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Sony confirms Xperia Z4 tablet will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress

Posted by wicked February - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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A couple of days ago, Sony mistakenly or on purpose outed the Xperia Z4 tablet in their Xperia Lounge app. The immediate assumption was that we would see it at Mobile World Congress next week, and Sony has confirmed it. In a Tweet a little while ago, Sony said, “Slimmer. Lighter. Brighter. All will be revealed on 02.03.15. #Xperia #SonyMWC.”

Now they could be referring to the often rumored Xperia Z4 phone, but highly unlikely. Expect it to be the Xperia Z4 tablet since Sony isn’t expected to release another flagship phone so quickly.

On top of it being very thinner, lighter, and brighter, we do expect it to have a Quad HD (2560 x 1600) display. Other than that, we will have to wait until March 2 to find out.

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Sony Outs Xperia Z4 Tablet With 2K Display Ahead of MWC

Posted by Tim-o-tato February - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

It appears that Sony accidentally posted up information regarding a soon-to-be announced Xperia Z4 Tablet through the Xperia Lounge application, then quickly pulled it before too much damage was done. However, the company was not quick enough, and we are left with a very nice looking photo of a tablet, as well as a couple of specs. 

According to the listing, the Xperia Z4 Tablet will feature a gorgeous “2K display,” ultra fast processor, lightweight design, and industry leading battery performance.

A date on the listing mentioned March 3, so we can likely pencil in an announcement around then, which happens to be during MWC in Barcelona.

Take a look at the photo below, then let us know what you think below.

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Via: Xperia Blog

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Sony accidentally leaks 2K-display Xperia Z4 tablet

Posted by Tom February - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

The Sony Xperia Z4 tablet was briefly revealed today thanks to an error on the Xperia Lounge app, which put out a picture of the super-slim tablet.

According to the leaked image, it will have an “ultra fast processor”, “industry leading battery performance” and a 2K display (2048 x 1536 pixels).

The rest of the details will no doubt appear at the Z4′s intended launch at Mobile World Congress 2015.

Via pocket-lint

Sony ‘leaks’ Xperia Z4 Tablet with 2K display, possible MWC launch

Posted by wicked February - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

We know how this works – manufacturers tend to test out website elements for new products and try to pull them out as quickly as possible, maybe for real world testing, maybe to get people to start talking about said product. We’ve seen it done many times before – and it just might be what we’re seeing here as Sony did a quick “one-two” for the upcoming Xperia Z4 Tablet device.

The new tablet was shown over the official Xperia Lounge channel before it was quickly pulled back out, but not before the good people of the internet could get some screenshots. What can be confirmed from the description in the screen shot is this – that the tablet will be equipped with the “latest ultrafast processor” and a “stunning 2K display”. Sony has always been great with their TRILUMINOS display technology, but will this mean that the Xperia Z4 Tablet will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset?

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If you remember before, a supposed leak of the specs of an “Ultra” version of this tablet foretold of a robust spec list – the aforementioned Snapdragon 810, a whopping 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage, and a 12,100mAh battery. That is for a larger version of this new tablet, a 12-inch version.

We hope that the Xperia Z4 Tablet comes close to that spec line, and knowing how Sony works with its flagship devices, there will be no dilly-dallying over the specs of this one – maybe 3 or 4GB of RAM, and a solid battery capacity of at least 4,000mAh. All this is speculation, but looking at the screenshots and the date shown there – which is March 3, 2015 – we can safely assume that this will be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress 2015 just a few days from now in Barcelona.

VIA: Xperia Blog

MWC 2015 preview: HTC, Samsung, Huawei, LG and more

Posted by wicked February - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Mobile World Congress 2015, the world’s biggest mobile expo, is set to begin next Monday in beautiful Barcelona, Spain.

MWC is always exciting for mobile technology fans, but this year the show shapes up to be particularly fun. Where in the past years, some major Android OEMs launched devices outside of trade shows, in 2015 we’re in for a treat – at MWC, Samsung and HTC will introduce their new flagships within hours of each other, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.

