Sony Announces Its Newest Flagship Xperia Handset — Xperia T

Sony has just announced its latest additions to the Xperia line-up of handsets here at IFA in Berlin, the Xperia T, along with the Xperia V and Xperia J.

The Xperia T is Sony’s new flagship handset and comes with a 4.6-inch 720p HD display and uses the company’s Mobile BRAVIA engine to deliver stunning image quality. At the back of the Xperia T packs is a mammoth 13MP camera aided by an LED flash, with zero-shutter lag and sleep to snap feature. The handset will also come with a dedicated camera shutter button so as to please all the camera fanatics out there. Sony has also made intelligent use of NFC to provide one-touch connectivity among its devices.

While Sony did not announce the internal specifications of the Xperia T, the handset is presumably powered by Qualcomm’s dual-core S4 Krait processor, and packs an Adreno 225 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and a microSD card slot. The handset will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out-of-the-box, and the UI will especially lay emphasis on Sony’s pre-installed media applications. The handset will comes with Sony’s Music Unlimited service which Xperia owners can enjoy for free for up to 60 days.

The Xperia T will be available before the end of this year in most regions of the world. Oh! The Xperia T is also the official 007 phone and has been stylishly used in the upcoming James Bond movie, Skyfall.

Sony Rolls Out Android 4.0.4 ICS Update For 2011 Xperia Handsets

After rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia P, Sony has once again turned its attention to its 2011 line-up of Xperia handsets. The Japanese company has announced in a blog post that starting from this week, it will start rolling out the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia arc S, Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia neo V, Xperia Mini, Xperia Pro, Xperia active and the Xperia ray.

The Android 4.0.4 update will not bring with it any new features or changes on-board, but will include a bunch of bug-fixes along with improved stability and performance. This update should fix most of the issues and bugs plaguing Xperia owners, ever since they installed the original ICS update on their handset.

Sony will also roll out this update to the Xperia mini Pro, neo L and Live with Walkman “over the next few weeks”.

If you are an Xperia user and have not already installed the ICS update on your phone, then you will need to use Sony’s PC Companion software to install the update. If you are already running ICS on your handset, then the update will be available to you via OTA as well, albeit a bit late.

Sony Xperia Ion Launched In India For Rs.36,999

Back in January, Sony unveiled the Xperia Ion smartphone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas. This handset is already available for the customers in the US from the last 2 months. However, the folks living in India were left behind. Snapdeal, a popular online retailer in India is already selling this device from the last few days. Today, Sony finally launched the powerful Xperia Ion in India.

Sony Xperia Ion is the company’s first dual-core smartphone featuring a 4.6 inch HD reality display and a 12 megapixel camera. This handset originally runs on old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, Xperia Ion will be shipped with the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS in India.

Prasun Kumar, Marketing Head, Sony Mobile Communications, said:
“With Xperia ion, we’re bringing together a seamless experience across the multiple screens that we use to play, watch, listen, and share. Xperia ion is the gateway to HD entertainment when and – most importantly – where you want it. We are glad to see overwhelming customer response for our Xperia range and we thank them for supporting us unconditionally on this successful journey in India. We strongly believe that the consumer will like the Xperia ion’s HD entertainment experience which has exclusive Airtel data offer to enhance the smartphone experience.”

Sony Xperia Ion features a 4.6 inch HD reality display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 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 much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, GPS with aGPS, Bluetooth technology, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), USB 2.0, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 18 hrs music playback time, up to 6 hrs 30 min video playback time, up to 6 hrs 45 min of talk-time, up to 850 hrs of stand-by time and a 1750 mAh battery.

Sony Xperia Ion comes with a price tag of Rs.36,999 (approx. $670). This handset is available in Black and Red colors. Airtel subscribers will get 500 MB of free 3G data per month for 3 months as well as 200 minutes of Mobile TV for 2 months, with the purchase of this smartphone.

Sony Rolls Out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update For The Xperia P

As promised by Sony, the company has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia P. Sony had promised to roll-out the ICS update for the Xperia P sometime between August 16th to August 23rd, and the Japanese company has managed to keep its word.

