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Leak points to Xperia P successor with high-end specs and a 4,240 mAh battery

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Remember the Xperia P? We don’t blame you if you don’t. The device launched in February 2012 along the Xperia U and it was supposed to be the “middle child” in Sony’s NXT trio of devices. The mid-ranger received a tepid welcoming and it soon faded off the radar, especially after Sony adopted a brand new design concept with the Xperia Z.

Now if a report out of China is accurate, Sony could be resurrecting the Xperia P line in the form of the P2: a device sporting a similar design, top specs, and a massive 4,240 mAh battery.

The leak consists of an alleged render of the device, along with specifications and precise dimensions.

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The Xperia P2 will reportedly feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage space, a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a 12.1MP rear camera, a 5.1MP front camera, and a positively huge 4,240 mAh battery.

If these specs are true and there really is a P2 coming, the device would be a dream machine for many users. That battery alone would put the Xperia P2 in very select company.

xperia p2 schematics

According to the leaked schematics, the device will be between 8.9 mm and 10.9 mm thick, suggesting there will be a curved back. It’s been years since any Android flagship went over 10 mm in thickness, but with a battery like that, the compromise may be worth it.

Now let’s talk design – the leak claims the P2 will feature a design that closely resembles the 2012 Xperia P (and S, and U), with a “chin” at the bottom separated from the screen by what appears to be a metallic strip. The big difference is the almost edge-to-edge screen, resembling the Sharp Aquos Crystal, with a slightly higher bezel at the top, hosting the front camera and a speaker.

Now, there’s nothing that screams “fake” about this leak, but we’re a bit skeptical that it’s real and accurate. Why would Sony reuse a three-year old design that has failed to really impress users the fast time around? And why would Sony complicate its life by releasing another high-end smartphone besides the Xperia Z4?

You could argue that Sony is just trying to shake things up, and that it hopes that a thick device with a massive battery will stand on its own and not cannibalize the Xperia Z line.

Or, this leak is just another wild goose chase.

Tell us what you think about this Xperia P2 leak? Credible or not? Would you buy it if Sony made it?

Sony Xperia P2 to have a transparent band, 4240mAh battery

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The Sony Xperia P series may be old but it seems the Japanese company still has plans to revive it by launching the Xperia P2. We’re still regarding this as a rumor for now but some images were posted on a Chinese website complete with specs and dimensions. The new smartphone was even compared alongside the newly launched Sony Xperia Z4–this one we mentioned was a slight improvement of the Xperia Z3.

The Xperia P2 looks high-end and ready to compete with the newest flagship phones recently launched. The phone also seems to have inherited the same look of Sony Xperia P from three years ago with those nifty transparent navigation buttons. Notice that transparent band at the bottom? Sony has already used the same design on the Xperia P2′s predecessor.

The Sony Xperia P2 appears to be all boxy, as usual, but the back is all-metal and has an arc thickness of 8.9mm to 10.9mm. That’s thick in an age where smartphones are competing to be the slimmest and the sleekest but the battery is believed to be an impressive 4240mAh so it’s just okay. As long as battery life is longer than usual, the thickness is acceptable. Anyway, slim phones become thick too when protected with a hard cover. Some protective cases even come with extra battery so the Xperia P2′s slight thickness is okay.

Looking at the specs, the Xperia P2′s features are almost similar to the Xperia Z4 but instead of a 20MP camera, there’s only a 12MP camera with 1/2.3 Exmor RS CMOS. The phone boasts of a high-power flash, 5.2-inch screen,TRILUMINOS Display IPS, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, 3GB RAM, 32GB built-in storate, 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, and a 5.1 megapixel front-facing camera.

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VIA: cnBeta

TWRP Recovery Now Available for the Xperia U, P, Go, and Sola

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


The importance of an aftermarket recovery is undeniable. These amazing tools make various tasks easy, and allow users to flash various modifications, as well as create Nandroid backups that save us when we get the bootloop blues. Recoveries are also needed to easily flash a ROM. Because of this, you can pretty much find one or more custom recovery for every device with a forum here.

The most popular recoveries around are ClockworkMod Recovery, PhilZ Recovery, and Team Win Recovery Project. TWRP was recently ported to NovaThor SoC Sony Xperias: P, U, Go and Sola. The user responsible for the porting is XDA Senior Member NoobCoder.

