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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

Sony teases the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 tablet

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

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Next week Sony will likely announce the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 tablet. We have a good idea about each device, but to hype things up, Sony released a teaser video with some clues. You will notice a “3″ theme towards the beginning, which probably indicates that three devices will be announced. Towards the end, 7 mm, Cu, and H20 flash across the screen, along with the date of September 3rd. 7 mm is the obvious thickness of at least one of the devices, possibly all three.  H2O is an obvious reference that all devices will be waterproof or water resistant. As to Cu, that signifies copper, but we aren’t sure what they are trying to tell us. As to the date, I think that’s self explanatory.

What do you guys think? Are you excited for what Sony will unveil? Hit the break for the short teaser video.

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Make a Pre-Rooted Stock Sony ROMs in Just Few Clicks

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

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Many users don’t see any particular reason to change out the stock firmware for AOSP-derived offerings. OEMs for the most part are now taking things much more seriously, and their firmwares are pretty much usable unlike a few years ago. Some of you might remember how “fluid” Eclair was on some devices, which illustrates the past problem with skinned ROM performance.

A pre-rooted stock ROM is still a good choice for many users, as it offers all the device-specific features along with the power-user friendly goodies of root. While copying the requisite files to make a ROM pre-rooted is easy as pie, extracting the stock image isn’t. If you want to extract a firmware for Sony device, you need to use a Flashtool and lots of time waiting for the output. Those of you who want to have a pre-rooted stock ROM made in just few simple moves should try the tool written by XDA Senior Member zxz0O0. PRFCreator is a Windows-only tool that creates a pre-rooted stock image in just few clicks. The output file can be flashed right away onto your device.

To get the flashable.zip you need to have three elements: a working FTF file with a firmware to your phone (you can create it yourself with Flashtool), a SuperSU package, and a dual boot package. You can get them from the resources provided in the thread.

You don’t have to wait for someone to root a stock firmware for you. Do it yourself, since it’s very easy. Get the app from the PRGCreator thread and give your Sony device a pre-rooted stock ROM.

The post Make a Pre-Rooted Stock Sony ROMs in Just Few Clicks appeared first on xda-developers.

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

IFA preview: Note 4, G Watch R, Xperia Z3, and a whole lot more

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

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The fall season in the technology world starts with IFA Berlin.

IFA, or Internationale Funkausstellung, is Europe’s largest show dedicated to consumer electronics and one of the biggest and oldest in the world. While MWC in Barcelona is all about mobile, IFA is the showcase of a staggering variety of devices, gadgets, and equipment, from smartwatches, to smartphones, laptops, and connected cars. In short, it’s a geek’s dream.

In past years, IFA has been almost synonymous with the launch of the Note series, but this year we have lots of other cool stuff on tap. Here’s a brief preview of the news we expect to come out of Berlin next week.

Samsung: new Note, meeting the Alpha, and going VR

The Note 4 will be the star of the show, even if it’s actually going to launch before IFA officially opens to the public. Samsung’s traditional Unpacked event is set for Wednesday, September 3 at 3PM, and soon after you will be able to read the first posts about the new Note.

The Note 4 is expected to bring refinements to a well-known and successful recipe that has arguably made Samsung the number one player in smartphones worldwide. We have a full rumor roundup for you here, but if you just want a briefing, here it goes: the Note 4 will bring powerful specs, the same screen size like last year (5.7 inches), an improved S Pen and accompanying software features, a better 16MP camera, a fingerprint scanner, and a large battery. If the alleged leaked images are genuine, the Note 4 will feature a metallic frame and a faux leather plastic back – think about it as a cross between the Galaxy Alpha and the Note 3. In software, expect more productivity features, with a major focus on the S Pen.

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There’s been talk about a second variant of the Note 4 with a futuristic wraparound display, but we think that’s unlikely to materialize at IFA.

It won’t be all about the Note 4 however. The metallic Galaxy Alpha was launched a couple of weeks ago, but IFA will probably be the first occasion media gets to play with it. Expect extensive hands-on coverage.

Last year, Samsung launched the Note 3 together with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Rumor has it that at least one new Gear is coming with the Note 4, possibly one that features a SIM card for a truly untethered experience. The stylus-equipped Note 10.1 is also due for a refresh and there’s a good chance will see it at IFA, although we haven’t heard any rumors about it so far.

The wildcard in Samsung’s deck is the Gear VR, a virtual reality headset in the vein of Oculus Rift. Samsung is reportedly throwing its weight around the concept, and we’re very curious to see what it’s doing with it.

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LG: G Watch goes round

LG has been on a roll lately, and it will definitely try to maintain the momentum with a breakout IFA. Unlike Samsung, LG doesn’t have a flagship phone to anchor its show. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything exciting coming from LG next week.

