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Lenovo announces its first smartphone aimed at photographers

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Earlier today at Mobile World Congress, Lenovo announced its first ever photo-focused smartphone, the Vibe Shot, which boasts a whopping 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter; both of which have direct support Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).

The handset packs a 5-inch Full HD display, a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 615 quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, an Adreno 405 GPU, 32GB of internal storage (expandable up to 128GB via microSD) and a 2,900mAh non-removable battery.

Out of the box, the Vibe Shot will run the latest build of Android 5.0.1 Lollipop, skinned with Lenovo’s very own custom user interface. However, if you aren’t a fan of UI’s, you could always install one of the innumerable launchers readily available through the Play Store, to give your device a more personal touch.

The handset will be available to order in Asia and Europe starting next month.

Check out the full press release below:

To help capture and share more of life’s moments on-the-go, Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today at Mobile World Congress 2015 introduced three new exciting devices to the smartphone portfolio: the new VIBE Shot and A7000 smartphones and the Lenovo Pocket Projector.

With connectivity and mobility driving consumers to record and share more of life’s moments, we designed the VIBE Shot to help them capture every moment. Our first 2-in-1 camera smartphone, we developed the Lenovo VIBE Shot to be a true crossover device. It’s first a fabulous camera that shutterbugs will love, and secondly, a performance-laden, standalone smartphone.

When looking for a solidly capable digital camera, shutterbugs will gravitate to the VIBE Shot for its exceptional camera quality and incredible responsiveness. Now users can have the best of both worlds with the VIBE Shot’s strong stand alone smartphone technologies.

For budding photographers, we’ve saturated the VIBE Shot’s camera with purposeful technologies, starting with its 16-megapixel rear camera featuring a six-piece modular lens. The camera has a full-frame 16:9 low-light sensor for shooting images in dark interiors or at night Thanks to the camera’s tricolor flash, photo luminosity adjusts automatically based on the ambient light conditions, and optical image stabilization reduces blur and keeps photos sharp. Life doesn’t always wait for the perfect shot, but the VIBE Shot is ready to keep up with infrared focus that’s twice as fast as normal autofocus and a physical shutter button, which means no more fumbling to find the right spot on the screen to click. Equipped with both Smart preset settings and advanced Pro settings, users can use the camera how they want by easily toggling between the two settings with the flick of a switch.

When it’s time to talk or stay connected, the VIBE Shot steps up to the plate with a gorgeous 5-in FHD display and equally powerful performance. Running Android™ 5.0 Lollipop on a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor, the smartphone offers a generous 32 GB of storage with a microSD option to storage an additional 128 GB of music, movies and photos. Upload and download data quickly with LTE or connect via Wi-Fi hotspot and even manage separate data plans with dual SIM capabilities. The VIBE Shot makes it easy to change from photographer to subject with its 8-megapixel selfie camera. All this functionality comes in a sleek, thin and light aluminum frame – available in red, white or grey.

The VIBE Shot will be available starting in June in countries where Lenovo smartphones are sold, starting at $349 USD.

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Alcatel announces Cyanogen-powered Hero 2+

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Alcatel has today announced a North American variant of the Hero 2. This latest handset in the Hero line, called the Hero 2+, has been designed in partnership with Cyanogen and is set to run the latest build of Cyanogen OS straight out of the box.

Obviously, it’s not only the devices software that’s faced a major alteration. the hardware has, too. Instead of packing the same MT8392 chipset that can be found in its predecessor, the Hero 2+ will sport the upgraded MT6592 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0GHz. Its RAM has also been bumped up to 2GB.

There’s not much else to report, really. All other aspects of the device are identical to the original Hero 2. We think the reasoning behind Alcatel’s decision to launch this new handset is because it favours Cyanogen’s more developed operating system for the North American market, which is significantly more secure than its own version of Android.

The Hero 2+ will be available unlocked for $299 on the Alcatel OneTouch Amazon store starting in Q2 of this year.

 

 

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Qualcomm’s new fingerprint sensor might be better than Apple’s Touch ID

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Qualcomm is certainly making some news this week at Mobile World Congress. With a new 820 chip, a collaboration with Cyanogen, and now a new fingerprint sensor that promises to be better than Apple’s Touch ID.

