Sony may not have a presence at all in the US mobile market anymore, but within the last year, they really grabbed my attention thanks to their introduction of the Compact series. While other manufacturers continue to release flagship phones followed by mini, low-spec, just-because-it’s-small-it-has-to-be-cheap, variations of those flagships, Sony is taking the opposite approach.
They first introduced the Xperia Z1 Compact as the still-powerful-but-not-oversized version of the flagship, Xperia Z1, earlier in 2014. It was a solid little phone with high-end specs that I tested for a good month or so before moving onto the heavy-hitters released by Samsung and HTC for the year. But then just over a month ago, Sony came back with the Xperia Z3 Compact, the compact, yet equally as powerful and impressive version of their newest flagship, the Xperia Z3. Don’t call it a “mini.” This is by all means a flagship phone packed into the body of a much smaller device than we are used to seeing. As a fan of the original Compact, I couldn’t help myself and picked up the new one too. (more…)
Two promotional videos were published by Sony this morning, showcasing the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. The videos speak highly of the phones’ rear-facing camera, claiming each is a smartphone that is serious about photography.
The commercials are quite cool, too. In the night, they lit up a few snowboarders and had them cruise down the hill, while a man snapped photos with the phone. It probably won’t be the type of scenery you photograph when the Xperia Z3 lands in the States, but again, it does look very nice.
Both videos are watchable below. (more…)
Sony may have unveiled a menagerie of new devices at IFA in Berlin last week, but that doesn’t mean its older tablets and smartphones are bound for obsolescence just yet. This morning, Sony support announced that an update to Android 4.4.4 has begun rolling out to the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR, and Tablet Z worldwide. (more…)
Disappointed Sony’s latest flagship, the Xperia Z3, doesn’t sport a 2K display? There’s a philosophical reason for that. Speaking to TrustedReview‘s Luke Johnson in an interview, Calum MacDougall explained why Sony believes that screens with resolutions higher than 1080p are more trouble than they’re worth. (more…)
Sony unveiled its newest flagship yesterday at IFA, the Xperia Z3, bound for T-Mobile here in the US. However, according to a report from PC Mag, the device will also hit Verizon’s network as the Xperia Z3v in the near future.
Thanks to leaked documents which were unreleased by PC Mag, the Xperia Z3v is shown with Verizon logos on its backside, as well as a list of apps that will come preloaded on the device, such as the Amazon Appstore, Kindle app, and Amazon Music. (more…)
Refreshed Xperia smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches aren’t all Sony announced at IFA. As predicted, the company revealed the QX1 and QX30, the successors to its QX100 and QX10 attachable camera accessories for smartphones. (more…)
This morning, Sony unleashed two devices at IFA, the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Much like we saw last year, Sony has its main flagship in the Xperia Z3, but wanted to bring a smaller version with respectable specs, that being the Xperia Z3 Compact.
As a recap for both devices, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact both feature Sony TRILUMINOS displays, Qualcomm-made Snapdragon processors, Sony-produced 20.7MP rear-facing cameras, 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, microSD slots, and run Android 4.4+ out of the box. (more…)
At long last, a flagship Sony handset is bound for American shores. Announced this morning following the IFA presser, T-Mobile will soon carry the Xperia Z3 in the United States. Timed closely with other territories, customers will be able to order it “this fall” online and in brick-and-mortar stores. (more…)