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Sony designer talks Xperia T3; plus new promo video released

July 24, 2014

We 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 […]

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New Xperia Z3 pictures tie in with earlier leaks

July 24, 2014

New 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, […]

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Sony SRS-X1 waterproof speaker heading to Europe

July 24, 2014

We 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 […]

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Xperia T3 hits pre-order in India and Poland

July 24, 2014

Sony 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 […]

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Official CyanogenMod 11 Nightly Builds for Xperia L commence

July 23, 2014

The 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 […]

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Watch the Xperia Z2 Tablet being pieced together [Update]

July 23, 2014

We 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 […]

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Xperia Z3 specs leaked by @evleaks; not much change from the Xperia Z2

July 23, 2014

Leak 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 […]

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Big Google Play Store update (4.9.13) rolling with Material Design-inspired UI

July 23, 2014

Google 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 […]

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Hands-on photos of the discontinued BKC50 Tablet Cover Stand

July 22, 2014

A 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 […]

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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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Rumoured specs of Sony’s 2/3-inch curved camera sensor for smartphones leak

July 21, 2014

As 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 […]

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Xperia T3 unboxed and sized up against the Xperia C, SP and J

July 21, 2014

The 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 […]

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