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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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Xperia Z2 replace screenIt 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.

Witrigs, a specialist in spare smartphone parts, has released a video showing how you can replace the screen of the Sony Xperia Z2. It’s a fascinating watch, even if you don’t have the handset, just to see the process of stripping the phone down to its display and then seeing how it is put back together. If you do unfortunately need to replace the screen, all of the necessary parts from Witrigs can be found here. [read more…]

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Xperia Z2_D6503_Sony Store US_2The 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 very shortly.

The Xperia Z2 being sold is the international LTE model (D6503) which supports LTE bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 20. This makes it ideal to use with either AT&T and T-Mobile. It’s great to see the handset finally available in the US, despite not seeing any carrier support. There were rumours that Verizon might pick up the Xperia Z2, but that’s looking increasingly unlikely now. [read more…]

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Xperia T3 IMEIThe 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 take a look at the Xperia T3 user guide manual which has just gone live.

The 124-page manual confirms that the Xperia T3 has a hard reset button and shows how you can insert the micro SIM and microSD memory cards. You can download the English manual below, user guides for other languages can be downloaded here. [read more…]

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Xperia T2 Ultra Dual_19.1.C.0.117Android 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 Ultra Dual (D5322) took the form of build number 19.1.C.0.116. However, another (very tiny) update has been certified for the handset with build 19.1.C.0.117. This is most probably a small bug fix that Sony didn’t get to push with the KitKat release. We’ll let you know if Sony releases this update. [read more…]

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Super slow-mo video (480fps FHD) demoed using Sony IMX220 sensor

July 18, 2014

One of the highlights from MediaTek’s new MT6795 chip launch was a headline grabbing 480fps Full HD video capture, enabling playback at 1/16 speed. If manufacturers want to take advantage of this feature then they will need to incorporate the Sony IMX220, 20.7MP sensor into their hardware. The sensor is used to capture the video […]

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Xperia Z1 update (14.4.A.0.118) arrives on Vodafone Germany and Spain

July 18, 2014

A few days back we saw a new firmware update with build number 14.4.A.0.118 certified for the Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra. The same build has been recently certified for a number of Xperia Z1 variants (C6902, C6903, C6906). However, it seems that the update has actually been released for the Xperia Z1 […]

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Xperia T3 now available in Taiwan for NT$ 10,990

July 18, 2014

The Sony Xperia T3 was recently released in Hong Kong and now it has gone on sale in Taiwan, its second launch market. The handset is available in three colours (black, purple and white) at a recommended price point of NT$ 10,990 (£214, €270, $366). The handset is expected to hit select European markets during […]

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Sony D2202 and D2212 entry-level models outed by Indonesian Postel

July 17, 2014

Sony is preparing to launch another entry-level Xperia handset judging by the Indonesian Postel regulatory website. It has revealed a couple of new model numbers in the form of Sony D2202 and Sony D2212. If Sony’s model numbering is any idea of portfolio placement, then this model will sit above the Xperia E1 (D200X) and […]

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