Here’s what you can expect from MWC 2015, in terms of new devices, potential announcements, and coverage from Android Authority.

HTC

After a two-year hiatus, HTC is back at MWC, in style. HTC’s press event is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, from 4PM CET (10AM ET, 7AM PT). The Taiwanese company only confirmed the arrival of the new M9, but there’s a good chance we’ll see a few other devices, with a fitness band and a larger version of the M9 also rumored for the event.

We already have a very good idea of what to expect from the One M9, though doubt is still lingering regarding the phone’s design. Specifically, rumors point to two possible designs, one that is extremely similar to the M8 and one that features hidden BoomSound speakers and no black bar at the bottom of the screen. Regardless of how the front of the M9 ends up looking, the phone will almost certainly feature a squarish camera module and the same metallic unibody we’ve known since the M7. For a rundown of the M9’s likely specs and features, check out our rumor roundup.

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There’s also been talk about an Ultra (or Plus?) model coming along. The device would feature a larger, 5.5-inch screen, as well as a fingerprint sensor, making it a spiritual successor to the One Max.

HTC has partnered with athletic apparel company Under Armour and is likely to show off the first results of that collaboration on Sunday. We were hoping for an Android Wear smartwatch, but we may only get a fitness tracker. Will there be more?

Samsung

Unless you’ve been living under the digital equivalent of a rock, you probably know that Samsung is about to unveil the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge at MWC 2015. The company has an event set for Sunday, March 1, from 6PM CET (12PM ET, 9AM PT).

We’ve been rounding up all the credible reports about Samsung’s new flagship here, but if you just want the summary, here it is – the Galaxy S6 will be the first in the series to feature a metal frame, though it’s not clear yet if the device will be all-metal or a combination that includes glass or plastic. Reportedly, Samsung also revamped the software, by emphasizing speed and ease of use over feature bloat. A 16MP Sony sensor camera, wireless charging, and a 14nm Exynos processor complete the image of a compelling offer.

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Samsung needs to differentiate its products from cheaper competitors, so it’s going all in on the Edge concept. As teasers have already confirmed, the Galaxy S6 Edge will come with a screen sloping on both sides. It remains to be seen what software features Samsung has dreamed to take advantage of this unique form factor.

Samsung may also release its first round smartwatch, a Tizen-powered device codenamed Orbis. We know little about this wearable, other than that it will feature a rotating crown that doubles as a controller.

Huawei

Huawei is the third big company to schedule an event for the Sunday before MWC’s official opening. The Chinese company always tries to make a big splash at shows like MWC or IFA, and this year will be no exception.

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If you were looking forward to the Ascend P8, it’s likely you will be disappointed, as Huawei reportedly picked a later date for the release of the flagship. For MWC, we’ve heard of a trio of wearables, as well as some new tablets. Huawei will introduce at least one Android Wear smartwatch, that will reportedly be different from other AW devices through its fashionable looks. On the tablet side, we’ve heard of a successor to last year’s MediaPad X1.

LG

Like it’s wont to do, LG already announced what it will show at MWC, and there isn’t a lot to get excited over. LG will give us hands-on time with a poshed up variant of the G Watch R dubbed Watch Urbane. The Urbane keeps the specs and the general shape of the G Watch R but with a more elegant finish that’s more likely to appeal to people who don’t like the R’s aggressive design.

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LG also introduced a bunch of mid-range smartphones called Magna, Spirit, Joy, and Leon. Aside the unusual names, these phones don’t really stand out through much, though we will try to bring you a hands-on from the show.

Sony

There’s been no official word from Sony concerning a press event and that leads us to believe there will be no big announcement from the Japanese company at MWC. Whether that’s good or bad, it’s up in the air, as the 6-month upgrade cycle practiced by Sony may be one of the reasons for the Xperia Z line’s mediocre performance.

