With the Sony Xperia Z family of devices seeing such success over the past year, it’s no wonder the company decided to delivery a new mid-range entrant this season. With the Sony Xperia M2, Sony brings on what they suggest is the thinnest 4G smartphone in its category. It does indeed seem to deliver a premium experience in a package that won’t break the bank, no record-breaking necessary.
This week we’re having a peek at Sony’s latest effort with the rebooted Z, a device called the Sony Xperia Z2. This device rolls out with a 5.2-inch Full HD display - that’s 1080 x 1920 pixels, with Sony’s Live Color LED powered by X-Reality for mobile technology. This device looks and feels just like the Sony Xperia Z or the Sony Xperia Z1, and if you blink you’d mistake it for one of these previous models - but the devil’s in the details.
This week we’re about to see the Sony Xperia M2 for the first time at Mobile World Congress 2014. This device works with a 4.8-inch qHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, and an 8-megapixel camera at its back. Looking at first very much like the Sony Xperia Z from 2013, this device is the first to bring the line into this year’s hearty Xperia lineup.
With the Sony Xperia Z2, the company is bringing on a smartphone with some early heat in the 2014 hero phone race. This device works with upgrades to each of the key elements in the smartphone experience, including a larger display than in the original Z, a more powerful camera, and the newest in new Qualcomm processors to back it up. This device is also - of course - waterproof.
In what Sony suggests is the world’s first (larger than 8-inch) waterproof tablet, the Xperia Z2 Tablet is born. This machine works with a 10.1-inch Full HD (1080p) display with Triluminous for mobile technology and Live Color LED powered by an X-Reality for mobile engine. Needless to say, this is Sony’s most powerful and strangest tablet to date.
Sony has confirmed launch plans for its "Core" fitness wearable revealed at CES last month, now dubbed the Sony SmartBand SWR10 and expected to hit shelves - along with a new Lifelog app - in March. Back at CES Sony was relatively coy about what the "Core" would do, only showing off the Bluetooth LE-connected hardware and the different colored wristbands it could slot into. Now we know that it's the company's play to expand health wearables beyond simply tracking fitness.
Pico projectors, such as the Shine above, offer projection in a smaller form factor than traditional projectors, and as technology improves, they are more able to handle brighter conditions and offer larger, crisper output. Sony is one such pioneer in this field, and has recently unveiled its new pico projector module offering HD resolution and free-focus projection.
So far, the sales of the next generation game consoles have boomed. In January 2014, word circulated that Microsoft had sold 3.9 million Xbox One consoles around the world. The last time we talked any official Sony numbers for PS4 sales was in December 2013 when the console had moved 2.1 million units globally.
The zombie survival game known as DayZ is getting close and closer to the next-generation console environment this week, though with an intent much more well thought-out than the staggering mindlessness of the beasts it contains. This week in an interview with Gamereactor, game developer Dean "Rocket" Hall suggested that, while both consoles are still on the table, he's already had talks with Microsoft about the possibility of the title reaching the Xbox One first.