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Sony Xperia Z Up For Pre-Order In The UK

Earlier this week, Sony unveiled the much-awaited Xperia Z smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. This handset managed to grab the eyeballs of almost everyone at the event, thanks to its brilliant design and powerful specs. Sony Xperia Z is a water and dust resistant smartphone with a durable glass display.

Sony has already announced that the device will be launched during the Q1 of 2013. Sadly, the price of this device was not revealed at the event. Now, we have good news for the folks living in the UK. Clove, a popular online retailer has not only started taking the pre-orders of this device, but also revealed the exact price of this device. If you are still unaware of the complete features, then check out the specs posted below.

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Sony Xperia Z 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, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA Certified and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 13 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, USB 2.0, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a 2330 mAh battery.

Clove has not mentioned the exact release date, however the retailer is expected to ship the device starting from March 1, 2013. This handset comes with a price-tag of £528 (approx. $850) in the UK (including VAT). To pre-order this device right now, just head over to this page.

More 4K: 110” Monster from Westinghouse, Astounding 30” Monitor from LG, and Handycam from Sony

Ultra HD displays are clearly the next big thing as far as display manufacturers are considered, with 3D being suddenly relegated to the status of a secondary feature. During the first two days, we saw Samsung and LG announce gorgeous 55-inch 4K OLED TVs, Panasonic showcase its massive 20-inch Windows 8 table with a 4K display targeted at designers, and LG and Sony announce affordable (comparatively) smaller 4K displays. Ultra high definition displays represent the next radical improvement in display technology, and the good news is that 2013 looking to be the year where it will finally spread its wings.

Yesterday, LG announced a 30-inch monitor with an astounding resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels. Although, we don’t know the price of this little beauty, it will surely put a dent in your pocket. LG is billing the 153 ppi display as a professional monitor aimed at designers and artists. Viewsonic also displayed a 32-inch monitor with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 that will be shipping towards the end of this year.

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Sony on the other hand is displaying a curious prototype that is labelled as a 4K handycam for consumer use. It’s not even known if the prototype works since its currently securely locked in a glass cage, but as per The Verge, it records 4K videos using the XAVC open-source format. To be honest, the 4K video recorder sems to be too big and bulky for most consumers.

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Last, but not least, Westinghouse stayed true to its word, and unveiled the biggest 4K TV in the world. Westinghouse’s 110-inch 4K TV is a good 25 inches bigger than its nearest competition. However, it comes at a price. The world’s biggest 4K TV will only be manufactured to order, and will cost $300,000, which is more than ten times the price of 85-inch and 84-inch 4K televisions from Sony and LG respectively.

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[ via The Verge and Engadget ]

Samsung and Sony Announce New 4K TVs

CES 2013 officially kicks off today; however, some folks couldn’t just wait. Samsung, Nvidia, Sony, and many of the big names got the ball rolling yesterday itself. Judging from the day zero, if last year was the year of ultrabooks, this year can turn out to be the year of 4K television.

LG and Sony already have strong offerings in the Ultra-HD or 4K segment. Yesterday, Samsung announced its entry with a 85-inch monster. The Samsung UN85S9 takes away the crown of the world’s largest 4K television from LG and Sony by being an inch bigger. However, its reign at the top is bound to be short-lived as Westinghouse is expected to announce a 110-inch monster later on during the CES.

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The Samsung UN85S9 features a stunning “floating” design, which allows the display to be easily adjusted vertically. Samsung’s new UHD television is powered by a 1.35 GHz quad-core A15 processor, but unlike LG’s dual-core counterpart, it doesn’t support 3D.

The other 4K TV displayed yesterday came in a smaller package, but was equally wow-worthy. Sony showed off its 56-inch 4K OLED display. However, the display is currently in prototype stages, and no price or launch date information is available.

