Android 4.1 upgrade now available for Sony Xperia T in Canada

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Mar 042013
 
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Sony Xperia T

Sony Mobile today announced that its Android 4.1 Jelly Bean upgrade is now available in Canada for Sony Xperia T owners. According to the Facebook post:

Your Xperia™ T is about to get even better! Starting today, the Jelly Bean update to Android 4.1 for Xperia T will be available. Just plug your device into your PC and use PC Companion to install the new software.

It does not appear that an OTA update will be provided. Instead, the upgrade will have to be done through Sony’s PC Companion software using a PC.

The Sony Xperia T is offered by Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers and Vidéotron.

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Sony Xperia ZL coming to Canadian carriers “this Spring”

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Feb 142013
 

Sony Xperia ZLSony Mobile confirmed back at CES 2013 that the Xperia ZL would launch in Canada but gave no further details. It announced today that it will launch with a number of Canadian carriers this spring. Bell, Mobilicity, MTS, Rogers, Videotron and WIND Mobile will all begin launching the device starting in April.

“With the highest screen to phone size ratio available today, the Xperia ZL represents over half of a century worth of Sony innovation in TV, imaging, music, film, gaming and design.” said Peter Farmer, Vice President of Marketing North America, Sony Mobile Communications. “Loaded with Sony’s One-touch functions and media applications, the Xperia ZL will provide an unparalleled entertainment experience whether on-the-go or as a central device within the home.”

While the Xperia ZL will launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, Sony Mobile has already confirmed that an upgrade to 4.2 is in the works. There are no details as to when it will be released though.

The Sony Xperia ZL was unveiled at CES 2013 alongside the Xperia Z. There is no official word yet that Sony will launch the latter in Canada alongside the Xperia ZL.

Details such as pricing were not announced today. It is likely that individual carriers will announce these details when we get closer to the launch.

Sony Xperia T and Xperia V Android 4.1.2 upgrades begin rolling out

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Feb 072013
 
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Sony Mobile today announced that it has begun to roll out its Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean upgrades for the Sony Xperia T and the Sony Xperia V. Both will also include improved Sony features. “We’ve been working to blend our Sony Xperia software with Google’s Jelly Bean release to create optimum user experiences.”

Aside from the OS upgrade itself, software versions 9.1.A.0.489 and 9.1.A.0.490 for the Xperia T and Xperia V respectively also include updated, more intuitive versions of Sony Media apps: WALKMAN, Album and Movies. There is also a new search function within the application tray to find local apps.

As is so often the case, the update comes with a caveat: “Availability and rollout timing will vary by market and customer variants.” In Canada, the Sony Xperia T is carried by Rogers which expects the update to roll out in “mid-February.”

Sony Mobile also confirmed that the Xperia TX upgrade will follow next month. If the schedule last communicated remains unchanged, the Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia go will then follow starting in late March. The Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S will then follow in “the subsequent weeks.”

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Sony Mobile announces Sony Xperia Tablet Z

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Jan 212013
 

Sony Xperia Tablet ZSony is kicking 2013 off with a number of devices. It announced the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL smartphones at CES 2013. And now, confirming last week’s rumours, Sony Mobile today announced the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, the successor to its Xperia Tablet S.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 JellyBean
  • Cellular connectivity: Optional LTE
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 10.-inch WUXGA (1920×1200) with Mobile Bravia Engine 2
  • Input: Capative touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB onboard and microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 8.1MP with BSI and Exmor R sensor
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 6.9 millimeters-thick, 495 grams
  • Colours: Black, white
  • Other: Waterproof and dustproof (IP55 and IP57 certifications), virtual S-Force Front Surround sound

The Sony Xperia Tablet Z will launch in Japan sometime this spring. There is no confirmation on availability beyond yet but hopefully Sony will announce those plans shortly. Pricing was also not revealed.

