The Sony Xperia L (C210X) is now in stock in a number of new territories including the UK, US and India. In the UK, the handset can be picked up from the official Sony Store for £259 with both black and white variants in stock (no red unfortunately). In the US, the Sony Store has the handset in stock for $349.99 with all three colours available.
The handset has proved popular in India with it selling out at Infibeam who have it for INR 18,990, whilst Flipkart has it for a slightly cheaper INR 18,799 and availability in 7-9 days. If you’re wondering what might come in the box, then check out the unboxing video from Recombu and pictures from FoneArena below. [read more…]
Sony Xperia J (ST26i) owners can look forward to what looks like a bug-fixing update. Firmware version 11.2.A.0.31 was certified by the PTCRB website a week ago and is likely to bring some small improvements from the current Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean release (11.2.A.0.21). Judging by previous timelines, the firmware should go live within the next few weeks. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z was due to go on sale tomorrow in the United States, but it appears that the launch has been delayed a few days to 29 May. This is the launch date on the official Sony Store website and Newegg. Amazon lists it as “Temporarily out of stock”, whilst B&H has expected availability pegged at 4 June. Hopefully not too long to wait now. [read more…]
The time has come. Sony has stuck to its word and the Xperia S Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update is now rolling out. The Sony Mobile France team just tweeted out the following: “Xperia S: The deployment for 4.1.2 build has just begun for the first builds.” [translated] We don’t know exactly what build this rollout relates to, so please comment below and provide screenshots when you receive the update.
Update: As at 17.00 (BST) there appears to be no sign of the update so far, plus the official Xperia S support page has now reverted back to the last ICS firmware (6.1.A.2.55). Sony Mobile France is adamant that the “deployment is ongoing” and that “many more builds will arrive next week“. We’ll keep everyone posted on further developments. [read more…]
Sony recently held its Corporate Strategy Meeting for FY13 (12 months to March 2014), where management including CEO Kazuo Hirai discussed achievements over the last twelve months and outlined plans for the year ahead. The big themes discussed included “accelerating initiatives” to grow its electronic business, strengthening profitability in the Entertainment and Financial Services businesses and enhancing the financial foundations of the company.
Sony also talked about a on a unified “One Sony” approach encompassing all parts of its business and produce products that “inspires and fulfils curiosity, and delivers exciting experiences to customers around the world.” [read more…]
Okay we know that the Sony Xperia Tablet Z is water resistant, just like the Xperia Z, but it’s always nice to see someone submerging it just to give you that extra confidence. The video below shows the Xperia Tablet Z being placed inside a fish tank and the tablet behaves without any issues. Whilst inside the tank, the tablet records video and we get to see some close up video footage of the fishes too. Check out the video below. [read more…]
If you own the Sony Xperia Z (C6603) and are based in Canada, then you’ll be glad to hear that there is a way to get LTE to work. The method involves downloading the FTF firmware file for the Xperia ZL (C6506) which is the North American variant. Users then flash this firmware’s baseband onto their Xperia Z using Flashtool (see what settings you need below). Users are reporting success with carriers including Rogers, Fido and Bell. If you want to give this a try, there are some detailed instructions here. [read more…]
The official Sony Mobile support page for the Xperia S has just listed the latest available software as version number 6.2.A.0.200. We understand that the 6.2.X.X.XXX release relates to the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update.
The release date for this firmware is listed as 24 April, which must be a mistake but could be inferring to a 24 May release? Interestingly, the firmware build is different to the one that hit the PTCRB recently (6.2.B.0.200). Hopefully, we hope to hear soon which one is right. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is the latest 10-inch Android tablet to be released. Whilst some of the market has moved to smaller tablets, the 10-inch tablet still has its advantages especially in terms of enjoying media on a larger display. The Xperia Tablet Z takes this a step further by being the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet in the market, as well as making it a more practical to use given its water resistant chassis.
If you’ve been debating how the Xperia Tablet Z compares against some of its rivals such as the Apple iPad 4, Nexus 10, Asus Padfone 2 and Samsung Note 10.1 then Recombu has done the hard work for you and presented a great comparison video. The video goes through the strengths and weaknesses of each to give you a better idea of which may be right for you. Check out the video below. [read more…]
Sony’s official communication around the timing of the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia S (LT26i) is that it will arrive from the end of this month. However, Sony Mobile Russia SMM representative Dmitry Lazarev has commented on Twitter that it may not appear until the second half of June.
He goes on to say that there is no specific reason for the delay and that the “firmware is actually ready and actively tested. You will like it.” (translated) However, to keep hope for an earlier release, he does say in a later tweet that he cannot rule out the firmware arriving earlier. Let’s hope there is no delay and that we see Jelly Bean arrive for Xperia S users by the end of the month.
Update: Dmitry has been in touch with us to clarify the comments made. He wanted to emphasise that his comments were based on personal opinion rather than receiving any official word from Sony Mobile Russia. Sony Mobile has officially talked about a late May release for the Xperia S Jelly Bean release and we have no reason to believe there will be any further delay at this stage. [read more…]
Sony Mobile yesterday announced that the Xperia Tablet Z was available worldwide. This is not strictly true as it is still on pre-order in a number of regions such as the US, where it will go on sale towards the end of the week.
However, the Xperia Tablet Z was available in many regions across Europe, but now appears to have sold out, at least for the Wi-Fi models. This is perhaps no surprise as Sony confirmed it had “received the largest number of pre-orders of any Sony tablet to date.” [read more…]