Sony Pulls the Plug on the Iconic Xperia Z Series; There Will be no Xperia Z6

Sony has decided to kill one of the most iconic series in Android smartphones. With reports of a failing business and plans to perhaps fold away from the mobile business altogether, Sony has decided to do away with the Xperia Z series. The series that has seen several iconic phones like the Xperia Z1, Z3, Z5 and the Z3 Compact will no longer be updated as Sony has decided to pull the plug from the series. As a result, it is clear that there would be no Xperia Z6.

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Sony Xperia Z5 To Release in September 2015?

‘What? Sony already released the Xperia Z4 that we are hearing about the Z5?’

If the above was your reaction to the story that is already talking about the successor of the highly convoluted Sony Xperia Z4, then you are definitely not the only one. We were just as surprised to learn about the possibility of a Z5 when it has not been absolutely clear whether Sony ever brought the Z4 to the party. For the most people, the Xperia Z4 was the Xperia Z3 Plus the way it was announced in India. It was a minor upgrade and one you saw Sony release very half-heartedly, barely pumping any meat behind the release of the device.

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It is now being rumored that Sony will release the Xperia Z5, the successor to the Z4 in September this year, and at least on paper or through the rumors everything sounds a little old and not really up to the pace. In the world of the Galaxy S6s and Quad HD display, the Xperia Z5 is slated to just bring to table a Full HD display with a 5.5 inch screen which is about .3 inches taller than what we had seen on the Xperia Z4.

In terms of storage, the phone will pack 32 GB of internal memory as well as 3 GB of RAM to keep the things running smooth. It is rumored that the Xperia Z5 will come with the controversial Snapdragon 810 SoC on board and wrap in a 20.7 MP rear camera. It is expected that the Xperia Z5 will not be the only flagship launch this year by Sony and there is another device in the making which is expected to be the flagship hero as Sony looks to re-establish its position as one of the bigger players in the mobile market after a string of disappointing years recently.

Source: PhoneArena

Is this the Sony Xperia Z4?

Sony has strangely followed a bi-annual update cycle where it updates it flagship devices twice an year. It is a strange strategy as it always seeds in a doubt in the mind of the buyer how long will their device remain as the top end device from the company. It was barely a few months ago when Sony had announced the Xperia Z3, the current flagship and looks like if you purchased one thinking Sony will ditch the plan of two updates an year, you were wrong and your device is all set to get old.

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The first set of images of the Sony Xperia Z4 have surfaced online and they point towards a narrower bezel and a slimmer profile, all of which will be unveiled at MWC in Barcelona in March.

The images of the front panel of the device have been leaked out by a user on Chinese website Weibo which clearly shows a fair few difference in the device when compared to the Z3. For a start you have a clear difference in the front facing camera and the ambient sensor fueling the rumors of a high end selfie camera which is expected at about 4.8 MP. The screen on the device is expected to be a 5.5 inch Quad HD display with 4 GB of RAM and Snapdragon 810 at the heart. The battery on the unit is expected to be around 3420 mAh and will bring IP 67 rating too.

How to Boost the LED Brightness of your Sony Xperia Z1

The LED light on the back of our smartphones double up as a torch whenever we need to find our way around in the dark, especially places like theaters. However, some of the phones do not have very bright LED light output, most probably to ensure the high illumination should not burn out images when taken in pitch dark conditions. With the Sony Xperia Z1, the brightness of the LED is definitely not very bright but thankfully if you have a rooted device, you can do something about that.

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In case, you are interested in increasing the brightness of the LED of your Sony Xperia Z1, you can simply head over to XDA- Developers forum and download a flashable zip that would enhance the brightness of the LED. The enhanced LED works when you turn the torch on using any torch app. Once you flash the zip file, you will feel the difference only in the torch application though, not in the general LED flash when the flash is turned on while taking pictures.

However, as a word of caution, make sure you turn the flashlight out quickly, because with the enhanced brightness, the phone does start to heat up pretty quickly and that can potentially damage the LED as well as the internals of the smartphone. You must go through the forum thread linked above to download the zip and read through more details in case you may have them.

Sony Announces the Xperia E1 and E1 Duo in India

Sony has announced a new budget smartphone for India today. The news comes days after Sony unveiled their new flagship at MWC 2014 in Barcelona, which was the Xperia Z2. Sony also recently announced the Xperia Z1 Compact in India recently. Looks like Sony is aiming at pretty much every price segment in 2014 unlike just focussing on high end smartphones like in the year gone by. The Xperia E1 is primarily a music smartphone and promises the best music experience for any Android phone.

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These claims are backed by presence of a 100 dB loudspeaker which is present at the rear of the device as well as a dedicated walkman which, on being long pressed will trigger the music app. You can also simply shake the device to shuffle music tracks.

On the specs front, the device is fairly modest. It packs a 4 inch WVGA display and is powered by a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm MSM8210 SoC with 512 MB of RAM. There is only 4 GB of internal memory in the device but there is an external Micro SD slot. The device has similar rounded edge design like the Xperia Z1. There is a 3 MP rear camera on the device and no front facing camera.

The Xperia E1 will be available starting March 10 for Rs. 9,490 while the E1 Duo, the dual core variant will be available starting March 25th for Rs 10,490. The phone will be available in white, black and purple color choices.

Is this the Sony Xperia Z1 successor?

It finally feels like 2014 is here. New device leaks are coming thick and fast, and obviously most of the major OEMs would now have their flagship devices out as refreshes. Several of these happen around MWC and it would not be a major shock to see the trend continue this year like previously. Recently we talked about the successor of the HTC One and today here is the opportunity to look at what may well be the flagship or successor to yet another vastly successful smartphone last year. Yes, we are talking about the Sony Xperia Z1’s alleged successor this year.

