The Sony Xperia E1 dual is now in stock in India. Retailer Infibeam has the Xperia E1 dual available in all three colours (black, purple and white) for INR 9,999 (£99, €118, $164). Infibeam is also offering a free pair of Sony MDR-ZX110A Headphone worth INR 1,390 too. Sony India lists the official price of the Xperia E1 dual at INR 10,490. The single-SIM Xperia E1 is expected to launch in India towards the end of the month at a price of INR 9,490.
The Xperia E1 dual has a 4-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset (MSM8210) with 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Adreno 302 graphics. One of its big marketing features is a very loud 100 decibel speaker. Other features include a 3MP camera, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage (2GB usable), NFC and a removable 1700mAh battery. [read more…]
A number of Xperia Z2 accessories are already available to buy for the handset, ahead of the handset’s launch early next month. Two such accessories are the SCR10 Style Cover Stand and DK36 Magnetic Charging Dock. UK retailer Clove has both of these accessories in stock right now and they have shot some quick unboxing videos. They also have the Xperia Z2 on hand, so the videos give you a good idea of how the handset interacts with these accessories. Check out both unboxing videos after the jump. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra (D53XX) has been a bit overshadowed recently with the launch of the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet, but it edges closer to release judging by these latest shots showing the packaging of the dual-SIM version for China Unicom (XM50h).
The Xperia T2 Ultra comes with a 6-inch 720p IPS display, 13MP camera and 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8928 Quad Core chipset with Adreno 305 graphics. Other specs include 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (4.8GB usable), 1.1MP front-facing camera and a 3000mAh battery. We’ll keep you posted once it starts to hit retail. [read more…]
We first brought word on Sony’s Stereo Headset STH30 at the start of the year, although Sony wasn’t ready to formally announce the headset at that time. The STH30 Stereo Headset has now been unveiled and, as expected, this is a simple but elegant headset designed to be used with pretty much any smartphone out there.
A nice feature of this headset is that it is fully waterproof according to Sony, even the headphone speakers are fitted with specially designed water-repellent acoustic fabric. However, Sony says that for the best audio experience you should dry the STH30 speakers for at least three hours after being exposed to water. [read more…]
We recently reported that a new firmware build (9.2.A.1.199) looked like it was rolling to Xperia TX (LT29i) owners. Well it now seems that the update is indeed formally rolling out from today as Sony Mobile’s product pages for the Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V have all been updated to confirm this new firmware build.
The changelog says that the update brings an enhanced user experience, improved battery life and software performance improvements, so we imagine it is mostly a big bug-fixing update which we have already seen on the Xperia Z series. Checking the Xperia Update Checker, the update appears to now be live for all three handsets across select regions/carriers. [read more…]
Our friends over at Btekt have conducted a detailed stereo speaker comparison between the Xperia Z2 and the HTC One. We already reported on a similar comparison between these devices, but that was conducted on the show floor, so it was difficult to get a true sense of the difference given the background noise.
Btekt’s comparison was conducted in a quiet room, where they had a selection of different music categories (classical, hip–hop, opera, pop, dance and guitar strumming) to see which handset fared better. The music was played back using Spotify (320 kbps on Extreme quality) at full volume – the music was downloaded and pre-cached before conducting the test. [read more…]
Vodafone UK has this morning put the Sony Xperia Z2 up for pre-order with a nice incentive. The first 3,000 eligible Xperia Z2 pre-orders made between now and 9 April will get a Sony BRAVIA 32-inch TV (model number KDL-32R433B) free of charge. This model retails for around the £320 mark.
Vodafone are offering both the black and white variants of the Xperia Z2. The Pay Monthly plans start at £42 per month if you want the phone for free. Vodafone will launch the Xperia Z2 on 10 April 2014, which is in line with other retailers. [read more…]
Another of Sony Mobile’s new accessories announced last week at MWC in Barcelona was the BRH10 Bluetooth Remote with Handset Function. This dual-function device can be used as a remote control for your smartphone or tablet as well as an ultra-light mini handset with speakerphone function for easy calling.
You can also use Google Voice Search to make calls, search the web, or activate certain functions. The BRH10 remote will come with its own dedicated Android app (currently not live), which includes a ‘find remote’ function if your remote gets lost. The BRH10 remote features Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, micro USB charging via a table stand, an RGB LED indicator and is also water resistant (IP57 certified). If you want to see a quick hardware tour of the remote, check out the video below. [read more…]
Sony Xperia Tablet Z (LTE) owners saw their tablets updated to firmware build 10.4.1.B.0.101 in the beginning of February. This Android 4.3 Jelly Bean firmware brought an enhanced user experience, improved battery life, faster shutdown times and software performance improvements including better Bluetooth connectivity.
Well, Xperia Tablet Z (Wi-Fi) owners have had to wait a month, but their tablets are finally receiving the same update – moving from build number 10.4.B.0.577 to 10.4.1.B.0.109. The update is out across most territories including the UK, Germany and the Nordics. [read more…]
The Sony MDR-NC31EM Digital Noise Cancelling Headset is now in stock in the UK, with retailer Handtec selling both the black and white versions for £29.99 plus postage. The Sony MDR-NC31EM headset will be bundled with the Xperia Z2, combining with the Z2’s digital noise-cancelling (DNC) technology to reduce up to 98% of all ambient sounds.
As the DNC technology is built into the Xperia Z2, it negates the need for bulky headphones. The MDR-NC31EM headset includes a mic on each ear that tracks the noise around you. These sounds are sent to the Xperia Z2’s DNC circuit, which inverts the sound wave before sending it back to your ears with the reduced noise. [read more…]
The Sony Xperia Z2 is the first Xperia handset to sport stereo front-facing speakers. The actual speaker units used in the Xperia Z2 are larger than that included in the Xperia Z1 too. To get a sense of what difference this makes, check out the video below. It pits the Xperia Z1 against the Xperia Z2 at full volume alternately playing Katy Perry’s Roar.
The Sony Xperia Z2 doesn’t necessarily sound significantly louder than the Xperia Z1, but there is no denying it offers a fuller and deeper sound. The Xperia Z1 sounds almost tinny by comparison. Check out the video below and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. [read more…]