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New 10-inch 4K display from JDI could appear on the Xperia Z3 Tablet

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off
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The steady march towards 4K on mobile devices continues, with Japan Display Inc (JDI) announcing the availability of its first 10.1-inch tablet display of 4K resolution.

JDI is now shipping samples of the new IPS LCD panel, which features a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, qualifying it for the 4K moniker. The display maker actually calls this resolution “4K2K” or “ultra-high resolution”. At 10.1-inch, the panel will feature an amazing 438ppi pixel density, putting it on par with current generation smartphones.

The new panel is an evolution of the 12.2-inch 4K module that JDI introduced back in September, and is made using the low temperature polysilicon process (LTPS) that brings lower power consumption and a smaller thickness. According to JDI, the new panel consumes the same power as a less dense 2,560 x 1,600 panel built with amorphous silicon technology. More specifically, the 10.1-inch 4K panel will draw a total of 2180mW, with the backlight taken into account.

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The world’s top maker of LCD panels, Japan Display Inc combines the production capacities of Japanese giants Sony, Hitachi, and Toshiba.

Sony is likely to be one of the main clients for the new 10.1-inch 4K LCD display, which seems a perfect fit for the third generation of the Xperia Z Tablet series. The current generation, the Xperia Z2 Tablet, features a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, a step behind the current state of the art, the Quad HD (2560 x 1440) panel on Samsung’s Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 tablet.

While the debate rages on around the merits of 4K resolution on small displays, manufacturers are pushing forward with their plans to breach the 4K barrier on mobile devices. On smartphones, the current high-end standard is Quad HD (also known as 2K); the Oppo Find 7 is the first widely available smartphone to feature a Quad HD display, with LG and Samsung rumored to release their own soon. However, the benefits of going Quad HD may not be apparent to users, as our quick comparison demonstrates.

Sony brings Background Defocus feature to Google Play Store

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

As part of its efforts to move more and more of non-critical functionality to Google’s app market system, Sony has published its Background defocus camera mode on Google Play Store. This will make it easier for the manufacturer to iterate over and push changes to the app as fast as it can.

Background defocus made its debut in the camera app of the newly unveiled Xperia Z2. This particular effect, which emulates a shallow depth of field, seems to be getting quite popular, as more and more manufacturers are advertising it as one of the fun ways to use a mobile camera. The effect is mostly applied after the shot is taken, blurring the background and bringing more focus to a foreground object.

With the app now on Google Play Store, Sony has decoupled the feature from the Xperia Z2′s firmware and has made it available for other Xperia devices as well. The mode still functions the same way and no new features were added. The mode has to be chosen from with the Camera app and adjusted after the photo has been taken. Sony suggests a distance of about 15 – 45 cm for the best effect.

The Background Defocus effect was actually already ported for other Xperia devices before but now it is official and comes from Sony directly. It still works only on Xperia smartphones, of course, and such devices should be running Android 4.2 or higher to be compatible.

Download: Sony Background Defocus on Google Play Store

New Sony background defocus app released to the Play Store

Posted by wicked April - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Today Sony released a new version of their background defocus app to the Google Play Store. The app is available to Sony Xperia phones running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or later.

The app, as the name suggests, allows users to be able to defocus the background of their photos, adding depth of field to their photos. According to Sony, to get the best results users should focus on an object that is 15-45cm away, with a background at least 5 meters away from the subject. Hit the break for the Play Store download link!

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Sony rolls out updates to SmartWatch 2 platform

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Last month we learned Sony was working on rolling out an update that would include improvements first seen at MWC 2014. Sony has announced that they have started to roll out the update. The Sony SmartWatch 2 device which is currently supported by about 400 apps is also being updated with a couple new editions for buyers to choose. Sony has partnered to get the SmartWatch 2 to be the official accessory of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and in recognition of that has released a special “Brazil” edition of the smartwatch. Sony has also launched a “Business” edition. 

