Posts tagged with: Sony
  • by | February 24, 2014 9:09 AM

    Is Sony's new Xperia Z2 a phablet? It used to be that the five-inch mark served as the unofficial gateway into phablet territory, and as the the Z2 trades-in the Z1's 5.0-inch display for a 5.2-inch panel, it's edging-in to that space; remember, the original phablet, the first Galaxy Note, only had a 5.3-inch screen. Then again, a lot's changed since those days, and is a phablet today better described as something like the Z Ultra, solidly into the six-inch space? We went hands-on with Z2 and a couple of its peers at the MWC today, checking out how the new Sony Android measures-up against ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 8:29 AM

    "Out of all the Android tablets we saw last year, one of our favorites was the Sony Tablet Z - and now we get to see its successor, the Xperia Tablet Z2." Jaime Rivera is spot on with his intro to this hands-on video: the Tablet Z wowed us when we reviewed it last year, its thin waterproof chassis raising the bar for tablet hardware quality - but its smallish battery and sometimes-sluggish software impaired an otherwise excellent experience. With the Xperia Tablet Z2, Sony (presumably) aims to fix some of those shortcomings. Its front-firing speakers, Snapdragon 801 processor, and 3GB of ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 7:29 AM

    "Even though the Sony Xperia Z2 is the new kid on the block, and the Galaxy S 4 will be obsolete in about five hours from now, we're gonna compare the two so you can get a sense of how well they [stack] up." That's from Anton D. Nagy, the administrator of this hands-on comparison, and hopefully it goes some way towards answering the inevitable flood of "why not compare with the S 5?" questions in the comments. The S 5 may be coming, but it's the Galaxy S 4 that's the phone on the streets right now, and as such it's a useful standard for size and feel-in-hand comparisons. So how does ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 7:11 AM

    "At a quick glance, you might think this is the Xperia Z1 or Z1S." That's how Anton D. Nagy kicks off the below hands-on video, and it's easy to see why: the Xperia Z2 bears more than a passing resemblance to those earlier Sony flagships, with a glass sandwich construction, silver accents, and aluminum midplate broken up by the typical port covers for immersion resistance. But there are a few improvements worth mentioning. The display has grown to 5.2 inches without a commensurate increase in bezel size; the processor underneath is a Snapdragon 801 running at 2.3GHz; and the 20.7MP camera ...

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  • by | February 24, 2014 6:56 AM

    MWC 2014's big Monday is off to a big, big start, with Nokia's multiple Android launches stealing a lot of this morning's thunder. Still, it's far from the only company showing off new hardware this morning, and you might remember from our MWC preview that Sony was also scheduled to share news of its own lineup additions. We figured that the Xperia Z2 Tablet was likely to show its face, and there was a good chance we'd see Sony's codename Sirius handset. It looks like we were right on the money, and this morning Sony announced not just the Z2 Tablet, but also the Xperia Z2 itself, as well ...

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  • by | February 21, 2014 5:56 PM

    Getting a little sick and tired of MWC-rumor-this and MWC-rumor-that? Do you crave answers and official product announcements? Well, get yourself ready for a few days' worth of redemption, as MWC events start kicking off this weekend, bringing you hard news of all these products that have otherwise been so darn nebulous. We've got Anton D. Nagy and Jaime Rivera on the ground in Barcelona, and the Pocketnow team back home will be supporting them, bringing you news of all the latest MWC developments while they go in search of getting you hands-on looks at this flood of new hardware. There's ...

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  • by | February 21, 2014 12:44 PM

    Samsung isn't the only company getting us pumped-up for its MWC event early next week, and as we finish trying to read meaning into all the imagery it threw at us in its own teaser video, we have a couple more companies generating interest for their own MWC events, with new teasers from Nokia and Sony arriving. Sony isn't expected to have new hardware that's quite as buzz-worthy as Nokia's or Samsung's, but there are at least a couple models we're looking forward to, including that second-gen Xperia Tablet Z. But you wouldn't be able to guess that from this teaser (above), as it's just ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 6:53 PM

