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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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1020and808The 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 in a smartphone. The spiritual follow-up to the 808 was the Lumia 1020, but this ‘only’ had a 2/3-inch sensor.

One of the downsides of sporting such large sensors is having to accommodate it in a smartphone body that manufacturers are trying to drive ever thinner. The compromise is a hump where the optics sit, both the 808 PureView and Lumia 1020 have a hump on their backs. [read more…]

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Sony Russia Xperia T3The 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, with European availability expected next month. The Xperia T3 has a steel frame and measures 7mm in thickness, weighing 148g. Other specs include a 5.3-inch 720p IPS display, 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, LTE support, 2500mAh sealed battery and 8MP Exmor RS camera. [read more…]

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Xperia Z2 Tablet_17.1.2.A.0.314A 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 know when it is released. [read more…]

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Sony_WCR12_Wireless_Charging_Coverc-300x300We 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 product prior to release. This product will not be coming into stock and a replacement is not available.”

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Sony LogoAs we have reported recently, Sony is developing a curved CMOS image sensor which allows for higher sensitivity, less distortion and a simpler lens system. It is developing two sensors one for smartphones along with a full-sized chip. Further details about developments on the sensor are expected at the Photokina tradeshow on 16 September, but if you can’t wait that long, rumours on the smaller curved sensor are starting to leak.

The spec sheets below of the IMX271SMK camera sensor points to a 22 MegaPixel curved sensor with an impressive signal-to-noise ratio of 41.1dB. The lens details point to a 7.83mm f/1.2 G Lens that is only 6mm in thickness and a 20mm focal length We’d love to see this technology in an upcoming Sony Xperia smartphone, fingers crossed we don’t have to wait too long. [read more…]

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Xperia T3 unboxed_4The Sony Xperia T3 has launched in a couple of Asian markets, so it was a matter of time before we started to see some hands-on pics. Below you will find the first Xperia T3 unboxing pictures that we’ve come across, showing the white model. We have also included some pictures that shows the 5.3-inch Xperia T3 sized up against the 5.0-inch Xperia C, 4.6-inch Xperia SP and 4.0-inch Xperia J. Looking at the side profile pictures show just how thin the Xperia T3 is at 7mm. Check out all of the pictures below. [read more…]

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Case-Mate Barely There Xperia M2_11.The Sony Xperia M2 is a decent budget smartphone with a big 4.8-inch qHD display, 8MP camera, good battery life, loud speakers and acceptable performance from its 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. The Xperia M2 is also a reasonably slim (8.6mm) and light (148g) handset.

It’s great to see Sony’s OmniBalance design trickle through the lower-end of its range, as the Xperia M2 does look very nice indeed. If you want to keep your handset looking good, then you may have considered buying a case. Today we are reviewing the Case-Mate Barely There case for the Xperia M2 thanks to MobileFun, who also stock a wide range of other Xperia M2 cases. [read more…]

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xperia-z2-heroA new firmware update recently started to roll for the Xperia Z2 (D6503) in the form of build number 17.1.2.A.0.314. Whilst the Android build remains at version 4.4.2 KitKat, Sony did work through a number of changes including improved voice call quality, touch performance and charging when the battery is low.

One of the issues for some, was that none of the recent root methods worked on this latest firmware. However, thanks to Japanese developer ‏@cubeundcube this is no longer an issue. An update to his rootkitXperia tool kit manages to root the Xperia Z2 without any issues, even for those with locked bootloaders. [read more…]

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Here’s how to replace the Xperia Z2 screen [Video]

July 19, 2014

It always fascinates us how manufacturers can cram so much technology into something the size of a phone. Smartphones have gradually replaced many standalone gadgets such as MP3 players, digital cameras, portable gaming machines, GPS devices and more. Therefore, it can be quite painful if your phone gets damaged, especially as repair can be costly. […]

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Xperia Z2 now available to order in the United States via Sony Store

July 19, 2014

The unlocked Xperia Z2 is now available to order in the United States through the Sony Store website. The Xperia Z2 is being sold for $699.99, but the handset is currently back-ordered with an unknown ship date. We imagine Sony is just working through a few gremlins and that the Xperia Z2 will begin shipping […]

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Xperia T3 manual now available

July 19, 2014

The Xperia T3 has recently gone on sale in two regions so far: Hong Kong and Taiwan. It is expected to see a wider launch next month, including the UK and Germany. If you’ve been keeping a eye on the 5.3-inch Xperia T3, with its steel frame and 7mm thickness, then you might want to […]

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Marginal update (19.1.C.0.117) certified for Xperia T2 Ultra Dual

July 18, 2014

Android 4.4.2 KitKat firmware started to roll out for the Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra Dual earlier this week. Apart from the usual features to be expected with an update to Xperia KitKat, we were surprised to see the addition of an apps to SD card feature. The KitKat update for the Xperia T2 […]

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