Posts tagged with: Xperia Z3
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    The Sony Xperia Z3+ is available internationally since the end of last month -- we're currently testing the device, with our full review coming next week -- but sadly there are not plans for the device to officially reach the US. Instead, a beefed up version will soon land on Verizon's line-up with the Xperia Z4v, a device that features a QHD screen, larger battery (at 3,000mAh), and support for wireless charging. However, if you're in the US want to grab the Xperia Z3+, you can do so, if you have around $650-$700 to spare. The phone is available unlocked through Amazon, and it will work ...

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    Being made out completely of aluminum and glass, in addition to being their respective manufacturers' flagships for this year, represent the perfect reasons for us to compare these two devices. But there’s a lot more to comparing these smartphones than what we just mentioned above, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in our Sony Xperia Z3+ vs Samsung Galaxy S6 (and Edge) comparison. As usual, we’re focusing on hardware, software and user experience, as well as the camera, drawing some conclusions at the end, or, better said, setting the stage and making it easier for you to ...

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    The Xperia Z3+ (also known as the Xperia Z4 in some regions -- Japan), which we're currently dissecting in our review labs, is expected to boost Sony smartphone sales in Taiwan, according to "industry source" cited by DigiTimes. Sony is already reportedly holding 25 percent share of Taiwan's high-end Android smartphone market, and this number is expected to grow thanks to the local launch of the Xperia Z3+, as well as the Xperia M4 Aqua Dual. Jonathan Lin, general manager of Sony Mobile Taiwan, expects the availability of the 2015 flaship to slingshot Sony to a comfortable 40 percent ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z4 was announced for the Japanese market six months after the introduction of the Xperia Z3 in September of 2014, making Sony stay true to its “flagship every six months” policy. It took the company about a month to announce the Xperia Z4 globally, but with a different name. We’re here to unbox the Xperia Z3 Plus, aka the Xperia Z4. The Xperia Z4 unboxing experience is pretty much the same as it was on the Xperia Z3, Z2, and the rest of the Sony phones we reviewed, just like the phone looks 99% identical to all of its predecessors. Is this a bad thing? Definitely not, ...

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    The improved touch driver -- to facilitate wet screen usability -- on the Xperia Z3+ is just one of the enhancements hardware-wise that Sony has included in its 2015 remake/flagship. Apparently, the processor inside the phone has been improved as well, as a recently published software source code for the Xperia Z3+ refers to a certain msm8994-v2.1 chip. We do know that the MSM8994 is the Snapdragon 810, but, apparently, Qualcomm has issued a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 version of the chip. There have been a lot of reports and bad press regarding the alleged overheating of the 810 processors ...

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    One of the main problems with ruggedized (water resistant) phones in general -- including Xperia Z line-up, from the very first iteration to the Xperia Z3 -- is the fact that the touch screen is almost impossible to use while it is wet. Water droplets totally confuse the device and the wet screen does everything chaotically once the user interacts with the display. However, with the latest iteration, the Xperia Z3+ (Xperia Z4), Sony seems to have improved the wet screen usability of the phone. Apparently, the smartphone uses a newer touch driver which focuses exactly on this: wet screen ...

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    Even though the Xperia Z3 is still a phone to consider, there's already a follow-up: if you live in Japan, it's called the Xperia Z4 and if you happen to reside elsewhere, it's the Xperia Z3+. And, while the international version of the Xperia Z3 is already running Android 5.0, the T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 Lollipop update should start rolling out today. The information comes from Des Smith, the carrier's Product & Technology Evangelist, who took it to Twitter to inform those on Magenta that starting Midnight Pacific Time, the Lollipop refresh should be popping up on devices. Of course, ...

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    Sony has unveiled its 2015 flagships; they're called the Xperia Z4 in Japan, and the Xperia Z3+ elsewhere. While every Xperia Z model was an incremental update over its predecessor, something that hasn't changed over generations (Z, Z1, Z2, Z3, Z3+/Z4) is the screen resolution. Sony is using Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution for its flagship smartphone, and that doesn't seem like it will change, despite competitors heavily pushing 2K/Quad HD screens. Sony recently acknowledged that it is still not looking into higher resolution panels for the near future, mainly because it is "difficult to ...