Based on Snapdragon Sense ID, this new fingerprint sensor verifies your fingerprint in 3D using ultrasonic waves. This ultrasonic technology is now being used in biometric security applications. It can “penetrate the outer layers of skin, detecting three-dimensional details and unique fingerprint characteristics, including fingerprint ridges and sweat pores.” What that means is that others won’t be able to use a copy of your fingerprint to break into your phone. Apple’s Touch ID is based on a 2D image scan.

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Qualcomm’s sensor can even read your fingerprint when it’s wet or even somewhat dirty. It can scan through glass, aluminum, stainless steel, sapphire, and plastics. This means that phone manufacturers don’t have to use a different material than what is already on the phone just for the sensor.

You can check out the video below to learn more..

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Qualcomm will sell the sensor as a standalone part or it will be built into the new Snapdraon 425 and 810 chipsets. You can expect to see the first devices with this tech later this year.

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source: The Verge

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Cyanogen inks deal with Qualcomm to help low cost device makers in developing countries

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Well this is an interesting deal. Qualcomm has partnered with Cyanogen in order to bring their best software enhancements from Cyanogen OS to Qualcomm’s Reference Design (QRD) devices.

These reference devices will utilize the Snapdragon 200, 400, and 600 Series and is meant to assist device makers of lower cost handsets for developing markets. The Cyanogen OS brings their own launcher and enhancements to Android’s personal information management apps such as the dialer, messaging, contacts, and calendar.

Previous versions of QRD devices only had simplified versions of Android based on AOSP. By using Qualcomm’s new reference design with Cyanogen OS, device makers for low cost handsets will be able to market a phone with their own branding in as little as 2 months, without the need to come up with their own software enhancements.

These features will be in the newest QRD devices this April.

Also note the new logo for Cyanogen in the image above. Things are looking pretty good at Cyanogen right now.

Full Press Release:

Cyanogen and Qualcomm Collaborate to Raise the Bar on User Experience

Cyanogen, Powers New Offering for Snapdragon Processors

Palo Alto, CA.  March 1, 2014 — At Mobile World Congress today, Cyanogen Inc. and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, announced details of a collaboration that will provide support for the best features and UI enhancements of the Cyanogen Operating System on certain Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors. This will be available for the upcoming release of Qualcomm Reference Design (QRD) planned for April.

Cyanogen is widely known through the industry for its commercially distributed Cyanogen OS and the CyanogenMod community distribution. Through the enhanced solution, Cyanogen brings a number of feature-rich enhancements, including a new launcher and personal information management apps across dialer, messaging, contacts, and calendar. The Cyanogen OS experience arrives on the most current Android™ 5.0 Lollipop release, and will be available to device makers globally.

“We’re delighted to collaborate with Qualcomm on their QRD program,” said Kirt McMaster, CEO, Cyanogen Inc. “We’re addressing the needs of device makers in developed and developing markets looking for a truly differentiated software experience that matter to consumers.”

The features and UI enhancements will be available from Cyanogen Inc. for Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processors in the 200, 400 and 600 series, bringing the Cyanogen experience across multiple device tiers. Additionally, Cyanogen features such as the new Launcher will also be available for the QRD program across these tiers of Snapdragon processors. The QRD program is designed to streamline the rapid introduction of devices at lower development costs — drawing on the technical innovation and product quality that have made Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. an industry leader.

“We chose to work with Cyanogen based on their deep Android expertise and innovative approach to enhancing smartphone software,” said Jason Bremner, SVP of Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies . “By collaborating with Cyanogen, we are able to offer unique experiences to users of Snapdragon based devices.”

Through this ongoing collaboration, Cyanogen will be adding exciting new features and services in future releases as the company continues to drive advancements in mobile computing across a range of devices that incorporate Snapdragon processors.

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About Cyanogen Inc.

Cyanogen is reimagining mobile computing, giving power to the people to customize their mobile device and content experiences. The CYANOGEN® operating system is built on Android and known for its revolutionary personalization features, intuitive interface, speed, improved battery life, and enhanced security. With a rapidly growing global user base and a vibrant community of developers, we’re intelligently connecting smartphone and tablet consumers to people, apps, and things they love. For more information, visit Cyanogen’s websiteGoogle+Twitter, and Facebook.

About Qualcomm

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries.