Sony did, however, have some good news for consumers looking to purchase 4K television. The Japanese giant will be leveraging its media portfolio to alleviate the lack of content issue. Sony will be bundling ten UHD movies sourced from Sony Pictures or its subsidiary Columbia Pictures with its 84-inch 4K TV. The selection includes the likes of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘The Karate Kid’. It is also planning to launch a download service, from where buyers of smaller 4K televisions, including the 55-inch and 65-inch 4K TVs that were announced yesterday, will be able to download 4K movies.

Sony Xperia Z Announced; Comes With 5 Inch 1080p Display, 13 MP Camera

As expected, Sony finally released the much-awaited Xperia Z smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. This handset comes with some powerful specs including a 5 inch Full HD 1080p display, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13 megapixel fast-capture camera and much more. Sony Xperia Z is a water and dust resistant smartphone with a durable glass display. It also features Exmor RS for mobile, the world’s first image sensor with HDR (High Dynamic Range) video for smartphones.

Kuni Suzuki, President and CEO, at Sony Mobile Communications, said,
“With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out. With great specifications, Sony’s media applications and One-touch functions, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market. By putting smartphones at the heart of our strategy, Sony is enabling people to create, enjoy and share content and experiences like never before.”

Sony Xperia Z 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, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 16 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, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a 2330 mAh battery.

This handset comes with an unique Battery Stamina Mode that can improve the standby time by four times by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and starting them up again when the screen is back on. Sony Xperia Z will launch globally during the Q1 of 2013. The price of this handset is still a mystery.

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 Complete Events Schedule

The much-awaited Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 is finally here. As usual, the event will be held between January 8 – January 11 in Las Vegas, United States. HP, Lenovo and Vizio are expected to launch a number of ultrabooks, while LG, Samsung, Sony and HTC will launch their flagship smartphones and tablets. Check out the complete schedule below. All timings are mentioned in PST (GMT -0800).

Monday, January 7, 2013:

  • 08:00 am – LG Press Conference
  • 09:00 am – Sharp CES Press Showcase
  • 09:00 am – AT&T Developers Summit
  • 12:00 pm – Fujifilm Press Conference
  • 12:00 pm – NETGEAR Press Conference
  • 01:00 pm – Huawei Device Press Conference
  • 01:00 pm – Intel CES Press Briefing
  • 02:00 pm – Samsung Press Conference
  • 03:00 pm – Casio America Inc. Press Conference
  • 04:00 pm – Ford Motor Company Press Conference
  • 05:00 pm – Sony Press Conference
  • 06:30 pm – Qualcomm Keynote

Tuesday, January 8, 2013:

  • 11:00 am – Audi Press Conference
  • 01:00 pm – Bang & Olufsen Press Conference
  • 01:30 pm – ZTE Grand S Announcement
  • 04:00 pm – U.S. Launch of Motörheadphönes
  • 04:30 pm – Verizon Wireless Keynote
  • 05:30 pm – T-Mobile Press Event

Wednesday, January 9, 2013:

  • 09:00 am – Pebble: E-Paper Smartwatch for iPhone and Android Announcement
  • 11:30 am – Official Launch of SendBoo Mobile Application
  • 02:00 pm – SmartKlear by LensPen launch: Remove Fingerprints from your iPhone Screen
  • 02:00 pm – TAIWAN Products Launch & International Press Conference
  • 03:30 pm – Synaptop: Living in the Cloud Announcement
  • 06:00 pm – Kenwood USA Press Conference

Sony Mobile 2013: Odin to be Xperia X, and Yuga to be Xperia Z

We already have some idea about the phones in Sony’s 2013 Xperia lineup, now details have emerged about what they are going to be called.

The C660X, which was until now known by its codename ‘Yuga‘, is rumored to be the Xperia Z. According to a source on XDA, the Xperia Z will be both water and dust resistant with IP57 certification. It will also sport a 5” 1080p display with OptiContrast technology, which will reduce reflection and glare under sunlight.

