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Sony’s IFA 2014 Press Invite Reportedly Leaked, Could Hint at What to Expect

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IFA is an annual event where many of the world’s largest OEMs unveil their newest products. For example, IFA is where Samsung has announced all previous versions of the Galaxy Note lineup, and it is where they will announce the Galaxy Note 4 on September 3. Not only does Samsung announce new products, but IFA is where Sony likes to show off their newest work as well. 

This year, if a leaked press invite is to be believed, Sony may introduce products in a few separate categories at this year’s event. According to the invite, the event is set to take place on September 3 (same day as Samsung’s Note 4 event) in Berlin, Germany.

From the images seen on the invite, Sony could be hinting at a new smartphone, new TV, sequel to the QX10 and QX100 detachable camera lenses for phones, and what looks like a set of speakers. As a note, the actual images are probably not of the new devices/products, though.

Whatever Sony does plan to announce at IFA, there is no doubt we will be here to talk about it. However, being the same day as Samsung’s event, it may be hard to not pay attention to the Galaxy Note 4 just a tad bit more.

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Via: Xperia Blog
  • Justin Kos

    I expect nothing, because I live in the states.

  • shamatuu

    If the Z 3 comes to T-mobile than im sold.

  • mcdonsco

    Doesn’t matter cause Verizon won’t carry whatever it is anyway.

    • LiterofCola

      ZOMG! I totaLLy hat3 v3riZION too!!

  • trumpet444

    Apparently the word invitation has been completely scrapped from society’s lexicon. I haven’t seen it used in years.

    • Brady

      right?!

  • Dr. Steve

    Hope you don’t live in the US or don’t mind paying a buttload for a small phone.

    • LiterofCola

      You’re an idiot.

  • SeanPlunk

    I’m more excited about the Z3 Compact than the Z3 to be honest. It looks like Sony trimmed the side bezels a lot and even the top and bottom look smaller. A 4.6″ 1080p phone with full flagship specs and typical Sony build quality would be awesome for those who are looking for a smaller device.

    • M3D1T8R

      Or even a 5″ like the Z and Z1 but with slimmer side bezels.

    • Bryan Mills

      4.6in? Whyyyyyyyyy

      • SeanPlunk

        Not everyone wants a huge phone and the Z3 is 5.2″ so it seems like a good size for a compact.

        • Bryan Mills

          Small phones are done for. And Sony isn’t about trolling Apple.

          • SeanPlunk

            That may be true but there haven’t been any true flagship mini phones widely available, so I don’t know how you could say that definitively? Usually you have to compromise too much in order to get a mini phone so the value proposition isn’t there for the consumer.

          • hoodieNation

            meh… I also want a sub 5″ phone with top tier specs.

          • chris_johns

            sooo done for…thats why moto x was phone of the year last year and more people have iphones then anything…people look stupid with these note sized phones…thats why we have choice not everyone wants to look stupid

          • Deez

            Lol Moto X was only the phone of the year on Droid Life. There were a more than a few phones way better. Nexus 5, LG G2, etc.

            Let me also point out that the new Moto X is rumored to have a larger screen then it previously did. There’s a reason why they’re going to do that. I mean, if it was such an ideal size, such a big selling point, and the reason it was phone of the year (like you’re claiming) then why in the world are they changing it? Why is Apple rumored to be going bigger if small sells so well?

          • chris_johns

            lol almost all major tech sites had it as phone of the year but the opinion of some internet message board chump is way more valid then theirs…sit down son, your drunk
            .
            and rumors are just rumors my son i dont bite till i see evidence…although i can imagine theyd go bigger with one device but still have a moto x sized phone along with it…time shall tell
            .
            and there is a market for larger phones thats apperent a lot of people need to overcompensate for their shortcomings so it makes sense for mobile companies to make these products along sized their base ones

          • Deez

            I highly doubt anyone gets a bigger phone because of their penis size. You’ve said that like 3 times already on this comment section. You sound absolutely stupid, make no valid points and really aren’t worth debating with.

          • chris_johns

            100% true… Why you think its the Koreans having a pissing contest for the biggest phone…little guy problems

          • Deez

            Wow. If that’s not the most ignorant generalization I don’t know what is.

            Did you ever stop to think that South Koreans love the phablet sized phone because it’s home of Samsung which started the phablet trend with the Note? It’s what Samsung pushes at them? And LG?

