Sony Xperia Z Goes On Sale For $630 Unlocked

sony_xperia_zSony has just began selling the unlocked variant of the Xperia Z to its customers in the United States of America. The device retails for $630 on the Sony Online Store and is available in three color options: black, white, and purple. As of now, the SIM unlocked version of the Xperia Z is compatible with AT&T’s HSPA+ network and is not compatible with LTE bands.

The Xperia Z is a very powerful Android device that runs on a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm CPU and 2GB of RAM. The device is powered by Android Jelly Bean and features NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Out of the box, the device includes 16GB of on-board storage, its Micro SD card slot can be used to add another 64GB of storage to the device. As far as the screen goes, the Xperia Z features 5-inches of 1080p screen real-estate with a pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch.

This is the first time that American smartphone users have been able to officially purchase the Xperia Z without the need to import it. However, rumors have been swirling for quite sometime that the device will make an appearance on both AT&T and T-Mobile officially with respective LTE bands.

Via: Phandroid

Sony Xperia P, go and E Dual Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Rolling Out

Sony Mobile today announced that it would start rolling out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia P, go and E dual from this week. The roll out is being done is phased stages, so it might not be available immediately in your country.

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The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update brings in addition to all the Google enhancements like Google Now, enhanced speech-to-text and notification bar, several new additions from Sony including an updated suite of Media applications. Sony has included a new Battery Stamina mode as seen on the Xperia Z. When enabled, this mode will automatically disable mobile data when the screen of the device is turned off to preserve battery life.

Other changes include an enhanced app drawer/launcher and Camera app and minor UI updates.

While Xperia P and E dual users will be able to update their phone to Jelly Bean over-the-air, Xperia go users will need to use Sony’s PC Companion software to install the update on their phone. They will only receive a notification on their phone when the update is available in their region.

Sony Cyber-Shot HX50V Announced; Comes With 20.4 MP Camera, 30x Optical Zoom

Sony recently announced the new Cyber-shot HX50V camera in the US. It features an impressive 30x optical zoom range and advanced 20.4 megapixel Exmor R CMOS image sensor. This device allows you to capture more than 400 photos on a single charge, thanks to the powerful X-type lithium ion battery. The Sony Cyber-shot HX50V is touted to be the world’s smallest and lightest camera with 30x optical zoom capability.

Patrick Huang, director of the Cyber-shot digital camera at Sony Electronics, said,
“Despite the emergence of smart phone cameras in today’s market, the HX50V model gives photographers plenty of reason to invest in a dedicated pocket camera. Its wide-ranging 30x optical zoom gives users more freedom to pick their shooting subject and position, and its extensive, advanced imaging capabilities give shooters the peace of mind that image quality will never be compromised.”

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The Sony Cyber-shot HX50V offers enhanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilization which reduces camera shake and blur at all ranges. It packs a powerful BIONZ processor which allows the camera to produce high-resolution as well as high-quality images in all types of lighting conditions. This camera is also compatible with TRILUMINOUS Color technology, which is currently available on Sony’s Bravia TVs.

Apart from that, the Cyber-shot HX50V camera features built-in Wi-Fi capabilities, which allows you to wirelessly transfer photos and videos to your smartphones or tablets using the Sony’s Play Memories mobile application. Currently, this app is available for devices running on the Android and iOS platforms. The Sony Cyber-shot HX50V compact digital camera will go on sale from next month for $450.

Sony Working On Bringing AOSP Support To Xperia Z

Showing its support for developers and love for stock Android, Sony has created an AOSP project for its latest flagship – the Xperia Z. The Xperia S started the trend of AOSP project from Sony, and the Z takes it a step further.

The AOSP project will be maintained by two senior developers at Sony, Johan Redestig and Bjorn Andersson. The AOSP project is Sony’s way to supporting the open source community, and allowing developers to run stock Android on their handset.

Below is a video of AOSP running on the Xperia Z -:

Currently, AOSP on the Xperia Z is still not good enough for day-to-day use because of the reliance on some binaries that Sony is not allowed to share. In its current form, Sony has managed to get SD-Card, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, Notification LED and partial sensors to work under AOSP on the Xperia Z. While the radio and camera also work, they require some binaries that Sony cannot share with the general public.

The good news is that going forward Sony will work on replacing the binaries with their open-source drivers and make the NFC binaries available as well. If you are a developer, you can help Sony in making the Xperia Z supported by AOSP by contributing your own code. Head over to the AOSP for Xperia Z project on Github for the issues list, and to get yourself familiar with the code.

AOSP stands for Android Open Source Project, and is what the Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus and other Nexus devices from Google run when combined with a few proprietary binaries. AOSP always contains the latest version of Android, which in this case is Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The Xperia Z runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box.

Via – Sony Developer World

Sony Xperia P, go and S Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update In “Very Final Stage”

Sony Mobile’s official Twitter account today tweeted that the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia P, go, S, SL and arco S are in the final stages of testing, and that the company will release more information next week.

Sony had initially promised to update its 2012 range of selected Xperia handsets to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean by early-April. What is appalling is that while Sony has managed to update some of its lower-end Xperia devices to Jelly Bean, its 2012 flagship handset – the Xperia S – is still running a bug ridden Android 4.0.4 firmware.
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The official tweet from Sony is as follows -:

Just a quick update to say we hear you re: JB 4.1 for Xperia P & Go, (S, SL, acro S and ion). Work’s in v. final stage – more news next week

Since Sony has mentioned the name of the Xperia S, SL, acro S and ion in parenthesis, it might very well be possible that the updates for these phones won’t be available immediately.

