Sony Xperia U Announced; Comes With 3.5 Inch Display, 1 Ghz Dual-Core Processor

Sony recently announced the new Sony Xperia U smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. This handset runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the device will be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) during the second quarter of 2012. It is the third smartphone in the new Sony Xperia NXT series.

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Sony Xperia U features a 3.5 inch Reality display, 1 Ghz dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 5 megapixel camera, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with aGPS, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Android Market and more.

The complete specs of this device is not available yet. The Sony Xperia U will be available from mid-Q2 of 2012. Sony has not yet announced the price of this handset. We will soon post the complete specs and official pics of this device. Stay tuned for more MWC 2012 updates.

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Sony Xperia P Announced; Comes With a WhiteMagic Display!

Sony has just announced its latest addition to its Xperia NXT series of  handsets, the Xperia P. The phone has an aluminum unibody, and has a 4-inch display with qHD (960×540) resolution, and comes with Sony’s new WhiteMagic display. This helps in making sure that the display is visible easily outside in the bright sunlight.

The Xperia P uses Sony’s own NovaThor SoC, which packs in two Cortex-A9 CPUs clocked at 1.2GHz and an ARM-Mali 400MP GPU. There is also 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

The phone also has an 8MP camera, which is also capable of recording videos in full HD (1080p) resolution. The usual bunch of connectivity features like HSPA+ 21Mbps, mini-HDMI port, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC are also present. Sadly, the handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, instead of Ice Cream Sandwich, which is quite a disappointment.

The Xperia P will ship in mid-Q2 of 2012 at an unknown price.


Killzone 3 Multiplayer Will Be Free To Play

This has the potential to be one of the coolest moves Sony has done in recent times and will help save their image (somewhat). IGN reported that the latest episode of the PlayStation Blogcast said that Killzone 3’s multiplayer component will become free-to-play (f2p) soon enough with the distribution being handled by the PlayStation Network (PSN). The downside is that there will be a level cap on the f2p mode which can be removed by paying $14.99. Players who had purchased the full version of the game will have no level cap.


This is a welcome move from the publisher and it would be quite cool to see this implemented in other first person shooters across platforms. A free to play structured multiplayer mode doubles up as a demo for the game’s capabilities and can also allow players to get adjusted to the game should they choose to buy it. Moreover, modular sales of the game at a fraction of the total cost will benefit both consumers as well as the company. For example, I am not big into multiplayer FPSs mostly because it is hard to find local servers, so I usually only play the single player mode. I would be very happy to pay $20 for a single-player only shooter which costs about $60 for the version with the multiplayer and other bells and whistles.

The Killzone 3 f2p multiplayer download will be available on PSN on February 28th.

Sony ditches PlayStationNetwork Branding, PSN to be known as Sony Entertainment Network

Perhaps part of Sony’s strategy for integrating their services, or maybe to distance itself from the bad reputation gained due to the continuous string of PSN break-ins – whatever may be the reasons, Sony has announced that they will be rebranding their online gaming & digital delivery service, the PlayStation Network or PSN.Sony PSN

PSN will be known as Sony Entertainment Network as of Feb 7, 2012. Curiously, the announcement was revealed as part of a Terms of Service & Privacy Policy update. Typically, you’d expect the general public to not read privacy policies & take them for granted – but Sony chose this method to make it known that PSN accounts will now be known as Sony Entertainment Network accounts.

Sony makes it clear that this will be only a name change & the existing usernames & passwords will not be affected. A firmware update in the near future will ensure that the Sony Entertainment Network branding will be applied to the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita – but not the PlayStation Portable.