            Nah, you’d rather make some off brand racist comment about how Asians are trying to compensate for a lack of body size or whatever.

            You’re an idiot. Straight up.

          • chris_johns

            Lol im not racist im far from…and its not racist to call a square a square and a circle a circle… Dont be such a woman so sensitive

          • Deez

            Great reply. Following up your racist comment with a sexist comment. Real classy.

            I’m starting to believe you’re the one with an inferiority complex. Maybe that’s why you feel like you have to stereotype social roles based on gender and degrade a race of people that like bigger phones. To make yourself feel bigger than what you are.

          • chris_johns

            Hold on while i call you a waaaaaaaambulance

      • chris_johns

        well…not everyone has a small penis

      • robertkoa

        Why a 4.6″ screen or a 4.7″ on the new smaller Samsungs ?

        For people who want a powerful
        phone that fits in my pocket that’s less likely to break or flex and break.

        Let’s say I want to have it at the Gym in pocket or Jogging.

        Sure I could carry a huge phone and wear it in my Utility Belt like Batman and use the phone to fight Crime like Batman -but I don’t have a utility belt or want one.

    • Dr. Steve

      Hope you don’t live in the US or don’t mind paying a buttload for a small phone. Cause if it does ever arrive here I don’t forsee carrier support

      • SeanPlunk

        I have a Note 3 and I’ll be upgrading to a Note 4, so I’m definitely not looking out for me. I just feel bad for anyone that wants a smaller phone with flagship specs.

        • Dr. Steve

          I want a Z3 =( coming from a N5 i can’t move up to the rumored monster phablet that may or may not be the N6. If ATT picks up the Z3 i’ll recommit to contract and leave StraightTalk, leaving open the possibility of a reasonable N7(?) down the road.

        • chris_johns

          not everyone has a small penis

      • Patrick Smithopolis

        I don’t mind paying a boatload for a small phone as long as the specs are current.

      • NBMTX

        The Z1 Compact was $450 at the Sony Store when I saw it a few days ago… not a bad price in comparison to other phones with similar and or lesser internals. If someone were to save on something like ATT’s BYOP, they could save $180-300 ($15-25mo) in a year.

        Getting a unique, unlocked, flagship-compact-device, without a contract, at a cost of $150 after savings for that year, isn’t bad at all… plus the device would still be unlocked (higher resale chances/value) and worth about 250ish (a ZR is $280 right now, though used ones seem to not be for sale so much) so you could use a device you like, and then make some money off it [after a year] to make future devices cheaper running a similar cycle.

        If you are able to stick with a phone for 2 years, which I can’t, you could even just have those theoretical-plan-savings more than pay for your device.

        • Dr. Steve

          I wouldn’t buy a Z1 when a Z3 is released, which I would imagine would have a tag of $650 (new). I can’t handle a new phone every 2, sh*t cray. Which is why I’m contemplating the contract for brand new flagship non-nexus then the second year doing nexus, assuming they continue the program and go one and done on the 5.9″ display. The build quality on the Sony line seems pretty sweet and I would just run the google now launcher or nova (as I am now). At the end of the day, I’m looking forward to Sony’s IFA presentation and keeping my fingers crossed that they start investing in the US market a bit more.

          • NBMTX

            The Z3 will be announced in a month which could mean released in the US in half a year… and a subsidized device could never show up. The Z2 just came to market as well as the Z1c (out early July, I believe). The compact versions don’t come as as often as the full sized versions, hence the lack of a Z2c. IMO, all of the snapdragon 801 and 805 powered devices are worth a skip as they’re mostly incremental updates without vastly different experiences (except the Z2’s ips display, that’s big). If you’re the type that has a hard time committing to buying a device because the next one’s right around the corner, then Sony might not be the right way to go.

            The value of not being tied to a device or contract as a tech enthusiast is pretty high. I’m considering buying a cheap black Moto X (about $180) for the battery life and keeping my N5 for quicker access to Android L when that comes out… or losing out on the fast update and buying a Z1c to hold me over until the real “next gen” SD808/810 64-bit big.LITTLE powered devices come out in 2015.
            I’m just pretty unhappy with my N5’s battery life (for my amount of usage*) but being able to just stop whenever and pick up the new device I really want, for whatever reason, irregardless of network ties, is a perk.

