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Sony QX30We recently reported that Sony would launch at least one new Lens Style Camera at IFA 2014 in early September. This would follow on from the launch of the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 cameras at last year’s IFA. One of these new models is believed to be the DSC-QX30, following the appearance of a registration on the Korean RRA (National Radio Research Agency) site.

The previous report suggested a lens-style camera with 30x zoom, perhaps this is why the number ’30′ is used in the DSC-QX30 model number. It would be no surprise to see a new lens-style camera from Sony, especially since last year’s models were effectively a new imaging form factor. It shows there was enough success in these models to warrant a new release. [read more…]

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SUS_2Sony has officially ended support for the Sony Update Service application for Windows. The software, that used to be known as SEUS (Sony Ericsson Update Service) and more recently SUS, was a more focused way for users to update their Sony Xperia devices.

It’s sole purpose was to update the firmware of Sony Xperia devices without any of the extra bells and whistles that you get through PC Companion. [read more…]

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Camera 360We always enjoy hearing from Sony designers that create Xperia devices, especially the challenges involved in making a particular handset. This time we get to hear the thoughts of Ying Shao, the lead designer of the Xperia T3. Whilst the Xperia T3 adopts the OmniBalance design seen in many Sony Xperia handsets, it differs by being the first to have a steel frame and is just 7mm in thickness.

Shao was involved in the design of the Xperia T3 from the first prototypes to the final product. Shao has also worked on some older Xperia devices including the Xperia Tipo, Xperia Miro, Live With Walkman and WT18. The mantra when designing the Xperia T3 was ‘mirror and merge with the world around you’ according to Shao. [read more…]

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z3backNew pictures of the upcoming Xperia Z3 have leaked, showing a design that is consistent with the previous leaked images we have seen. The pictures come courtesy of @evleaks who yesterday revealed a spec-sheet that is very similar to that of the Xperia Z2. This includes a Snapdragon 801 chipset, 5.15-inch 1080p display, 3GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a 20.7MP Exmor RS rear camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera.

The pictures tie with the previous Xperia Z3 leaks, although it seems that the design here is more refined and probably of a more recent prototype. The dedicated camera button, for example, appears to be longer than from the earlier leaks. [read more…]

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Sony SRS-X1We have been drooling over the portable Sony SRS-X1 Waterproof Wireless Speaker since it was first announced for the Japanese market. It seems like an ideal speaker to use in a kitchen/bathroom, or even on holiday given its IPX5/IPX7 rating for water resistance.

Well the good news is that Sony Europe has now listed the speaker on its regional European websites. You cannot buy the speaker just yet, if you try to click the buy button you are met with the following notice: “Unfortunately, SRS-X1 is no longer available at the Sony Store Online.” However, the listing has only just appeared, so we imagine it will be available to purchase soon. As soon as it does we’ll bring you details on pricing. [read more…]

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T3Sony India has officially announced the Xperia T3 which will launch at the end of the month. The Xperia T3 has a recommended price point of INR 27,990 (£274, €347, $467) and will launch on 28 July 2014 through all Sony Center, Xperia Flagship and major electronic stores across India. Online retailer Flipkart already has the handset on pre-order at INR 26,990, but also includes a free Sony SmartBand (SWR10) and a free case too.

The Xperia T3 is also on pre-order in Poland via T-Mobile.pl. The initial pre-order promotion includes a free SmartWatch and three interchangeable bands. The handset is expected to launch in Poland on 2 August 2014.

Thanks Armaan, Sanyam and Vignesh!

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Xperia LThe Xperia L has been stuck on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for a while now, with no sign of an upgrade on the horizon to a newer Android build. Well if you haven’t taken matter into your own hands by now, then that time might come soon. Official CyanogenMod 11 support has landed, with the first nightly build available to download.

CM11 brings Android 4.4.4 KitKat to the handset. You may not want to use a nightly build as your daily driver, but it’s probably worth a test for the curious out there. Head over to the CyanogenMod website and look for the Xperia L (codenamed Taoshan).

Via Android Police.

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Xperia Z2 Tablet TeardownWe are used to seeing teardown videos of a number of devices, but in this case Sony has pushed a ‘build up’ video. It shows a Verizon Xperia Z2 Tablet being put together from its constituent parts and then booted up. Please take note of the bottom caption – taking apart your Xperia Z2 Tablet will void your warranty. Check out the sped-up 68 second video below. [read more…]

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Sony logoLeak artist @evleaks has put his hat into the ring into the purported Xperia Z3 (D6653) specifications. Judging by his very good track record, they are probably quite accurate too. On the face of it, the hardware spec-sheet reads very similarly to the current Xperia Z2 flagship.

This includes a higher-clocked processor in the form of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset (2.4 GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 graphics). We are most likely looking at the MSM 8974-AC chipset, versus the MSM 8974-AB chipset currently found in the Xperia Z2. [read more…]

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Play Store RioGoogle has begun to roll out the latest update to the Play Store app in the form of build number 4.9.13. The update takes some cues from Google’s new Material Design within the app and content pages. The layout of each app page has changed bringing animation and images to the fore.

Videos take pride of place at the top of each listing that has one. Other changes include application changelogs, which are displayed differently now. They show the changelog only for applications you have installed, for apps you haven’t installed it will only show the description. To see the changelog you will need to click to open the full description. [read more…]

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Sony BKC50 Hands-on_19A month back we reported that Sony had discontinued the BKC50 Bluetooth Keyboard with Tablet Cover Stand – a case for the Xperia Z2 Tablet that incorporated the BKB10 Bluetooth Keyboard. The reason given was that Sony couldn’t use a closing magnet in the case as it would have affected the sleep mode/wake up function of the tablet. Therefore there was a risk that the tablet could fall out.

That doesn’t seem to have stopped Sony Japan, who still appears to be exclusively selling the tablet cover. The tablet cover has received some poor reviews because of these stability issues, however the included BKB10 Bluetooth Keyboard is well thought of. If you’re intrigued in how the BKC50 cover stand turned out, check out some hands-on photos below. [read more…]

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Would you accept a ‘hump’ in the next Xperia flagship to accommodate a larger camera sensor?

July 22, 2014

The Nokia 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 smartphones remain two the best camera phones to date. Nokia has always had a strong pedigree on the camera smartphone front, but they really upped the ante when they released the 808 PureView with its 1/1.2-inch sensor. To this day, it remains one of the largest sensors found […]

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Xperia T3 hitting Russia in late July for 15,990 Rubles

July 22, 2014

The Sony Xperia T3 is now available to pre-order in Russia, with expected delivery taking place in late July. Sony Russia has all three colours of the handset available (black, purple and white) at a price point of 15,990 Rubles (£268, €340, $457). The Xperia T3 has already been released in Hong Kong and Taiwan, […]

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Xperia Z2 Tablet firmware build 17.1.2.A.0.314 certfied

July 21, 2014

A new update recently started to roll for the Xperia Z2 with build number 17.1.2.A.0.314 that brought improved touch performance and charging when the battery is low. The same update has just been certified by the PTCRB for the Xperia Z2 Tablet (SGP521), which means it should roll out in due course. We’ll let you […]

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Retailer confirms Xperia Z2 WCR12 Wireless Charging Cover is cancelled

July 21, 2014

We recently speculated that it was highly likely that Sony had canned its wireless charging accessories for the Xperia Z2 including the WCR12 Wireless Charging Cover and WCH10 Wireless Charging Plate. This was confirmed earlier today when UK retailer Clove updated its product page for the WCR12 with the following message: “Sony has discontinued this […]

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