Sony Sirius gets extensive hands-on video; gives closer look at 4K and Timeshift video

by XB on 17th February 2014

in Applications, Imaging, Rumours, Videos, Xperia Z2

Sony D6503_Camera appsA new video of the Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’ has emerged from Rimas, the same guy who has leaked all of the information we have seen so far from this device. The new video follows on from last week’s video and give a much more extensive look at Sony’s next flagship. The video starts off with a quick hardware tour around the device.

After this, we are into the device and see the Android 4.4.2 KitKat Xperia boot animation and lock screen. We have already previewed most of what you will find in the Settings menu, but Rimas gives a good look at all of the options.

This includes Smart call handling, changing the default SMS app, managing notifications, using a new “Simple Home” launcher, glove mode, answering machine, smart backlight control and power management. We also get a quick demo of using double-tap to wake up the screen, a feature that currently only exists on the Xperia Tablet Z within Sony’s family.

Sony’s Lifelog application is also present, but as it is not live yet the app couldn’t be launched. He also explores the “What’s new” application, which looks like a rebranding of the Sony Select app.

On the camera side, we get a first look at the new 4K video and Timeshift video camera apps. When using these apps Sony prefers you to use internal storage or at the very least a high-speed SD card. This is probably down to how data-intensive it will be to capture these videos. We also see Timeshift video in action, which looks like it records at 120fps although resolution remains unclear at this stage.

Towards the end of the video, we get to see the display showing some photos and video (the speaker seems loud which is a good sign) and as well as a quick look at viewing angles. We did notice some issues with touchscreen sensitivity, which could be down to it being a prototype handset. Check out the full 12-minute video below.

Sony D6503 ‘Sirius’ hands-on video

Sony recommends to use internal storage only when using 4K video and Timeshift video

Sony D6503_4K video_1

A second pop-up warning will appear if you proceed to use SD card when using 4K video or Timeshift video. It’s quite clear, Sony really wants you to use internal storage only.

Sony D6503_4K video_2

Timeshift video allows you to play part of a short video in slow motion

Sony D6503_Timeshift video_1

Timeshift video captures slow motion in 120 fps, judging by the highlighted part below

Sony D6503_Timeshift video_2

Thanks to all that sent this in!

  • Timbo1

    It looks as though this software is nowhere near ready for release it appears to be really laggy in its current state.

  • redwan78

    i want sony xperia z2

  • those speakers that screen sony take me

  • TechGuyChris

    Oh wow. Not that I’m to concerned about the viewing angles (I never was) I’m glad to see they listened to their customers and improved them. Props Sony!!! Now if they can just slim the bezels I’d be even more happy. Btw I’m confident this is coming to at&t.

  • doraemonboi

    Yeah, if they can just slim down the bezels slightly.

  • bryan

    He did not know how to.use softtouch phone

  • At least we know they have Kit Kat though. Could be why Jelly Bean 4.3 updates are slow, they have one team working on 4.3 and another on 4.4. Now that 4.3 are out, they can work on 4.4.

  • Fanboy

    after we get this update to Z1 it’s just function like sirius double tap to wake,shake to attend the call and change the music etc… i’m waiting for that.

  • inspire

    You’re saying as if the current user has the latest version on this phone!

  • Timbo1

    Im just saying the software is nowhere ready as it stands on the device he does have.

  • Timbo1

    yep and hopefully the Z1 gets all the features the proposed Z2 has since they both supposedly share the same hardware, minus the screen.

  • frank

    it`s perfect phone,if they can slim the bezel a bit then it will be a dream phone

  • 3rdflyleaf

    I do believe that it’s not the customers who whine about the viewing angles but the reviewers.

  • Makiz

    Thanks but Sirius-ly I will stay with my Z at the moment :P

  • Stephen

    top and bottom bezels are still huge, imo i would not mind if phone was a little thicker just to get rid of those fugly bezels

  • Abhimanyu

    A big let down by Sony. I don’t see any new feature that is not on the market already. The 20.7 MP camera in Xperia Z1 wasn’t up to the hype it generated either. So the snapper in this one is likely to disappoint, too.