The recovery is distributed in a rather interesting way, as a script splits the boot.img, extracts the ramdisk, adds the recovery, re-packs the ramdisk, and creates a new boot.img. Because of this, it can be used with every kernel available. Of course, the recovery might be also used on locked bootloader devices, but that requires some skills and various modifications to system files.

The recoveries can be found in their respective threads for the Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia Go and Xperia Sola, so if you have one of these device give OperRecovery a try.

[Big thanks to XDA Senior Member cpkunki for the tip!]

Full Screen Call Experience for the Sony Xperia P, U, and Sola

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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If an Android user in search of a full-screen call experience, a wide range of Android apps are available to accomplish this goal. Many of them are perfectly capable of providing a great alternative to the stock call screens OEMs have on their devices. Despite this, many would rather retain the native look of their applications instead of replacing them with something out of place.

If you find yourself with such a preference and a Sony Xperia P, U, or Sola in hand, you may want to check out XDA Senior Member Rajeev’s full screen caller mod. Compatible only with Android 4.1.2, the mod allows you to retain the original Sony look, but with the added benefit of a full screen contact image. And because this is a mod of a native app, you can crop the image with the ‘Album’ app.

The mod comes in 6 different variants, four of which are combinations of different colors of the UI, and the other two having the additional features of call recording, disabling the ‘data disabled/enabled’ notification, and using only 2G. Rajeev has also provided a separate patch for the first four variants providing these features if one wishes to have them.

To find out more about the Full Screen Caller mod, check out the original thread for more information.

Sony retires several two-year old Xperia smartphones

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Sony is now ending official software upgrades for several of its older Xperia models. But owners of some of these devices need not despair as there is some light at the end of their tunnel, though not coming from Sony itself.

The list of devices is quite a long one. So far it includes the Xperia arc S, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion, Xperia acro S, Xperia go, Xperia P, Xperia J, Xperia miro, Xperia sola, Xperia tipo, and Xperia U. Some of these devices, like the Xperia U and Xperia P, were announced way back in early 2012 while others average at 18 months. They’ve had quite a good run as far as software updates go, with some even trekking three Android generations.

That’s not to say that Sony immediately abonded these devices. In August last year, the company rolled out Android 4.1 for the Xperia S, Xperia SL, and Xperia acro S, bringing those devices into the Jelly Bean age. Other have not been that lucky but nevertheless did receive some amount of updates. Sony has updated the official software support pages for these devices, so if you own any one of them, it might be a good idea to check how far Sony will be taking your smartphone in terms of upgrades.

But as mentioned, there is a way out, at least for some of these. That is if owners are willing to risk going through a flashing process. Some models, particularly the Xperia go, Xperia P, Xperia sola, and Xperia U just received an unofficial port of CyanogenMod 11 in November last year. While this is definitely not an officially supported route, either by Sony and even by CyanogenMod, this at least gives those devices a chance at a life with Android 4.4.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Sony kills software support for Xperia S, P, U, and others

Posted by wicked February - 4 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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As many of you know, Android handsets only have a finite amount of time until software updates are eventually dropped. To be fair to the manufacturers, it’s tough to offer long term software support due to the sheer number of new devices released each year, but the news always comes as a disappointment.

Today Sony Mobile has compiled a rather long list of devices that will no longer be receiving official software updates. The smartphones in question range in age from about a year and a half to two years old, which is pretty much the typical lifespan of most Android handsets, although two years is still arguably a little short.

The list of devices which will “not receive any further software upgrade support” includes the following models: Xperia arc S, Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion, Xperia acro S, Xperia go, Xperia P, Xperia J, Xperia miro, Xperia sola, Xperia tipo and Xperia U.

No doubt this is disappointing news for some of you out there, but on the plus side it’s nice to know that Sony is being upfront about future device support. There are plenty of cases where consumers have been patiently waiting for updates which never materialised.

How do you feel about Android software support, should manufacturers be expected to continually push out updates for old handsets, or is short term support a small price to pay for more regular hardware refreshes?


Alpha CM11 KitKat Builds Available for the Sony Xperia P

Posted by wicked November - 16 - 2013 - Saturday Comments Off


The Sony Xperia P is one of many mid-range devices released by Sony in 2012. Its relatively good specifications (ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 1GHz, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage) and low price made it quite successful in terms of user adoption. Initially, it was released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but after few months, the phone was updated to Ice Cream Sandwich and then support was dropped.