The company in a blog post announced that it has started the Ice Cream Sandwich roll-out for the Xperia P in certain markets and will continue the roll-out globally over the next few weeks. The company has also posted a small change-log of the update which is as follows -:

  • New ways to experience your media with new media applications – “WALKMAN”, “Album” and “Movies”
  • Extended standby mode, increasing standby time by up to four times (depending on user-profile and data consumption)
  • Lock screen with improved functionality
  • Resizable widgets for improved personalization
  • Improved control of your mobile data consumption
  • Recent Apps button for a clear overview of your applications

The blog post from Sony also states that the OTA update might take some time to show up on your phone, so users are recommended to use Sony’s PC Companion software to install the update. The company also mentions that the ICS update for the Xperia U, Sola and go is also just around the corner.

 

Renders and Details of Unreleased Sony Xperia Tablet Leak Out

Sony’s unannounced Xperia tablet has been leaked out. Rumoured to be released in September 2012, pictures and specifications of the successor to the Tablet S have been posted on XDA-Developers.

The renders show off what looks to be a ~10″ 1280×800 screen, along with a fairly thick bezel. The regular array of buttons, I/O, and cameras are present. Regular kit in this day and age for a tablet; power button, volume rocker, front facing 1MP camera, 8MP shooter with a cutout for an LED flash…

But look carefully at this next side-profile render. Sony has decided to go with what can only be explained as a “comb-over”. It’s what people do with their hair when they have no idea what the hell do with their hair. Sony must really be out of designs with this one. There’s no need for a large hump, an 8MP sensor is not thick enough to warrant a bump like that. The entire back section is likely housing a battery. The battery is flat, there’s no hump in the 6000mAh battery being used. It seems it’s purely aesthetics. Scratch that. Assthetics.

The Tegra3 powered tablet is reported to be announced in September, and will be available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants for $449, $549, and $649. The only upside to purchasing this tablet, should the render ring true, is that it will be coming with Ice Cream Sandwich.

If Sony’s track record tells you anything, it’s to learn to enjoy the release of Android that your unit ships with. When Google releases new code, Sony will most likely decide to skip your device updates in a transparent attempt and getting you to upgrade. Just be happy they didn’t put a Memory Stick Duo Pro slot in, instead of a microSD one.

Sony Xperia U and Sola Get Firmware Update – Fixes Signal Disappearing Issue

Sony has started rolling out a new firmware update for a couple of its 2012 range of Xperia handsets — Xperia U and Sola — that fixes tons of bugs on these devices. The most notable change brought about by the .184 firmware update is the signal disappearing issue fix, which should please all Sola and U owners out there.

The firmware update also fixes some other major bugs like the low in-call earphone volume, poor battery life, touch screen sensitivity, random Wi-Fi disconnections,  and random restarts or freezes. There is an improvment in the overall performance of the phone as well.

There are quite a lot of other bugs that the firmware does not fix though, including MTP driver issues and display flickering when auto-brightness is enabled. The full list of bugs that have been fixed and are yet to be fixed can be found here.

Sony will soon start rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia P, and the updates for the Sola and U should follow soon. Hopefully, the ICS update for these devices will not contain these bugs, and will be relatively bug free.

Looking at the amount of bugs the handsets (Sola and U) shipped with, Sony should have had done more testing with the firmware. It is completely unacceptable that a phone be shipped with such serious issues right out of the box, and owners need to wait 2-3 months for any kind of fix.

 

Xperia P Ice Cream Sandwich Update Coming In The Third Week Of August

Sony is probably the only Android OEM manufacturer that has updated nearly the whole of its 2011 line-up of Xperia handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich, and then started rolling out ICS updates for its 2012 devices. After rolling out the ICS update for the Xperia S, the company has turned its attention to its budget-oriented dual-core handset, the Xperia P.

The P packs in a dual-core NovaThor 1GHz Cortex-A9 CPU an ARM Mali-400 GPU, 512MB of RAM and a microSD card slot. The handset offers quite a bang for its buck, but has been pretty much over-shadowed by the 2011 line-up of Xperia devices from Sony.

