Posts tagged with: Xperia Z3 Compact
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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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    As usual, at the end of every year, we’re looking back at what happened over the course of twelve exciting months — that got us a lot of extraordinary products and services. We not only do this because it’s fun and important to recap some crucial events, but also because we usually also look at the future, trying to anticipate what the next year will bring us; and, in order to realistically try to predict things from the future, we need to know what happened in the past. So far, we looked at what we think were the best and worst apps of 2014, as well as the biggest disappointments ...

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    A while back, Jesper Jensen from Denmark wrote in to the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast with a question about antivirus software for Android, specifically, whether or not he needs it on his new Xperia Z3 Compact. I have just received my Sony Xperia Z3 Compact and I am infatuated with this little beauty. Coming from a Nokia Lumia 620 it is quite a leap ahead, though I do find I miss a few things about Windows phone. One of the things I didn't miss about Android is the ... more or less useful (apps that come pre-installed from Sony, such as) AVG antivirus. Under normal circumstances I would ...

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    Updated with the high-quality version of the podcast. Enjoy! Samsung's latest, greatest phablet is here, and it's a hard-edged reminder that it's no longer enough just to be big; you've got to be smart about it, too. We're talking everything from #gapgate to Multi Window to the S Pen on today's podcast-style Galaxy Note 4 review ... and to help us do that, we're bringing in two very sharp tacks from respected corners of the mobile community: Brad Molen of Engadget and Florence Ion of Greenbot! This week's news didn't stop at the Note, of course. We're also talking about the big ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    Sony has earned a reputation – be it good or bad – for releasing new phones almost twice as fast as its competitors. While Apple, Samsung, HTC, and the handful of other globally known OEMs typically release an updated version of their various smartphone lineups once per year, Sony keeps its hero series of Xperia devices fresh with an update every five to seven months. That’s approximately one-fourth the typical 24-month agreement here in the States, or one-sixth the 36-month contracts elsewhere. It’s not just the flagship Xperia Z handsets that are updated so frequently either. The ...

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    T-Mobile just shared word of its plans to get sales of the Xperia Z3 started a little later this month, and while that was good to hear on its own, it also got us wondering about the fate of the Xperia Z3 Compact. After all, last week saw Sony add a “buy” link to its US listing for the Z3 Compact, though at the time, clicking it didn't take you anywhere useful. Today, we say that change, as Sony kicks-off US sales of its pint-sized powerhouse. Sony's got the Xperia Z3 Compact in black, white, orange, and green, all going for just about $530. The handset has band support that should ...

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    The technology world is a fast moving one, and hence, there are more than 100 stories we publish on a weekly basis here on Pocketnow. Those include reviews, videos, editorials, news, and more. With this new, weekly series, we're making it easier for you to look back at the most interesting, exciting, and popular topics of the week, in case you missed anything. Look for the Pocketnow Week in Review every Saturday morning. It contains the most popular ten stories of the week printed on the portal, as well as top videos from our YouTube channel. Additionally, you can also find our Pocketnow ...

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    If you listened to this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast, you heard us discussing yesterday's Sony event which ultimately brought us the Xperia Z3v for Verizon – and which, to our disappointment, wholly ignored the oh-so-interesting Xperia Z3 Compact. Understandably, we were starting to become nervous that Sony would steer clear of the US once again with this smartphone, drastically limiting its appeal to audiences in the States. But had we spoken too soon? Without much fanfare, Sony has added a listing for the Z3 Compact to its page of phones for the US market. Now, to be clear, the Z3 ...

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    The Samsung Galaxy S5, while not a showstopper or ground-breaking piece of hardware, is a great smartphone, designed to appeal to a very large demographic. However, its size is simply too large for some. What if there were a device with almost the exact same specifications in a smaller package? Would that phone be as good – or even better – than the Galaxy S5? That phone does exist but, unsurprisingly, it isn't made by Samsung. Instead, Sony makes it, and it's the smaller version of its newest hero device, the Xperia Z3. It's called the Xperia Z3 Compact and it's nearly a spec for ...

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    In terms of size alone, it would stand to reason the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is a better match for HTC's One mini 2 and the full-sized Xperia Z3 is better suited for a comparison with the One M8. The latter may still be true, but the Xperia Z3 Compact is actually strikingly similar to the One M8, at least on the inside. Both phones have front-firing audio, similar chipsets, the same RAM, similar storage options, the same battery capacity, and most of the same connectivity options. The One M8 does have infrared and the Z3 Compact has water resistance not found on the One M8. Otherwise, it's ...

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    Sony's cameras are great. We here at Pocketnow swear by them. Most of us use a version of Sony's micro 4/3 NEX series cameras for our stills and videos. Sony's smartphone cameras, on the other hand, haven't always been the best. But in recent months, that has changed. The shooter on the Xperia Z2 was one of the best Android smartphone cameras money could buy. And preliminary reviews of the Xperia Z3 are showing similar results. But what about the miniature version of the Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact? Well, it shouldn't be all that different. Both use the same 20.7-megapixel image sensor and ...