As one of the first Google partners to put out an Android Wear smartwatch, LG had a head start in a race that’s about to become very crowded. The rectangular G Watch is nice in its simplicity, but LG realized that people clamor for a round device a la Moto 360. Dubbed G Watch R, this device will be LG’s star at IFA next week.

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For the budget crowd, LG has the L Bello and L Fino, a pair of 3G smartphones that we hope will be competitively priced. We also look forward to playing with the G3 Stylus, a cheaper G3 version with a stylus. It’s not the Note 4 threat we hoped it would be, but it could be very intriguing if it’s priced right.

LG typically teases its devices before announcing them, so if anything else big is coming next week at IFA, we will be very surprised.

Motorola: stealing the spotlight?

Motorola doesn’t have an IFA presence, and, for some reason, the company (still owned by Google pending its sale to Lenovo) has scheduled the launch event for the Moto X+1, Moto G2, and Moto 360 on September 4, smack dab in the middle of IFA week. Our guess is we’ll see these devices at the show in some form, so we’ll include them in this preview.

The Moto X+1 is a larger, beefed-up successor to the critically acclaimed, but only mildly successful Moto X. We have a full roundup detailing the leaks and rumors swirling around the device here. There’s talk about new materials for the back plate, but judging from the first generation, Motorola will focus on features and user experience rather than flashy specifications.

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The Moto G2 also looks to be a thorough update of the OG, one that – provided rumors are right – would nudge the device towards the middle of the range, price-wise, with the Moto E remaining as the super cheap option.

The Moto 360 will finally become a real thing next week, after a summer of relentless teasing. We wonder if it’s not a bit late, now that LG has jumped on the round watch bandwagon. Motorola’s has also teased an accessory announcement for September 4, but we have no specifics about it at this point.

Sony: refined Xperia and a new tablet

Sony is the only major manufacturer that has embarked on a bi-annual upgrade cycle. The Xperia Z1 launched at IFA 2013, the Z2 landed at MWC 2014, and roughly six months later, it’s now time for the Xperia Z3. As you’d expect from the product of a fast iteration cycle, the Xperia Z3 isn’t such a big departure from its predecessor. Still, fans will probably love to see another refinement of Sony’s iconic smartphone design and presumably some interesting new features.

Sony is also putting out a new Compact edition of its flagship, packing true high-end specs in an under 5-inch package. Sony is pretty much alone in making Mini phones with top specs, so we look forward to see the Xperia Z3 Compact in action.

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Read more about the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact in our rumor roundup here.

There’s a new product as well, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Think of it as a mini Tablet Z. At 8-inch, with waterproofing, super-slim design, and powerful specs, we are very excited for this device.

HTC: 64-bit, but what else?

HTC has been pretty quiet these past few weeks, but that may be because it’s doing some brilliant work behind the curtains.

There was talk about an HTC Android Wear smartwatch coming this summer, and IFA looks like a good opportunity for it to debut. But we haven’t really heard anything substantial about it, and HTC hasn’t put out any teasers so far.

A bit more substantive is the Desire 820, which could be the first Android device powered by a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor. An announcement of this mid-range device seems imminent and we’re almost sure we’ll see it on the IFA floor.

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To return to speculation, there were rumblings about several tablets that HTC is preparing for this end of the year. We will be surprised if they show up at IFA, but we can’t rule out the possibility.

Asus: Android Wear meets budget

Asus launched its Zenfones at CES in January, and its huge tablet collection at Computex in May. We don’t expect much on that front at IFA therefore, but we know that Asus won’t be coming empty handed.

The company has transparently teased a smartwatch announcement for the show, and we’re pretty anxious to see what Asus can do with the Android Wear concept. Word on the street is that Asus will try to differentiate through price, so perhaps IFA will bring us the first $100-$150 Android Wear smartwatch? Who knows?

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Huawei: the Mate 7 ascends

Huawei is not on the radar of most Western consumers, but the Chinese giant is working to change that. It recently launched the Ascend Mate 2 for a very attractive price in the US and now a successor (or sibling?) to the device is coming in the form of Ascend Mate 7, a six-inch (how about that?) beast packing top specifications.

Android Authority at IFA 2014

Just like last year, Android Authority will be represented at IFA Berlin by Josh Vergara and, yours truly, Bogdan Petrovan, with ample support from the rest of the team back home. Josh will be doing most of the videography and photo work, so expect all the sweet hands-on impressions, comparisons, and versus you’ve come to know him for. Meanwhile, I will be on the floor, doing whatever needs doing so you get the best possible coverage.

Stay tuned for more IFA news starting early next week – the show technically starts on Friday, but from the experience of past editions, hot news will begin streaming from Monday and Tuesday. Then we have Samsung’s and Sony’s events on Wednesday, and then news from LG, Huawei, HTC, and Motorola should come on Thursday.

Follow our IFA 2014 tag page for full coverage, keep an eye on our YouTube channel, and stay tuned for all things IFA!

