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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact press photos show bright colors

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

We’re right at the edge before we fall into the abyss of total IFA 2014 madness, but we’re bringing you some leaked press photos of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact for now. This is the rumored miniaturized version of the Sony Xperia Z3 flagship device that should launch within a day or two in Berlin. We can decide right now that this device exists, not just a rumor anymore. And judging from these pics, we gather people are going to like this device.

The photos here show the patented design language that Sony has been keen to keep in its Xperia devices. It’s a compact device, so it would (should) be a bit smaller than the actual Xperia Z3. But if we know Sony, it will not be skimping on the internals – that is to say, the Xperia Z3 Compact would most likely still pack a punch that would put it in the minds of customers looking for mid-tier devices.

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The photos give no indication to the specs, so we’re stuck with the rumored spec list – a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor turning at 2.5Ghz backstopped probably by 2GB of RAM, more than enough to be a solid device. It will have a 4.5-inch HD (1280×720) display, and if we know Sony, it should have a pretty impressive camera as well.

We are part of those who have grown to love how Sony approaches the Android OS – in particular, this device will probably have Android 4.4 out of the box, and maybe a pathway to Android L when it launches. From the pics, the models sill come in black, red, white, and mint green. Are you excited for IFA 2014 yet?

VIA: AusDroid

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Xperia Z3 teased again

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Sony is set to toss some new gear out at IFA 2014 when it kicks off early next month. The new gear that it is teasing for launch at the show includes the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and Xperia Z3. The Z3 Tablet Compact was teased with an image hidden away on the Sony mobile website, but it’s only a single image with the tablet taken from the side showing a thin profile. This is the same tablet that has had specs leak in the past.

You may still be able to see the image, which is in this story above, on the Sony Mobile website right now if you sort by Features > Display and look for “Xperia Z3 Tablet compact.” All we know about that tablet right now is that the screen uses IPS technology and has improved viewing angles.

You can also tell from the image that the tablet is very thin. We expect to hear the full details at IFA next month. The second device teased is the Sony Xperia Z3 and it has its own teaser video. Other than the Xperia Z3, a quick flash of an image at 41secs in the video is hinting that there will be another smartphone to be announced together.

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The teaser video offers no details at all about the smartphones or tablet. A date of September 3, 2014 is in the video and it has a tagline that says, “The Time to Demand Great is coming,” and has a hashtag #XperiaDetails included. Like the other tablet, we only have a few days to wait to hear more.

SOURCE: Xperia Blog

New leaked pictures of Xperia Z3 show clearer view

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

We’re just a few days away from the official announcement of Sony’s newest smartphone, the Xperia Z3. But people still can’t get enough of any new leaks about the upcoming flagship of the Japanese OEM. New leaked photos show a better view of the handset, including a closer look at its battery.

The new photos show the Xperia Z3 from all angles possible, showing how much slimmer and lighter it is than its predecessor, the Xperia Z2. If the leaked pictures are the actual new smartphone, then it means it will be running on a 3100mAh battery (Z2 ran on 3200mAh). A few days ago, a certification from China’s TENAA was also leaked, with the Xperia Z3 listed as L55t and L55u models, with the difference between them being the former supports TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE network while the latter has WCDMA and TD-LTE network.

Based on the details shown in the documents, there is very little difference between the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 in terms of specifications. The Xperia Z3 just has a faster processor using a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Quadcore as compared to the Z2’s 2.3 GHz. The new smartphone is also thinner at 146.5×72.4×7.35mm (the Z2 is 146.8×73.3×8.2mm) and lighter at 158.4kg (Z2 weighs in at 163kg). In terms of display, they have the same size at 5.2” but the Xperia Z3 has full HD display while Xperia Z2 uses the the Triluminos display (also in full HD). Other than those mentioned, the two smartphones have the same specs, with 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and 20.7MP main camera.

As to whether all these leaks are reliable, we’ll all find out on September 3, during Sony’s reveal at the IFA in Berlin. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the leaked images of the Xperia Z3.

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VIA: Xperia Blog

Change Your Sony Xperia Device’s UI

Posted by wicked August - 26 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Nothing tastes better than the product of your own hard work. This applies everywhere, from cooking to Android, where you can modify almost every element of the UI either by editing smali code or by using an Xposed Framework modules. XDA is your source for a limitless supply of guides explaining what needs to be done in order to achieve the desired effect on your device.