Here’s the full email listing:

On February 7, 2012, Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (“SNEI”) will update its Terms of Service and User Agreement and its Privacy Policy. As a part of this update, your “PlayStation®Network account” will be renamed a “Sony Entertainment Network account” The first time you sign in to your Sony Entertainment Network account on or after February 7, 2012, you will be asked to agree to the new Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy with SNEI if you wish to continue using your Sony Entertainment Network account. Please review all changes to the Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy carefully before indicating your agreement. In particular, these are some of the additions and changes we have to these agreements:

  • New terms for parents of minor, subaccount holders regarding the limitations of chat parental controls. Your reacceptance of the Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy affirms your consent to the sharing of your child’s data that may occur if your child utilizes certain communication functionalities on PlayStation devices such as PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems.
  • New terms that explain the location-based services offered through the PlayStation Vita system. For parents of minor, subaccount holders your reacceptance of the Terms of Service and User Agreement and Privacy Policy affirms your consent to your subaccount holder’s user of these services on the PlayStation Vita system.
  • A description of our “What’s New” section, which provides topical information about our services and advertisements.
  • Information about pre-ordering content.
  • The name of your “PlayStation Network account” is changing to a “Sony Entertainment Network account.”

You may click here to review the changes to the Terms of Service and User Agreement and you may click here to review the changes to the Privacy Policy. The rebranding of PlayStation Network accounts to Sony Entertainment Network accounts is a change in name only. Your username or password will not change, nor are we asking you to change them. On Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems, this rebranding will occur in connection with software updates for these devices. (Note, this change will not be applied to the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system at this time.) This transition is based on Sony’s goal to enhance its unique digital entertainment offering. As a series of these activities Sony started last September, PlayStation Network will be aligned with “Sony Entertainment Network.” This helps us get closer to our goal of establishing a global comprehensive network platform of services across games, movies, music and more, all accessible from one convenient account. The Sony Entertainment Network account also enables use of Sony’s compelling non-game services such as Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited and PlayMemories Online (currently called Personal Space) across a variety of network-connected devices. If you do not agree with the new Terms of Service and User Agreement or Privacy Policy, you may decline to accept them, and you will no longer be able to access your account. If you wish to close your account or request a refund of your wallet balance, or have any questions, please contact Customer Service by clicking here. For more information, please click here. Thank you very much for being a customer!

Sony Xperia S Launch Delayed In The UK

Earlier this month, Sony announced the powerful Sony Xperia S smartphone at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas., a popular online retailer in the UK has already started taking pre-orders of this smartphone. According to the retailer, the Sony Xperia S was expected to release on January 30. However, we have bad news for those who have already pre-ordered this device in the UK.

The much-awaited launch of the Sony Xperia S has been delayed in the UK. customers will have to wait till next month to get their hands on this amazing device. According to the retailer’s pre-order page, the new release date is February 13. If you are planning to get this device, then check out the complete specs below.

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Sony Xperia S features a 4.3 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich), 12 megapixel camera with 16x digital zoom, auto-focus, Face detection and LED Flash, 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, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, 32 GB eMMC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Android Market, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, up to 25 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 7 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 450 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery. is expected to release the device on February 13, however we are still not sure if the device will be released on the date mentioned by the retailer. Clove, another popular online retailer in the UK is expected to sell the SIM-free Sony Xperia S from the first week of March. According to the retailer, the device will be launched after the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 and the stock is expected to arrive on the 6th or 7th of March.

Sony Xperia S To Come With Anti-Stain Coating and Fast Charging Capability!

Back at CES, Sony announced its first dual-core, HD screen touting Xperia handset – the Xperia S. It is also the first handset to come from the company’s stable, after its split with Ericsson.

While at first glance, the Xperia S looks like any other high-end Android phone in the market right now, except for its 12MP camera, the phone has 2 extremely useful features which the company has not really publicized much – Anti-Stain Shell and Fast Charge Capability.

The Anti-Stain coating will repel dirt from the phone’s body, and will also react to the Sun’s UV rays and help in removing any existing dirt from the phone’s outer body.

The other useful feature on Xperia S is its Fast Charge capability. As its name suggests, 10 minutes of charging time will provide the Xperia S with up to an hour worth of extra battery life. I am sure many Android handset users will appreciate this feature. Sadly, the downside of this technology is that the Xperia S comes with an internal/non-user replaceable battery.

Hopefully, Sony will also provide users with more information about these two excellent and nifty features soon.


Sony Adds GLONASS Support To Its Xperia Handsets

Sony, formerly Sony Ericsson, has announced via its Developer blog that the Japanese company is adding GLONASS support to its Xperia line-up of Android smartphones.