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Google confirms the existence of Android Pay

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The MWC last morning was abuzz with news about the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the new Samsung Pay service that was announced along with the handset. Google’s Senior VP Sundar Pichai has now confirmed that Android will get a default payment service known as Android Pay, which will be supported by VISA, MasterCard and American Express.

This will be Android’s answer to Apple Pay which was launched in Fall last year along with the new iPhones. It seems a little confusing to have Samsung Pay and Android Pay running in tandem, but we expect more clarity on that over the coming days.

Google hasn’t explained the exact functioning of this service, so there’s still a lot we don’t know. However, it is said that Android Pay won’t be available as a separate application like Google Wallet, but will be built directly into Android. In fact, Google Wallet will reportedly run on the Android Pay architecture, thus making it easier for Android developers to bake in support for the new payment service.

We’re guessing Android Pay will be very similar to Samsung Pay in functionality, which can only mean good news for fans. What do you make of this news?

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Google’s Sundar Pichai confirms MVNO carrier plans

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Earlier last month, it was revealed that Google was readying their own MVNO carrier plan. In other words, a seller of other carrier networks, namely Sprint and T-Mobile. Today Sundar Pichai as confirmed that Google will indeed offer some sort of plan. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he didn’t reveal anything else other than it will be “in the coming months.” Reading between the lines, you have to think that they will make an announcement at Google I/O.

Pichai did ensure that they are working with all carriers, including AT&T and Verizon to make sure they don’t disrupt existing relationships.

The rumored plan includes some sort of combination of Sprint and T-Mobile service that would automatically switch to the best signal and Wi-Fi. It’s also been reported that it could be more geared towards the tablet crowd.

What do you guys think? Can Google offer something compelling here?

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source: Android Authority

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 820 chipset

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Just as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 chipset is on the verge of becoming mainstream, the chip maker has freshly announced the Snapdragon 820 SoC based on the new custom ARMv8 CPU developed by the company.

It is being said that the chipset will be built using the FinFET process, perhaps using Samsung’s new 14nm technology. It is suggested that the Snapdragon 820 might not use the ARM big.LITTLE CPU architecture.

Not a lot of information is available on this at the moment, but it is said that Qualcomm will start sampling the SoC in the second half of 2015, which means we might have devices running on the new chipset by the end of the year.

With Samsung relying on their own Exynos 7420 chipset for the Galaxy S6, Qualcomm’s only major clients will be HTC, LG, Xiaomi and the likes.

Via: Anand Tech

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Lenovo launches two new Android tablets for under $200

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Lenovo has just launched the Tab 2 A10 and the Tab 2 A8 during its event before the MWC officially kicks off. The devices are budget oriented and carry a price tag of under $200.

As the name aptly suggests, the Tab 2 A10 is a 10 inch tablet while the Tab 2 A8 is an 8 inch model, catering to the large and medium sized tablet segment respectively. Both tablets pack speakers with Dolby Atmos technology on board, so they’re quite capable as far as multimedia options are concerned.

The Tab 2 A10 comes with a HD IPS display, so don’t expect pixel density to be very high here. It’s packing a thickness of 8.9mm while weighing 509 grams. There’s an unnamed MediaTek chipset on board here, an 8-megapixel camera on the back, Android 4.4 KitKat (Android 5.0 update soon) and a 7,200 mAh battery which according to the company will last 10 hours. The American markets will also get an LTE model of the tablet. The device will be available for purchase starting next month in pearl white and midnight blue for a sticker price of $199.

The Tab 2 A8 is essentially a smaller variant of the Tab 2 A10 carrying most of the same internals. The display resolution is the same here, which should mean improved pixel density. There’s a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a MediaTek made quad core chipset and an expandable storage card slot.

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Unlike the Tab 2 A10, the 8 inch model comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop by default, which could boost performance to a great extent. The tablet will be LTE capable much like its bigger sibling, but will also be capable of making voice calls. The Tab 2 A8 has been priced at $129. The tablet will be sold in pearl white, ebony, midnight blue and neon pink for $129. Availability of the tablet is slated for June.

Lenovo also launched a budget Windows 8.1 tablet called the Miix 300 which has a price tag of $149. This tablet will be available for purchase from July this year.

