Sony Xperia T3 revealed as world’s thinnest 5.3″ smartphone
Jun03

Sony Xperia T3 revealed as world’s thinnest 5.3″ smartphone

Earlier this year Sony announced the Xperia T2 Ultra midrange phablet, and now it’s apparently already time for us to meet the Xperia T3. No more Ultra branding this time around, and the T3 comes with a much more manageable screen size compared to the T2. Hence, we can’t really call the new T3 the successor to the T2, since they seem to be intended for different people. As always, Sony keeps confusing us with its naming scheme. That aside, the Xperia T3 looks like a nice midranger, though in this day and age we probably shouldn’t refer to it as a phablet. That’s because it has a 5.3-inch touchscreen, so it’s just over there at the line – between phone and phablet. One thing Sony seems particularly proud of is that the Xperia T3 is the world’s slimmest 5.3-inch handset. That said, we don’t know very many other 5.3-inch devices on sale right now, so this is an easy prize to get. The Sony Xperia T3 has 720p HD screen resolution, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.1 MP front camera, a 1.4 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Its dimensions are 150.7x77x7 mm, and it weighs 148 grams. Therein lies the problem. While it is impressively slim, undoubtedly, the Xperia T3 manages to be less than 1 mm narrower than the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which is also less tall than it. So aside from one measurement (that of thickness), the Xperia T3 certainly isn’t a very compact device – even compared to similar midrangers such as the Note 3 Neo. The LG G3, on the other hand, is 2.4 mm narrower and 4.4 mm less tall, while coming with a 5.5-inch display. Sony expects to release the Xperia T3 globally at the end of July, offering it in black, white, and purple. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we wouldn’t expect it to be extremely cheap compared to its competitors – for that would be a first for...

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Sony D2403 revealed through benchmark
May22

Sony D2403 revealed through benchmark

Sony has a new low(ish)-end smartphone in the works, it appears. Right now we know it only by its model number, which is the uninspiring D2403. This detail has been leaked about it alongside its most important specs because someone put it through the paces of GFXBench. Hence, we now know what to expect. The Sony D2403 has a 4.4-inch 540×960 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording capabilities and a LED flash, a 0.3 MP front camera with VGA video, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (with ARM Cortex-A7 cores), 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC. It runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat. All in all, this looks like it’s going to be a competitor to the Moto G. It probably comes with the exact same chipset, though one-ups that in the rear camera department. On the other hand, the Moto G has a slightly bigger and higher-res display. Ultimately though, the most important thing about the Sony D2403 will be how much it will cost. If it’s adequately priced, it may be a worthy contender for the Moto G. Otherwise, only those who love the Sony brand will consider it. Via The Droid...

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Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z now getting Android 4.4 KitKat update
May21

Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z now getting Android 4.4 KitKat update

Four additional Sony devices are joining the KitKat camp starting today. We’re talking about the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and the Tablet Z – all of these now have updates to Android 4.4 headed their way. And they are pretty much on time, given that last month Sony said they would arrive in May. So here we are. The usual stuff about updates applies here too – keep in mind that this is a staggered rollout, and it will not hit all devices at the same time. Furthermore, things can be complicated by your particular carrier’s testing procedures, so it may take a while until your device gets the new software. As you may have gathered, this is an over-the-air rollout, so your phone or tablet will notify you once it’s ready to download and install. The update brings with it all that’s new in Android 4.4 from Google (things such as improved performance all-round and small UI changes here and there), as well as some Sony-specific stuff. The status bar and quick settings pane have been redesigned, you get a new launch animation and live wallpaper, support for Xperia Themes and Sony wearables, and updates for Sony’s included apps: Messaging, Email, Smart Social Camera, Stamina mode, Walkman, and Album and Movies. The full details are available from Sony over here. The next devices in line to get KitKat are the Xperia T2 Ultra, the Xperia E1, and the Xperia M2, though that will only happen in...

