This week the folks at Sony have revealed two new large-display-toting smartphones, both of them with rather similar specifications and an aim for international release. Both the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra dual work with 6-inch displays with 720p resolution and TRILUMINOUS technology alongside the company's own Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for mobile. They've got 1.1-megapixel cameras up front, 13-megapixel cameras around the back, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core 1.4GHz processor inside with 1GB of RAM.
Inside the Sony Xperia E1 you'll find one massively powerful speaker - that's the headliner item in this device, while everything else pales, ever so slightly. Of course as Sony doesn't want to be caught with a phone that only does one thing, you'll also find powers like "shake-to-shuffle" for music and Sony's newest "WALKMAN" app - as well as a 30 day pass for Sony's Entertainment Network music streaming service. There's a 4-inch display up front, too.
In the announcement of the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, the company made a rather pointed suggestion - our best doesn't have to be our biggest. Working specifications that closely match those of the Sony Xperia Z1, this miniature device works with high-end processing power and a 20+ megapixel camera. Right next to the Xperia Z1, the Xperia Z1 Compact also looks like it's working with a display that's just as brilliant - as you'll see below.
Sony and T-Mobile have announced the Xperia Z1S, the US carrier's version of the Xperia Z1 that debuted in Europe back at IFA in September 2013. The 5-inch Full HD touchscreen is kept, of course, as is the 2.2GHz quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of memory, and - as we found here at CES 2014 - you can still dunk it in water and expect it to work.
There's a collection of Android 4.4 KitKat software updates coming to the likes of Sony Xperia devices soon, with Sony suggesting which will get what where this afternoon. Sony's upgrade schedule includes both updates to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as well as Android 4.4 KitKat, so you'll want to pay close attention to which device you've got and how far it'll go on the Android software train soon.
An FCC listing for a Wi-fi only edition of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra has appeared today, rolling with what appears to be essentially the same specifications as the original, coming at this point with no mobile data connectivity. You'll find the Sony TS-0010 coming with support for Wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac as well NFC, GPS, and everybody's favorite: Bluetooth 4.0 with Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) abilities.
Word has it that Sony is preparing a media event in Shanghai next month, something that is expected to be the unveiling point for two new Xperia handsets, the Xperia Z1S and the Xperia Tianchi. Though nothing is official yet, the phones are likely heading to China first, after which point their other destinations -- if any are planned -- are unknown. More information will likely surface in the coming weeks, but until then, we have some specs on both phones after the jump.
This week the folks at Sony have made clear their intent to bring both the massive Xperia Z Ultra and the next-generation Xperia Z1 to the United States. Both of these devices work with high-powered processors and Full HD displays, while neither of them have been guaranteed for carrier subsidies. Both devices will be available unlocked and off-contract in the USA starting immediately.