While Sony is still struggling to update its 2012 flagship devices to Jelly Bean, Samsung not only updated its 2012 flagship – the Galaxy S3 – to Jelly Bean, but also updated its 2011 flagship – the Galaxy S2 – to Android 4.1.2.

Via – Xperia Blog

 

Sony Xperia SP Launched In India For Rs.27,490

Last month, Sony unveiled the Xperia SP smartphone. This entry-level smartphone runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Today, Sony finally launched the amazing Xperia SP smartphone in India. Sony Xperia SP 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. The latest Mobile Bravia Engine 2 on this handset delivers a better viewing experience by analyzing your content type and adjusting the image automatically.

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Sony Xperia SP features a 4.6 inch HD TFT Reality display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 8 GB internal memory, 5.8 GB user memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA Certified, USB 2.0 and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), Google Play Store, up to 39 hrs of music playback time, up to 734 hrs of stand-by time, up to 10 hrs of talk-time and a 2370 mAh battery.

Sony has pre-loaded Sony Music and Sony Liv apps on this device. Sony Music offers free unlimited streaming and music download for 6 month. On the other hand, Sony Liv is a unique video streaming app which allows the consumers to catch-up show of SAB, Sony Entertainment and Max. Sony Xperia SP will be available in black and white colors. This handset will go on sale from mid-April for Rs.27,490 (approx. $500). Sony Xperia SP customers will get a free premium case worth Rs. 1,990.

Xperia P Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

Last month an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based ROM had leaked for the Xperia S. This month, the Xperia P joins the list with a JB base firmware leaking for the handset.

Like the Xperia S JB firmware, the Xperia P JB firmware is not good enough to be used a daily driver since it lacks basic connectivity features including mobile data and Wi-Fi. However, the firmware does provide a glimpse of all the features that Sony will be bringing to the handset with the update including Clear Audio+, its new enhanced suite of Media apps (Walkman, Album etc.), slight UI refresh, updated Camera app, a new lock screen and Xloud.

Sadly, Sony won’t be bringing its Small apps feature to the Xperia P, as originally seen on the Xperia T and Xperia Z. Sony will not be updating the kernel of the Xperia P with this update as well, which might not go down well with the developers.

Even then, the Android 4.1.2 update will bring quite a lot of new features to the Xperia P, which is not bad considering its a mid-range phone. Sony is expected to roll-out the Jelly Bean update for the Xperia P sometime in the next couple of months.

Via – Xperia Blog

Sony Xperia E Goes On Sale In India For Rs.9,999

Last year, Sony unveiled the entry-level Xperia E smartphone. This handset is specially targeted for those who are planning to jump from feature phones to smartphones. Sony Xperia E runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. This handset features noise cancellation that filters out background noise and allows you to have clear conversations in any environment.

Sony has not yet officially launched this handset. However, Infibeam has already started selling this budget smartphone in India. The specs of this handset is slightly better than its competitors. If you are planning to buy one, then check out the complete specs below.

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Sony Xperia E features a 3.5 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, DLNA Certified, Micro USB, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity, 512 MB RAM, Google Play Store, up to 6 hrs 30 min of talk-time, up to 530 hrs of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Infibeam is currently selling the Sony Xperia E for just Rs.9,999 (approx. $185) in India. This handset is currently available in black, white and pink colors. You will also get a Sony headphone (MDR-ZX100A) worth Rs.1,490 with this handset. To purchase the Xperia E, head over to Infibeam.

Sony Xperia SP Unveiled — Dual-Core Krait, 8MP Camera, And 4.6-inch Reality Display

Along with the Xperia L, Sony also released an upper mid-range Xperia handset, the Xperia SP. The Xperia SP had leaked earlier as well, suggesting that its launch was imminent. The Xperia SP sports a 4.6-inch BRAVIA HD Reality Display with 720p resolution. It also features Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 that automatically boosts the contrasts, color reproduction level and saturation level while viewing photos and videos.

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Internally, the Xperia SP is powered by Qualcomm’s MSM8960 (S4) processor that is clocked at 1.7GHz, and is coupled with an Adreno 225 GPU. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE,  and the other usual bunch of features. The handset is made of co-moulded aluminium frame, and will come with a beefy 2370mAh battery.

At the back of the Xperia SP is an 8MP Exmor RS camera with an LED flash. Like the Xperia L, the SP will also be running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, with Sony’s OEM skin on top of it. The device arrives in Q2 of this year in White, Red and Black.

Sony Xperia L Is A Budget Android Handset With Focus On Imaging

Sony, today, released a new budget-oriented Xperia handset – the Xperia L. The Xperia L packs in a bunch for a budget handset, and sports a 4.3-inch FWVGA display.

Internally, the handset packs in a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 (MSM8230), 8GB of internal memory, a microSD card slot and a 1700mAh battery. The usual bunch of connectivity features like Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and sensors are also present.

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Sony has laid key emphasis on the Xperia L’s imaging department by including an 8MP Exmor R sensor at its back aided by an LED flash. It also packs in HDR stills and video – a first for budget Android handsets. The company has also included its signature Power Key as seen on the Xperia Z.

On the software side, Sony has blessed the Xperia L with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and its own OEM skin – that is pretty light and includes its beautiful Media suite of applications. The Xperia L will hit the markets sometime in Q2 of this year at an unknown price in three colors — White, Black and Red.