Read more: Sony Mobile (in Japanese) [Google translation] (Source: Engadget)

Sony to exit feature phone business to focus on smartphones

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Jan 172013
 
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Sony is looking to make more money out of its mobile phone business and one way of doing that is to exit the feature phone business. According to Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai, the company will focus on high-end devices. “We basically are out of the feature-phone business and in the Android-based smartphone business,” Hirai explained. “We are more in toward the high end of the market as opposed to trying to get into the commoditized portion.”

With Sony having recorded losses in the last four consecutive years, a return to profitability is paramount. Margins for smartphones and high-end ones in particular are much higher than they are for features phones. A focus on such devices will enable Sony to turn its handset business around and meet its goal to make its handset division profitable. “That’s why we are in this business, and that’s why we invested heavily in the business,” Hirai said.

Sony is investing more in its product development for smartphones and will leverage its strengths in video games, cameras and audio players to develop future devices. “We need to have products that wow people, move people emotionally,” Hirai said

Sony may find the going tough. Competition in the smartphone space is fierce and dominated by Apple and Samsung. As Ace Securities analyst Hideki Yasuda points out, “It’s going to be hard for Sony to catch up. Still, the market is expected to continue growing, and that will probably enable Sony to boost sales.”

Read more: Bloomberg Business Week

Sony Xperia Tablet Z revealed?

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Jan 152013
 
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The recently announced Sony Xperia Z flagship smartphone may soon be joined by a new Sony Xperia tablet. Details about the upcoming tablet have been revealed by @xperia_info in a couple of tweets. Identified as the Sony Xperia Tablet Z (model SO-03E), it will presumably replace the Sony Xperia Tablet S.

Rumoured Sony Xperia Tablet Z specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1.2 JellyBean
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE
  • Other connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 10.1-inch Full HD (1920×1080)
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB onboard
  • Rear-facing camera: 8.1MP
  • Front-facing camera: 2.2MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Dimensions: 266 × 172 × 6.9 millimeters
  • Colours: Black, white
  • Other: Waterproof and dustproof (IP55 and IP57 certifications)

It’s likely that the LTE connectivity will be an optional configuration and that there will be additional variants with different onboard storage capacities. You can also expect it to support DLNA and act as an IR universal remote control.

Unfortunately, there are no pictures of the device yet but its design will reportedly be similar to the Xperia Z.

Sony is expected to launch the Xperia Tablet Z in the second quarter. It will first launch in Japan with Hong Kong, Europe, and other markets to follow in succession. There is no word yet on pricing.

Read more: @Xperia_info and @Xperia_info [via Twitter] (Source: Techkiddy)

Both Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL coming to Canada (Updated)

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Jan 112013
 

Sony Mobile unveiled both the Sony Xperia Z and the slightly smaller Sony Xperia ZL earlier this week at CES 2013. Sony confirmed that the ZL, which was intended only for select markets, would be coming to Canada. Asked about the Xperia Z, Sony could make no such commitment for the Xperia Z:

Last night, Sharath Muddaiah, the Xperia Z’s Marketing Manager, gave Canadians eyeing the Xperia Z some good news. He confirmed came that both devices would in fact becoming to Canada during a Twitter chat:

Specific availability, carrier and pricing details have not been announced but we now know that Canadians will have a choice of two new Xperia devices in the near future.

Update (1/14/2013): After hearing conflicting stories about the Canadian Xperia Z availability, we reached out Sony Mobile Canada and received the following statement:

Everyone is really excited about the week we’ve had at CES. A global representative made an error regarding Canadian product availability. At this time we can confirm that Canadians will be receiving the Xperia ZL as previously announced, but we have nothing to announce about the Xperia Z availability in Canada at this time. We will share more news on future products as they are confirmed.

You may have to keep your fingers crossed a bit longer if you want to see the Xperia Z in Canada.

Sony to offer Charging Dock DK26 for Xperia Z

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Jan 082013
 

Sony will offer a charging dock, aptly called the Charging Dock DK26, for its just announced Sony Xperia Z flagship smartphone. From the pictures, it appears to be a rather straightforward affair. No ports, HDMI or otherwise are visible, leaving the dock to charge and cradle your device. At the right price, it could have its use.