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Nevertheless, we may still see some new devices from Sony at MWC – the Xperia Tablet Z is due for a refresh, and MWC will be a good time to take a look at the new budget Xperia E4.

Lenovo/Motorola

It’s the first major show since Lenovo incorporated Motorola, but it looks very likely that MWC will be all about Lenovo’s own brand. We heard zero rumors about any Motorola device coming in Barcelona, but Lenovo more than makes up for it – we expect to see about half a dozen new Vibe phones, including a camera centric one and a device that features a stylus with S Pen-like capabilities.

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We look forward to see what Lenovo has in store – the Chinese giant is growing steadily in the smartphone market and its devices are often a bit different from what we typically see in the West.

Android Authority at MWC 2015

There will be literally hundreds of other smaller players jostling for attention at MWC. From case makers, to app developers, to smaller phone makers and carriers, and everything in between, the halls of Fira Gran Via will be bustling with mobile activity. And we’ll be there to bring you all the stuff that matters.

Android Authority will be represented in Barcelona by a team of five, which is a record for us. That, we hope, means we will be able to offer you timely and high-quality content, both in written and video form. We will be live-blogging Samsung’s and HTC’s press events and we will publish hands-on coverage of all the good stuff as soon as we can. This year we’re trying to give more attention to the smaller players at the show, as well as offer you a closer look at the work happening behind the scenes. We’ll also have a special edition of our weekly podcast straight from Barcelona.

Keep it tuned to Android Authority for all things MWC 2015!

Sony Xperia E4g goes official with a budget price tag

Posted by wicked February - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Japanese manufacturer Sony has just made the Xperia E4g smartphone official carrying a budget price tag. When launched over the coming weeks, the smartphone will set customers back by just $146, which is an incredible price for an LTE offering.

The Xperia E4g is nothing but a 4G LTE capable variant of the Xperia E4 which broke cover not too long ago. This handset will be made available in regions where 4G LTE frequencies are supported. We’re guessing Sony will limit the launch of this device so as to not clash with the sales of the Xperia E4.

The handset packs a 5 inch 960 x 540 resolution display, a quad core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6582 chipset, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, a 2-megapixel front camera, 8GB of internal storage (expandable), 1GB of RAM, Android 4.4.4 KitKat and a 2,300 mAh battery.

The smartphone will be available in European markets for €129 starting April. Considering that this is a Sony product, we expect the handset to be available in global markets as well.

Source: Sony

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Xperia E4g brings LTE to Sony’s new form factor

Posted by wicked February - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off
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The battery that could is a big marketing point.

Some weeks ago, we reported on a new device Sony had in store for the smartphone world, the Xperia E4. While the phone itself was little more than a mid-range device, the design is what actually turned some heads. With rounded corners reminiscent of something Nokia might release, Xperia fans began to wonder if the upcoming Z4 flagship might have a similar redesign.

Today Sony announced the Xperia E4g, an alternative build of the E4, featuring high-speed LTE data connectivity. The phone will be available in black or white, and cost €129 (approximately $146) when it releases this April. Curiously enough, the specs on this device are actually different than those of its brother, the E4. The E4g comes with a 4.7-inch (960X540) screen, 1.5GHz Quad Core CPU, and weighs only 135 grams. On the other hand, the E4 has a 5-inch (960X540) screen, a 1.3GHz Quad Core CPU, and weighs 144 grams.  Both devices come with a 2300 mAh battery which Sony promises will last about 2 days, and thus it seems the LTE model needed a slight screen reduction to accommodate the demand. Rounding out the specs (for both actually) is a 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front camera.

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Although these press renders are taken from the standard, larger E4, suffice to say the interface will probably look exactly the same.

The product website also uses the headline “Quality you can trust” which some long-time Sony fans (or opponents) might find somewhat amusing given the accusations some have made of quality control issues relating to a so-called “Sony Timer“.