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    In light of some oversized smartphones, many mobile OEMs have adopted so-called "mini" versions of their new flagships. However, most of these mini smartphones either don't have very much in common with their larger counterparts or aren't very mini in the first place. Sony, at least in this specific area, likes to go against the grain. It announced the Xperia Z1 Compact at CES and, much to our surprise, it was a fantastic – and much smaller – version of the Xperia Z1. At IFA, Sony announced the new version of the Compact, the Xperia Z3 Compact. Like before, it's really just a smaller ...

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    Smartphone enthusiasts who start messing around with the bootloader on their phones know that they're running the risk of seriously mucking things up; that's just one of many reasons why bootloaders tend to come locked-down to the extent that they are. But if you're careful and follow the advice of users who have gone before you, unlocking the bootloader and getting ready for some custom ROM action can be a pretty safe process. Every once in a while, though, we learn of an unexpected consequence to taking such actions, and a new one is coming to our attention this week, with reports of ...

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    For the bloggers that cover them, one of the greatest things about trade shows is the opportunity to connect with counterparts from other publications ... and to podcast with them. Sometimes the best salve for a salvo of comparison videos shot back-to-back over 13 hours is a few minutes in front of the mic with friends, picking up the pieces while picking out the messages, trends, and lessons from the show. Helping us do that on today's Pocketnow Weekly podcast are two luminaries of the mobile tech world, both of whom have been on our guest "wish list" for over a year. Fresh from ...

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    Could this really be the "mini" phone you've been waiting for? The handset in the four-inch space that still packs the sort of processing might and HD display as a much larger smartphone? Sony sure managed to do right by us with the Xperia Z1 Compact, and today at IFA 2014 in Berlin we set out to see if the hot new Xperia Z3 Compact will quickly have us asking, "Z1 Compact who?" We can talk about the Z3 Compact's very capable hardware specs until the cows come home, but a phone like this one isn't just about the performance; as a smaller phone, we're acutely tuned to paying attention to ...

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    The Xperia Z3 may be the keystone behind Sony's latest Android offerings, but it's far from the only flagship the company has come to Berlin to introduce today at IFA 2014. Just moments after introducing the Z3, Sony has gone official with its little cousin, the 4.6-inch Xperia Z3 Compact. The Z3 Compact's a smidge thicker than its larger namesake, measuring-in at 8.4mm, but that's only because of all the goodies packed inside. Unlike other "mini" phones that skimp on specs, the Z3 Compact is powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801, has 2GB of RAM, and as much as 16GB internal storage - with ...

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    Though it tends not to get the most media attention at IFA – Samsung has been stealing that spot for a bit now with its glamorous unveils – Sony almost always has quite a lot of things to show off at the Berlin trade show. This year is no exception, and the count for what the OEM plans to announce currently stands at seven mobile-related devices. That's quite a lot, so we were quite eager to get all the info in one place. So we went ahead and created a full rumor roundup for Sony's IFA 2014 announcements. Xperia Z3 Without a doubt the most anticipated product of this year's IFA is the ...

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    Sony should unveil its next flagship, believed to be the Sony Xperia Z3, at the upcoming IFA 2014 in Berlin. All the rumors and reports seem to agree on this, and the company itself has started teasing, however, without a specific mention of the phone itself. The picture above is allegedly one snapped off of a real-life unit, which seems to have a sheet glued to its back with the Xperia Z3 specs. While the accuracy and veracity of the picture itself can't be verified, the specs we're seeing seem credible enough. We're looking at a 5.2-inch 1080p TRILUMINOS display, quad-core Snapdragon ...

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    We already saw Sony's alleged wearables plans for IFA 2014, but that's not all we're going to see liked before the big event it seems. In a massive leak today, the Sony IFA 2014 plans for the Xperia line have presumably leaked in their entirety. First off, let's talk Xperia Z3. This one isn't much of a surprise, as it has been rumored for quite a while, but we have some pretty solid details about it this leak around. There's apparently going to be a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 5.2-inch Triluminos display. There will be IP68 certification for water and dust ...

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    As we just looked at in our IFA 2014 Rumor Roundup, Sony's got quite a few new devices we're expecting to see launched next week. Those range from phones, to tablets, to wearables, to accessories, and a relatively consistent stream of leaks has been slowly feeding us information about many of them. But in contrast to companies like Samsung or ASUS, which have been delivering IFA teasers that outright identify their upcoming products, Sony's been keeping relatively quiet. Sure, we got some general hints from its invitation itself, but nothing really specific. Now the manufacturer is finally ...

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    Info about Sony's next Xperia flagships have been just pouring out of the woodwork lately, as we've picked up new details on not just the Xperia Z3, but also the Xperia Z3 Compact. As we wait to see if Sony really intends to release this pair at its IFA 2014 event in just a few weeks, we're continuing to pick up new details on the models, all in the hope of confirming some of these rumors. Yesterday, the FCC published some new certification docs on what sure seems to be the Z3 Compact, and in doing so the agency appears to confirmed the phone's rumored screen size. The FCC's got listings ...

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    Despite Sony's best efforts to stem the leaks surrounding the likely-upcoming Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact, they just keep on coming. We're greeted today with a new batch of alleged Xperia Z3 Compact pics, showing off more of what we're expecting. The new images don't tell us much more about the phone, but they do satisfy our craving for more information about Sony's ventures. As you can see in the image above, the camera looks confirmed as a 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Exmor RS sensor with an LED flash, and the magnetic charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack, and dedicated camera button are all back for ...

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