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Carrying on from unveiling the Xperia Z4 tablet at the MWC in Barcelona, Sony has taken the covers off of its Xperia M4 Aqua, a smartphone that offers front and rear cameras that are more than handy, along with OmniBalance design and a 64-bit Qualcomm processor. We have the specifications, gallery, video and press release after the break.

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As you can see from the pictures, Sony’s M4 Aqua looks remarkably like its bigger sibling, the Xperia Z3, and that is no bad thing. The M4 Aqua is a mid-range device, with a Snapdragon 615 Octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM underneath the OmniBalance exterior design. Yes, you read that correctly, a mid-range handset with 2GB of RAM. Coupled with Sony’s minimalist approach to customising its user interface, the M4 Aqua should be pretty slick to handle. The 2,400 battery is enough to get the phone through 2 days of use according to Sony, although Stamina Mode is included in case you really need to eek out the power.

Along with the usual IP65 and IP68 certification (waterproof and dust-tight), that Sony is renowned for, the M4 Aqua also boasts a naked USB port. This means that there is one less cap to worry about losing or damaging. It should be noted though, that this does not mean you can charge the phone while it is submerged.

The M4 Aqua carries two good cameras; a 13MP rear-facing camera with flash and also the 5MP front camera that has an extra wide angle lens for taking those selfie pictures.

Specifications:

  • 5-inch HD IPS display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-core 64-bit processor (Quad-core 1.5GHz + Quad-core 1GHz)
  • Adreno 405 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8/16GB internal storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 32GB)
  • 13MP Rear camera with flash with image stabiliser
  • 5MP Front camera with wide angle lens
  • A-GPS/ Bluetooth/ NFC/ WiFi/ USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 145.5 x 72.6 x 7.3mm
  • Weight: 140grams
  • 2,400mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

The M4 Aqua runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, which is something that every Android manufacturer should be striving for when releasing a new smartphone in 2015. Sony says that the M4 Aqua will be released worldwide this spring, with a price tag of €299 ($335). Don’t forget that you can catch the rest of our Mobile World Congress coverage right here.

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Full Press Release:

Barcelona, Mobile World Congress, 2nd March 2015 – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today refocused its mid-range device strategy with the introduction of Xperia™ M4 Aqua – a smartphone bringing Sony’s leadership in camera, design, battery and performance to an accessible price point.

“Xperia M4 Aqua represents our renewed mid-range focus – with no compromises” said Dennis van Schie, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales and Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. “Offering the most popular standout features made famous by our Xperia Z Series; camera capability, two-day battery life and waterproofing – Xperia M4 Aqua brings a proposition and price, products in this section of the market simply cannot match.”

Just point and shoot – great pictures without the effort

 

Xperia M4 Aqua’s impressive 13MP rear camera is powered by Sony’s Exmor RS™ mobile sensor with a large F2.0 aperture, and ISO 3200 sensitivity. It’s powerful digital compact camera technology – and intelligent Superior Auto Mode simplifies your interactions, automatically sensing up to 52 different scenarios, for vivid shots in low-light or strong backlight every time.

Just as with the rear, the 5MP selfie camera has a super wide-angle lens with an 88° field of view, so no-one’s left out of shot – and Portrait Retouch allows you to add fun finishing refinements. The popular selfie editing feature sits alongside Sony’s full suite of preloaded Xperia Camera apps, including other favourites; Sound Photo for adding a short clips to your pictures and Movie Creator, which automatically converts your pictures and videos into snappy thirty second vignette clips – which makes collecting memories or sharing on social media, super quick and easy.

Designed for the way you live – subtlety in hardware and interface design, with Android 5.0 Lollipop

Crafted from the ground up, Xperia M4 Aqua has understated premium looks – a tempered glass display, with the svelte 136g waterproof (IP65/8 rated) body reengineered for cap-less microUSB charging, offering flexible usage wherever you are.

Xperia M4 Aqua will be available in classic White and Black, but also fresh Coral and Silver3 . Sony’s adopted the same subtle principles in its take on Android 5.0 Lollipop’s material design, in keeping with that distinctive minimalist approach to user interface, interactions and native apps.

Xperia M4 Aqua will come with the new look Xperia Lounge Silver, bringing apps, software updates, entertainment, bespoke offers and tips delivered throughout the product lifecycle. As part of this, you’ll be able to enjoy bonus film clips and television episodes4 through the Privilege Plus Movies app.

