Posts tagged with: Sony
  • 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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  • by | February 13, 2014 8:51 PM

    "Where have all the small phones gone?" "Remember when mini smartphones were actually small?" "Why do small smartphones have to suck on the spec sheet?" Those blurbs, taken from two years' worth of Pocketnow editorial headlines, succinctly illustrate our historic frustration with the smartphone sizing problem. For the past few generations, average device size has skyrocketed: HTC's HD2 was considered massive when it launched four years ago, with HTC selling it under the slogan "take the big screen with you." Today, though, its 4.3-inch display seems almost quaint alongside flagships like ...

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  • by | February 12, 2014 6:01 AM

    Neither is what you’d call a “budget phone” - in fact each goes out of its way to avoid being painted with that particular brush. But they’re both devices that cater to a customer looking for something just shy of full flagship status. If you think you might be that customer, strap yourself in because we’re about to compare them. These smartphones aren't necessarily new to us. We reviewed Apple's iPhone 5c shortly after its release, and we spent some hands-on time with Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact at CES 2014. As you know, though, nothing beats having them side-by-side in the testing ...

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  • by | February 12, 2014 1:30 AM

    Sony Xperia Z2 is the tentative name for the company's upcoming phone, with model number D6503 and codename "Sirius"; it is believed that Sony will unveil this phone, together maybe with a Windows Phone (and who knows, the Xperia Tablet Z's follow-up), at its upcoming special event in Barcelona, at the 2014 MWC. We've seen a very blurry image claiming to depict the Z2, with a super thin bezel on the sides. Now, a set of alleged Sony Xperia Z2 screenshots tries to anticipate some of the phone's software features. 4K video, alongside 60fps 1080p, recording capabilities are hinted by the ...

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  • by | February 11, 2014 3:03 PM

    Ever since the launch of the iPhone 4, Apple has been famous for the device's image quality, and ever since the launch of the iPhone 4s, Apple has been using Sony sensors for its main iSight camera. Sadly the 1.2 megapixel front facing camera of the device hasn't been as famous, and up to the iPhone 5s, this was supplied by OmniVision, which seems to be ready for a change with the iPhone 6. Japanese sources are now claiming that Sony will take over all of the sensors of the iPhone 6, by stating that: "The Japanese firm already supplies nearly all of the CMOS (complementary metal-oxide ...

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  • by | February 10, 2014 7:29 PM

    This year's Mobile World Congress officially begins on Monday February 24, and while the expo will continue running through that Thursday, we're already expecting a majority of the show's big news to arrive on that first day. Nokia was the first to announce a February 24 event, and later Samsung shared news that its Unpacked 5 event would round-out the day. Today we add one more company's announcements to the calendar, getting word of Sony's event. Now, for the moment we don't have an official invite to refer to, but Xperia Blog reports with confidence that it's learned of a Sony MWC event ...

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  • by | February 9, 2014 1:26 AM

    If you have a Sony Xperia Z you should receive a notification for an update being available for your phone. According to official wording from Sony, it should bring you improvements to the phone's Bluetooth connectivity and battery. Alongside other fixes, bits should also refer to a new YouTube app, and some other behind the scenes improvements. The same goodies should also be available for the Xperia ZL and ZR phones, so make sure to check that update notification. If you have an Xperia Tablet Z, the refresh will start rolling out sometime this week (or the next, if your week starts with ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 5:33 PM

    When we first went hands-on with the Z1 Compact at Sony's CES 2014 press event, our heads were still ringing with Sony's proclamation that despite its small size, it was a "no-compromise" flagship phone. Sony's website makes the claim a bit plainer: The Xperia Z1 Compact is everything you expect in a premium smartphone, beautifully crafted to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. The timing couldn't be better for us to test this claim: we've just spent a few days with the Xperia Z1S for T-Mobile USA, whose user experience was by and large wonderful - especially in terms of camera ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 3:35 PM

    Sometimes it's not the promise of saving money, nor the allure of a shiny device that drives you from the warm arms of your current wireless carrier - sometimes it's just a matter of standing up for what you believe in. That's the case with today's podcast guest, friend of the show and longtime Verizon Wireless customer Chris Larson, who's leaving Big Red for the much smaller T-Mobile USA due to Verizon's stance on net neutrality. On this episode of the Weekly, we'll talk to Chris and find out just what he's prepared to sacrifice, and why. Before that, though, there's an avalanche of news ...

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