Let’s all just forget that the Sony Xperia Z4 or Z4v or Z3+ ever existed, OK? Sony just announced the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium, and they are all you should care about from Sony at the moment and going forward. These are next-level flagship phones, one of which has a 4K screen. A 4K screen. What? Why? Who cares! 4K in a phone!
During its press event today at IFA, Sony said to expect the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact in October. The 4K-monster Xperia Z5 Premium will arrive in November.
So, what’s up with each phone? A lot. (more…)
The year is 2015 and we still don’t have a perfect smartphone. I’d argue that there isn’t even a phone that is all that close to being perfect. I’m not saying that all of today’s phones are bad, because most are very, very good and you will probably be satisfied with whatever you choose. But every single one of them includes a big “but.” Hear me out.
Over the past few years, we have seen display technology from Samsung that looks more life-like than your TV and is mindblowingly good. We have seen processors reach PC-like power and efficiency levels. RAM is insanely fast. The Galaxy Note 5 has 4GB of it, people. 4GB. Storage is also faster than ever before. We even have fast wireless charging now! Cameras are reaching point-and-shoot territory. No, smartphone cameras are coming close to eclipsing some point-and-shoots. Metals are being used. Glass is too. Phones look like high-end watches or jewelry, yet do more than a computer in many instances. Technology is, well, pure awesome right now. So why is it that every single Android manufacturer can’t make us the perfect phone.
Why isn’t there a perfect option right now? (more…)
Sony took the wraps off its new SmartBand 2 this morning, a health and lifestyle fitness band that will launch in September for around 119 EUR. The goal of the new SmartBand 2 is to not only look appealing with its variety of colors, but to provide “full-scale insights about your fitness, well-being, and stress levels.”
Sony included an accelerometer and heart rate sensor to monitor pulse and heart rate “variability,” which they think allows them to “gauge overall fitness, excitement and stress levels throughout the day.” That’s a pretty bold idea to grasp, but hey, the more data crunching in wearables we can do, the better, in my opinion. (more…)
To say that the Sony Xperia Z4 (or Z3+ or Z4v or whatever the hell Sony is calling it today) was a disappointment, is probably a gross understatement. Because of the lack of anything remarkable with that handset, most ignored it and instead set sights on what would hopefully be a news-worthy follow-up, a phone that we all assume will be called the Xperia Z5. In a series of purported leaks from @ViziLeaks, we may have our first looks at not only the Xperia Z5, but it’s little brother, the Xperia Z5 Compact. (more…)
At the stroke of midnight, last night, Sony announced two new phones for “emerging markets” that I think many of you hope make it far beyond and into bigger markets. The two phones are the Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra. I would suggest to you that the Xperia M5 is the more appealing of the two because of its supposedly great new camera and smaller body, but the C5 Ultra’s non-existent side bezel almost looks too clean to be real – except that it is – and is just as interesting.
Each phone sports a 1080p display, thin body, MediaTek octa-core processor, and some unique camera setups. Sony is referring to these as “super mid-range” type phones, but they really could pass as flagships for the most part.
It’s unfortunate that most of us will never have a chance to buy either, because they really do sound quite appealing on a number of levels. (more…)
For just 500 Xperia Z3 owners in Sweden, Sony is introducing its Concept for Android project, a concept OS that brings a stripped down version of Android 5.1 to users, with popular Sony features built directly into the OS. To put it simply, it’s vanilla Android, with a few extra tricks. (more…)
A new app called Live Screen Sharing for select Sony devices is now available on Google Play, granting users the ability to livestream gameplay from mobile games directly to Twitch and YouTube. Why is this cool? Because who knows, maybe you could be the next PewDiePie. (more…)
At this year’s CES, Sony unveiled a TV that got more traffic than just about every other TV I found myself in front of throughout the week. The popular TV was Sony’s 55-inch 4K “Ultra-Thin” LED model that ran Android TV. People couldn’t stop from halting in front if it to take a picture because it is insanely thin. Seriously, it was so crazy thin that even we (non-TV guys) stopped with mouths dropped to take a couple of pics (that we of course can’t find now).
Sony claims the TV is thinner than your smartphone or pencil at “approximately” 0.2-inches. (more…)