Posts tagged with: Xperia Z

The Sony Xperia Z, along with the ZL, form Sony's Android flagships for early 2013. The phone has a five-inch 1080p screen, Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, and a thirteen-megapixel main camera. One of its most stand-out features is its waterproofing, allowing the phone to function while fully-submerged, even recording underwater video. The Xperial ZL, though similar to the Z in many respects, lacks this key ability.

  • 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 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 | January 16, 2014 7:03 PM

    Sony is capable of making compelling smartphones. I have never for a second doubted that. The Xperia Z, my first device review for Pocketnow last year, was a stellar phone. Its design was great (though I'm not partial to the additional slab of glass), the specifications were on par with its counterparts from Samsung and HTC, and performance was not an issue. That said, the unit I received for review from Clove was not compatible with AT&T in my area. It supported UMTA bands 1, 5, and 8, and I was stuck switching between EDGE and GPRS. And the display was … pretty awful. Blacks were ...

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  • by | December 24, 2013 3:46 AM

    If you are an owner of the Sony Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, and/or Xperia Tablet Z, you should check for an update notification to hit your device. Sony is letting everyone know that the Sony Xperia Z Android 4.3 update is being rolled out, and the same platform version is hitting the rest of the aforementioned devices too. Though "timing and availability may vary by market and carrier", you should all receive your treat of "performance tweaks here & there". In addition to the OS, the Sony Xperia software also brings you smoother graphic experience, Sony Smart Social camera from ...

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  • by | December 12, 2013 3:14 AM

    While the Sony Xperia Z Ultra just became a Google Play Edition device, owners of the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL also have a reason to be happy. The Android 4.3 update for Sony Xperia Z, as well as the ZL, is now available to download, thanks to XDA Developers. The Xperia Z's firmware (C6603) and the C6503 for the ZL are both available at the source links below. Build numbers are 10.4.B.0.569, but it is not yet known whether this specific version of the firmware will the the final one which will be pushed out to devices by Sony. The source of these leaked ROMs tagged them with ...

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  • by | November 12, 2013 7:23 AM

    Before anyone gets their hopes up, as of right this instant, the only device that has an official build of Android 4.4 KitKat is Google's own Nexus 5. That will change as soon as Google releases updates for the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10, and as other OEMs begin pushing updates to their flagship devices. HTC has already committed to releasing its updates "within 90 days". In the meantime, Google has already pushed KitKat into the AOSP, and you know what that means: custom ROMs! Custom ROMs come in all shapes, sizes, and levels of stability. Some are rock solid, and some may turn your ...

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  • by | November 7, 2013 5:47 PM

    Android 4.4: either you've got it, or you want it (or you're on iOS or WP8, in which case, why are you reading this?). The majority of Android users find themselves in the latter situation for the moment, but even then Google's been releasing app updates to bring portions of the KitKat experience your way. Still, nothing substitutes for the real thing, so most of you out there are probably hoping to learn the details on upgrade plans from your handset's manufacturer. If that means turning to Sony for news about your Xperia, we've got some info to share with you, as the company reveals its ...

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  • by | October 4, 2013 1:58 PM

    Can we all agree on one thing? Sony makes some beautiful devices. Hat tip to everyone in Sony's design department. The Xperia Z, Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, and even earlier devices, like the Xperia S and Xperia ion, are gorgeous. All of these devices are genuinely beautiful smartphones, and the Tablet Z is just as beautiful in its larger form. Their expansive glass surfaces, ruggedized plastic (or metal, depending on the model) trim, and distinguished hard corners, all make these smartphones, aesthetically, stick out from the swarm of other smartphones. Most of them are known to perform ...

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  • by | July 26, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Android 4.3, some hidden features discovered, and we also walk you through how to get it early on your Nexus device. The Samsung Galaxy Note III is next as it seems that Samsung is still not sure of what screen size they'll provide on it. The Sony Honami is next as it now gets compared to the Xperia Z and they do seem very much a like. Steve Ballmer takes the stage next as he states his disappointment over the Surface RT and the lack of sales of Windows 8. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 7 hitting retail stores a couple of ...

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  • by | July 26, 2013 8:18 AM

    The Sony Honami has been subject to many rumors, leaks, and reports lately as we're waiting for the phone to become official. In this latest set of images we're taking a look at the Honami pictured side-by-side with the Xperia Z. As you can see in the images above an below, the Xperia i1 (Honami) and the Xperia Z are very much alike. The main design principles are identical. However, the Honami appears to be a tad longer and wider, but it might also be an aberration of the images due to perspective. As a bonus there are a couple of screenshots from the camera app on the upcoming Honami. ...

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  • by | July 18, 2013 7:02 AM

    Just because we're not reviewing the CAT B15 doesn't mean we're not trying to squeeze some knowledge from its unyielding aluminum-and-plastic chassis. We've already shown you what comes in the box alongside the $349 Android smartphone; now it's time to see how the oddball from Caterpillar stacks up against the competition in the U.S. waterproof-smartphone space. That means we're putting it head-to-head with the Galaxy S 4 Active from Samsung, whose review was received enthusiastically by our readership last month, and the Kyocera Torque for Sprint, which we repeatedly threw in the snow and ...

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  • by | July 10, 2013 9:00 PM

    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about T-Mobile's launch plans for the Sony Xperia Z and the Nokia Lumia 925, aside form their new trade-in program. LG is next as we've got leaked photos and a leaked video of the LG G2, only that for sprint, aside from rumors the Google LG Nexus 5. Motorola is back again, as we've got some press renders that show that the Motorola Droid Ultra is a line-up of three phones and not just one phone. Verizon and HTC take the spotlight next as the specific variant of the HTC One for big red has just landed on the FCC. There are also rumors of an HTC M8 ...

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  • by | July 10, 2013 3:40 PM

    Back in June, T-Mobile sent out invitations to an event where it claimed it would be showing off some of its "boldest moves yet." We speculated at the time about what it might have on the agenda, and besides some news about more of its "UNcarrier" plans, we also thought we might hear some specifics about the start of sales for both the Nokia Lumia 925 and the Sony Xperia Z, both previously announced. That event finally took place this afternoon, and it looks like we were right on the money. Both the Lumia 925 and Xperia Z will go up for sale on July 17, confirming a leaked roadmap we got ...

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  • by | July 2, 2013 12:59 PM

    Growing up on sailboats gives you a few useful skills. You learn to stand on wobbly ground a little better than your friends, to duck quickly without asking questions, and you learn to appreciate beer from a can, rather than a fragile and unwieldy bottle. You also develop a heightened affinity for electronics that can withstand the occasional sea spray or temporary dunk: on a boat, a waterproof phone can be a real lifesaver - particularly if it's not saddled with the added bulk of a case. My first such device was the Motorola V950 Renegade, a flip dumbphone from Sprint that catered to the ...

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  • by | June 27, 2013 6:56 PM

    T-Mobile has just started sending out press invites to a New York City event scheduled for July 10. As you can see above, the carrier boasts that some of its "boldest moves yet" are coming... but what does that mean? Well, let's think about what T-Mobile could be planning to announce. We just saw a leaked roadmap that showed a few things happening in the days following July 10. On July 14, there's mention of a "major EIT release," and rumor has it that this could mark the beginning of the second phase of the network's "UNcarrier" plans. A little later that week, on Wednesday, July 17, that ...

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