  • Makiz

    Oh, I really want this live wallpaper though :P :P

  • Rene Pedroso

    He is demonstrating angles in the Movie app. There has never been a question about angles in Sony’s media apps. The questions arise from angles in other applications like Chrome etc…


    Yeah! I want slim bezel like the Xperia ZL !!

  • Rene Pedroso

    Some really nice features. Looking forward to my XZ1 getting these upgraded.

  • Adam

    OH FUCK GOSHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! DAT BEZEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jayesh

    Anyone noticed new live wallpaper? It’s there. Eagerly Waiting to have new Sony live wallpaper.
    Please share if possible.

  • JACK
  • Ziich

    thank you aromas and everyone else that helped . i really appreciate allowing us to see this. i can’t wait for mwc. maybe this might be the upgrade to my xperia z?

  • luis shove

    Really looking forward to this just a shame about the bezels though

  • Reynaldi Sutrisno

    I want to buy this phone, but I think it has same problem with touch screen on the table (same as my Xperia SP on the beginning) but I think the problem is solved in next software update.. So I hope this problem in Sony Sirius will gone too because reviewer will look this as a bad site..

  • Mac

    And z1 compact

  • nidou bossy

    2014 – Sony

  • Timbo1

    A lot of that has to do with software. Not necisarilly the hardware. With each update it has gotten better.

  • Timbo1

    Of course!

  • whats up with that weird thin squeeze at the bottom where the 3 holes are?

    i like symmetry :(

  • Actman

    Yes the ‘clink’ touch sound is back. 100 times better than the current 4.3 click sound!

  • Karadia

    Nothing excited now

  • Xperia Fans

    We dont care the thickness just make the damn bezel smaller, please!

  • Adair Rios

    If that dot at the top (right of the headphone jack) is an IR blaster this will be my dream Xperia and I will run to buy it!

  • vigneshprince

    whats this?

  • Ali Alkhazal

    They should put a warning before watching this

    ” Watching this will make you feel dizzy and possible headache”

  • Veeren

    I don’t see any major transition between Z1 and Z2 just Sony is bumping the latest hardware and some software Improvements. However Z1 and Z1 compact will get all the updates that Z2 is having now, So Z2 deserve to be a new flagship…??? Look at the transition from SP to Z. The creativity is reducing, According to me there is No good reason to shift Xperia Z and Z1 users to Z2

  • ted

    Are you fucking kidding me Sony? You recommend us to use internal storage when you only giving us 11 GB free storage. Expend internal storage it driving me nuts with a 2014 flagship of only 16 GB ROM.

  • moka

    where is Qi ?

  • Toh Ler Kang

    Quite sad with the leakage of the z2, there is no more suprise for us on wmc. I thought this next flagship device will be secret until the day of wmc!

  • Sanyok1986

    agree 100% !

  • Amir

    well, they did much better job at leakage then Z1 leaks. you got to give them some credit! the prototype was leaked just about a month before MWC. incremental improvement here. next time we may not get any leaks. ;-)

  • Amir


  • Amir

    Qi is confirmed. just wait for the announcement. a little patience won’t hurt.

  • roeshak

    It just looks too big for my blood. It’s certainly a more refined Z1 but Sony needs to reduce the top and bottom bezels considerably with their next phone.
    Two Sony flagships in a row now that I’ve skipped, that’s the first time that’s happened. Not a good sign at all

  • karamelakimo

    same here ;)

  • Ghayyath El Masri

    sound seems awesome!

  • Faisal Armand

    I never do give a cr*p about viewing angles because I look at my phone directly from the front anyway. I own Xperia Z and when I watched video together with my friends who watched from an extreme angle, all they say is wow your screen is crystal clear! Blah, blah, blah..

