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Sony to unveil something on August 3; might be Xperia C5 Ultra

Posted by wicked July - 31 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

We are not sure yet if it’s a new smartphone, a new totally different device, or just a brand new app for their users, but Sony is definitely up to something on August 3. They posted on their official Xperia Twitter account that there will be an announcement on Monday, specifically something that has to do with taking split-second photos, whatever that means. Whatever it turns out to be, you can bet that Android and/or Sony fans will be glued to news sites, waiting for what this announcement will be.

But since the post came from the Sony Xperia Twitter account, it may be the official announcement of the Xperia C5 Ultra, which has been making the rounds of digital spaces this past week, with leaks, rumors, and even a bit of police drama in Brazil. So this may mean that an announcement is inevitable for the mid-range device that is rumored to have a 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a 13MP camera, among other things.

But the reference to focus and capturing split-second photos may actually point to a photo-related product. It can either be a photography accessory or mobile device or a photo-editing or sharing app for the Sony Xperia community. Photography has been a strong suite of Sony’s mobile devices, and so this can also be a very feasible theory.

Either way, we will be monitoring all rumors and speculations the next few days until Sony finally reveals what they have teased us with on August 3.

SOURCE: @SonyXperia

Brazilian police value stolen prototype of Xperia C5 Ultra at $12M

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

If you think that stealing a prototype of an upcoming gadget is a piece of cake, think again, especially if you live in Brazil. Whoever was caught with a stolen prototype of the soon to be announced Sony Xperia C5 Ultra will not just be faced with jail time (we assume) but probably a hefty fine as well. That’s because they have valued the prototype not at the supposed market price but rather on the development cost of the device, which is at $12M.

The prototype of the Xperia C5 Ultra, the upcoming bezel-less device from Sony, was apparently stolen from a certification forum last July 17. The Brazilian police set up a minor sting operation, researching for the man on Facebook. They then set up a meet with him, pretending interest in buying the prototype. When he took the phone out when they eventually met at a restaurant, he was then arrested. Instead of valuing the device at its eventual market price, which is reportedly around $893, the police instead looked at the development cost for the smartphone to come up with the $12M figure.

Just a few days ago, a supposed user guide for the Xperia C5 Ultra was allegedly leaked, and it showed that the device will indeed be bezel-less (well, if you believe the user guide). It will also reportedly have 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, a 13MP camera, a front-facing camera of unknown MP but with front-facing flash as well. Rumors have also said that the C5 Ultra is also the Sony Lavender.

Sony will reportedly announce the Xperia C5 Ultra soon, even before the Xperia Z5 or the H2 phones. No word yet from Sony either regarding the smartphone or the theft in Brazil of the supposed prototype.

VIA: Xperia Blog

User guide of Sony Xperia C5 Ultra surfaced

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Before the Xperia Z5 or the H2 phones are unveiled, Sony is set to announce the Xperia C5 Ultra. This is the first time we’re hearing about the new smartphone but we have some hint about its existence. Thanks to a user guide that recently surfaced, giving us an idea that the Xperia C4 now has a followup. Well, that’s a quick one considering the C4 was only announced last month. Others are saying this could be the Sony Lavender but we’re taking this with a pinch of salt.

A user guide seems convincing already but we’re not confirming anything yet until Sony makes an official announcement. No other leaks and rumors, just this document that shows a bezel-less phone design. We can expect a 13 megapixel rear camera, 2GB RAM, microSD card slot, nano SIM support, a 16GB built-in storage, NFC, WiFi, and an unknown front’facing camera sensor with front-facing flash.

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There are two model variants shown off: the Sony E5506 and the E5553. If this is really the Sony Lavender we’ve been featuring, then phone will have a 1080p resolution display, a 5.5-inch screen, and a 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor. This isn’t a premium model but what makes this mid-range smartphone special is the bezel-less display screen. No curved edge here but a spacious display screen is more than welcome.

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VIA: XPERIA blog

Next premium flagship Sony H2 will be “Made for Bond”

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

If you’re a fan of anything Sony and James Bond, then this news is a double delight for you. A promo image has been leaked over the weekend of what’s believed to be a Sony-James Bond partnership. The next movie “SPECTRE” is launching this coming November and we can only assume that the next Sony Xperia Z5 or the Sony H2, one of the two premium phones the company is working on ia a phone “Made for Bond”.

A Made-for-Bond smartphone could mean a lot of things. The next Sony device could be something kick-ass and very hi-tech just like Mr. Bond. That’s always expected of any new product from any brand but since Sony has disappointed us a bit with the Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4, we’re expecting the Xperia Z5 will be a lot better.