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    A little over a month ago Sony officially unveiled the Xperia Z4 smartphone, but the device was announced only for Japan. Not long after that we heard rumors that there might be a different device in the works for the rest of the world, but evidence has been found that Sony was planning on using the Xperia Z3+ monicker for the Xperia Z4, outside of Japan. That's exactly what the company just did. The Sony Xperia Z3+ announced today is identical to the Japanese Xperia Z4, and a slight upgrade over the Xperia Z3 (hence the naming convention Sony opted for). Weighing 144gr. and measuring ...

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    A new firmware version of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop is currently rolling out to applicable Xperia Z2 and Z3 smartphones, and while it doesn't bump the devices up to revision 5.1, it does bring some important changes to how the Xperia skin works on these smartphones. One of the biggest changes is the "close all" button in the task switcher, allowing you to kill all app processes with one button press. Have a look at the others below, should you be a Z2 or Z3 owner! – Ensured the lock screen / notification bar doesn’t indicate “no service” when the device has coverage – Added a Sony ...

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    Maybe it's because the company is forecasting a big drop in smartphone sales; maybe it's because it doesn't have a real 2015 flagship yet; or it could simply be because the Xperia Z4 is Japan-only (though it might reach other markets as the Xperia Z3+). Regardless of the reason behind it, Sony just posted a video to its YouTube page (embedded below), where it reminds you what the Xperia Z3 can do, that other flagships can't. They're, of course, referring to the fact that the Xperia Z3 is water and dustproof, so, if you're like the guy in the ad, and like to photograph raindrops, the Xperia ...

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    Sony was the first one to bring a huge, 20.7 megapixel camera to the Android world, and, for a short period of time, it was arguably the king of Android cameraphones, back in the Xperia Z1 days. Fast forward to today, through the Xperia Z1 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, and Xperia Z3 Compact (now with the Xperia Z4 in Japan), and the megapixel count stayed the same, though Sony has improved its sensor, lenses, as well as its camera software. However, Xperia RAW image format is not available for Sony phones, despite the fact that the latest version of Android supports it. Asking about ...

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    About three weeks back, T-Mobile appeared to drop the Sony Xperia Z3 from its retail lineup. The phone no longer appeared for purchase on the company's website, and inquiries with the carrier over social media were met with confirmation that “the Z3 is no longer available.” While it was a little odd to see sales being discontinues after just five months of availability, considering expectations of the pending Z4 launch, we were able to see where T-Mobile might have been coming from. Well, the Z4 is now official, but only for Japan. There's word that a global flagship could be coming in ...

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    Not much has changed over time when it comes to Sony's flagships, and their outer aspects. The Xperia Z3 looks a lot like the Xperia Z2 which looks a lot like the Xperia Z1, and the latest addition, the Japan-only Xperia Z4 is not much different either. If you were wondering how the two stack up, what the similarities and differences are (in terms of looks, cause we all know about the internals: better processor, better front-facer), check out these Sony Xperia Z4 vs Xperia Z3 pictures, coming from Japan. You can check out the details yourselves in the images below (and more at the source ...

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    Being a Sony Xperia fan in the United States is not easy. Few carriers can be found throwing any support behind Sony's phones, and with a smartphone culture that's as carrier-centric as the nation's is, absence of such interest can easily prove to be a death knell for a new Xperia model. But last year with the release of the Sony Xperia Z3, there was a glimmer of hope, as T-Mobile welcomed the flagship to its stable. Just a few short months later, that's drawing to a close, as T-Mobile pulls the Z3 from its listings. With T-Mobile Z3 sales starting back at the tail end of October, that ...

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    Sony will release its Xperia Z4 someday, but when? Were Sony to follow last year's pattern, the Z4 would have been official by now, launched at CES or MWC. But instead: silence. We've heard a couple theories about when the Z4 might actually launch, ranging from just around the corner in May, to holding off until early fall. And while we'd like to believe the new flagship would get here sooner rather than later, news of a big new Sony advertising push for the last year's Z3 has us reevaluating things. Sony's new advertising campaign is focused on the Z3 and Z3 Compact, extending from TV, to ...