    As for the bezels. For a guy with big hands and fingers like me, I find a phone with thin bezels such as LG G2 and note 3 to be extremely annoying. Because everytime I hold them in a landscape mode, I always accidentally touch the screen

    Furthermore, NO WATERPROOF PHONE HAS THIN BEZELS, Because (if i’m not mistaken) in the bottom and top bezels there is a waterproof tape that keeps the water from reaching the phone.

    So if you guys want a phone with thin bezels, get ready to sacrifice waterproof feature. For me personally, I’d rather choose waterproof feature and like I said before, phones with thin bezels are extremely annoying for a guy with big hands like me.

    Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is bigger than Xperia Z
    Xperia Z ultra, Z1, ZR, Z have big bezels

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  • JMonkeYJ

    I agree that it seems a little too big, but the other features seem good enough that I’m thinking this will be my next phone. If so, it will be my first Sony phone!

  • JMonkeYJ

    I do really like that clink/plink sound….

  • Mohammed Khired

    how do u know they improved it ?

    look at the display when he start the phone up , where sony and xperia logo come up

    now compare the black color between the display and the bezels , same as xperia z1 !

  • Castor

    Please make them thicker, not wider. We never had problems with thicker phones from the past. 10mm is not thick. Your Xperia S was probably even thicker. Don’t obsess over making things thin. They make it very difficult to do one-handed operation.

  • TechGuyChris

    You don’t have to shout at me. Its just my personal preference. Jeesh

  • Guest

    You might think you do but u don’t. And I do not believe you are being truthful about watching movies with your friends and them being wowed. I returned my Z because of poor viewing angles.

  • arcwindz

    Lol, what is your height anyway, i am almost 2m anf got big hands, yet i have no problem holding xperia zl in landscape, it’s about how you hold your phone.
    The bezel vs waterproof is true though, but i don’t really mind not having one. Phones are not generally used in a wet environment anyway. i’d prefer to have a pocketable, easily operatable phone most of the time rather than a phone that will not get liquid damage which can be prevented if you are careful.
    Well, it’s personal preference eitherway

  • Faisal Armand

    Well, sorry.. Didn’t mean to

  • Faisal Armand

    Believe me or not, it is entirely up to you

  • asian101

    Yes, right and left tapered towards until the center, or on the location of the speaker. Ergonomics, perhaps, could be the reason behind. Anyway, I like symmetry also. This phone has a different type of the so called omni-balance design.

  • lightninglion

    really excited for this phone I HOPE it comes to USA on at&t!

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  • Freepat 75014

    It’s very closed to my beloved Z1…. Who knows if the size is same for same accessories ?

    I love the 4K video, and dream to get a firmware up-date on my Z1 that could also add 4K recording to my Z1 now… But I know # zero odds to get that, as HW may not allow it on Z1….

    Who knows if it will now accept to charge 2X faster on new 10W = 2A*5V faster chargers, via Micro-USB port (Is it USB3 this time ? or still USB2 only ?) AND via its Magnetic port that looks the same as Z1’s (that was different from Z’s) ?

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  • pawoza

    Do you guys think that it is possible if Sony decides to change the design ofor Z2 shortly before the release? Because this phone in the video is only a prototype you know…

    What do you think??

  • Guest

    You are too easily outraged. Try to relax a bit.

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  • devil750000

    the back is glass and in rumors its metal … let the time comes we’ll knw

  • The Rock

    Looking good… especially with the loudness… beats XZ. But more info is needed before I jump the gun. Only things missing for the XZ is loudness… if not, I’ll stick with the phone for longer.

  • Sumo

    Only fools will say such thing. Having 4K is something special already FOOL.

  • brapi

    Still has the annoying touch issue

  • Divya Bharathi

    Very interesting thing I just come across at – I could choose any number of pants and shirts (from the list) at very heavy discount rates (up to 75% off online) – more we buy more discount – I never seen this before.

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