Posts Tagged ‘Sony’
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!
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Sony quietly unveiled the Xperia E4 this week, their latest budget handset. The phone sports a larger screen and faster internals, but it’s the new curvier shape that’s the most interesting change. Let’s take a look.
So – that new design. The E4 is much more rounded than its predecessor, with curved edges that remind me more of the Nokia Lumia 520 or Motorola Moto G than a Sony phone. The new shape looks much more comfortable to hold, and its plastic body should make it quite durable as well. The new design might portend similar changes to the flagship Xperia Z4, which is expected to be announced at MWC early next month. The phone comes in black or white – no interesting colours here!
The display has moved from 4.5 inches on the E4 to 5 inches, and the resolution has moved to qHD (960 x 540). It’s a pretty low-density display, although Sony’s use of an IPS panel should mean that viewing angles and colour accuracy should be very good for its price range. Despite the significant increase in screen size, thinner bezels mean the phone hasn’t grown as much as you might expect.
Inside, the phone comes with a new MediaTek quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. Other specs include 1GB of RAM, a 2300mAh battery and 8GB of internal storage (expandable via micro SD card). These specifications are towards the lower end of mid-range,comparable to the new Motorola Moto E.
Unfortunately, there’s no LTE support here, so you’ll top out at H+. You can also get a dual-SIM variant of the E4. In terms of cameras, we have 5-megapixel unit on the back and a 2-megapixel shooter on the front.
The Xperia E4 will come with Android 4.4, but an upgrade to Lollipop seems assured. Sony has traditionally made relatively few major changes to the Android OS, with Xperia themes and an excellent battery saver mode being the two standout additions.
The E4 looks like a capable budget phone, with reasonable specifications, an inoffensive design and a fresh version of Android. It’s expected to be released in some territories later this month. We’ll be supporting the phone with a range of Xperia E4 cases and accessories.
What do you think of Sony’s latest handset? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun.
Thursday, December 18th, 2014
If you want to root or install a custom ROM on your Xperia phone or tablet, you’ll need to unlock the bootloader first. This step can be tricky to pull off, but thankfully Sony have got your back. The company released a tutorial video this week, showing precisely what to do. There are plenty of tutorials online, but this is the first we’ve seen from a major device manufacturer, and it’s pretty cool to see.
To find out if your device can be unlocked using Sony’s tutorial, check out their list of supported devices, then check out the tutorial video below!
Of course, it also bears mentioning that the process is not without risk and does require being fairly handy with computers. It also will void your device’s warranty, so don’t just unlock the bootloader for the heck of it!
Did you use the video to unlock your Xperia handset? Let us know in the comments below!