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    What's going on with Sony's Lollipop update efforts? The manufacturer has confirmed Android Lollipop for its Xperia Z family of devices, and while we've already seen the start of those, when will more devices get access? And what's the fate going to be for all those non-Z models? While we've checked out evidence that at least some appear to have Lollipop updates in the works, some formal confirmation that Sony intends to release such updates would be lovely. As luck would have it, we've got new progress on both fronts. Let's start with the Z models, and how a couple weeks back Sony got ...

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    There's a lot of confusion and uncertainty right now regarding Sony's intentions to make Android 5.0 Lollipop updates available for many of its second-tier smartphones, but owners of Xperia Z-class devices have been able to rest a lot easier: they're getting Lollipop, and it's just a question of when. For the freshest of the batch we've been expecting to see those releases come quite soon; just last week Sony told users to look forward to Lollipop for the Xperia Z3 sometime this week. Sure enough, no sooner is Monday here than Sony's going official with its Lollipop news, confirming the ...

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    Sony took its time with the Xperia Z3 Lollipop update, and, while it's still not officially out, those rocking the flagship will be able to hopefully get the latest from Google starting next week. The Xperia M4 Aqua we've recently seen at the 2015 MWC comes with Lollipop out of the box, and, according to not one, but two different localized Sony Mobile outlets, next week is the week for the Xperia Z3 Lollipop update. Initially, Sony Mobile Indonesia announced that week 12 (next week), should be the one to look out for, and now Sony Mobile France is saying the same thing, which comes as a ...

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    So far when it comes to leaked pics of purported Sony Xperia Z4 components, we've seen a lot of display panels. There was that early set back in November, as well a few new pics surfacing about a month ago. While those were quite interesting, they left us without a comprehensive view of this upcoming hardware. Now a fresh series of images has arrived to offer new insight to Sony's desing changes, comparing the Z4's frame to that of the Z3. First up, this supposed Z4 looks like it's dropping its microSD and SIM slots – or at least, they're not where they used to be. Clearly the phone ...

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    Smartphone progress follows a general trickle-down effect: what was once top-shelf hardware finds itself popping up on more affordable devices as newer, higher-specced components emerge to outfit future flagships. But this year at MWC Sony doesn't have a new flagship model, and the new smartphone it's brought to show off is instead a mid-range handset, the Xperia M4 Aqua. Can it hold a candle to the six-month-old Xperia Z3? We took a look at both models at MWC 2015 to see how they compared. In an impressive number of ways, the M4 Aqua compares quite favorably to the Z3. It sure looks a ...

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    In recent years, Sony has had little trouble producing some of the most stellar smartphones we've ever seen, but it has constantly struggled to make the kind of profits it needs off of them. Despite attempts to reshuffle to shift the smartphone group's fortunes, it continues to not be such a great for Sony, with upper management now looking to remedy the losses with a rather concerning measure. Sony smartphone division layoffs numbering 1,000 will reportedly take effect soon. Nikkei reports that the 1,000 cuts will be made following the previous summer 2014 removal of 1,000 other ...

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    For as good as your cellular provider might be right now, who wouldn't want their service to be a little better? Networks have several ways they can go about improving their coverage, from adopting new wireless standards like LTE, to building more towers in congested areas. But maybe one of the most substantial upgrades a carrier can make is adding support for new frequency bands. T-Mobile's in the middle of doing just that, and owners of certain smartphones will see their devices updated to support this additional band coverage in the months to come. We're talking about a chunk of 700MHz ...

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    Where's the Xperia Z4? Sony fans are eager to check out what the manufacturer’s been able to come up with since last summer's launch of the Xperia Z3, and after failing to take the stage at CES, we're now curious if the Z4's warming up for an MWC debut. And while much of our attention is taken up looking through regulatory paperwork trying to track Sony's progress towards the Z4's launch, it's easy forget that the Xperia Z3's story is far from over. Beyond just being a phone that's only been on the market for a few months, it's also one whose retail options continue to mature, and this ...

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    Sony has spent the last couple of years re-inventing its approach to smartphones and tablets, and has done so quite elegantly. Ever since the launch of the Xperia Z1 a few years ago, we've praised every single one of its successors on their design and features. Sony's bi-yearly cycle of launches already has us waiting for the Xperia Z4 at MWC 2015, but can you believe there is still a current-generation Xperia Z3 being prepped for a launch? The launch of the Xperia Z3 a few months ago left us a little skeptical with the lack of a purple variant, given Sony's push with the color in the ...

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