Xperia logoSony Mobile may have talked about a more streamlined product portfolio going forward, but five new model numbers have just been unveiled by the Indonesian Postel Regulatory site. This includes the Sony E6833 – the closest previous handset to this model was the Xperia Z Ultra (C68XX).

Then there is the Sony E6683 – could this be the international variant of the Xperia Z4 (E65XX) that was announced in Japan yesterday? We could see a broadly similarly-specced handset but with a higher 2K resolution display perhaps. Another potential high end handset is the Sony E5803, which may be a ‘Z4 Compact’ given the numbering. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact had model number D58XX. [read more…]

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SW3 Android Wear

Google and Sony has outlined some neat new features for an upcoming Android Wear 5.1 update. One of the big updates is Wi-Fi support for the SmartWatch 3, this means the watch will be able to carry on getting notifications, even if it is not connected to your phone via Bluetooth. The SW3 will need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network and the phone will need a data connection.

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wpid-img_20150420_225112.jpgA newer Android Lollipop firmware build has been certified by the PTCRB for both the Xperia C3 and the Xperia T2 Ultra. Build number 19.3.A.0.470 is only marginally higher than the previously certified version (19.3.A.0.468). The update is due to release this week, we will keep you posted. [read more…]

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wpid-img_20150420_224431.jpgA new firmware update with build number 23.1.A.0.740 has been certified by the PTCRB for the Xperia Z3 (D6603), Z3 Compact (D5803), Z2 (D6503) and Z2 Tablet (SGP521). This compares to the latest Lollipop build on these devices with build version 23.1.A.0.726. We’ll let you know when it starts to roll. [read more…]

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Watch Impress Z4_5Sony Japan officially launched the Xperia Z4 earlier today, planning for a summer release. Whilst we wait to see whether Sony launches the handset outside Japan, we thought we’d share some hands-on pics of the handset from the Japanese media. These include a number of comparison pics against the Xperia Z3, showing some subtle changes in design including a capless micro USB port and no magnetic charging pins. Check out the pictures below. [read more…]

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Xperia Z4 ThumbLooks like the ‘Xperia Z3 Neo’ rumours were wrong as Sony Japan has quietly unveiled the Xperia Z4. The handset is no different to the one that has been heavily rumoured over recent weeks and months. The design is very similar to the Xperia Z3, although it adopts the stereo speaker positioning of the Xperia Z2 towards the edge of the top and bottom. The handset will launch in four colours (black, white, copper and aqua green) later this summer. No word of an international launch so far.

Changes from the Sony Xperia Z4 include a slightly thinner chassis with a thickness of 6.9mm (146 × 72 × 6.9 mm) and a 5MP front-facing camera with 25mm wide angle. It also comes with a Snapdragon 810 chipset, 32GB internal storage and 3GB RAM. The Xperia Z4 keeps the 5.2-inch 1080p display and has a weight of 144 grams and 2930 mAh battery capacity. [read more…]

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Xperia Y_1Sony cannot be happy with Wikileaks right now, given that the latter decided to create a searchable archive of all of the emails and documents related to the hack that its Sony Pictures division suffered last December. Once of these leaked documents contain a number of official Sony concept designs of possible future Xperia handsets.

It gives a rare insight into what Sony’s designers are thinking of, both in terms of handset design and UI. Whilst all of the images are concepts, there is a good chance that some of the images may prove to provide a base for real upcoming models. One such stunning concept is the ‘Y’, which looks far more developed in terms of design compared to the other concepts. One annotation referring to this handset talks about a “new design & form”. [read more…]

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Xperia i1-4_1Last December, Sony Pictures suffered a massive email leak, with North Korea blamed for the attack. As part of that leak, details and a picture emerged of what Sony refers to as the “Xperia Z Fourth Generation.” Since then we have seen numerous images and details of this handset leak that ties into that image.

More recently there has been speculation that this handset may not be branded the Xperia Z4 and could be a revised Xperia Z3 called the “Xperia Z3 Neo”. Regardless of what the handset is called, new images from the same leak have emerged thank to Wikileaks who published an “analysis and search system for The Sony Archives”. [read more…]

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wpid-img_20150414_173531_wm.jpgSony Xperia Z1s (C6916) T-Mobile owners have yet to see Lollipop roll out. Recently, Lollipop firmware update 14.5.B.0.220 was certified by the PTCRB and now a newer update has been certified with build number 14.5.B.0.228.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before it is released. [read more…]

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wpid-wp-1429027390986.jpegA new firmware update with build number 23.1.A.0.726 has started to roll for the Sony Xperia Z2. This is the same update that recently hit the Xperia Z3 series. The update is live across a number of regions including USA,  Hong Kong,  France,  Germany,  Portugal and Spain. It is said to bring a number of bug fixes relating to notifications on the lock screen as well as providing a fix to Vivid mode and X-Reality. [read more…]

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A few days back we spoke of the impact that the Samsung Galaxy S6 series has had on the market and the competition are taking notice and perhaps reshaping marketing plans.  The latest rumour is that perhaps Sony is eschewing the Xperia Z4 moniker for its next flagship and going for a new name that doesn’t suggest such a marked change from the Xperia Z3.  Leakster @ViziLeaks suggests that it will in fact be called the Xperia Z3 Neo.  This could mean a more marked flagship upgrade later in the year and maybe even a new design language. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Dual Lollipop update (23.1.1.E.0.1) starts seeding

April 14, 2015

Sony Mobile has finally started to roll the Xperia Z3 Dual (D6633) Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware update. The firmware,  with build number  23.1.1.E.0.1 has already been released across a number of regions including Brazil,  Middle East,  USA and Russia. Further regions are expected to roll in due course.

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Lollipop for Xperia C3 and T2 Ultra arrives next week; older Xperia Z series in “a few weeks”

April 13, 2015

Sony Mobile has confirmed that the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop update will commence rollout for the Xperia C3 and Xperia T2 Ultra next week (w/c 20 April 2015). This will include the update for dual SIM versions of both handsets. Owners of the original Xperia Z series (including the Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z),  will […]

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Android Lollipop released for Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and Z1 Compact (14.5.A.0.242)

April 13, 2015

Sony Mobile has begun to roll the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop firmware update with build number 14.5.A.0.242 to the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia Z Ultra. As with the other handsets that have received Lollipop,  the update is only live for select regions and variants. 

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Whose head has been turned by the Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge?

April 12, 2015

There is no doubt that Samsung has created a wave with its latest flagship devices, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The latter in particular is completely unique when it comes to smartphones with its curved edge on both sides of the display.  Whilst the genuine usefulness of this curved edge remains questionable,  the general […]

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