          • Dr. Steve

            Seems like a lot of speculation based on past business practice on Sony’s part and a whole lot of assumption that they will stay the course. I think they are due for change since it hasn’t really been working for them. Not to mention that the US is basically an untapped HUGE market for them to seek growth in.

            Ideally, in my case, Z3 goes to ATT and I commit with that, then pick up a cheap Moto X+1 or future Nexus device in the future time frame. I enjoy the cost benefit and lack of commitment of ST now, but I would like a new flagship such as the Z3 without the upfront cost, then switching down the road to nexus level price structure. I should also add, any phone i get is x2 because the wife usually wants what I get.

            Also, your cheap black Moto X will get L very shortly after release, if you haven’t flashed it already to your N5. So you could ween yourself off the N5 pretty quickly.

        • robertkoa

          I agree with most of this, I need a powerful pocket sized Device about 5.0″ to 5.2 inches tall with very good Camera- so the Z3 Compact may be it or the Samsung Alpha or Neo.

          Will Sony eliminate the plastic shatterproof screen cover-we can get removable tempered glass ?

          Will Sony increase the volume and bass response of the Speakerphone ?

          Will they increase Battery size a little, and improve Camera to great ?

          • NBMTX

            I think the Z2 has already taken off the plastic shatterproof screen protector, and they at least changed the speakers to front facing stereo as well. I’m not sure how the sound quality differs but it may impact it’s perceived volume. While not necessarily increased, an Android 5.0 update should theoretically improve battery life a bit, via Project Volta… and with the new Camera API and Sony’s separate camera app that can updated independently, the camera has room (and expectations) to improve

      • DanielMena9

        Paid $399 for my Z1 Compact and its the BEST phone I’ve ever owned.

        • Dr. Steve

          If you don’t mind me asking what was/were your previous phone(s)?

          • DanielMena9

            Sorry, should have added more context since if I’ve owned one phone by default its the best lol

            Prior to my current Z1 Compact (Lime), I have owned a Moto G, iPhone 5s, Z1 Compact (White), Nexus 5 (red), LG G2, Moto X, and Nexus 5 (white), Nexus 4, Droid X, iPhone 3G, Nokia brick phone.

          • Dr. Steve

            I would argue that’s a solid resume to base your decision on. Well here’s to hoping the Z3 get’s carrier support.

  • Finire

    I’ll predict the Z3… and we’ll never see it on Verizon. Not saying I don’t want to see it on Verizon, because I do… but we won’t.

    • Justin Merithew

      One of the rumors is that we could see it on all 4 of the main US carriers. Sony may finally be ready to put in effort in the US.

      • Finire

        I’d be so happy if it did, and it’d be my next phone.

        • Justin Merithew

          It’s definitely a phone I’m keeping an eye on. I like Sony’s hardware and UI layer. We should have some pretty great smartphone choices over the next few months. It’s going to be an interesting Autumn.

          • Finire

            I got the Z2 Tablet on Verizon… and I’ve got to say I’m really a fan of it. Just hoping the Z3 lives up to it and comes to Verizon.

          • Justin Merithew

            I almost got the Z1S on T-Mo, but there was better alternatives, and no word of the Z2 coming to T-Mo. It’ll be great if we start getting Sony phones the same time as the rest of the world. It should really help their sales.

          • JMonkeYJ

            The Z2 is out in the US and works great on TMo (mine is on TMo).

          • Justin Merithew

            It’s out now, but it came out like a month ago, and you have to buy it straight up through Sony. I was purchasing a phone back in April and did financing through T-Mobile. I went with the M8 because we hadn’t gotten the Z2 like the rest of the world yet.

          • JMonkeYJ

            Ah, I see. I didn’t realize you had already made your purchase. The M8 is an excellent phone, at least. I almost got it instead of the Z2, myself. FYI the stereo speakers on the Z2, while certainly appreciated, don’t hold a candle to the M8 and barely keep up with the M7.

      • M3D1T8R

        That would be awesome. Let’s hope so.

  • Paul Hansen

    Z3 incoming

  • Bryan Mills

    Awesome. Excited to see what Sony has for us.

    • Franklin Ramsey

      Did… did you just post something remotely positive?

      • Bryan Mills

        I like Sony, so. Yes i did.

        • Franklin Ramsey

          I think you just broke the internets.

          • rawrrawr

            Not really, he is not different than Richard Yarrell who has his favorites and hates anyone who likes what he doesn’t like.