One such guide was recently published by XDA Senior Member DanielFlorin who showed what could be done with the Sony Xperia phones to make their UI more beautiful. DanielFlorin’s guide contains instructions about how to make the status bar semi-transparent, how to move the toggles under the clock, and how to change the separator background in Settings. All these modifications can be done at the XML level, so you don’t have to dive into smali code, which is the result of old school APKTool decompilation.

The lack of smali edits make this guide easier than most to follow. Your device will instantly change its look after pushing the SystemUI.apk back to your device and rebooting it. And with some time and effort, the effect is sure to please.

If you want to learn about modifying your Android device’s look, this guide is a good place to get started. You can find it in the SystemUI, Settings small mods guide thread.

The post Change Your Sony Xperia Device’s UI appeared first on xda-developers.

Xperia C3 dual SIM selfie smartphone lands in India September 1

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Back in July, Sony announced a new smartphone that was optimized for people that love to take selfies. The smartphone is the Xperia C3 and fans of the selfie-optimized smartphone can purchase one for rs 23,990. It is also available in Russia as well.

The Xperia C3 packs a 5.5-inch screen with 1280 x 720 resolution and a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. The operating system is Android 4.4 and the processor is paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Like most Android devices, a microSD card slot is available supporting cards up to 64GB.

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The smartphone does have dual SIM slots and the rear camera is 8MP resolution with an Exmor RS sensor, LED flash, and the ability to record full HD resolution video. The big feature of the smartphone is the 5MP front facing camera with a 25mm wide-angle lens.

The lens has 80-degree field of view and can record 720p video. Sony’s Xperia C3 is 7.6mm thick and tips the scales at 150 grams. It has integrates WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and supports 3G networks. Power comes from a 2500 mAh internal battery. September 1 is the date for wide availability in India at major electronics retailers.

SOURCE: Fonearena

Sony may have ‘leaked’ Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, smartwatch

Posted by wicked August - 25 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

As IFA 2014 in Berlin draws ever nearer, we are anticipating the big players to make major moves and launches as far as new products are concerned. Sony will be most likely one of those, and we are expecting to see its new flagship phone the Sony Xperia Z3, an Xperia Z3 Compact smartphone, and an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. The latter may have just been teased over at Sony’s Xperia Facebook page, together with a smartwatch device.

The rumors say that the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be an 8-inch tablet powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, an ample amount of RAM at 2 or 3GBs, and most likely 1080p full HD resolution. Sony is known for its premium quality gadgets, and this would surely be a string lineup to highlight at IFA 2014.

The Sony Xperia Facebook page recently highlighted an app called “SmartBand Summer School” which showed off products that were inclined towards the summer season. Among the pictures was a poolside image highlighting a small tablet device and a smartwatch. The assumption to be made, of course, is that both products are water resistant.

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The information about the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact have been scarce, and so this will be one of the main highlights for Sony in Berlin. And a new smartwatch too? Well, we have not heard a lot about that as well, and if they’re bringing it to IFA, then we’ll all be in for a treat.

SOURCE: Sony Xperia Facebook page

Sony launches expanded Xperia Care services

Posted by wicked August - 22 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Sony wants to bring solid technical and customer support to their users, and has rolled out some additions to their customer care and after-purchase services. It stems from the company’s stated vision of bringing more personalized support for their Xperia devices.

The service starts from the Xperia support app which is usually pre-installed in every Xperia device. Of course, owners and users would need to register their device with Sony through the app, but after that, the app becomes the first layer of personalized support for the Xperia user. New additions to the app include the “My support” feature which includes, among others, a detailed history of the user’s interaction with Sony tech and customer support, for easy tracking of issues.

There is also a new “repair service” aimed at users being able to directly hand over their devices which are in need of repair directly to Sony. The repair service includes a step-by-step guide to determine whether the device needs repair, all within the Xperia support app. If a device is confirmed to need repair, they will be guided through the process correspondingly.

Of course, all these repairs that will be happening to your device are trackable within the “My support” feature of the app. This new expanded service was first launched by Sony in Sweden and received glowing reports. Major markets in Europe soon followed and now, the services are being rolled out globally, including the United and Asia.

SOURCE: Sony Mobile Blog

Sony Xperia Z3 spotted in TENAA with Z2 specs

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Stop the endless hardware specs race. Sony is planning to prove you that they can bring you a great Xperia Z3 with a similar Z2 internal hardware. With Sony’s official press event coming in 2 weeks, its Xperia Z3 is now certified by TENAA in China, listed as L55t and L55u models with different network bands.

