Sony's Xperia range of Android phones has been on a roll of late, with the Xperia Z proving a sleeper hit to rival the Galaxy S 4, and the Zperia Z Ultra putting the company's big screen display expertise to work. Now there's the Sony Xperia Z1, still waterproof but with a sleek metal casing rather than the polycarbonate of its predecessors, and featuring a super-speedy 2.2GHz quadcore processor and whopping 20.7-megapixel camera. Fresh to IFA 2013 today, we spent some playtime with the Z1 Ultra to see if it's likely to be another hit.
The gang over the FCC has done us a solid and offered up some images and details of the Sony NSZ-GU1 TV dongle. The first details about this device surfaced earlier in the month and the FCC filing has now been updated with more details and pictures. The Sony TV dongle is the first new Google TV hardware seen since Chromecast launched.
There's a device out there in the wild by the name of Honami - code-named by Sony for their next-generation follow-up to the Sony Xperia Z, complete with specifications made to out-do the previous model. This device appears today in a series of hands-on photos snapped by an intrepid Sony even-goer in China. These images have subsequently been deleted by said user, suggesting therefor that they should not have been captured in the first place.
Adding to the growing competition against traditional cable service providers, Sony has achieved a preliminary deal with Viacom in regards to offering the network's content on its planned Internet-based TV service. The information comes from sources who spoke to The Wall Street Journal, stating that before the deal is finalized, Sony needs to lay out the final details for the agreement.
Sony's Xperia Z has been a sleeper agent of sorts: launched to great fanfare at CES in January, overshadowed by the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One at launch, and yet grabbing upgrade sales from under Samsung's nose in Europe. Not bad for a company once written off in smartphones, and now Sony is hoping to repeat that success in the US, with a launch on T-Mobile USA. Does the waterproof Xperia Z do enough to distract from the heated US mobile market? Read on for the full SlashGear review.
Alongside the CyberShot RX1R, Sony has unveiled a second addition to the RX-series: the RX100 II, which is a more powerful version of the RX100. Sony hails this camera as offering photographers DSRL-quality images from a compact camera setup, managing to pull this off in part due to the device's 1.0-type Exmor R backlit CMOS sensor, which offers 20.2-megapixels. We've got a gallery available after the jump.
Sony has announced one of its latest additions to the RX-series of CyberShot cameras: the RX1R. This compact point-and-shoot features, among other things, a full-frame 35mm 24.3-megapixel sensor, the same that was offered in the previously-released RX1 camera. Rather than replacing the RX1, this latest iteration complements the series with additional features and image quality that Sony says offers the "sharpest detail ever."
Sony has officially launched the Xperia Z Ultra, an even larger version of the Xperia Z fronted by a 6.4-inch Full HD display and waterproof just like its smaller sibling. Billed as the world's largest Full HD smartphone, the Xperia Z Ultra features Sony's TRILUMINOS technology - as on the company's BRAVIA HDTVs for more accurate colors and contrast.
The digital content land-grab continues, with Amazon signing up shows including Dexter, Star Trek, and Nurse Jackie for its LOVEFiLM Instant streaming services in the UK and Germany. The agreement, with CBS Studios International, will include content from both CBS and Showtime, and comes alongside a new streaming app for Sony's range of TVs, Blu-ray decks, and AV kit.
With the Sony XPERIA ZL, the company took a double-tiered approach to a hero smartphone release - unlike what Samsung and HTC have done with their HTC One and GALAXY S 4, Sony has created a machine that's got the same innards as the XPERIA Z, but with a body that's almost like an alternate reality iteration. Here with the XPERIA ZL, Sony has taken the display, the software, the processor, and the camera technology from the XPERIA Z, putting it in a body that's both more rugged and thinner than the hero.
Sony's latest waterproof Android smartphone has been revealed, the Xperia ZR, a 4.6-inch handset capable of surviving 1.5m dunking and able to shoot 13-megapixel photos underwater. Sibling to the Xperia Z we reviewed back in February, the Xperia ZR has a smaller display but the same BRAVIA Engine 2 technology for better-quality video and graphics.