Do and accomplish more, for longer – Sony’s first octa-core 64-bit smartphone, featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 processor with integrated 4G LTE connectivity and up to two-day battery life

Whilst some might need to use their smartphone for short bursts on long days, you don’t have to, with Xperia M4 Aqua’s two-day battery life, eliminating the need for regular charging. If that isn’t enough, activate Battery STAMINA Mode to optimize how your battery is used and Ultra STAMINA Mode to keep your phone running on its core functions for a week.

Supporting this optimal balance of performance and power is a Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 615 processor6 featuring octa-core 64-bit CPUs, advanced multimedia processing and an integrated 4G LTE modem. Thanks to the Snapdragon 615 processor, you can enjoy seamless access to your Xperia Lounge content and experience the fastest news and information download, find your way using maps, check and send email, send pictures to friends and family in seconds and make the most of lag-free online music and video streaming on the go.

Xperia M4 Aqua will launch in 80 countries worldwide, across more than 100 carrier partners for around 299 EUR, from Spring 2015.

 

 

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Sony’s Xperia Z4 Tablet comes with a 2K display and Snapdragon 810 processor

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Xperia_Z4_Tablet_GroupToday is the second day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and after HTC and Samsung hogged the limelight yesterday, Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z4 tablet that boasts a 2K display and is only 6.1mm thick. We have the specifications, video, a gallery of images as well as the full press release just after the break.

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Specifications

  • 10.1-inch TRILUMINOS display with 2K resolution (2560 x 1600)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 2GHz Octa-Core 64-bit processor
  • Adreno 430 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • MicroSD card support
  • 8.1MP Rear camera
  • 5.1MP Wide angle front-facing camera
  • Front-facing Stereo speakers
  • Sony Remote Play
  • A-GPS/Bluetooth/USB 2.0/WiFi
  • Waterproof and dust tight (IP65/IP68)
  • Dimensions: 167 x 254 x 6.1mm
  • Weight: WiFi – 389grams/ LTE 393grams
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

As expected, the Xperia Z4 tablet is running the latest silicon, in the form of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor with Sony claiming up to 17 hours worth of video playback. Sony also says that the 10.1-inch 2K display is one of the brightest on offer. Coupled with the stereo front speakers, I can imagine the Xperia Z4 being great for watching videos. One of the main talking points is the thinness of the tablet, having been whittled down to just 6.1mm. As is now customary with a Sony device, the Xperia Z4 tablet is waterproof and dust-tight (IP65/IP68) and looks pretty good design-wise.

The Sony Xperia Z4 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop right from the start and can be had in WiFi or LTE models. There’s no word on pricing as yet, although Sony has stated that the Xperia Z4 tablet is launching globally in June this year. We have more images below in the gallery, as well as Sony’s promotional video and press release. Don’t forget you can catch the rest of our MWC coverage right here.

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Full Press Release:

Barcelona, 2nd March 2014 – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today announced the world’s lightest and slimmest 10” tablet2 – Xperia™ Z4 Tablet. Delivering a best in class entertainment experience thanks to the world’s brightest 10.1 inch 2K display of the leading tablets1 and long battery life (up to 17 hours of video playback), the beautifully crafted Xperia Z4 Tablet is an impressively powerful Android tablet that delivers all the portable performance you need for an entertaining and busy lifestyle.

“Building on the success of its predecessor, we wanted to take all of the qualities that consumers loved most in Xperia Z2 Tablet and enhance them for Z4 Tablet,” says Dennis van Schie, SVP of Sales & Marketing at Sony Mobile. “Consumers appreciate innovation most when it can bring real value to their lives, so we have carefully crafted and considered every aspect of Z4 Tablet to meet even the most demanding lifestyle. Sleek and lightweight, yet incredibly powerful, with standout entertainment and smart productivity features, Xperia Z4 Tablet is an extraordinary tablet that fits perfectly into your day-to-day life.”

Enhanced entertainment experiences, wherever you are Xperia Z4 Tablet boasts best-in-class Sony technologies and experiences to ensure you enjoy unrivalled entertainment on the go, with no compromises. Featuring the world’s brightest 10.1 inch 2K display of the leading tablets1 , Z4 Tablet delivers a superb viewing experience, even outdoors in direct sunlight, allowing you to enjoy your favourite movies and most memorable video clips in crystal clear clarity, wherever you want.