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Sony Xperia Z3 metal frame leaks alongside rumored specs
May20

Sony Xperia Z3 metal frame leaks alongside rumored specs

For quite a while now Sony’s been doing its own thing in the mobile world, in that it launches not one, but two flagships each and every year. One of them gets official at CES or MWC in January or February, the other is announced at or around IFA in August-September. The company seems to think that not doing this would put it at a disadvantage compared to its competitors, but when no one else is doing the same thing – how exactly would that be? Isn’t this strategy a lot more likely to annoy Xperia smartphone owners, given that their devices become obsolete way faster than the competitors’? Those are some questions for Sony to think about. In the meantime, though, we must start talking about the Xperia Z3, since it’s clearly coming soon. Yes, the Xperia Z2 is barely a few months old, but Sony seems to be determined that its way to go about flagship releases is the good one, so it’s not going to change. Which means the Xperia Z3 should be announced in three months or so. And now we can tell you what to expect, thanks to some newly surfaced leaked information. First of all, what you see above is said to be the Z3’s metal frame. So yes, it will be made out of metal, and it will be thin. Next up, specs. The Sony Xperia Z3 should have a 1080p touchscreen still (and not a QHD or 1440p one like the much-rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and the same 20.7 MP camera that debuted with the Xperia Z1 last year. So far it looks like the only big upgrade compared to the Xperia Z2 will be the chipset used, as everything else seems to have stayed the same. Obviously, Sony could go with a larger screen than the Z2’s 5.2-inch unit, though that would put the Xperia Z3 in phablet territory, and it’s unclear whether the company wants that. There may be other differences between the Z3 and its predecessor, however. For example, it could come with a refreshed design. Nothing’s certain at this point though, so stay tuned for more. Via...

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Sony Xperia ZL2 gets official as a slightly smaller version of the Z2 sporting new design
May08

Sony Xperia ZL2 gets official as a slightly smaller version of the Z2 sporting new design

Sony has introduced a new smartphone too today. The Xperia ZL2 was unveiled in the company’s home market of Japan, and it appears to have been made for KDDI, a local carrier. On the other hand, based on its name this is also the successor to the Xperia ZL from last year. The original Xperia ZL was announced alongside the Xperia Z, but while the latter has already gotten two successors, the former has so far received no sequel. Since the ZL was made available internationally (though in a more limited fashion than the Z), there’s a (pretty slim) chance that we’ll one day see the Xperia ZL2 in other countries and territories as well. The Sony Xperia ZL2 comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 20.7 MP rear camera with LED flash and 4K video recording, a 3 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3,000 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Its dimensions are 137x72x10.8 mm, and it weighs 167 grams. It adheres to the IP58 standard for water and dust resistance. The Xperia ZL2 basically seems to be a smaller version of the current Sony flagship, the Xperia Z2. The ZL2’s screen is a tad smaller, as is its battery capacity. Other than that, they come with pretty much the same specs. The ZL2 will be out in Japan by the end of this month in the color versions you can see...

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Unlocked Sony Xperia Z2 now available in the US for $799 with support for AT&T and T-Mobile
May06

Unlocked Sony Xperia Z2 now available in the US for $799 with support for AT&T and T-Mobile

If you’re in the US of A and are craving Sony’s latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z2, you’re in a bit of a situation. See, officially the handset is only going to be out sometime this summer, and even then it’s very unlikely that it will be offered by any of the carriers. Which means you’ll need to get it from Sony’s own online store, in unlocked form that is. But what if you simply can’t wait a few more months and got to have an Xperia Z2 as soon as possible? Well, amazingly you’re in luck. A third party retailer has come to your rescue already, by offering an ‘unofficial’ unlocked Xperia Z2 up for grabs. The only kicker? The price, naturally. While competing flagships from Samsung and HTC can be found for around $649-$699 unlocked, because this is an unofficial import the Xperia Z2 is priced at $799. A pretty tough amount to swallow, that’s for sure. If it’s any consolation, though, that’s still significantly cheaper than what the same device is being sold for in certain parts of Europe, for example. You can use this unlocked Xperia Z2 on either AT&T or T-Mobile, complete with 4G LTE support. Not on Verizon, Sprint, or any other CDMA-based carrier, though. If you’re interested in picking one up despite the price, just go to GSM Nation and make an...

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Sony Xperia Z2 finally released in Europe, could be coming to Verizon too after all
May02

Sony Xperia Z2 finally released in Europe, could be coming to Verizon too after all