Just a few days ago, we wrote about KitKat ported to Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini–the first device running ST-Ericsson NovaThor SoC. As most of you know, this chip is not the easiest to work with, and the  fact that the company doesn’t exist now only makes things worse.  Despite those difficulties, XDA Recognized Contributor percy_g2 and Recognized Developer Munjeni made the first Android 4.4 KitKat port for Sony Xperia P.

The build is quite early and is still described as alpha. It’s not yet fully functional, as SystemUI crashes at times and there are some bugs here and there. However, we should consider percy’s work as a great achievement, and it’s just a matter of time to have a relatively stable build of CyanogenMod 11 on this device.

If you are interested to see how KitKat is working on Xperia P, visit the ROM thread and try out the newest nightly.

Play Full Game Mods for the Xperia U, P, Sola, Go

Posted by wicked December - 12 - 2012 - Wednesday Comments Off


As gaming becomes more popular on Android, developers are doing their part to make gaming more fun. Whether it’s connecting familiar controllers to faking PlayStation certification, the effort to make gaming more universal is there. Now, there is a gaming mod for a plethora of Xperia devices, including the Sony Xperia U, P, Sola, and GO.

XDA Senior Member GEKTHEBOSS released a tweak that makes gaming a little more fun for the aforementioned Xperia devices. The package doesn’t contain a lot of mods, but the mods included give users access to a lot of games. The features include:

*Full PlayStationMobile Certification
*Full Xperia Play PlayStation Certification
*Xperia Play Game Launcher

In addition, recent updates have added optimizations and an uninstaller. To install, users download the mod and install it via custom recovery. If it doesn’t quite work, fixing permissions is the accepted troubleshooting method. Several users have confirmed that the mod works on a few different devices. Some users on the Xperia GO have expressed that they’re having issues, but upcoming updates should sort that out.

If this looks like something you want to check out, go to the original thread.

Sony dips Xperia P in gold, makes it the best luxury smartphone ever

Posted by wicked November - 26 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off

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Luxury phones seem to have a stigma of being mid range at best. Luxury car dealers like Aston Martin make cars worth hundreds of thousands of dollars that sit on the bleeding edge of vehicular technology. Then they release smartphones for thousands of dollars that aren’t so great. Sony has done the same with the Xperia P.

As Engadget points out, there are better smartphones in the Sony lineup that could’ve gotten dipped in gold. Why they went with the Xperia P is anyone’s guess.

In case you’re not familiar, the Xperia P isn’t the worst smartphone out there. It sports a dual core, 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and 16GB of storage. It is pretty mid range compared to today’s standards.

So this gold plated Xperia P is the best luxury phone out there?

It may not seem like it, but it really is. When compared to luxury offerings like the Aston Martin phone mentioned above, it’s a veritable Porshe. After all, the Aston Martin phone rocks an 800MHz, single core processor and a whopping 256MB of RAM. We would’ve compared it to a Lamborghini, but their offering wasn’t much better than Aston Martin’s.

Compared to the competition, the Xperia P is a rock star. Unfortunately, these will never go on sale. According to the Sony Mobile’s blog, only 15 were made and they’re likely being given away on their Facebook page.

Was this a good move by Sony, or should they have gone with a better phone than the Xperia P? Let us know!

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Easily Fix Sony Xperia P Battery Drain Issue

Posted by wicked November - 18 - 2012 - Sunday Comments Off

Improve Sony Xperia P Battery Life

For most smartphone users, battery life is a key concern. As devices become more and more powerful, the need to conserve battery increases since battery technology itself isn’t evolving at the same pace. That’s why people are always on the lookout for battery saving tips. If you’ve got a Sony Xperia P and have noticed it consuming significant amounts of battery while idling, we’ve got a simple tip for you that may help you get some more juice out of your battery with little effort.

When XDA Member PGTomsk was tired of experiencing up to 20% battery drain overnight at idle, so he tried looking for solutions. By trial and error, he stumbled across the most simplest of solutions. It seems the stock Weather widget was the culprit, and removing it resulted in just under 5% of battery drain overnight.

You can visit the forum thread to read up further on it or join the discussion.