entire day with several calls, and continuous 3G or Wi-Fi use with GPS turned on. That’s pretty impressive, and arguably the best performance in the current crop of flagship Android smartphones.

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Camera

The Sony Xperia Z2 prides itself on its 20.7-megapixel camera. You’d only get that resolution in the manual mode though as the auto-mode defaults to 8MP. The photos in good light conditions are brilliant and vivid, with good color reproduction. In low light though, there’s considerable noise. There’s not optical image stabilization, which is a bummer.

Again, the camera is not perfect, but it’s no downer as well. If you know your way around manual settings, you’d be able to click pretty good photos. There’s also the ability to shoot 4K videos, pretty much a nice novelty on the list.

Among several effects that Sony packs in, background defocus is an interesting one allowing photos with a subject in focus and background blurred. Although, it’s pretty much a trick. The camera doesn’t sense the depth, but takes two photographs and then blurs everything except the subject. While you can select the intensity and pattern of the blur, it’s not a smooth process and the option has to be selected before clicking the photo, and not added after it has been clicked.

Software

Powered by Android 4.4 KitKat, the user experience it pretty much stock Android with some UI customizations. In most cases, that’s not a bad thing, but you’d miss the more functional implementations in notifications or settings like in Samsung or LG flagships.

There’s of course too many Sony apps, some of which like Jive for unlimited music downloads are good to have but are too, for the lack of a better phrase, in the face. There’s also Sony Liv that offers a number shows from Sony’s television channels. The ‘What’s New’ widget throws up updates about Sony content and services, and pretty much annoys and eats up data. It’s the first one you should get rid of.

Summary

Sony Xperia Z2 is a significant improvement over the Z1, and the water-proof feature is a terrific addition to the feature list. Sony has also almost got the display right this time, and offers a terrific battery life.

While Sony covers all bases for a flagship smartphone, there’s no standout, marketing pitch like the fitness features of the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the dual-camera system of the HTC One (M8). If that doesn’t bother you, and in most cases, it shouldn’t, Xperia Z2 is a good buy if you are looking for a top-end Android smartphone. Launched at ₹49,990, the price has dipped a little since then.

Sony Xperia Z2 launched in India for ₹49,990: Photos, Hands-on, and First Impressions

Unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2014 earlier this year, Sony has launched the Xperia Z2 in India to compete with other flagships in the market – Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8. Continue reading Sony Xperia Z2 launched in India for ₹49,990: Photos, Hands-on, and First Impressions

Sony Xperia Z1 Unveiled At IFA 2013; Comes With 20.7 MP Camera!

Sony officially announced its flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z1. This handset is the successor of the Xperia Z smartphone. Similar to the other high-end Xperia devices, the Xperia Z1 is also a waterproof and dust resistant smartphone. Sony will ship this handset with the old Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

The Sony Xperia Z1 is touted to be the best Android camera phone yet. It features Sony’s award-winning “G Lens” with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture. It also comes with the Sony’s Battery Stamina Mode which automatically turns off functions to save power when you don’t need them and restarts them when you do.

Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications, said,
“Xperia Z1 represents a significant milestone for Sony in our continued efforts to deliver unforgettable experiences to our consumers. Not only by bringing the power of Sony to the smartphone and through close collaboration with our partners but by setting a new standard in premium smartphones.”

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Sony Xperia Z1 features a 5 inch Full HD display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 20.7 megapixel auto-focus camera with 8x digital zoom and full HD (1080p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, Micro USB, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 110 hrs of music playback time, up to 830 mins of talk-time, upto 880 hrs of stand-by time and a 3000 mAh non removable Li-ion battery.

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Sony Xperia Z1 will be availble in black, white and purple color variants. This handset measures 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm and weighs 170 grams. Sony Xperia Z1 will go on sale globally by the end of this month.

12GB PlayStation 3 Coming to North America Aug 18 for $199

A 12GB flash-based PlayStation 3 Slim is on its way to the North American continent. Sony already sells this budget version in Europe and now it’s coming to the new world.

PlayStation 3 12GB Packaging

It’s worth noting that there’s no official word on this yet. However, as Engadget reports, a listing for the new 12 GB variant was spotted on Canada’s online marketplace Future Shop (hence removed) for $199.99. Engadget has also received a picture of the new PlayStation 3 12 GB found at a retailer within the US, along with a label that the product mustn’t be revealed before August 18.

So August 18 is about when people within the US can get their hands on the low budget, 12 GB PlayStation Console.

Should you buy the 12 GB version? Doubts over the small HD size? Check out this comprehensive discussion on PlayStation Lifestyle and make up your mind!

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Launched In India For Rs.46,990

Sony finally launched the Xperia Z Ultra phablet in India. This devices was announced and showcased last month at the Mobile Asia Expo 2013 in Shanghai. It comes with a large 6.4 inch Full HD display along with a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor. Similar to the other Xperia smartphones, the Xperia Z Ultra is also a water and dust resistant smartphone. It is the world’s slimmest Full HD smartphone with a beautifully crafted 6.5mm body and weighing just 212 grams.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra features a 6.44 inch Full HD Triluminos display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 120 hrs of music playback time, up to 14 hrs of talk-time,upto 790 hrs of stand-by time and a 3050 mAh non removable Li-ion battery.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra comes with a price-tag of Rs.46,990 (approx.$780) in India, however you can get this device for just Rs.44,990 at Flipkart. This device will compete with other Android phablets such as Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus G Pro in India.

Sony Xperia UL Announced In Japan

Sony has announced yet another Android smartphone, the Xperia UL. The design of this handset is somewhat similar to the company’s flagship Xperia Z smartphone. This device will be exclusively available for the KDDI and NTT Docomo subscribers in Japan. As expected, Sony will ship the Xperia UL smartphone with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Sony Xperia UL is also a water and dust resistant smartphone.

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Sony Xperia UL features a 5 inch full HD TFT Reality display, sporting a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 13 megapixel Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video, Superior Auto and Noise Reduction, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 3.1 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a 2300 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia UL will be available in black, white and pink colors. The price and release date of this handset will be announced in the coming days. Stay tuned!

Sony Announces The Waterproof Xperia ZR Smartphone

Sony recently announced the new waterproof Xperia ZR smartphone. This handset features the highest level of water-resistance for capturing photos and full HD videos underwater. Apart from that, it packs a 4.6 inch display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13.1 megapixel camera and much more. Sony Xperia ZR is a water and dust resistant smartphone with a durable glass display. This handset can be submerged in 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. Sadly, this device will be shipped with the old Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications, said,
“The Xperia ZR pushes the boundaries on where and how consumers can use the full potential of their smartphone. By combining Sony’s leading camera technology with the highest level of water-resistance, you will never miss another moment. Bringing together the best of Sony’s leading technology, media applications and easy one-touch connectivity with the largest ever range of NFC-enabled accessories, the Xperia ZR delivers the unique smartphone experience that people can expect from Sony.”

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Sony Xperia ZR features a 4.6 inch HD TFT Reality display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 13.1 megapixel Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video, Superior Auto and Noise Reduction, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a non removable Li-ion battery.

Sony Xperia ZR comes with an unique Battery Stamina Mode that improves the standby time by four times by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off. This handset will be available in black, white, pink and mint colors. Sony Xperia ZR will go on sale in various global markets from Q2 of 2013.