Posts Tagged ‘Sony’
Monday, April 20th, 2015
Sony announced their latest flagship phone today, the Xperia Z4, at an event in their home country of Japan. The phone mimics the Xperia Z4 Tablet, with an iterative design and improved specifications over last year’s Z3.
The phone’s rounded metal and glass body is thinner and lighter than last year’s model, at 6.9mm and 144 grams. The Xperia Z4 is water and dustproof, with an IP68 rating, including a cap-less micro USB port. Screen size and resolution has remained fixed at 5.2 inches and 1920 x 1080p, which makes sense given the higher energy requirements and diminishing returns of moving to a 1440p display.
3GB of RAM and micro SD card support of up to 128GB is also the same as the Z3, but internal storage has doubled to 32GB on the cheapest model. The biggest difference is the new Snapdragon 810 octa-core chipset, which is also the first 64-bit processor to be used in a Sony flagship.
The rear-facing camera is a 20.7-megapixel unit, the same as last year’s model, but the front-facing camera has been upgraded from 2.2 megapixels to a 5.1 megapixel unit with a wide-angle lens and digital image stabilisation.
The Xperia Z4 was the only phone announced at the event; it looks like Sony have no plans to introduce a corresponding Compact model as they did last year. No international release date or plans have yet been announced, but it seems logical that we’ll see a European release of the Z4 or a similar Sony flagship sometime this summer. Of course, we’ll be supporting the phone with a range of Xperia Z4 accessories.
What do you think of the new Xperia Z4 – are you keen to see it make an appearance in Europe? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
At the Mobile World Congress at Barcelona, Sony showed off their latest device: the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Normally Sony announce a Z phone first and then a corresponding Z tablet, but this time the roles were reversed. I asked the Sony marketing guy at their stand about this, and he told me that the Z4 phone wasn’t being released yet because the Z3 was selling so well. Regardless of the truth of the matter, it now seems that the Z4 phone isn’t far off, as leaked renders were published by @onleaks this week.
The renders show a phone that is very similar to the Xperia Z3, with the same metal-and-glass construction and vaguely boxy shape. The major differences appear to be largely those of port placement; the micro USB port has moved to the bottom of the phone and shed the annoying flap that ensured its waterproof rating previously. The micro SD card slot seems to have disappeared as well, which likely indicates Sony will join Samsung and others in moving to 32GB as the new smallest capacity model.
There are a number of other minor tweaks here and there, too. The speaker grilles have become longer and thinner on the front of the phone, the front-facing camera has shifted to a more central location, and the phone appears marginally thinner as well.
Other expected specifications for the phone include a Snapdragon 810 octa-core display, 3GB of RAM and a QHD (2560 x 1440) display.
Interestingly, both this Xperia Z4 render and the preceding Z3 press images show a date widget which references the 12th of September. Both widgets refer to this day as a Thursday, although in 2014 it was a Friday and in 2015 it will be a Saturday. Regardless of the error, a September launch is expected for the smartphone, one year after its predecessor.
What do you think of the new Xperia Z4′s look? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!
We’re already preparing to support the handset with a range of Sony Xperia Z4 accessories, so stay tuned for more news!
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
The Sony Xperia E4 was impressive enough when it was announced earlier this month, but now Sony have sweetened the deal. They announced the Xperia E4g today, which is a 4G version of the phone (see what they did there?). The Xperia E4g will be available sim-free and unlocked from Mobile Fun, where we’re happy to announce a UK price of £110!
Let’s take a closer look at the E4g. The phone is reasonable powerful given its low price point, with a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (plus micro SD expansion). The phone has a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel shooter up front, allowing it to take decent photos from either end. The phone has a good-sized screen for this price range as well, with a 4.7-inch display that has a qHD (960 x 540) resolution. All of this is powered by a 2300mAh battery, which Sony promises will offer up to 12 hours and 40 minutes of 3G talk time. When it comes to software, we’re expecting Android 4.4.4 KitKat, with an upgrade to Android 5.0 likely for later this year.