Specs of Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact leaked

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

IFA 2024 is just a week away, but people still can’t wait until the newest products from their favorite tech companies are finally revealed. Leaks about Sony’s newest tablet, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, have been few and far between for the past months, but now a source has leaked the specifications of the device. While its predecessor, the Xperia Tablet Z2 has had no joy in terms of sales, it has been pretty well-reviewed in the tech community, so the new tablet is still hoping to make a dent in the market.

The main difference between the previous and the new tablet is when it comes to the display. The 8-inch Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will reportedly have a 1920×1080 Full HD IPS screen and will include Sony’s proprietary Triluminos technology as well as the X-Reality picture processing engine. It will be running on Snapdragon 801, same as with the Xperia Z2 Tablet but with a higher-clocked variant and will have 3GB RAM.

Other than that, the other specs are basically like the previous tablet. It will have 16GB internal storage, an 8MP Exmor RS rear camera, a 4500-5000mAh battery and for connectivity, it will have LTE, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0. An ad on the Xperia Facebook page may have teased the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact and its water and dust resistant capability as it showed a man sitting beside the pool using the tablet.

The 7-8-inch tablet market is still dominated by Apple with its iPad Mini Retina, and with another one set to be launched this October, its competitors have to scramble to come up with something pretty special to entice consumers. Now we don’t know if the leaked specs will come true and if this will be enough for the fickle market to switch its attention from the iPad to the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

VIA: Android Origin

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 officially releases perfume-esque selfie camera

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

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Sony seems to have latched on to the concept of smartphones being used for selfies and sees it as a way to market devices. Last week we saw Sony move to start selling their “selfie-centric” Sony Xperia C3 smartphone in Russia. We also saw a bizarre looking device that had the distinct appearance of a perfume bottle that we eventually determined was a camera. That device turns out to be the Sony DSC-KW1 and it is a real thing.

The KW1 does look like a perfume bottle and this was apparently done on purpose. Apparently in China, one of the fads going around amongst female smartphone users is to decorate their devices to look like perfume bottles – Chanel in particular. Sony’s latest device appears to try to capitalize on that by giving it that look out of the box.

As far as specifications, the KW1 comes with a 3.3-inch OLED display to go with a 19.2 MP camera. The camera is equipped with a 21mm f2.0 lens that can be rotated 180 degrees. To help get pictures snapped with the KW1 out on the Internet, Sony has equipped the device with WiFi and NFC capabilities for easy transfer of files to something that does have an Internet connection. Pricing has been set at 5,199 yuan ($844 USD). Sony is currently taking pre-orders on their Chinese market site and indicate delivery is expected by the end of September. The KW1 is available in white, pink, green and purple.

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source: Sony
via: phoneArena

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Sony Slips, Shows Off Unannounced Tablet and Smartwatch in Promo on Facebook

Posted by Tim-o-tato August - 25 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

With IFA kicking off next week, the week before is usually packed with unintentional leaks. The newest leak is from Sony, who may have accidentally shown off two upcoming products in one promo that was placed on its Facebook page.

In the promo, which looks to have been taken down by now, a man sitting poolside is pictured using an unknown tablet, while also wearing an unknown smartwatch. The smartwatch, could either be an upcoming SmartWatch-branded device, or even better, Sony’s first Android Wear-powered smartwatch. The design, to us, gives off a Samsung vibe, especially in the clasp region of the bands. 

As for the tablet, the only upcoming device rumored from Sony that could match this description is the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Much like other Sony-made tablets, it should be water resistant, meaning the gentleman who is holding it by the pool isn’t being completely irresponsible. In terms of specs, the Tablet Compact might come with a 7-8″ 1080p display and Snapdragon processor, but not much else is known at this time.

Thankfully, as previously noted, IFA starts next week, and many of our unanswered questions will be satisfied.

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Via: Xperia Blog | Android Central

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Sony’s 8-inch tablet and new smartwatch leak in promo image

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

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Sony accidentally revealed the existence of the 8-inch Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact last week, and not it’s done it again – a promotional shot may give us the first look at the device.

The image above was spotted on an official Sony Facebook page, part of a promo for the Lifeband wearable. The image appears to have been removed from the page since then, not before a tipster sent it to the folks over at Xperia Blog.

The device in the picture appears to be a smaller version of the Xperia Tablet Z2, and it’s very likely that it’s the rumored Tablet Z3 Compact. The device features a typical Xperia design, with a 4:3 screen format and thinner bezels on the sides (when held in portrait mode). Judging from the poolside setting, the Z3 Compact will definitely be water resistant, just like the Tablet Z2 and all the Xperia flagships.

The other device making an appearance in this leak could be the third-gen Sony Smartwatch, which is slated for an IFA release, just like the Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact. The star of the show at IFA 2014, however, will be the Xperia Z3. Read all about it in our rumor roundup.

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