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Odin, which is the other powerhouse that Sony will be releasing next year, will probably be launched as the Xperia X. It will be identical to the Xperia Z in terms of specifications with a 5” full HD display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core chipset, and 13 megapixel camera. However, it will sport a different design.

There are also rumors that the Xperia Z and the Xperia X might be announced in China on January 15 at a price point similar to that of Xperia T. Even if that doesn’t turn out to be true, the phones will almost surely make an appearance at next year’s CES and MWC.

Xperia T Running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Shown Off On Video

Sony Xperia T owners, if any, want a sneak peek for the Jelly Bean update that is coming sometime next year for your device? Sony Viet has managed to get their hands on a video that shows a development Android 4.1.2 firmware from Sony running on the Xperia T.

The Android 4.1.2 update for Xperia T will bring with it quite a lot of new changes including all the features that Google added in Jelly Bean. This includes Project Butter for a buttery-smooth UI experience, expandable notifications in the notification bar, minor UI updates and more. Sony has also added some of its own customizations including a new launcher, enhanced lock screen, a ‘ClearAudio+’ mode for better audio quality, a new Albums app, improved Camera app, improved battery life and other minor software goodies.

Below is the video showing Android 4.1.2 in action on the Xperia T -:


One of the most important under-the-hood changes is that the kernel version gets bumped to v3.4 with the Jelly Bean update. Only the Nexus 4 runs on the latest version of linux kernel for mobile devices.

Sony should start rolling out the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T sometime in January next year. Until then, Xperia T owners need to satisfy their hunger for Jelly Bean with the above YouTube video.

Sony Provides A Timeframe For The Jelly Bean Update For Its Xperia Devices

Sony today provided Xperia owners an update on its Jelly Bean roll-out plans. First in line to get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update from Sony will be the Xperia T, Xperia TX and the Xperia V sometime in February or March.

The Xperia P, J and go are next in line and will get the update by the end of March. In the following weeks, the Xperia S, SL, Ion and acro S will get the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

Sony also confirmed that it will not be bringing Jelly Bean to its budget-oriented handsets including Xperia U, miro, tipo and Sola.

By the time Sony will start rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to the Xperia T and other devices, Samsung and HTC would have already rolled out Android 4.2 to the Galaxy S3, Note 2 and the One X.

I am not sure what Sony is doing here, but if it takes you more than 7-8 months to roll-out an Android OS update for your devices, something is definitely wrong.

Sony has been supporting the Android community a lot recently by providing them with binary/blobs, free devices and more. This has made them a favorite among the Android community. However, until and unless Sony does something about its ridiculously slow Android updates roll-out times, the company will have a hard time surviving in the mobile industry with fierce competition.

Sony Mobile 2013: New Pictures of Yuga Emerge

2012 hasn’t exactly turned out to be a great year for Sony Mobile. The Japanese manufacturer has been struggling to simply keep up with the competition. Months after HTC and Samsung released its flagships, Sony is yet to release anything that can compete in pure specs as well as performance. However, 2013 is shaping up to be a much more impressive year for Sony.

Several smartphones from Sony’s 2013 lineup have already been leaked. Odin (C650X) and Yuga (C660X) are likely to be the Sony flagships for next year. While we don’t know much about Odin, last month, we got our first look at Yuga. Now, Eldar Murtazin from Mobile-Review has managed to get his hands on Yuga. As previously reported, the phone boasts of a 5” full HD (1080p) LCD dispay, and is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro. Elder was impressed with what he saw, and termed the powerful processor and the large display as a “fabulous combination”. However, he also noted that the device tends to get “warm as a stove”.

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Another new device, which currently goes by the codename HuaShan (C5303X) was spotted on AnTuTu. HuaShan will probably be a budget device sporting a 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU. The other two Sony Mobile smartphones that we know of are unnamed devices bearing the code numbers C150X and C160X. They will be entry level offerings powered by a 1.0GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A chipset with Adreno 200 graphics.