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Sony announced the Z1 compact at the CES 2014 and promised it has big plans coming up. For a vast majority of the tech world, the Z1 compact was the perfect smartphone as it came in a form factor that was not just pretty but also very handy and comfortable to use. The alleged leaks of the Z1’s successor though is based on similar design language that Sony adapted with the Z1. The images found in the XDA forums, show a rather few interesting add ons to the design that was widely appreciated last year.

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The phone has three speaker holes towards the bottom with the headset jack. The micro USB lives on the left of the phone just above the SIM tray. The other buttons such as the power, volume and the camera shutter button retain their positions like that on the Z1. However, there is a chance that the phone may just be a very refined version of a prototype being manufactured. According to the leaks, the phone may well have a 20 MP sensor alongside Android 4.3 which would be upgraded to 4.4. If this indeed is the real deal, then, you certainly can see where Sony is going with their devices and with more and more emphasis now on good build quality, the successor of the Z1 certainly fits the billing.

Sony Announces Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra Dual Sim

Sony definitely announced that was back in the game with the Xperia Z1 widely accepted as one of the best smartphones of the year 2013. However, Sony also clearly indicated its intentions of beating the trend by making smartphones bigger than anyone even dare think with their Xperia Z Ultra. It was a mammoth device that definitely would fall into the category of a tablet more than a phone. And looks like that trend is here to stay.

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Sony announced the Xperia T2 and T2 Dual Sim for India today. The two devices feature a 6 inch 720P Triluminous HD display. the phone is powered by 1.4 Ghz Quad Core Snapdragon SoC and comes with Android 4.3 out of the box, which is obviously disappointing given that we have already moved to Kitkat.

Both the phones pack a 13 MP rear camera with an LED Flash as well as a front facing camera that measures 1.1 MP with Sony Exmor R sensor. The device features extremely thin bezels and the design comes straight from the drawing board of the Xperia Z1. The dual Sim mode of the device features two sims as the name suggests. Both the sims are active at the same time, which is obviously a bonus. The phone is available in black, white and purple variants. There is no official word on the pricing yet.

Via: FoneArena

Sony Rolling out Android 4.3 Update for Xperia Z Ultra and Z1

In the days when we are talking about how tasty and chocolaty the KitKat is, the owners  of Xperia Z ultra or Z1 are frantically pressing the Check Updates menu on their devices to taste some more Jellybeans. Yes, there was a lot of sweetness in our opening line, but sorry you simply cannot help it.

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Sony has started to roll out the update to Android version 4.3 to it’s two flagship devices, the Xperia Z ultra and Xperia Z1 today. The update comes at a time when most of the users must be expecting the update to a more recent version 4.4, but given the track record of Sony when it comes to Android updates, this is good news in itself. There are indications that the device may soon receive the update to Kitkat, as early as January next year which definitely will add to the sweetness factor.

With Android 4.3 on board, the Xperia Z ultra or Z1 should receive a major bump in the performance thanks to Project Butter as well as other optimizations and goodness of Android 4.3. Sony’s new social camera is also part of the update. There is an updated music and video app as well on board. In case you have not received the update yet, worry not, like any other Android update this is in patches too, and we are sure the update will hit your devices soon.

Via:  FoneArena

Sony Shows off a Honami Teaser before official launch at IFA 2013

It’s a Sony device that the tech verse is very very excited about. The name Honami has become synonymous with the most awaited device of the second half of the year and if these teasers by Sony mobile are to be believed, then it’s not long before we hear an official announcement, as early as IFA 2013. The device is expected to be eventually called the Xperia Z1 or Zi depending on which tech journal you read and trust more, but most definitely it would be the flagship device of Sony and they are building up for the launch very much like HTC teased and probed the HTC One.

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Above is one of the twitter teasers that Sony have published, and one thing we can surely make out from that is, the Honami would be a pretty big device, so placing the power unlock button at the side makes a lot of sense. The device is expected to ship with a 20 MP Camera which would definitely make it the device with largest camera in terms of meg pixels after Nokia 808/ Lumia 1020. It is also expected the phone will come with the latest Snapdragon 800 SoC.

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The Honami is expected to have very similar form factor to the Xperia Z and would also come with water proof rating. It would definitely be interesting to see that with all these features combined with a high res display, if Sony would be really able to compete with market giants such as HTC and Samsung when it comes to being the Android phone to pick.

Via: Android Central

Sony Announces Upgrade plans to Android 4.3 for Select few Devices

Sony has notoriously been blamed for been slow when it comes to upgrading their existing devices to the latest version of Android. However, looks like the company is wary of the outrage it has faced and this time has come out first among any renowned OEM to release a list of devices that would be getting an update to recently announced Android 4.3.

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You can check out everything that is new with Android 4.3 in our post here.

All the variants of Xperia Z such as Z, ZL, ZR etc will be getting an update to Android 4.3. Here is what Sony wrote on its blog to confirm the news:

Hi everyone, a quick note on our software roadmap…

So, Sony’s Jelly Bean 4.2 upgrade for Xperia Z and Xperia ZL is well underway* – next up, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z will start receiving 4.2 from early August.

Yesterday you probably saw Google announce the next version of Jelly Bean (Android 4.3) – we’re already getting stuck in and can confirm we’ll make 4.3 available for: Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP and Xperia Z Ultra…

We’re also looking at uplifting some of our other devices running 4.1 direct to 4.3 – we’ll share more info / deets / timings when we can, so be sure to follow @SonyMobileNews for all the latest.

We just hope that now Sony has made the announcement, they can walk the talk and release the update soon.