Sony Charging Dock DK26Sony Charging Dock DK26

The design takes its cues from the sharp lines of the Xperia Z. It measures 144 by 40 by 30 millimeters and weighs 55.4 grams.

There are no pricing and availability details yet but it’s likely to be available around the same time as the Xperia Z (later this quarter).

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CES 2013: Sony unveils Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

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Jan 072013
 

As widely predicted by rumours, Sony today unveiled its next flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z.

“With Xperia Z, we are bringing over half a century of innovation in TV, imaging, music, film and gaming to create a superphone experience that truly stands out,” said Kuni Suzuki, President and CEO, at Sony Mobile Communications. “With great specifications, Sony’s media applications, One-touch functions and outstanding battery life, Xperia Z is well positioned for leadership in the smartphone market. By putting smartphones at the heart of our strategy, Sony is enabling people to create, enjoy and share content and experiences like never before.”

Sony Xperia ZSony Xperia Z specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (MSM8064)
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA+/EDGE/GPRS
  • Other connectivity: A-GPS/GLONASS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, DLNA
  • Display: 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard and microSD cards up to 32GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP with Exmor RS sensor and HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2.2MP camera with HD video capture
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB 2.0 port
  • Battery: 2,330mAh
  • Dimensions / weight: 139 x 71 x 7.9 millimeters / 146 grams
  • Colours: Black, white and purple
  • Other: Dust and water resistant (IP55 & IP57)

Sony also unveiled the Xperia ZL, a very similar device intended for a number of select markets, including Canada. It will share many characteristics with the Xperia Z but will be slightly smaller.

Sony Xperia ZLSony Xperia ZL specifications:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (MSM8064)
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE/HSPA+/EDGE/GPRS
  • Other connectivity: GPS/GLONASS, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, DLNA
  • Display: 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 16GB onboard and microSD cards up to 64GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP with Exmor RS sensor and HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP camera with HD video capture
  • Connectors: 3.5mm audio jack, micro-USB 2.0 port
  • Dimensions / weight: 131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8 millimeters / 151 grams
  • Colours: Black, white

Both devices will launch with Android 4.1 but will be upgraded to Android 4.2 later on.

The Sony Xperia Z will launch globally later this quarter whereas the Xperia ZL will launch only select markets (including Canada). Pricing details were not provided.

Read more: Sony Mobile (Xperia Z) and Sony Mobile (Xperia ZL)

Sony Xperia Z spotted at CES 2013 Sony booth

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Jan 062013
 

Sony has promised something “extraordinary” for CES 2013. Rumours have repeatedly pointed to the company announcing its latest flagship, the Xperia Z (and its smaller Xperia ZL sibling). It now appears that we have confirmation of this announcement tomorrow as someone has snapped the picture below at Sony’s CES booth:

Sony Xperia Z at CES booth

There were no details about the Sony Xperia Z to go along with the picture. It is expected to come with a 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, and 13MP rear camera.

All should be revealed tomorrow at Sony’s CES press event.

Read more: Engadget

Sony Mobile promises something “extraordinary” for CES 2013

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Jan 062013
 

With only days before CES 2013 kicks off, the hype is in full gear. Sony has sent out an email promising that “The extraordinary is coming” is coming to the tradeshow.

Sony Mobile CES 2013 teaser

Little is revealed in the teaser but the Xperia branding suggests that it will be smartphone related. With all the Sony Xperia Z (and Xperia ZL) rumours swirling, could it be anything but Sony’s new flagship smartphone?

Keep it locked on Gadgetorama over the next few days. We will bring you all the highlights from CES 2013, including Sony’s announcement.