Sony Xperia P, U, go And Sola Get A New Bug-Fixing Firmware Update

Sony has started rolling out a new firmware update for its mid-range Droids – the Xperia P, U, Sola and go. The update does not bump up the firmware version but includes improvements to Wi-Fi performance, NFC, Camera, Messaging and more. There is also an overall improvement in the performance and stability of these handsets, thanks to the new update.

Owners of the above handsets can install the latest update on their handset directly via OTA (Over-The-Air), or can alternatively use Sony’s PC Companion.

 

Xperia U, go and Sola owners will automatically be notified about the update being available, if they are already running Ice Cream Sandwich on their devices. If not, then they will have to use Sony’s PC Companion app to update to Ice Cream Sandwich first.

Xperia P owners will get the OTA update depending on their region and carrier’s approval, which might take sometime.

While the Xperia Sola, go and U will not be upgraded to Jelly Bean from Sony, the Xperia P will get the update sometime next year.

Via – Sony Mobile

Sony Unveils The Android 4.1 Powered Xperia E Smartphone

Sony recently unveiled the Android powered Xperia E smartphone. It is the company’s first device to ship with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Sony Xperia E will be available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM variants. This handset features noise cancellation that filters out background noise and allows you to have clear conversations in any environment.

Calum MacDougall, Director Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications, said,
“Consumers looking to take their first steps into the world of Xperia smartphones would be well advised to look at Xperia E or Xperia E dual. They are perfect for those seeking affordable access to the quality and functionality more traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones.”

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, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, Micro USB, USB 2.0, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 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.

The single-SIM variant will be available in black, white and pink colors, while the dual-SIM variant will come in black and gold colors. This handset will go on sale from Q1 of 2013. Sony has not yet announced the price of this device, but the price is expected to be around $200.

Sony Xperia P, U, Go And Sola Gets A Software Update

Earlier this year, Sony launched the mid-range P, U, Go and Sola smartphones. Sadly, all of these devices were shipped with the out-dated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, as promised, the manufacturer has already released the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Samdwich) update for these devices. Today, Sony is rolling out a new software update for the Xperia P, U, Go and Sola.

Before you get too excited, let me tell you that the latest update does not bring the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. However, it comes with lots of other enhancements, bug fixes and performance tweaks. According to the manufacturer, all Xperia P users will get a notification when the upgrade is ready, but direct availability in the phone may vary across different markets and carriers.

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On the other hand, Xperia U, Xperia Go and Xperia Sola users with Android 4.0 will receive a notification in your phone and will be able to download it over-the-air. The latest update brings improvements to: stability, WiFi, tethering/portable hotspot, camera (capture and playback), NFC and Messaging.

If you have not yet upgraded your device to the Android 4.0 OS, then you will need to manually connect your device to the computer and use the PC Companion for Windows or Sony’s Bridge software for Mac. The availability and scheduling of this software upgrade will depend on the market as well as the carrier.

Sony Xperia T And TX Get Feature-Rich Software Updates

Sony has started rolling out a new software update for its brand new flagship handsets – the Xperia T and Xperia TX. The update brings a bunch of new features to the handsets and enhancements including extended standby mode, screen mirroring, enhanced media applications and more.

Below is the full change-log of the update from Sony’s blog post -:

Screen Mirroring 

Screen Mirroring lets you experience the full Xperia T/TX interface wirelessly on your TV** – get the bigger picture as you share photos, videos, games, maps, emails and music.

Extended standby mode

Extended standby mode increases the standby time by up to 4 times. When the screen has been in sleep mode for a few minutes, Wi-Fi and data traffic will temporarily be disabled and most applications will become inactive. Core functions such as calling and messaging will work as normal; you will still be able to receive calls, messages and notifications. Once you touch the screen to wake the device up from standby all functions are back to normal!

