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Images of Sony QX1 Emerge, Android-Powered Smartphone Accessory with Interchangeable Lenses

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

Given Sony’s film pedigree, it’s a bit surprising the company hasn’t released more Android-powered shooter accessories - it’s mostly stuck to conservative offerings like the QX10 and QX100. Luckily, the QX1, an interesting take on smartphone attachments, is right around the corner.

Uniquely, the QX1 packs an E-mount for interchangeable lens support. In terms of accoutrements, it appears from the pictures to pack the Exmor APC-S sensor and built-in flash.

That flexibility comes at a price. QX1 will reportedly retail for 300 euro body only, 450 euro bundled with a 16-50mm lens. That places it firmly higher than Nikon and Canon’s Android-powered DSLRs and somewhere between Samsung’s lower- and higher-end Galaxy Cameras, which is quite a premium for removable lenses. Still, considering the cost of good glass, some will surely consider the QX1 a bargain.

Sony will formally unveil it tomorrow at IFA in Berlin.

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Via: SonyAlpha | Xperia Blog

Images of Sony QX1 Emerge, Android-Powered Smartphone Accessory with Interchangeable Lenses is a post from: Droid Life

Sony Xperia Z3 specs leak with 4K video capture

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

There have been a lot of leaks of the coming Sony Xperia Z3 handset over the last few weeks. We have seen a leaked image showing the device and some of its siblings. We’ve also talked about the X3 TENAA certification images that hit the web late last month. This week another image of the Z3 has leaked and this time the image claims to show all the specifications of the device.

Whether or not the specs are accurate is unknown at this time, but they do match with previous leaks. The Z3 will have a 5.2-inch 1080p FHD IPS display with Sony TRILUMINOS technology and 600cd brightness. The camera also appears to be something Sony worked hard on with 4K video capture and output.

The camera has 20MP resolution and uses an EXMOR RS ISO12800 sensor. The front camera on the smartphone is a 2MP Exmor R unit. Audio system features include stereo speakers with digital noise cancellation tech. Other hardware includes a MSM8974AC quad-core processor running at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. A microSD card slot is built in and the smartphone will have NFC and MHI 3.0.

Dimensions for the smartphone are 146.5mm x 72.4mm x 7.5mm and it weighs 154g. Sony also designed the smartphone to IP55/IP58 dust and water resistance standards and power comes from a 3100mAh battery. The official specs should turn up when IFA 2014 kicks off this month.


Specs for Sony Xperia Z3 surface on back of training device

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A picture of a Sony Xperia Z3 from a training event appears to have revealed the specs for the device. The Xperia Z3 that was being used for training purposes had a sheet with specs affixed to the back of it. Although the image could be a fake, the specs seem to line up with previously leaked information. Assuming the image is real, there are a couple bits of new information we learn from the pic.

First, we see that Sony is planning to make the Xperia Z3 available in a copper color. The addition of copper as a color choice will be a first for a Sony Xperia device and may help set it apart from the rest of the market a bit. We also see that Sony is including their Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) in the device, which means it should produce near high-resolution quality sound.

The alleged specifications also reveal Sony thinks users can get two days of battery life out of the 3100mAh battery included in the Xperia Z3 by using their Sony STAMINA Mode.

Other specs for the Xperia Z3 include a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display, a 20MP Exmor RS camera capable of capturing 4K video, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and a micro SD slot.


source: Xperia Blog

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Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact Images and Specifications Leak Ahead of Press Conference

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

IFA is nearly in full swing, and leaks are starting to spring up left and right. Earlier today, Ausdroid and Xperia Blog uncovered images of Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3.

Sony appears to be bucking the trend again with the Xperia Z3 Compact, packing respectable specs in a smaller body. The handset – pictured in black, orange, white, and green - will reportedly sport a 720p display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 2600mAh, and a 20.7MP camera. That’s almost spec-for-spec with the flagship Xperia, a welcome development.

The Z3 image managed to capture a specification sheet attached to the back of the smartphone. Assuming it’s accurate, the Z3 is substantively similar to the Z2, at least as far as internals are concerned. Dust and water resistance were a given, but Z3 apparently also retains the same 1080p screen, Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 20-megapixel camera as its predecessor. What’s changed, then? Sony managed to engineer a slightly smaller frame (7.5mm), but at the expense of power capacity – 3100mAh, a little less than the Z2′s battery.

On the software front, Sony’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) will apply post-processing effects to “upscale” any sound source, while STAMINA mode will stretch battery life to a purported two days.

Sony’s press conference is tomorrow. Barring any last-minute leaks, we expect to learn launch details, such as pricing and availability, at that time.

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Via: Ausdroid | Xperia Blog

Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact Images and Specifications Leak Ahead of Press Conference is a post from: Droid Life

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact pictures show color options while specs leak

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The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact will finally get revealed tomorrow at IFA, but for an appetizer, we have some pictures and what could be the final specifications of the device.

As you can see in the images, Sony will be offering the phone in white, black, mint and orange. As for specs, you can expect a 4.6-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 20.7 MP Sony Exmor RS rear camera with the capability for 4K video, 2.2 MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers, IP68 certification for dust / water resistance, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It will measure 127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm (5 x 2.55 x 0.33 in) and weigh 129 g (4.55 oz).