Thankfully, the Japanese company has announced via its Facebook India page that it will start rolling out the ICS update for the Xperia P somewhere between August 19th to August 25th. Considering the hardware similarities between the Xperia P, U and Sola, the ICS updates for these phones should not be far away as well.

Via – Xperia Blog

Sony 2011 Xperia Handsets Might Just Get Jelly Bean

Last week, Sony’s PR commented on a question regarding the Jelly Bean update for its 2011 Xperia devices saying that the handsets won’t be getting the update. Thankfully, Sony has provided a quick update about the Jelly Bean update for its Xperia 2011 devices on its blog today. The company stated that the “local spokesperson gave information in error on our Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software development and rollout for 2011 Xperia smartphones.”

However, this does not mean that the handsets will be getting Jelly Bean. Sony is still investigating whether its 2011 Xperia devices are capable of running Jelly Bean or not. Here is the full official statement from Sony -:

A quick note – during a Q&A session last week on our Sony Mobile GB Facebook page, a local spokesperson gave information out in error on our Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software development and rollout for 2011 Xperia smartphones.

We are actively investigating Android OS upgrades for all devices, but in the meantime, our Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia S and 2011 Xperia smartphones continues as planned.

As always, feel free to drop a question below and keep your eyes fixed on the blog, as we’ll be bringing you more on our Ice Cream Sandwich rollout for Xperia P and other 2012 Xperia smartphones over the next couple of weeks.

Ant.

Xperia owners, don’t lose hope yet! Jelly Bean might just come to your handset.

Sony Xperia 2011 Handsets To Not Get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Update

While Sony might not have had much of a success with its Android phones, the company definitely is trying its best. Beside Google, Sony is the largest contributor to AOSP (Android Open Source Project). The Japanese company also helps the Android modding community by providing them with devices for development, and other proprietary binaries when needed. Sony is also the only company that has already updated its whole nearly the whole 2011 range of Xperia handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Sadly, it looks like Sony has decided that it won’t be bringing Jelly Bean to its 2011 devices. Commenting on a question asked on its Facebook page about the Arc S and Xperia Mini Pro Jelly Bean update, the company’s PR stated that the handsets won’t be getting the latest version of Android. Since the 2011 range of Xperia handsets pack similar internals, they should meet the same fate as well.

Sony is currently “reviewing which handsets are the best for the Jelly Bean update”. While Jelly Bean does not really bring any new features that are taxing on the hardware, it does contain many under-the-hood framework changes. In addition to this, the Ice Cream Sandwich update was already pushing the 2011 Xperia handsets to its limits, with many users complaining about sluggish performance, bugs and poor battery life.

Via – GSMArena

Sony Xperia Mint Leaked Pics And Specs Emerge

Sony recently started sending out the invitations to a pre-IFA event that will be held on August 29th in Berlin. Earlier, it was rumored that the manufacturer will unveil the Xperia Mint, Xperia J, Xperia SL and Xperia Hayabusa at this event. Now, these rumors are eventually turning out to be true.

The guys at Mobile Review recently got their hands on the Sony’s upcoming smartphone named as the Xperia Mint. This handset was previously known as the Sony LT30p Mint. Almost all of the company’s smartphones launched in this year runs on the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, the Xperia Mint will be shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS out of the box.

Sony Xperia Mint features a 4.3 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 expandable memory and much more. It also comes with the usual 3.5 mm headset jack, GPS with A-GPS, Stereo Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, MicroUSB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and NFC (Near Field Communication).

Sony Xperia Mint allows you to record and play videos in full HD (1080p), thanks to the amazing 13 megapixel camera. It also comes with a HD front-facing camera for video chats on the go. This handset is lighter and thinner than the Xperia S smartphone. The owners of this device should expect the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update soon after the launch.

This handset will be announced next month at the IFA 2012 in Berlin. According to the rumors, Xperia Mint will go on sale from September with a price-tag of around $700. Check out some hands-on pics of this device after the break.