For people unfamiliar with GLONASS, it is Russia’s implementation of GPS (Global Positioning System). GLONASS  will work in conjunction with GPS and will allow Xperia handsets to connect to 24 additional satellites for better location accuracy and precision.

Sony’s Positioning Specialist, Magnus Persson, states that GLONASS when combined with GPS can improve the location accuracy by nearly 50% in areas with tall buildings like San Francisco. Persson also states that GLONASS will automatically activate itself when the GPS is struggling to get a proper location. Otherwise, it will remain unused and preserve battery life. Xperia handset owners can find detailed information about GLONASS and how it improves the location accuracy on your handset here.

Apart from the upcoming Xperia Ion and Xperia S, quite a few of the current gen Xperia handsets also support GLONASS. This includes the Xperia Arc, Arc S, Ray, Neo, Play, Live With Walkman, and the Active.

All other major Android handset manufacturers have also started adding GLONASS support in their latest high-end smartphones, including the Motorola Droid RAZR and the Apple iPhone 4S. In fact, Samsung has started including a Barometer in its handsets (Galaxy Note) for ultra-quick GPS lock times as well.

Via – The Verge

Pricing and Release Date of Several Unannounced Sony Smartphones Leaked

Yet another day, and yet another leak from Sony! GSMArena has published the release date and price of nearly a dozen Sony smartphones. This comes just a day after Sony Xperia Nypon and Lumquat were spotted in a leaked snap. At this rate, Sony won’t have anything to announce at the Mobile World Congress, which will be held next month.

The source of the leak is Sony India, hence the prices as well as release dates are for India. Nevertheless, cost of unlocked phones should be in the similar range in most places around the world.


The list includes several smartphones, such as Atlas, Hayabusa, Mint, Lotus, and AFFM, that we haven’t even heard of. Mint and Hayabusa are particularly interesting because of their prime pricing. They are slated to retail for a fair bit more than the new Xperia S, which was announced at the recently concluded CES. Android Central also made the curious observation that the Atlas will be the second Android device from Sony (previously Sony Ericsson) with a Greek codename. The previous one was the Xperia Play, which went by the codename Zeus. If Sony indeed manages to release a PlayStation certified gaming smartphone for less than €300, then they might finally get the kind of success they were hoping for with the Xperia Play.

Sony Xperia Nypon And Lumquat Leak!

Sony announced the Xperia S and the Xperia Ion at the recently concluded CES in Las Vegas. Both the handsets are similar to each other, except that the Ion is meant only for the AT&T network in the United States and comes with a bigger — 4.6-inch — screen.

Now, it looks like Sony is preparing to releasing a couple of more handsets at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. In a leaked group pic of quite a few Sony (Ericsson) handsets, two mysterious handsets have shown up as well – arguably codenamed Xperia Nypon and Lumquat.

The Nypon looks similar to the Ion but comes with a smaller 4-inch Reality Display. Internally, the Nypon is rumored to be powered by a NovaThor U8500 SoC and packs an 8MP camera at its back.

The Xperia Lumquat is the successor to the Xperia Mini, the world’s smallest phone capable of recording HD videos, and will come with a much bigger 3.5-inch FWVGA Reality Display.

Sony will be announcing both these mysterious handsets and hopefully, a few more at MWC next month. Hopefully, the company will release handsets which can compete against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S3.


Sony Shows off PlayStation Vita’s Augmented Reality Capabilities at the CES [Video]

The quad-core driven PS Vita certainly packs a punch as far as hardware is concerned. However, mighty specs are not all that it has in its favor. The American and European versions of the Vita will come with a set of six augmented reality cards that can be used for a fun and unique gaming experience.


These cards can be laid out on any surface to dynamically create objects within compatible AR games. Earlier today, Sony Santa Monica Sr. Manager Dave Thach demonstrated one of the AR minigames – Table Football (Pocket Soccer in the US), in action. As you can see in the video below, each of these cards can be spread out on any flat surface to create everything from the football field to goal posts and stands. The game itself is simplistic, but is smart enough to adapt itself to the field created by you. Aspects such as velocity of the ball automatically change based on the size of the field. The Vita also remembers where your cards are, so you can simply move your Vita for zooming and panning.

The Vita will launch in North America on February 22.