Posts tagged with: Xperia Z1
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    When did Sony become the manufacturer to compete against when it comes to delivering timely Android platform updates to its smartphone lineup? Lately it's felt like Motorola had the upper hand in that department, quickly getting Google's latest releases out to its near-stock handsets, but Sony might be raising the bar even higher this week, as it distributes Android 4.4.4 updates to a number of its smartphones. Granted, Android 4.4.4 isn't a big update itself, but it only even started rolling out for Nexus models a week ago, so to see an OEM ready so soon with updates of its own is pretty ...

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    Delivering a smartphone with great hardware and a refined software experience isn't always enough to win over shoppers anymore, and in a market chock full of competition, some OEMs have really been trying to go that extra mile to win the favor of consumers. Back in March we told you about Samsung's Galaxy Gifts, a collection of software and premium service subscriptions designed to sweeten the pot a little. Today we learn of a similar offer from Sony, this one intended to draw attention to its new Xperia Z2. While this promotion is focused on the Z2, a fair deal of it is available to Z1 ...

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    Yesterday we spent a little time looking at reports of some hardware issues with the Xperia Z2, the latest Sony Android to hit the scene, but far from the first to run into a few problems. In addition to other Xperia models experiencing their own share of hardware faults, we've also heard about a few software bugs in our time. Luckily for users, those tend to be a lot easier for a manufacturer to resolve, and Sony is committed to getting such fixes out to us, kicking-off distribution of its latest for the Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, and Z1 Compact. The issue at hand is audio output, and how these ...

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    A month before Sony announced the Xperia Z2 -- and quite some time after the release of the Xperia Z1 -- the company brought the flagship to America's T-Mobile, so about the only choice you had, if you were in the US, and wanted an Xperia Z1, was to go with the Magenta version. Now that the Z2 is out (or should be soon, but not necessarily in the US), Sony has released a version of the Z1 which appears to be compatible with most US LTE networks. This unlocked Sony Xperia Z1 LTE is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile bands, as well as some from Canada, if you're a traveler. It will set ...

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    So far this year, Sony's introduced us to plenty of new hardware, including the Xperia Z2, the Z1 Compact, and the Xperia Z2 Tablet; that's all well and good, but what's cooking over on the software side of things? Sony's been working at updates for a number of its Android models, and today announces the start to distribution of KitKat updates for the Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra. Android 4.4 is on its way to all three of those handsets beginning today, but expect the usual regional delays as carriers get involved. You can look forward to a UI refresh, tweaks to Quick Settings and the ...

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    Slowly but surely, new information about the OnePlus One CyanogenMod phone has been arriving. Last week we saw the company divulge the details behind its choice of SoC, with the promise that full specs on the phone would land sometime this week. Rather than dumping everything all at once, we've instead seen OnePlus reveal the specs little by little. The company just shared news of a 3100mAh battery with some sort of special “mystery tech,” and today follows up with news about the One's screen. It's going to be a 5.5-inch 1080p component, using touch-on-lens tech to enhance both touch ...

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    Giving the two phones a casual look-over, it can be easy to miss some of the differences between the Sony Xperia Z1 and the new Z2. On a spec sheet, the changes seem subtle, like an SoC bump, extra RAM, and and a slightly larger display. As time goes on, though, we've been getting a greater appreciation for just what the Xperia Z2 offers, like how that bigger screen also brings with it much superior color reproduction, or how the phone's video-out supports the new MHL 3.0 standard. Now we're turning our attention to the Z2's camera, and what improvements it delivers. Just like the Z1, the ...

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    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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    Confession time: I've destroyed a review unit or two in my day. I lost a brand-new LG flagship in the back of a cab once. During a durability test late last year, I did enough damage to an LG G Flex that we ended up having to buy the thing from Negri Electronics. And just a couple weeks back, you all saw me accidentally drown an Xperia Z1S at the tail end of a feature video. But while most of the incidents above were excusable (the Z1S wasn't my fault, and we were expecting to eat the cost of the G Flex anyway), my time spent with Samsung's Galaxy S 4 Active was a different story. Because ...

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    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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    Sony's current flagship, the Xperia Z1 (or the Z1S here in the States) may only be a few months old, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from already pouring out word of its successor. The Xperia Z2 is said to be a lot of things – bigger, better, more powerful, and the rest of the typical hype-mongering buzzwords – and we're hearing rumors that is just might show its face as early as next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. So what do we want from Sony's next flagship? Where did the last go wrong? Take a gander below to find out!   Fine tune the display If Sony ...

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    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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    Rumors about an international version of Japan's Sony Xperia Z1f – the Z1 “Mini” - have created a fair deal of confusion in recent weeks, as the leaks surrounding this so-called Z1s seemed to branch off into two directions: one towards an international Z1 Mini as we were expecting, and one towards a hardware refresh of the full-sized Z1 itself. While we're still waiting to get the full picture on the Z1 Mini, today we finally see what was happening down that other road, as a new version of the Z1 for China gets revealed. While the original Xperia Z1 is Sony's model L39h, this new one ...

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    What the heck is going on with Sony and its plans for what we've been calling the Xperia Z1s? If you haven't been keeping up with the story, it's a real puzzle: Sony introduced a mini version of the Xperia Z1 as the Xperia Z1f in Japan. Then we saw a leaked model claiming to be the Xperia Z1s, an international version of the Z1f. Except, in the weeks that followed, all these leaks didn't end up forming a cohesive story, and we're left with bits and pieces of hardware that don't seem to match others, as well as the possibility that the so-called Z1s isn't another Z1f variant, but an updated ...

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    Ready for a noodle-scratcher? You might want to sit down. For a little over a month now, we've been tracking leaks and rumors about the Sony Xperia Z1s. It started off with a name and a render, and we later saw a number of in-the-wild pics and even witnessed the name briefly appear on Sony's site. So much seemed certain about this phone: that it would be the international version of the Japan-only Xperia Z1f, with both models essentially playing the role of an Xperia Z1 mini. But then last week we heard some odd rumors suggesting that the name Z1s wasn't quite right, but leaving us ...

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