One of the biggest new features Sony incorporated into their new update is customizable watch faces. These can be configured on the device itself or via a users smartphone. Users can drag and drop a variety of widgets onto the face of the smartwatch to get the information they are interested in. Some of the existing widgets include items like the date, weather info, notifications, a battery indicator, and an alarm. Sony has opened up the platform to third-party developers, so new widgets can continue to hit the market. Along with the widgets, Sony has also introduced six new wallpapers for the SmartWatch 2.

Sony includes a new calculator as a native app on the SmartWatch 2 in this latest update. This means users can access the calculator even when their smartphone is not handy. Sony has also tweaked a couple apps like Facebook and Gmail to improve how the user interacts and the level of synchronization. The notification drawer has been updated to let users mark calendar appointments as “read” from the watch. In a small change, users can now set the vibration on or off to indicate when Bluetooth is connected or not connected.

The update is available through the Google Play store.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet goes up for pre-order starting at $499 for 16GB

Posted by wicked April - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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In the market for a new tablet? Listen up. Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet has finally been made available for pre-order through the company’s online store. The price tag reads $499 for 16GB of storage or $599 when opting for 32GB.

While it may seem expensive, the Xperia Z2 Tablet does pack some punch. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor paired with 3GB of RAM sits inside and the display, which is 10-1 inches, features Sony’s TRILUMINOS technology. Also, it is water and dust resistant and ships with Android 4.4 right out of the box. Not bad when you are getting all of that.

Do you plan on purchasing the Xperia Z2 tablet? If not, what tablet do you have your eyes on?

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Pre-order Now Live, Priced at $499 for 16GB

Posted by Tim-o-tato April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Pre-order Now Live, Priced at $499 for 16GB


The Xperia Z2 Tablet from Sony has received official pricing and availability confirmation from Sony, with the tablet hitting retailers on May 4. The tablet is priced at $499.99 for the 16GB model, while the larger 32GB model is priced a bit higher at $599.99. 

Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet is the world’s first 10.1” tablet display with Full HD TRILUMINOS and Live Color LCD technology, giving it one of the better tablet displays currently available. The display’s resolution sits at 1920 x 1200, with the Z2 Tablet also featuring a few other notable specs. 

The tablet features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz (2nd Gen.), 8MP rear-facing camera, water and dust resistance, and comes running Android 4.4 out of the box.

Ready to get your hands on it come May 4? You can pre-order the Z2 Tablet here.

Via: Sony [2]

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Sony Xperia Z2 tablet arrives to the U.S., priced at $499

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Although the Sony Xperia Z2 has yet to arrive in the United States, at least Sony fans will now have the opportunity to grab the Xperia Tablet Z2. The tablet Z2 is available for pre-order through Sony’s website as we speak, with an estimated shipping date set for May 4th.

At MWC we noted that the tablet had rather impressive specs and was a solid improvement over the original tablet Z, unfortunately it’s also a bit on the expensive side at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model. So what kind of specs does $499 bring you? The Xperia tablet Z2 is powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU with 3GB of RAM. Other specs include a 10.1-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200, front-facing speakers, a water/dust resistant design, an 8.1MP camera and Android 4.4 KitKat.

If you’re unsure whether you’re willing to pay such a premium price for the Xperia Z2 tablet, you might want to check out our unboxing and first impressions of the device.

So how about it, anyone planning on picking up the Xperia tablet Z2? Conversely do you feel that the tablet Z2 is priced too high, despite its high-end build quality and cutting-edge specs?








Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet US release set for May 4th

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Sony announced the Xperia Z2 Tablet during Mobile World Congress. And while we knew the device would be rolling out on a global basis, Sony was quiet in terms of release date and pricing details for the US release. Well, flash forward till today and we now have confirmation on both — the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet will be available in the US beginning on May 4th.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet will be available with 16GB or 32GB or internal storage space. The 16GB model will be $499.99 and the 32GB model will be $599.99. The tablet will be available in black or white (at 16GB), however those looking to the 32GB model will only have one color available — white.

Specs for the tablet include a 10.1-inch Full HD display, quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 6000 mAh battery. There will also be an 8MP rear-facing camera with Exmor RS. And as we have begun to expect with Sony devices, the Xperia Z2 Tablet has an IP rating of 55/58. Simply put, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is waterproof and dust proof “provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed.”