    While Pocketnow's North American roots come in handy quite often, the arrangement isn't without its snags. We do miss out on the occasional smartphone release by virtue of our location, and the brand most often affected by this is the somewhat Euro-centric Sony. As listeners of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast are aware, this causes us some heartburn; it's frustrating to miss the chance to go hands-on with the latest and greatest. But we almost always manage to snag Sony demo units somehow. Over the past few years, the fine people at Clove Technology and Negri Electronics have loaned us ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 1:44 PM

    With the Moto X, Motorola succeeded in (briefly) shifting the Android smartphone conversation from "how to bump specs even higher" to "how to make smarter use of the horsepower we already have." With the Z1 Compact, Sony finally heeded our long-unanswered call for a premium smartphone in a palm-sized package. Both devices were well received by the Pocketnow team. The Moto X earned high praise for finally fulfilling some of Android's long-squandered potential, while the Z1 Compact got top marks for bringing the best of the Z1 to a smaller form factor - and leaving some of the bugs behind, ...

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  • by | February 17, 2014 11:18 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Huawei's recent teaser of what we can expect from the company at MWC 2014. Nokia follows the rumor mill as we get some additional leaks of the Nokia X, aka, Nokia Normandy in some Android green. Then we go through the news that the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is already being set for sign-up and pre-order. Then we talk about the new leaks of the possible Sony Xperia Tablet Z2, which we consider to be the successor to one of the better Android tablets of our time. We end today's show talking about the leaked photos of the HTC M8 All this and more after ...

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  • by | February 17, 2014 7:12 PM

    We only got done telling you about some rumored specs for Sony's follow-up to last year's Xperia Tablet Z a couple hours ago, but little did we know that so much more about this tablet was waiting for us. A full series of press renders of the tablet has leaked, and this second source gives credence to the specs we already heard, while adding some new details. Up top you'll see the render @evleaks leaked, which while a little low-res, gives us a nice, clean look at the tablet. Below, we've got a bunch more pics from new and so-far-unproven tipster “Gadget Leaks” (who will hopefully ...

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  • by | February 17, 2014 4:43 PM

    Following its Japanese introduction in January of last year, Sony's Xperia Tablet Z (above) made its international debut at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. Now with this year's Sony MWC press event just one week away, we're curious to learn about any possible work towards a follow-up; sure, Sony has some smartphone hardware it's been working on, but it's been a full year now since the company came out with a new tablet. If some newly leaked specs can be trusted, it sounds like the presumed Xperia Tablet Z2 will largely deliver, though we can spot a few areas where the tablet may find ...

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  • by | February 17, 2014 4:07 PM

    Call it Sirius, call it the D6503, heck – even call it the Xperia Z2 if you're feeling confident – but whatever name it goes by, this is one upcoming Sony smartphone that's been enjoying some pre-release spotlight action. We've had a number of chances to look at the hardware so far, and other than a tiny little increase in screen size, the hardware has appeared to strongly resemble the still-quite-new Xperia Z1. Over the weekend, a new video became available of the D6503, offering what may be the best look yet at the smartphone. Early on in the clip, before we start looking at the ...

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  • by | February 14, 2014 3:51 PM

    Sony appears to have a number of Android phones in the works, and while we've seen what its efforts look like to deliver additional flagship-level devices (like that Sirius model that just starred in some new pics), being competitive in Android these days means covering your bases at a whole lot of different price points. That's going to mean new mid-rangers, and today we get a look at what could be one such upcoming model from Sony, described as the Xperia G. That sure looks to be a Z1/Z1S on top, making the model underneath the purported Xperia G. It appears that the handset isn't quite ...

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  • by | February 14, 2014 12:27 PM

    The past several weeks have already offered us more than a few opportunities to look at the Sony D6503 “Sirius,” the handset expected to be the next Z-series flagship, and a phone that just might launch as the Xperia Z2. Back in January, some images arrived that showed Sirius up against the Xperia Z1, letting us see what changes to the design (and there really weren't that many) Sony might have in store. Today we're back in the same ballpark, only this time with an additional model for comparison, as Sirius sits down with the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z. From left to right up top we're ...

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