It’s nice to see at least one manufacturing that’s willing to include top of the line specs on a compact (or mini) device. What do you guys think? Any excitement for this phone?

sources: Ausdroid / Phone Arena

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Sony rumored to out new budget phone, possibly the Xperia E3

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Still on IFA 2014 fare, and still hot on Sony’s trail – we are hearing rumors that apart from a new flagship line, Sony will be launching a new budget smartphone device in Berlin in the new Xperia E3. In line as an upgrade to its token budget devices (with the “E” suffix), this device may not be the star of the show, but it is important in Sony’s strategy to hit multiple tiers and markets.

Not surprisingly, there have been very few leaks about the upcoming Xperia E3. We’ve heard of a spec list that includes a Snapdragon 400 quad core processor turning at 1.2Ghz per core. This will be supported most likely by 1.5GB of RAM, although people are saying 2GB may be possible. This will all push pixels to a 4.8-inch HD (1280×720) display, which if true, will be larger than the Xperia E (3.5-inch display) and the Xperia E1 (4-inch display).


As you can see, it is not in Sony’s tech nature to skimp on specs. Even though the Xperia E3 may be marketed as a budget device, you will still be getting quality internals. What you won’t be getting – according to rumors – is water resist certification, which will not come with this device.

Sony’s IFA 2014 lineup is scheduled to breach the surface by September 3rd, so not long to go until we find substance for all these rumors. Make sure to watch our timeline for all IFA-related news and goings-on.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Sony’s smartphone-attachable QX1 camera utilizes interchangeable lenses

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Early last month we got our first look at Sony’s IFA teaser invite, which alluded to the company’s plans to show off new smartphones, televisions, speakers and even a new attachable lens that would follow up the QX10 and QX100. Now it seems that the first images of the new QX1 accessory have hit the net, thanks to Xperia Blog and Sony Alpha Rumors.

Like last year’s QX models, the QX1 will certainly enhance your Android photo taking experience, but it won’t come cheap. Pricing is said to start at 300 euros ($393.43), and that’s just for the sensor. If you want the sensor and a 16-50mm lens, the price will jump up to 450 euros ($590.15).


That’s right, the QX1 actually separates the image sensor from the lens this time around, allowing users to attach Sony’s E-mount lenses that are currently used on its Alpha series of mirrorless cameras. It’s also believed that the QX1 may utilize the same A6000 sensor found in the Alpha series.

Despite the fact that Sony isn’t giving up on the QX series doesn’t change that fact that this is very much a niche product and won’t appeal to everyone, in large part thanks to its high price. What do you think of the QX series, interested in this latest member, if all the rumors related to it prove to be correct?

Via: The Verge;
Source: Sony Alpha Rumors, Xperia Blog;

FlashTool now able to download latest Xperia firmware

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For those who manually download the latest firmware for their Sony Xperia device, FlashTool is already a very familiar program. Paired with XperiFirm which downloads new firmware for Sony Xperia devices, one can easily flash new firmware for their devices using FlashTool. The new version of the desktop app now gives you a new feature – the capability to check and download the latest firmware for Sony Xperia phones and tablets.

The new feature, available in version, effectively takes over XperiFirm’s job, which means you only need one program to get your latest firmware available from the Sony servers worldwide and flash it to your device. A disclaimer, we are in no way saying that XperiFirm doesn’t work anymore – it still does. In fact, XperiFirm has been pretty much the go to app since the demise of the Sony Update Service tool.


In the new version of FalshTool, you can now check for updates for your specific device. You can even choose what firmware you want depending on those available on Sony’s servers. Once you download the firmware files, it’s only a matter of bundling the software together in an update package that your phone or tablet will accept – all done via FlashTool, of course.


If you need the specific instructions, go on and check out the source link. FlashTool is available through the official download page here. There is also a mirror available here, through a file storage and downloading site. If you’re an Xperia user, we recommend that you check it out.

VIA: Xperia Blog

Xperia Z3 Compact leaks in beautiful press photos

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


With a little  more of a day left until its great unveiling, the Xperia Z3 Compact leaked in what appears to be a set of press shoots.

The images reveal a design that – as we all expected – is not a major departure from the aspect of the Xperia Z1 Compact, released in January. The colors of the device, however, are new – well at least the teak and orange versions are new, apparently replacing the purple and yellow that Sony has been using over the past year in its mobile lineup.

The images themselves don’t reveal any new details about the Z3 Compact, but Ausdroid, the site who leaked them, claims to have received information on that front as well.


We’re looking at a 4.6-inch display of 720p resolution, a Snapdragon 801 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, a 2,600 mAh battery and a 20.7MP camera. These specs are very similar to those of the Xperia Z3 (and the Z2, for the matter), and that’s a great thing – we haven’t really got true high-end Android devices in smaller form factors, and it’s good to see Sony continuing on the path it opened with the Z1 Compact.


The Xperia Z3 Compact will launch tomorrow at a Sony pre-IFA press conference, alongside the Xperia Z3, the Xperia E3 (a new budget device), and the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, a thin 8-inch slate that piqued our interest the most so far.

Stay tuned for all our IFA coverage throughout the week. Sony’s launch is just a part of the good stuff, with Samsung, LG, Asus, Huawei, and Motorola providing their own highlights.

Source: Ausdroid, Phone Arena;

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact press photos show bright colors

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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.


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

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