Sony Announces New Flagships for 2014 – Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

Mobile World Congress is now in full swing, which means the press releases and product announcements have flooded in over night. First up, as we close in on Samsung’s big event this afternoon, we have Sony’s two new flagship products for 2014, the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Both products will look quite familiar, as they carry Sony’s style and design throughout, but with upgraded specs in all of the right places, these should be their best mobile products yet.

Let’s talk about each.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet and Phone Reportedly Leak Ahead of MWC (Updated)

Curious about the successors to Sony’s beautifully designed Xperia Z tablet and Z1 phone? @evleaks and a couple of YouTubers are happy to indulge.

Yesterday, @evleaks tweeted the alleged specs of the Xperia Z2 tablet, and it’s turning out to be quite the powerhouse. The Xperia Z2 tablet will be powered by a Snapdragon 800 SoC and 3GB of RAM, and will feature a 10.1-inch,  WUXGA (1920×1200) Triluminos display, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing shooter, a 6000 mAh battery, and 16GB of storage plus a microSD expansion slot. Oh, and it’ll be waterproof, ship with Android 4.4 KitKat, and maintain a thinness of 6.4mm. How’s that for overachieving?  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact: Thoughts After a Full Weekend With Sony’s Smaller High-End Phone

At CES 2014, we struggled to find interesting mobile-related stories outside of wearables because, well, there just weren’t any. Unless you consider Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact, which is the Japanese electronics manufacturer’s take on a smaller phone, just not one that necessarily falls into the “mini” category. With the Z1 Compact, you are looking at high-end specs packed into a phone that is much smaller than other flagships of today. And I say “flagship,” because it certainly stands up to other flagships, outside of its 720p display.

I picked one up last week even though it currently is only available overseas because as I just mentioned, it was one of the only interesting products to come out of CES. The thought of a high-end smart phone in a small package is something I find incredibly appealing, probably because it reminds me a bit of the thought process behind the Moto X. We also wanted to get ahead of this device, as Sony is almost guaranteed to release it in the U.S. six months from now. (more…)

Sony Ends Support for A Few Older Smartphones, Includes Xperia S, Xperia ion, and Xperia go

Smartphone manufacturers can’t support phones forever, a fact that Sony made clear today when it announced a number of its older devices would no longer receive software updates.

These are mostly older devices; every handset falls outside the 18-month update window Google and other Android phone makers generally follow. However, that doesn’t make the news any less sad. (more…)

Monday Poll: Whose 2014 Flagship are You Most Looking Forward to?

Being January of a new year, we have a lot of great things to look forward to; the biggest of all being new device releases from all of the top manufacturers in the game. Each company will more than likely bring its A-game, as Samsung continues to move further ahead of the rest of the Android OEM pack, something that we hope HTC, Motorola, and LG can counter.

For Samsung, we are more than likely going to see the Galaxy S5, a device that already has a ton of rumors and speculation surrounding it. Recent reports state that the phone should be announced in March with availability beginning in April. For specs, you can already guess that they are going to be the top tier of top tier on a smartphone.

As for HTC, the successor of the One device is also rumored for an unveiling in March, and is said to sport a dual-sensor camera. Whatever it does sport, HTC better bring it big time if they intend to remain competitive with Samsung and LG.

As you all know, we love Motorola’s Moto X device, so that might be the phone we are most looking forward to. As of right now, there are no real rumors surrounding the device, but we can hope that Motorola will continue its steps toward optimizing software and hardware, while also allowing customers to customize their devices. We think that’s what made the Moto X such a hit among the hardcore Android lovers.

So, let’s hear your thoughts down below. Which OEM’s next flagship offering are you most looking forward to?

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Sony Device (D6503) Apparently Leaked in Photos, Features 5.2″ Display and Thin Bezels

Over the weekend, a mysterious Sony device was leaked via pictures over on XDA. The user doing the leaking states that the device is model number D6503, one that we haven’t heard much about. According to the leaker, the device features very thin bezels, which allows the body to fit a 5.2″ display inside. At this time, no real specs are known.  (more…)

Sony Xperia Z1S Now Available Through T-Mobile Online

As of this morning, Sony has a brand new device available in the United States. Online through T-Mobile, you can grab the Xperia Z1S, which was announced last week during CES in Las Vegas.

If you are a T-Mobile customer or plan on making the switch soon, the Z1S won’t be a terrible decision. For specs, the device is rocking a 5.0″ 1920 x 1080 HD display, Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz, 3,000mAh battery, Android 4.3, 20.7MP rear-facing camera, microSD slot, and access to T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network wherever you can find it.  (more…)