As with the E4, the E4g will be sold in both standard and Dual-SIM variants.

Show Press Release

London, 24th February 2015 Earlier this month, Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) introduced Xperia™ E4; the affordable, easy-to-use smartphone with great battery life – in a quality Sony design. Now, Sony unveils the exciting Xperia™ E4g smartphone, offering the same ease-of-use and powerful battery performance – with fast 4G LTE connectivity.

“Xperia E4 set out to bring many of the premium features people expect of Sony to lower-tier devices; Xperia E4g brings that same quality and ease of use – but with super-fast 4G LTE connectivity” said Tony McNulty, Vice President, Value Category Business Management at Sony Mobile Communications. “With simple set-up and unrivalled 2 day battery life, we believe both models represent value for those who want premium Sony technology and experiences often only associated with high-end devices.”

Get started without the wait – speedy set up… just point and shoot!

Xperia E4g is built to ensure that you can set up and enjoy your new smartphone, from the moment you pull it out of the box. For those new to Xperia, migration from other Android, Windows or BlackBerry devices is super quick and easy. The Xperia Transfer app, allows you to move contacts, photos, bookmarks, apps, music, messages and much more securely, without the hassle – or worry of losing anything important.

Smartphone photography is made easy, with Auto scene Recognition automatically recognising and optimising capture settings for up to 52 scenarios for the perfect shots wherever you are. And, with NFC you can share your images easily with just one-touch.

Xperia E4g features Sony’s minimalist Android skin, but also brings the Simple Home interface providing larger icons and all your favorite apps on one screen, with those you don’t need stored neatly away in folders – perfect if you prefer to use your smartphone for specific functions.

Right on cue, with signature Sony design 

Xperia E4g is Sony inside and out; rounded and robust, perfect for one hand usage. Available in classic Black and White, Xperia E4g retains that timeless Xperia form – a precision-cut power button, elevated mirror-finish logo and stainless steel camera ring and a scratch-resistant screen to add an extra layer of premium.

Built for speed – 4G LTE and two-day battery life, powered by a 1.5 GHz Quad-core processor

Xperia E4g is 4G LTE ready – which means you can enjoy the fastest news and information download, find your way using maps, check and send email, send pictures to friends and family in seconds, and enjoy lag-free music streaming on the go.

Sony’s latest smartphones are recognised for unrivalled battery life. Xperia E4g is no different, packing a powerful 2300mAh battery that gives you up to two-day’s battery life[i]; eliminating the need for regular charging. If that isn’t enough, one click activates Battery STAMINA Mode to regulate power management, and Ultra STAMINA Mode keeps your phone running on its core functions for a week.

Supporting slick and fast performance, Xperia E4g has a highly-tuned 1.5 GHz Quad-core processor, meaning that you can run multiple apps, surf the web and stream videos all at once.

Xperia E4g launches from April for around €1292. It will also be available in a Dual SIM variant – for full specifications please visit: http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-e4g/specifications/

 [1] Based on multiple battery performance tests conducted between December 2014 and January 2015 in a laboratory under an active use conditions reflective of the Typical Smartphone User by Sony Mobile Communications Inc. For more information go to: www.sonymobile.com/testresults

2 Timing, availability and price may vary by market and/or operator.

Sony’s Lollipop build may have just been spotted if these leaked shots are legit

Posted by wicked February - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Sony has hit a rough patch in the past few years, and its latest lament seems to be the mobile space. While some of us waxed poetic this past Friday on the matter, it’s important to remember that Sony does, in fact, have a new flaghship in the works, the Xperia Z4. This device has a lot of potential, especially if Sony does hold to an annual release cycle, thus ensuring that “new” is less relative and more long-lasting.

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A Chinese website is claiming to have screen captures of the Xperia Z4 Dual, known by the working title “Ivy”. While the physical body of the hardware might be missing, what’s of greater interest here is the visual nature of Sony’s take on Android Lollipop, specifically 5.0.2. As you can see in the About phone capture above, the hardware is running on a Qualcomm MSM8994, which our readers might be aware, is also known as the Snapdragon 810, which is currently powering the already-released LG G Flex 2.