The phone could also just be a special edition especially the movie is about to be released in a few months. This could just be nothing like a promo for both. Or we could also expect a “cameo” appearance of the Xperia Z5 in the movie. Are we surprised? Not really since an old phone model, the Sony Xperia TL was used by James Bond in the movie “Skyfall” released in 2012.

We’re still not sure about this rumor because the leaked image could easily be made by anyone. Watching the James Bond Spectre trailer, I didn’t see any reference to a Sony phone being used (or didn’t I just notice it?). We heard the Sony H2 premium phones would run Snapdragon 810 processor.

Some information from China said the Sony H2 aka the Sony Z5 would use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and have 3GB RAM, a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 32GB built-in storage, 20.7MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, and a fingerprint scanner when it’s unveiled this September. Meanwhile, a Sony Xperia Z5+ is also rumored to be released next year complete with a 5.7-inch borderless, 2K screen,  Qualcomm S820, 4GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage, 20.7MP camera, 8MP front camera, and fingerprint scanner. Launch is expected in early March 2016. 

VIA: XPERIA Blog, Weibo

Xperia C5 Ultra will have bezel-free display

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

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The Sony Xperia C5 Ultra has previously made the rounds under the codename Sony Lavender and the unannounced handset’s manual has made the rounds, revealing a number of details about the handset. First, the handset will be the first Sony device to sport a bezel-free display and secondly, it will launch with the model number E5553.

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The bezel-free display confirms what we’ve already expected – thanks to previously leaked photos – and means we’ll see a handset where Sony has pushed the boundaries of its design to new highs. One particular thing that has been quite disappointing about past Sony flagships – which the Xperia C5 Ultra isn’t likely to be given its mid-range billing – is the big bezels around the display and the Xperia C5 Ultra could be a sign of things to come in future flagships.

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The manual has also revealed the controls and external hardware on the handset, including a camera with LED flash and loudspeaker on the front of the handset along with a dedicated camera button, microSD card slot and nano SIM card slot on its side. Like other handsets, the volume buttons can also be used as a camera zoom button.

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What of the rest of the handset specs? Well very little is actually known but what we can expect from Sony’s next mid-range device is a 5.5-inch Full HD handset and given the bezel-free display, we can expect the handset to be smaller than other similarly sized handsets. Also on board is expected to be a MediaTek MT6752 SoC, 2GB RAM, 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing snapper, which is accompanied by the aforementioned LED flash.

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The handset is expected to be announced next month so there’s not long to go until Sony unveils the handset and of course, we’ll bring you all the info once it happens.

Sony to roll out two new premium smartphones

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

No official announcement yet but Sony is said to be introducing a pair of high-end smartphones before the IFA opens in September. Rumor has it that the devices will be part of a new series, which means they won’t have the Z, M, E, or C in their names. I know some of you were disappointed about the Sony Xperia Z4 (aka Xperia Z3+ in other areas) but the new series could probably be the reason why there’s no new Z model this year. Perhaps Sony was just busy with the new model that the company really didn’t have the time to focus much on the Z series.

Details are scarce but German tech website WinFuture.de shared some information about a Sony Xperia S60 and a Sony Xperia S70. The new Sony Xperia S phones? Looks like these two are the latest high-end smartphones from the Japanese manufacturer. The model numbers could still be changed though but at least we learned something today and we hope to see them in the market soon enough.

According to the website, the Xperia S70 and S60 could be available in Europe in mid August. Shipping might start on the 18th of August with the models entering the premium Android phone category. No information on specs and even pricing yet but they could go over the $500 price point–maybe even reaching $700 to $766 (650 to 700 euros) for the 32GB model. If that’s the case, then the Sony Xperia S60 and Sony Xperia S70 could go against the iPhone 6/6 Plus, Galaxy S6 edge, and that rumored Galaxy S6 Edge Plus.

The Sony Xperia S60 is said to be available in several colors like yellow, black, white, and black. It’s the same with Xperia S70 which will also be ready in gold, green, white, and black.

VIA: WinFuture

Android 5.1 Lollipop rolls out to Sony Xperia Z2, Z3

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

If you own a Sony Xperia Z2 or Z3 series phone or tablet, we’ve got some good news coming your way. Sony just announced that they are rolling out the Android 5.1 Lollipop update that you guys have been expecting for a while now. Along with the new firmware, of course, are new goodies and features for everybody.

The firmware build is marked as 23.4.A.0.546 and it has already been green-lighted by the PTCRB (PCS Type Certification Review Board), meaning that Sony is ready to push it out to its users via OTA and manual download. The new Android 5.1.1 update is certified for these devices: the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633), Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

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The Android 5.1.1 update brings a lot of performance enhancements and some fixes for bugs. Users will notice some new features, like increased customization options, and enhancements in Sony’s camera app. The Xperia line already boasts of great camera performance, and it should come out better after the update. There should also be a new set of icons for the Settings menu.

