It wasn’t the big news from the carrier’s press conference on Wednesday, but T-Mobile confirmed that it will exclusively offer Sony’s Xperia Z smartphone in the United States. Beginning immediately, T-Mobile subscribers will be the first in the U.S. to gain access to Sony’s sleek, water-resistant smartphone starting at $0 down with 24 monthly payments of $25 from all Sony Stores nationwide and online from Sony’s website. Other purchasing options include a $99.99 up-front payment followed by 24 monthly payments of $20, or an outright purchase for $579.99. T-Mobile will then make the Xperia Z available for preorder from its own website beginning July 16th, and the handset will be available for purchase in T-Mobile stores and on T-Mobile’s website beginning July 17th. The Xperia Z features a 5-inch full HD display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, a 13-megapixel camera, Android Jelly Bean and a case that is just 7.9 millimeters thick.
T-Mobile on Tuesday announced the upcoming availability of Sony’s flagship Xperia Z smartphone. The handset is equipped with 5-inch full HD 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and a 13-megapixel rear camera. The Xperia Z is also water and dust resistant, and includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The smartphone will be available from T-Mobile “in the coming weeks.” The carrier’s press release follows below. More →
Google has confirmed that beginning on June 26th it will offer “Google Editions” of some of the most popular Android smartphones in its Play store. The Galaxy S4 and HTC One have both been stripped of their respective skins and will be available running a stock version of Android. A new report suggests that the company plans to expand the program to more devices. According to Android Central, Google is preparing to release a stock version of the Xperia Z later this year. Sony’s flagship smartphone is equipped with a 5-inch full HD 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor and a 13-megapixel camera. The device is both water proof and dust resistant, and also includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot. The Xperia Z Google Edition is said to be arriving in the Play store sometime this summer.
Remember the last time Sony (SNE) had a hit smartphone? That’s a trick question because Sony has never had a hit smartphone. But there’s a first time for everything and unnamed sources have told Digitimes that Sony’s new Xperia Z smartphone has sold out of its initial stock in Japan, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Digitimes report backs up previous reports we’ve read about showing the Xperia Z selling well not only in Japan and France but in Italy and Spain as well. The Xperia Z’s strong sales are somewhat surprising given Sony’s previous lack of success in the smartphone realm and the fact that Sony launched the device in the same quarter that both HTC (2498) and Samsung (005930) launched flagship Android smartphones of their own.
Whereas the seriously unimpressive Xperia Z tablet poses no threat to any tablet vendors, Sony’s (SNE) new Xperia Z smartphone is poised to make a slightly more significant mark in the smartphone world. With the requisite laundry list of impressive specs, the Xperia Z leaves nothing to be desired in terms of sheer brute force. More →
Following the announcement of the Xperia Z smartphone earlier this month, Sony (SNE) on Monday unveiled the Xperia Z tablet. The 10.1-inch slate is equipped with a 1,920 x 1,200-pixel full-HD display, 2GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and an 8.1-megapixel rear camera. The Xperia Z is also dust-proof and waterproof, and features 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, a micro SD slot and Android 4.1. The amazing part is that Sony managed to pack all these specs into an ultra-thin, lightweight frame. The Xperia Z is only 6.9 millimeters thick and weighs 495 grams, making it the thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet in the world. Pricing details were not announced, however Sony revealed that the Xperia Z tablet will be available this spring.
With the rise of smartphones, the mobile industry has gone from ridiculously small devices to oversized handsets. Samsung’s (005930) original Galaxy Note was one of the first devices to blur the line between smartphones and tablets. The 5.29-inch handset was just the start of what would become the phablet phenomenon. Since then a number of manufacturers have announce devices with larger displays, the most recent being Sony’s (SNE) Xperia Z smartphone with a 5-inch screen. It would appear the company is looking to go even bigger, however. More →
Unlike rivals LG (066570) and Samsung (005930), Sony (SNE) still thinks the Consumer Electronics Show is a worthy place to unveil new smartphones. Sony on Monday officially took the wraps off its new Xperia Z smartphone that features a 5-inch full HD “Reality Display” with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, a Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core processor, a 13-megapixel camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sony is also releasing a slightly smaller version of the Xperia Z, known as the Xperia ZL, in “select markets.” Both devices are slated to launch in the first quarter of 2013 and no pricing information is yet available.
Sony’s (SNE) CES 2013 press conference is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday evening, but one of the stars of the show is anything but a mystery. Press images and even a full review of Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z phablet already hit the Internet last month, and now a fresh round of leaked images has been published by Chinese gadget site Digi-wo.com. Xperia Z spec highlights include a 1080p HD display, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a microSD slot and a 13-megapixel camera, and Sony is expected to announce launch details during Monday night’s event.
Sony (SNE) on Tuesday tried to get out ahead of rival smartphone manufacturers in 2013 by showing off pictures of its two new Xperia smartphones. Per Engadget, Sony has put out pictures of both the Sony Xperia Z and the Xperia ZL ahead of their rumored launches later this month. We first got leaked details of the Xperia ZL this past fall back when it was codenamed “Odin” and was revealed to have a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. The Xperia Z, which had previously been known as the “Yuga”, features very similar specs to the ZL including a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a quad-core processor, a 12-megapixel camera and 2GB of RAM.
Sony (SNE) has long been rumored to be readying a high-end Android-powered smartphone with a 5-inch display. The Xperia Z, which was previously known as the Yuga, was revealed in a variety of leaked images and was even the subject of a recent review. According to a report from Chinese website ePrice, Sony is expected to debut the handset at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The Xperia Z is said to be equipped with a full HD 1920 x 1080-pixel display, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a microSD slot and a 13-megapixel camera. ePrice claims the Xperia Z will be released on January 15th, just a few days after it is announced.