The Xperia E4g will compete against the also-recently-announced 2nd Gen Motorola Moto E, which also launches with 4G LTE support and a similar 4.5-inch form factor. Both phones also share a near-stock level of Android, although Sony offer more customisations than Motorola.
As the E4g has different dimensions than the the E4, not all E4 cases will work for the E4g and vice versa. We’re in the process of adding cases and covers for the Xperia E4g, as well as a broader range of applicable E4g accessories.
What do you think of the Xperia E4g – will you be picking one up at this price? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun! Thanks for checking out the article and have a great week ahead!
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Continuing on our kick of Sony announcements, here’s one that they didn’t want to make this week. Sony mistakenly revealed their upcoming Xperia Z4 Tablet on Xperia Lounge. They quickly corrected their mistake, but the world had already taken note. The tablet looks like a strong Android tablet, based on what’s been leaked - let’s take a look.
The Xperia Tablet Z4 seems to come with a more rounded design than its predecessors, something that we first saw with the Xperia E4 that was announced earlier this month. Text on the page claimed that the tablet would have a “lightweight premium body”, which is something it delivered easily with the Tablet Z3.
Sony wrote that the tablet would come with “the latest ultra-fast processor”, which should refer only to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, which is clocked at 2.0GHz and is also expected to power the HTC One M9. The page also mentioned a “stunning 2K display”, which should indicate a 10-inch screen running at a resolution of 2560 x 1440. Sony is also promising “industry leading battery performance”, which should be helped by the (by now) average resolution and advanced chipset.
We can expect the Z4 tablet to run Android 4.4.4 KitKat like the recently announced Xperia E4 and E4g, although an upgrade to Android 5.0 could be possible if the tablet is released several weeks after its announcement.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z4 is expected to be announced on March 3rd, a few days into the Mobile World Congress that kicks off on the 1st. The Barcelona-based event will also include announcements by Samsung and HTC on the 1st, so the timing from Sony makes sense.
What do you think of the Tablet Z4? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us @mobilefun with your answer. Of course, we’ll be supporting the tablet with the full range of Tablet Z4 cases and accessories.
Friday, February 13th, 2015
We’re happy to confirm that we’ll be carrying the new Sony Xperia E4 that we first announced earlier this week. The new budget phone from Sony looks like a strong competitor to popular budget options like the Moto E and Lumia 535. It’ll retail for £100, and will be available sim-free and unlocked at Mobile Fun.
The E4 comes with a nice and big five inch screen, running at qHD resolution (960 x 540). That’s suitable for watching YouTube and taking photos with a sizeable viewfinder, and definitely falls in line for the current trend for larger phone screens. Despite having a much bigger screen than the E3 that came before it, the phone’s minimal bezels make it only slightly larger.
The phone signifies a change in styles for Sony with a new, rounder design that should be more comfortable to hold. The phone still is recognisably Sony though, with the circular metal lock button, circular camera cutout and of course the Sony logo on the back.
The Xperia E4 is surprisingly strong when it comes to hardware, with a quad-core MediaTek processor running at 1.3GHz. This is backed with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage – which can be extended using micro SD cards. The 2300mAh battery seems large for a phone of this size, so battery life should be respectable too. When it comes to cameras, it’s also quite reasonable: five megapixels on the back and 2 megapixels up front for selfies. The only big downside to this phone is the lack of LTE support, but if you’re looking for a budget phone then it’s best not to pay extra for LTE anyway.
The phone comes with Android 4.4, with a light Sony theme on top. Sony tend to make minimal changes to the OS, and with the strength of Android KitKat that seems like a good choice. One nice addition is a battery saving mode, which will allow you to get the most out of that 2300mAh battery.
The Sony Xperia E4 is available for pre-order now from Mobile Fun for £100. For live pricing and availability information, please check out the product page linked below. You can also check out our range of accessories:
What do you think of the phone? Let us know in the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!