The tablet will be running Android 4.4 Kit Kat and otherwise, it is also on the thin side measuring in at just 6.4mm. While we still want to spend more quality time with the tablet once it comes available, we did manage to get a bit of hands-on time during our time in Barcelona and were initially impressed.

Sony Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet owners can avail of free movies and games

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Sony has done it before and there is no reason it won’t be doing it again. As with its previous top of the line devices, Sony is giving the proud new owners of its Xperia Z2 flagship and Xperia Z2 tablet a few freebies, this time in the form of six films and eight games.

Sony has been offering this kind of content deals since 2011, though in varying combinations and with limited availability. Though some, like Samsung, prefer to give out apps or time-limited subscriptions, Sony instead lets users get a taste of some of its other products, proving it has chops not just in mobile but also in the entertainment industry.

In this round, Sony is giving away some movie and game titles, though the selection of films differ from region to region. Common standouts include Elysium, Captain Philips and Michael Jackson’s That’s It. The list of available games, which include Cardboard Castle, Tiki Rush, and Rymdkapsel, might be a bit disappointing, but it’s hard to argue with the advantages of free. This offer is also available not just to new Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet owners but even for those who just acquired an Xperia Z1s.

Users planning on claiming these free content should note that they need two apps to be installed, both of which can be downloaded below. The first is the Xperia LOUNGE app, which covers a broad range of content, while the second is Pass, which required to get the movies, isn’t a standalone app but is a separate app download. The film selection is available to owners in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, UK, US (for those owning the Xperia Z1s,) while the games are being offered to those in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, US.(again for Xperia Z1s owners).

Download: Xperia LOUNGE, Pass
VIA: Xperia Blog

Free movies and games for some Sony Xperia Z1s, Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet owners

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Sony is giving away more than a dozen free movies and games to owners of Xperia Z1s, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablets in a small handful of countries. In total, 6 movies and 8 PlayStation Mobile games will be available through the Xperia Lounge application on your device, but only after you install Sony’s new Xperia Lounge companion app, called Pass, from the Google Play Store.

The process is pretty simple, head into your Xperia Lounge app and tap on the indicated promotions, if you’ve got them. If you do not yet have Pass installed you will be directed to it, otherwise, tap to receive vouchers to obtain the movies and games for free. The movie promotion ends on July 31, 2014, but you’ll have until the end of October to redeem your vouchers. Gamers do not have as much time to mess around, the free game promotion ends June 30, 2014, and you’ll have to redeem before July 14.

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Movies are available to Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet owners in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the UK and to Xperia Z1s owners in the United States. The available movies have a few differences in each region, as follows:

Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK
Captain Phillips, Elysium and Michael Jackson’s This Is It, plus Django Unchained, This is the End and 21 Jump Street.

Canada
Captain Phillips, Elysium and Michael Jackson’s This Is It, plus Total Recall, This is the End and 21 Jump Street.

Japan
Captain Phillips, Elysium and Michael Jackson’s This Is It, plus Total Recall, Moneyball, and Resident Evil: Retribution

Xperia Z1s users in the U.S.
Captain Phillips, Elysium and Michael Jackson’s This Is It, plus American Hustle, This is the End and 21 Jump Street.

Free Playstation Mobile games

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As mentioned earlier, be sure to get in there sooner rather than later, as this promotion does not last as long. On the bright side, a greater list of countries are supported, so if you own an Xperia Z2 or Z2 Tablet in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden or the UK, or if you have the Xperia Z1s in the U.S., install your free copy of the following games today:

  • Cardboard Castle
  • Crystal Ice
  • Forevolution
  • Gunhouse
  • Rymdkapsel
  • Tiki Rush
  • Tokyo Jungle
  • Yu-Name: The Puzzle

SingaporeM2SonyDealPlease check into the availability of these deals in your region, we have reports of some users on the M2 network in Singapore gaining access to the deals. Also, some users in the announced regions are receiving an error stating that the vouchers are unavailable, but to try again later. Let us know if you get any unexpected free stuff, or experience any errors.

What do you think about exclusive deals for specific devices like this – should Sony open this deal to all users able to use the Xperia Lounge?








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