Sony’s media applications

The upgrade also brings new improvements to Sony’s media applications – we continue to evolve our applications to make your experience of enjoying and sharing content more personalised and effortless.

  • Movies app now let’s you run the show from the dashboard with a small viewing window, controls and film gallery.
  • “WALKMAN” app’s interface is more dynamic, with changing colours to reflect the track’s album art.
  • Album app utilises Mobile BRAVIA Engine with even higher contrast, depth and sharpness in photos and videos. You can also make full use of SenseME Slideshows, delivering a tailored presentation matching music to your image’s ambience.

HD Voice***

Xperia T supports HD Voice, the most significant voice quality upgrade in mobile history; transmitting a broader spectrum of the human voice resulting in a more natural sound filtering out distracting background noise. It’s now easier to recognize voices, and to hear and understand what the person at the other end is saying, even in noisy environments.

The HD voice feature is only available where it is supported by the carriers. Keep in mind that if you own a carrier-branded Xperia T then the update will be only available to your handset, once it has been approved by your carrier, which can take sometime.
Sony will roll-out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia T and other Xperia handsets by early next year.

Sony To Release A Direct Galaxy S3 Competitor Next Year; Fails To Realize The Galaxy S4 Will Be Around The Corner By Then

Sony has been struggling with its mobile division for quite sometime now. The company has failed to release remarkable handsets that woo in customers. Sony, however, aims to change all that with its next flagship Android smartphone that will be competing directly with the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5.

Sony CVP of Sales & marketing, Dennis van Schie said “We will create in the near future a flagship model that can compete with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S III”.

In all probability, Sony is talking about its already leaked smartphone – the Yuga – which will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz quad-core Krait processor, Adreno 320 GPU and more. Sony expects to unveil this handset sometime at CES or MWC early next year.

What Sony fails to realize here is that the Galaxy S III has already been in the market for nearly 6 months, and by the time Sony actually releases its Galaxy S3/iPhone 5 competitor to the general consumer, the iPhone 5 would also be nearly 6 months old.

People would be eagerly waiting for the One X successor from HTC and the Galaxy S IV will just be around the corner. By then, no one would be interestedin this Galaxy S3 competitor from Sony. The company’s phone has been consistently behind HTC and Samsung in terms of both software and hardware, which has what led to its downfall.

Even now, the latest and greatest phone from Sony — the Xperia T — comes with a dual-core Krait processor and 1GB of RAM, while Samsung and HTC phones are coming with quad-core Krait processors and 2GB of RAM. Before you guys jump in and say that hardware is only one part of the story, let me tell you Sony is not really doing well on the software side. The company expects to roll out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update to the majority of its devices only in early-2013. By that time, Samsung and HTC would have already updated their flagship handsets to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Via – PhoneArena

Sony C6603 ‘Yuga’ Pictures Leak; Shows Off 1080p Screen and S4 Pro Processor

Sony may have received a lot of love from Android community, developers and Android’s lead engineer – JBQ – himself, but the company has consistently failed to release a true “hero” device.

The Xperia S, Xperia Ion and the much more recently released, the Xperia T, are all decent phones, but they are always a step or two behind the competition, in terms of software as well as hardware.

However, it looks like Sony is working hard on changing that with the ‘Yuga’ handset. The C6603 ‘Yuga’ sports a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch display with on-screen navigation buttons with a resolution of 1080p. While these specs won’t put the ‘Yuga’ ahead of its competition, it will definitely put Sony’s flagship handset on par with the competition when Sony announces it at CES early next year. Now, if only Sony got the release date and timing of the device right!

The leaked pictures of the handset show the unibody enclosure of the device along with an odd-looking power button. The unibody enclosure means that in all probability the handset will not have a user-removable battery. Another leaked picture shows the handset running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean albeit with a newer kernel version (v3.4), which is found on the Nexus 4.

The folks over at Android Schweiz have got a bunch of pictures of the handset showing off the device in all its glory.