Great picture quality demands great audio to match, so Xperia Z4 Tablet includes powerful front stereo speakers for an immersive surround sound effect. When you’re on the go and plug in your headphones, Xperia Z4 Tablet senses the type and style of headset, automatically adjusting the settings accordingly for optimum sound.

Sony’s leading audio technologies ensure you never miss a beat. High-Res Audio reproduces high frequency sound in amazing detail for a studio quality experience. DSEE HXTM processing upscales the audio fidelity of tracks to near High-Res Audio quality. Xperia Z4 Tablet supports digital noise cancelling for those times when you need to block out background noise. And for high quality wireless music listening, Sony’s new LDACTM codec transmits data three times more efficiently than Bluetooth.

Xperia Z4 Tablet comes loaded with a 8MP main camera, featuring Sony’s leading technologies for great shots in all lights, and a high quality 5.1MP wide-angle front camera, great for selfies and video calls, that ensures you stay in shot.

Keep playing your favourite PlayStation® 4 games wherever you are in the home with PS4™ Remote Play3 . Simply connect your Xperia Z4 Tablet to your PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller to ensure you never miss a minute of the action – whatever room you are in.

And to keep you entertained, all Xperia Z4 Tablet users will benefit from access to Xperia Lounge Gold – delivering the world of Sony entertainment at your fingertips. Get access to exclusive competitions and offers; be among the first to try out new apps; and enjoy the latest movies, TV episodes and music included with your device.

High speed and performance

Xperia Z4 Tablet comes packed with the ultra fast Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 octa-core 64 bit processor5 , so you can browse faster and get the optimal graphics experience on a stunning 2K display. Whether using Wi-Fi or 4G LTE, multi-tasking on the move is made easy – download email attachments in seconds and enjoy video streaming with no delays or unwanted buffering. And with 32GB internal memory, there is plenty of storage space for those all important files.

Whether for work or play, Xperia Z4 Tablet offers powerful performance that goes the distance. Its stamina is sure to impress with up to 17 hours of video playback, you can travel half way around the world watching movies on a single battery charge. Get even more out of the 6,000mAH battery with Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode, which turns off background functions when you’re not using them to help extend your battery life, so you can comfortably spend the day emailing, browsing the web and running as many apps as you want with no need to worry about losing battery power.

Superior security and productivity

Escape the office and take your business on the move with the lightweight BKB50 Bluetooth Keyboard featuring a dedicated slot for Xperia Z4 Tablet and docking detection, sleek ergonomics with 0-130 degree tilt for adjustable comfort, efficient text input and laptop style touchpad. Additionally Xperia Z4 Tablet also features printer and projector outputs to complete the ultimate laptop-style experience. Use with the slim and light SCR32 perfect fit cover with two variable angles for comfortable typing or viewing on your tablet. Work from anywhere with the advanced Xperia Email, Calendar and Contacts apps, which can be synced using Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS) and use your favourite business apps from the Android community.

Xperia Z4 Tablet features proven device security mechanisms to keep your confidential data secure, with adherence to acclaimed and effective Internet, VPN and WiFi security protocols. To complete your road warrior set up, the BSP60smart speaker with one-touch connectivity is the ideal portable companion for making conference calls, getting information and receiving phone notifications, all with the use of voice commands, helping you multi-task with ease.

Slim, sleek and supremely lightweight design

Expertly designed with true Sony craftsmanship and attention to detail, Xperia Z4 Tablet is the world’s slimmest and lightest 10” tablet1 . At just 6.1mm slim and weighing less than 393g (389g Wi-Fi / 393g LTE), Xperia Z4 Tablet is incredibly light and portable, making it easy to carry comfortably with you all day and slip into your bag with ease. Crafted with premium stainless steel metal corners and mineral glass, Xperia Z4 Tablet looks as good as it performs.

Xperia Z4 Tablet’s IP68 waterproof and dust-tight4 rating ensures reassuring durability making it ideal for everyday use in all conditions – whether caught out in the rain between meetings or lounging by the pool. As a further design refinement, the USB connector is capless – making it both quick and convenient to connect and charge your device.

Xperia Z4 Tablet will launch globally, in 4G LTE and Wi-Fi variants, from June 2015.

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