Moving onto the next screen capture, we have the alleged Settings screen:

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Pay particular interest to the significant editing Sony has apparently done to the icons depicting each of the setting toggles, which have an almost cartoonish nature to them. Also notice the odd mosaic-esque background color behind each line of text; it’s especially noticable on the blue “Settings” and “Wireless & Networks” text: this almost looks like the original language was sloppily erased and then new text placed on top of it.

Here we have the dialer:

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Nothing major to speak of here, save for the same odd artefacts behind each bit of text. If this is indeed the dialer it would seemingly mesh well with the Material Design theme Google went for as it’s quite plain and simple. Still different from the stock experience however.

The final screen capture:

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The world clock screen is also simplistic with the minimal color scheme and bright orange “add” button on the bottom right corner.

Assuming these images are in fact, legitimate, it is of particular interest that Sony has chosen to use a different “home” button for the on-screen navigation keys at the bottom. The AOSP build of Lollipop uses a circle, and when combined with the triangle and square flanking either side, gave rise to frequent joking of the “Playstation” buttons Google had chosen. Suffice to say, however, that the home icon is instantly more recognizable (if not skeuomorphic in its own way) than an unassuming circle.

And there you have it: a quick run through of the four leaked shots. Regardless of if they are legitimate or not, there is a clear influence of Material Design at play, though especially with the settings image, things look like Sony has an almost HTC Sense-level of tweaking going on with some things.

Sony Xperia E4g: the same Xperia E4, now with 4G

Posted by wicked February - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

It hasn’t even been a month since Sony unveiled the Xperia E4, a rock-solid budget smartphones, surprisingly running on MediaTek’s chip, with a rock-solid two-day battery life. Now, with just a few days left before MWC 2015, Sony is once again busying itself with the device’s half successor. As the name would imply, the Xperia E4g is pretty much the same Xperia E4, except for one new feature: it now has support for 4G LTE connectivity, which, when paired with the long battery life, is perfect for keeping connected always.

For a quick spec sheet recap, the Xperia E4 ran on a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 and has 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage and a 5-inch 960×540 qHD screen. The Xperia E4g, in comparison, is mostly the same, except for one minor detail. The processor has been bumped up a bit to 1.5 GHz, presumably still MediaTek’s chip. In everything else, the two are the same, which means you get to enjoy Sony’s unique design as well as software features.

The highlight, however, of the new variant is the LTE connectivity. This means faster download times, fewer buffering, and no holds barred social networking. This new feature goes hand in hand with the 2,300 mAh battery to keep you always connected and always with power. On the Xperia E4, Sony advertises two days of battery life, even without its STAMINA mode. On the Xperia E4g, it’s saying the same thing, though one has to also factor in the added power consumption from a 4G connection.

The Sony Xperia E4g will become available starting April, with a price tag of 129€. Like the Xperia E4, it will also come with a dual SIM variant. Sadly, this smartphone won’t be heading to the US any time soon, if at all.

Sony Xperia Z4 Dual variant possibly confirmed by leaked screenshots

Posted by wicked February - 24 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

 

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Last year, Sony had a limited release of a dual-SIM variant to their flagship Xperia Z3 and it appears from these leaked screenshots that they may do this again with the Xperia Z4.

A few of the screenshots show the settings menu of a Sony device running with specs that are consistent with the rumors for the Xperia Z4 and also shows there is a category called “Dual SIM settings”. Additionally, you can see what Lollipop is going to look like on this smartphone.

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Sony is not expected to release the Xperia Z4 during Mobile World Congress 2015 this year. Sadly, we’ll have to wait patiently to see when Sony plans to unveil the smartphone and its variants, like this Dual.

Source: Digi-Wo via Xperia Blog

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