Love your new Xperia phone's waterproof design but not so much its software UI? Apparently Sony feels your pain. The company has been at it again, touting the virtues of its Xperia Theme Android skins. First announced as part of Sony's Xperia phone upgrade to Android 4.3, the device maker used its official blog today to drum up buzz around the Xperia Theme engine. … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- You would think Sony's mobile executives would be even a little nervous.
After all, for more than the past year, they have been touting one unique feature for a premium smartphone: the ability to withstand dust particles and be dunked underwater.
So there must have been some cause for concern when Samsung said its flagship Galaxy S5 -- unveiled just hours after Sony's own flagship phone and tablet announcement -- would also be resistant to water and dust, right?
"We started the waterproof trend," Ravi Nookala, head of Sony's US … Read more
The Sony Xperia Z2 is the latest flagship super-phone from Sony, replacing the Z1 released last year. The new phone keeps the same aluminium-edged design, sexy glass front and back, Full HD display, quad-core processor and impressive 20.7-megapixel camera. Like its predecessor, it's completely waterproof.
You might wonder then exactly what is new on the Z2.
Well, it has a slightly larger 5.2-inch display, slimmer bezels around the edge, a marginally faster 2.3GHz Qualcomm processor, the latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat software and a camera capable of capturing 4K video. Although those are … Read more
It looks like Sony might really have a new smartphone and tablet to unveil later this month at the Mobile World Congress.
Less than a month after details of an alleged flagship handset emerged, a fresh leak shows what is purportedly the Xperia Tablet Z's replacement. According to an image and specs tweeted Monday by @evleaks, the tablet's 10.1-inch display will maintain its 1,920x1,200-pixel resolution. The device also will have a 2MP rear camera.
However, the waterproof body has been squeezed to a thinner 6.4mm (0.25 inch) and is getting a bit more … Read more
For as long as I can remember, I've had a particular weakness for Sony mobile devices. I mean I still get misty-eyed when I recall my adolescent crush, the Walkman WM-150. She truly was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, Sony's legendary gadget-making chops have yet to fully cross over into minting world-class smartphones -- at least not for models sold in the good old US of A. … Read more
In addition to standard features like Project Butter and support for Bluetooth Smart, the updates add in a number of custom Sony touches. The entire portfolio of Sony apps has been enhanced and upgraded: Walkman, PlayMemories, and the Battery Stamina Mode all receive a fresh coat of paint.
Sony has also loaded a custom interface as part of the update, introducing "Xperia Themes&… Read more
Here's a secret for gadget makers: If you want to get a lot of attention for your new device, release it in January.
The first month of the year heralds CES with all its noise and bluster. But after the show, when the insanity dies down and holiday sales recede into history, the gadget landscape dries out. As we do each month, we used our unique algorithm to rank gadget buzz according to search volume, engagement on CNET, and editors' ratings. This month, the effects of a dry release cycle come into clear relief. The usual suspects are still … Read more
Sony officially has morphed its Xperia Z Ultra smartphone into a tablet.
Sporting a massive 6.4-inch 1080P display, slightly smaller than 7-inch tablets marketed by companies such as Apple and Samsung, the phablet more closely resembles a tablet than smartphone. Apparently aware of the appeal inherent in using the device without paying monthly wireless network fees, Sony announced Wednesday it will launch a Wi-Fi-only version of the Xperia Z Ultra.
If there was any doubt as to Sony's intention, the company referred to the new model as a "tablet" in the press release announcing its availability. … Read more
Hot on the heels of bringing the Xperia Z1S to America, it seems that Sony plans to pull another, bigger smartphone rabbit out of its hat. Code-named Sirius and tagged with the D6503 model designation, apparently Sony's latest creation will boast a powerful digital camera capable of shooting high-resolution 4K video.… Read more
Come with me if you want to live. The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is a new Android phablet coming to the UK, along with the new mid-range Xperia E1 also announced today.
The E1 is a mid-range 4-inch Android smartphone with a 233ppi screen, running a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor. It boasts 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage for movies, music, apps, and snaps. It's not 4G, but it does connect to the Web via HSPA+.
Meanwhile, the T2 Ultra boasts a 6-inch, 720P screen with a quad-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor and 1GB of … Read more