Read more: XperiaBlog

Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL confirmed by Sony Mobile website

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Jan 012013
 

The latest evidence that Sony has two new smartphones up its sleeve comes from none other than its own website. Press shots of the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL have been located on the site and pretty much confirm that the former is none other than the upcoming Sony Yuga and the latter the Sony Odin. Without further ado, here they are:

Rumoured Sony Xperia ZRumoured Sony Xperia ZL

The images line up well with earlier rumours. The Sony Xperia XL even seems to have its front-facing camera at the bottom right corner as one rumour suggested. Past rumours have indicated that both will be powered by 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors and come with 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) displays, 2GB RAM, and rear 13MP cameras.

Sony is expected to unveil both the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL at next week’s CES 2013.

Read more: Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL (Source: Engadget)

Sony Xperia X to be dual-SIM version of Xperia Z?

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Dec 292012
 
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Past rumours have suggested that the Sony Yuga (Xperia Z) and the Sony Odin (Xperia X) may be very similar in terms of specifications but very different when it comes to looks. A rumour yesterday indicated that the Xperia X may be a somewhat cheaper variant of the Xperia Z which looks set to become Sony’s next flagship device. The truth may be somewhat different if Vietnamese website SECafe is to be believed.

This latest rumour suggests that the Xperia X will be a dual-SIM version of the Xperia Z. It adds that the Xperia X will be slightly thicker and heavier than the Yuga and will sport a textured or striped pattern on the back. It will also have a small back cover to allow the user to hotswap SIM cards without having to reboot the phone as well as access the microSD card. It will not be dust and waterproof like the Xperia Z.

Most interesting is the suggestion that the front-facing camera will be located on the bottom right of the device. This seems a bit strange at first but Sony may have a reason for placing it in this odd position. The light sensor will be in the upper left.

The device handled by SECafe‘s source was a prototype so there may be some changes before the design is finalized.

Sony is expected to unveil both the Xperia Z and Xperia X early next month at CES 2013.

Read more: SECafe (in Vietnamese) [Google translation] (Source: XperiaBlog)

Sony to announce Xperia X and Xperia Z at CES 2013?

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Dec 272012
 

Sony may unveil its next flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z, at the upcoming CES 2013. Previously known under the codename Yuga, it will be Sony’s first 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) smartphone and its next flagship device.

The Google translation is not easy to read but it appears that Sony will first launch the Xperia Z (bearing model number L36h) in China perhaps as early as mid-January. It will sell for ¥4298 (about CA$685). There also appear to be two variants, the L36i and the L36a, that will be offered in other markets.

Rumoured Sony Xperia Z

Sony could also announce the Sony Xperia X (model L35h), described as a “sister” device with very similar specifications but with a number of differences as well (perhaps as Sony has already done with the Xperia T and Xperia TX). It should sell for somewhat less than the Xperia Z.

The report adds that both the Xperia Z and Xperia X will come with 5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) displays, a quad-core Qualcomm S4 processor, 2GB RAM, a microSD card slot, and a rear 13MP camera.

Sony may unveil three or four smartphones for the first half of the year.

Read more: ePrice (in Chinese) [Google translation] (Source: UnwiredView)

Sony provides update on 2012 Xperia smartphone Android 4.1 upgrade plans

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Dec 172012
 

SonySony today provided an updated and more specific timeline as to when 2012 Xperia smartphone owners would (or would not) see Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on their devices with the usual caveat that “availability and rollout timing will vary by market and customer variants.”

First up will be the Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V with upgrades set to roll during February and March. The Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia go will follow starting in late March. The Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia ion and Xperia acro S will then follow in “the subsequent weeks.”

A number of devices will not be updated. The Xperia U, Xperia miro, Xperia tipo, and Xperia sola will all remain on Android 4.0. Sony explained that:

The quality of Xperia’s software experience is dependent on a number of factors including: screen resolution, hardware platform and RAM. In the case of Xperia go, this combination came together in a way that meant the user experience running JB was not adversely affected.

Unfortunately, in the case of Xperia tipo, Xperia miro, Xperia U and Xperia sola this wasn’t the case – so we made the decision to keep them on Ice Cream Sandwich.

It remains to be seen if and when devices will then be upgraded to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Sony has already confirmed that it will not upgrade its 2011 Xperia devices to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Read more: Sony Mobile Communications