According to the previous rumor, Xperia Z3 has an internal code name “L55t”. The L55t from TENAA supports TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE network, while the L55u model supports WCDMA and TD-LTE network. As listed in the filing details, Xperia Z3 will be powered by a quad core 2.5GHz processor, comes with 5.2-inch Full HD IPS display, Android 4.4.x KitKat, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSDXC card slot, Bluetooth, FM Radio, WiFi and GPS. There is also a 20.7 megapixel camera, and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. A screenshot from this leak has further revealed the processor to be Qualcomm MSM8974AC with Adreno 330 GPU.

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As you can see from the above comparison tablet, Xperia Z3 and Z2’s internal hardware is almost identical except a faster Qualcomm processor. The main changes should be the phone design, at least it is slimmer and lighter with Xperia Z3. What’s not listed in TENAA certification is the rugged protection. The existing Xperia Z2 is protected with IP55/IP58, while we expect the Xperia Z3 to be equipped with the same durability feature too. It is not sure if Sony will take the protection to the next level with IP65/IP68 – which they just did it for Sony Xperia M2 Aqua this week.

Sony has scheduled its press event on September 3rd, be sure to follow us for live event coverage and other IFA 2014 announcements!

SOURCE: Tenaa (1), (2)

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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact named in user manual

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

It looks like Sony has an unexpected compact surprise coming soon. While we have been mostly distracted by rumors of the Xperia Z3 and its Xperia Z3 Compact incarnation expected to arrive this IFA 2014, we certainly didn’t see an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact coming. But this won’t be an ordinary Xperia tablet as it is clearly marked to be a smaller than usual one.

The revelation comes via the user manual for a Sony Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad. That charging pad is compatible with many Xperia devices but would require a special attachment for different devices. Under the BSC10A attachment, supported devices include the Xperia Z Ultra, the Xperia Z2 Tablet, and a certain Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

Given the unexpected appearance of this mobile device, the rumor mill is still at a loss as to the size of this “compact” tablet. The current titleholder, the Xperia Z2 Tablet, measures 10.1 inches. Naturally the upcoming one would be smaller, but how much smaller? Sony hasn’t unveiled a small tablet in a long time but it has quite a number of gigantic smartphones, with the Xperia Z Ultra being the largest at 6.4 inches. This Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could very well be a 7-inch device, though an 8.9-inch tablet is not yet out of the question.

As to the specs, that part is even more up in the air. But if we use current trends as a basis, we can expect this to sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, 2 to 3 GB of RAM, and a 1080p screen resolution. We will most likely see the real deal at IFA in Berlin next month, when Sony will be unveiling its new generation of Xperia devices.

VIA: Techtastic

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua takes waterproofing to budget level

Posted by wicked August - 19 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Sony is announcing a new smartphone. Actually, it’s partly a rehash of an existing smartphone. The Xperia M2 Aqua is everything that its name suggests: a variant of a mid-tier device that was announced early this year, blessed with Sony’s popular dust and water proof ratings.

In all aspects save one, this is the same Xperia M2, meaning that you really get what you pay for. It doesn’t boast of high-end specs but just has enough power, with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 and 1 GB of RAM, to get you through the day. The Exmor RS-toting 8 megapixel camera might be decent for taking pictures and videos, but viewing the same from the 4.8-inch qHD, meaning 960×540, screen might not be an equally pleasant experience. Still, the 2,300 mAh battery is sure to last you longer than most high-end devices, especially considering the lower specs. The Xperia M2 itself just started getting is Android KitKat update, but luckily this one comes with Android 4.4 right out of the box.

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Of course, the selling point of this model is the new waterproof features. Sony boasts of a score of IP65/IP68, claiming it to be the highest found on a smartphone. Definitely the highest for a consumer-grade one. And Sony definitely takes waterproofing seriously. Just last week, an Xperia Z2, which has an even lower IP rating, was rescued from its watery grave after spending 6 weeks on the seabed and was still miraculously alive. Imagine how much more torture the Xperia M2 Aqua can take. Or you don’t have to imagine. Just play one of these underwater games if you ever get a chance to get your hands on one and find out for yourself.

The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua will be available in black and white color options. No pricing detail has been disclosed yet, but availability will start from Autumn this year. Target markets include Latin America, Asia Pacific, and Europe, with no mention of any plans to bring the device to the US.

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SOURCE: Sony