Sony hasn’t managed to keep up with Samsung and HTC in terms of flagship smartphone launches. While the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, and One M8 were all announced in the same period, Samsung and HTC have already had their contenders in stores for weeks. Yet only now has Sony finally made its newest top of the line offering available throughout Europe. Better late than never, right? That said, it’s pretty clear that the Galaxy S5 and One M8 were able to snag a few sales from Sony’s device. If only the Japanese company would have been faster at this whole launch thing… Anyway, the Xperia Z2 is now out in the UK, where it can be found at carriers as well as third party retailers such as Carphone Warehouse and Phones 4u. SIM-free, you can get it for £539.95 from Phones 4u. The Xperia Z2 can also be bought from Sony’s online stores in other European countries, such as Germany, France, Italy, Poland, and Sweden. Not all variations are in stock everywhere, but that’s to be expected this close to the launch. Pricing differs according to country. For example, the Xperia Z2 is cheapest in Sweden and Poland, where it’s priced at SEK 5,995 and PLN 2,799, respectively. Both of those sums amount to approximately €670. Next up, you can find it in Germany for €679, and France and Italy for €699. Hopefully prices will drop at third-party retailers in a few weeks or so. In the US, the Sony Xperia Z2 is expected to become available directly from Sony’s online store, in SIM-free and unlocked form, sometime this summer. The company hasn’t officially announced any plans to bring its latest flagship to any carrier’s roster, but a slip-up with one of its social media accounts may indicate that there may be a Verizon version in the works. Sony’s Google+ account posted the image you can see above, which was since removed. It clearly shows a Verizon-branded Xperia Z2, which either means that it’s coming in the future, or that something like this was being worked on but got cancelled for whatever reason (blame Verizon). It’s unclear what the truth really is, since, in a statement on the matter, Sony only reiterated its plans to sell the Xperia Z2 unlocked in the US, not explicitly saying that there will never be a Verizon variation of the smartphone. So there may be a slim chance this is happening, but until we get more information, we wouldn’t celebrate. Stay tuned. Via Android Central, Xperia Blog here and...

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Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition now $200 cheaper
Apr30

Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition now $200 cheaper

Sony launched the Z Ultra Google Play Edition last December, and ever since then the humongous phablet has been selling for $649 sans contract or commitment. Now though it’s gotten a very hefty price cut. From today, you can purchase a Z Ultra Google Play Edition for just $449. That’s $200 off the price it had until now, and it’s a great offer for those craving such a thing. It’s clear that the Z Ultra is not for everyone, with its 6.4-inch touchscreen. But if you don’t mind its size, and yet would like to receive it without any Sony-made modifications to Android, then the Google Play Edition is definitely for you. The software this model runs is offered to you as it comes from Google, without any traces of Sony and its Android skin that has no name. It’s pure, stock Android all the way with the Google Play devices, and the situation is the same here. If you’re thinking about purchasing a Z Ultra Google Play Edition, just head over here. The Sony Z Ultra comes with 1080p Full HD screen resolution, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, 42 Mbps HSPA, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, and a 3,050 mAh battery. Via Droid...

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Sony Xperia Z2 won’t be offered by US carriers, Xperia Z1 Compact not coming to the US at all
Apr26

Sony Xperia Z2 won’t be offered by US carriers, Xperia Z1 Compact not coming to the US at all

The Sony Xperia Z2 is about to become available in some parts of the world (if it hasn’t done so already), but it’s a different story for the US. If you live in the US and were craving Sony’s latest flagship offering, you’ll have to either resort to unofficial imports or simply be extremely patient. Oh, and don’t even think about getting it with a contract from any of the US carriers. Sony has officially said that we should expect the Xperia Z2 to become available in its US online store this summer (and nothing less vague than that). However, over there you can only buy unlocked units, meaning you’ll have to pay full price for the device. No subsidies for you. So unless you’re willing to wait and then go that route, you won’t be getting an Xperia Z2 in the US, as for now Sony doesn’t have deals in place with any carrier. That may of course change in the future, but don’t get your hopes up. Dire as this situation may be, it’s at least marginally better than what’s happening with the Xperia Z1 Compact, Sony’s answer to all the Minis out there. This smartphone won’t be officially sold in the US at all, not even in the company’s own online store. So the only way you’re going to get one in the US is via gray market or ‘unofficial’ imports. Via...

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Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z will get Android 4.4 KitKat updates in May
Apr17

Sony Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z will get Android 4.4 KitKat updates in May

About a month ago, Sony released Android 4.4 KitKat updates for the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and Xperia Z1 Compact, while at the same time promising more updates to come in the second quarter of this year. That particular quarter started this month and ends in June, and the devices in question were the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z. All of these were slated to get their updates in mid-Q2, which should mean May. And indeed it looks like all of these will in fact run the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system starting next month. That’s because Sony has now updated each device’s product page on its website, with May 2014 clearly listed as the release time frame for the update to Android 4.4 KitKat. So if you own an Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, or Xperia Tablet Z, you’ll perhaps be happy to know that you only have a few more weeks of waiting for the KitKat update to reach your particular device. We’ll let you know when Sony starts rolling out the new bits. Sure, it’s been a long wait so far, and at one point we were led to believe that the update for the Xperia Z would come in February or March. Obviously, that didn’t happen, but now it’s almost here. Via...

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