Sony said that this update should roll out “late July”, so they are basically on schedule. Users should wait for the OTA notification to pop up on their devices, or they can manually download them from the Sony Xperia website soon.

SOURCE: Sony

Sony working on new Android concept, could be a new software build

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

You may be excited about the rumored Sony Lavender (aka Xperia T4 Ultra) but while waiting for it, let’s discuss this new concept software that Sony Mobile is said to be developing for the Xperia line. We’re still not certain what this is all about but it could be a new Android build exclusively for future Xperia models to bring a new and different mobile experience for a Sony Xperia device user.

We’d like to think this new Sony software build will arrive together with the upcoming Android M platform but it could also be just a a new Xperia UI. Sony has not made major changes to the user interface lately so maybe it’s about time the company launches something new.

Sony is looking for several testers of this concept build in Sweden, specifically those owners of the Xperia Z3 Android smartphone. A beta program is believed to have been launched by Sony to test the software and send feedback to the company. Beta program will start this July 27 and end on September 13.

Not much details have been published but this Sony’s Android concept is described as a new initiative for those who are passionate about technology and innovation. Sony is giving select testers in Sweden a chance to use the software build for Xperia Z3 and send feedback to improve the system, experience, or whatever it an do or offer.

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If you’re interested to test Sony’s Concept for Android in Sweden, sign up on Sony Mobile.

VIA: XPERIA blog, Swedroid

Sony creates ultra violet mural using Xperia Z3 in London

Posted by wicked July - 17 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

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Smartphone cameras are always improving and over the past few years, we’ve seen them achieve the levels that were previously only achievable using a professional camera. To showcase its Xperia Z3 smartphone, Sony took to the streets of London to bring to life the low light capabilities of its handset.

In partnership with a series of street artists, the murals are designed to bring to life the ability of the Xperia Z3 to capture crisp images in low light conditions. The first mural (which you can see above) was created by Dan Kitchener, who is known for impressionistic street scenes at night.

The mural went live this past weekend adorning the Hat and Feathers Pub at 2 Clerkenwell Road and will be joined by further murals across London’s streets over the next seven weeks, with the second set to created by artist Zina and live on the Great Eastern Bear Gallery in Shoreditch from July 20.

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The project sees artists create murals using the theme of “I Can See in the Dark” and the project forms part of Sony’s latest “I Can” advertising campaign for its smartphone. The Xperia Z3 has been available in the UK for several months now and amongst its specs list, it includes a 20.7MP G-Lens camera and the ability to shoot images at up to ISO 12800 sensitivity, which helps capture stunning low light pictures.

The murals are just one of a range of marketing campaigns and projects that Sony has dreamed up to help promote its smartphone, with others including sponsorship of the UEFA Champions League (which was previously sponsored by HTC but expired at the end of last season) and its Arctic Enema 2.0 obstacle at Tough Mudder London West 2015. The question is whether Sony’s marketing campaigns will be enough to right its product strategy and this remains to be seen.

The smartphone’s successor is also set to launch in the UK with the Xperia Z3+ bringing a range of tweaked features including a newer processor, extra RAM and slightly modified build. Building on the Xperia Z3, Sony is hoping its latest smartphone delivers the best experience possible but with concerns over its processor, it remains to be seen whether it truly delivers.

For more on the Xperia Z3, check out our full review while you can find out more about its successor in our Xperia Z3+ review. Have you spotted any of the murals in London? What did you think of them? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!

Rumored Sony Lavender will be known as Xperia T4 Ultra at launch

Posted by wicked July - 13 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The Sony Lavender leaked ahead of launch but it’s not yet formally released by the Japanese tech giant. We’ve got new information that this model will now be known as the Xperia T4 Ultra (E5503) as an obvious follow up to the Xperia T3. This Sony Xperia T4 Ultra can be considered as a phablet because of its size but it’s expected to impress us more with its bezel-free design.

So far, we know this Sony Lavender aka the Xperia T4 Ultra will boast of a 5.5-inch full HD display, 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752 chipset, 2GB RAM, 13MP main camera, dual-SIM support, 4G/LTE connectivity, and Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Since the past Xperia T phones are considered mid-range, we can expect this T4 to be priced somewhere between $280 and $300.

We’re excited to know if this Xperia T4 will really sport a bezel-free design because if it does, this will be the first bezel-free device from Sony. We’re not sure if the phone will be indeed purple or lavender but the color is not our concern right now. I’m more interested in the possibility that it will be bezel-free.

Not many phones feature this design yet so Sony still has an advantage in the market. Just like the Sony Xperia T3, we’re expecting the T4 will be just as stylish, functional, and affordable. I guess we just have to wait and see.

VIA: MobiPicker

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