Computers, Smartphones & Tablets

Sony Plans to Cut 1,000 Jobs in Mobile Division

Kaz_Hira_CES_XperiaYesterday it was revealed that due to Sony Mobile’s inability to sell mid-range smartphones in significant quantities, the company will likely be posting a $2.1 billion net loss for FY 2014. Unfortunately for Sony fans, and more so Sony employees, the bad news does not end there. Previously, Sony was forecasting for a ¥50 billion loss but with the forecast now expanding to ¥230 billion for the fiscal year, Sony once again has to look internally to help save money and that means a reduction in its staff to the tune of 15% for the mobile division.

Sony Xperia E3, Xperia E3 Dual, and Xperia Z3 Headed to India

Sony_Xperia_E3_IndiaWhile China is big on the minds of many companies, thanks to their booming middle class, it should not be forgotten that India is also enjoying a rise in wealth. With a growing population that’s enjoying an increase in purchasing power, India is also an important market for manufacturers looking to expand their branch and reach. Like China, India is the target of many companies’ mid-range products that offer plenty of features without the premium price of flagship units. For its part, Sony has announced that the Xperia E3 and Xperia E3 Dual will be headed to India.

After the jump we talk price and the Xperia Z3.

Android 4.4.3 Heads to Sony Xperia T2 Ultra (19.1.1.A.0.165)

 Sony Xperia T2 Ultra (19.1.1.A.0.165)The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, one of the largest smartphones phablets to ever grace the mobile world with its 6-inch 720p display, is about to get a boost on the software side. Specifically, Sony is releasing Android 4.4.3 KitKat for the Xperia T2 Ultra (D5303, D5306) which initially shipped with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The update (build 19.1.1.A.0.165) is good for the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra (D5303, D5306) and can be downloaded using a Mac or Windows machine or wirelessly. To look for your build number, simply navigate to:

Settings > About phone > Build number / version

Those looking to download the update over the air should go to:

Settings > About phone > Software updates > System updates

So what can you expect from Android 4.4.3 KitKat on the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra? We’ve got the details after the jump.

Sony Mobile Drags, FY 2014 Net Loss Forecast Widens to $2.1 Billion

Kaz_Hirai_Xperia_Z1Poor Sony. I mean this from a emotional standpoint for a company that continues to endure loss year after year, which surely takes a toll on employees and moral. With an expected $2.1 billion net loss for FY 2014, I of course mean this in a financial aspect as well. Despite Sony announcing a surprise $261 million Q1 2014 profit, the company is expecting to lose $2.1 billion for the year, up from $500 million. So how does a company lose an additional $1.7 billion in one year? In short, smartphones. Despite what appeared to be a transitional period for Sony and a gained momentum in mobile, the division Sony has been most bullish about will drag down the company considerably as they struggle to move units, especially in the mid-range market.

Sony Xperia Z3 to Gain Wireless Charging (WCR14)

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In an effort to help curb the need to fiddle around with a cord to charge your phone, Sony will soon offer Qi wireless charging on the Xperia Z3. Specifically, the Sony WCR14 wireless charging cover is case for the Sony Xperia Z3 with a wireless charging mechanism built in. Available in black or white (pictured after the jump), the WCR14 can then be placed on the provided charging pad for wireless charging. Luckily the WCR14 also offers the ability for your phone to sit in landscape mode, making it easy for you to consume content while charging.

Sony Previews Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact In New Video

Just yesterday, we gave you the scoop on Sony’s newest tablet, the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact with a 8-inch 1080p display. Words of course don’t always convey all a product has to offer. To that end, Sony has put together a new preview video which can be seen above that gives you an overview of what you can expect with this ultra light tablet launches.

Meet the 8-inch Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

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Tablets are all the rave these days. Ask Apple and they’ll proudly reveal that iPad is their fastest selling product in history. Digging a bit further into what has fueled growth for iPad will reveal when Apple introduced the iPad mini that offers a 7.9-inch display. Not only is the iPad mini lighter and easier to use with one hand, but it also carries a lower price tag than the iPad (now iPad Air), which helps break down barriers. Enter the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Forget for a minute how horrible the name is and instead focus on what Sony calls the “world’s slimmest at 6.4mm and lightest (270g or 0.6lbs) compact tablet” has to offer.

We reveal all there is to know about the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact after the jump.

The Sony Xperia E3, a Budget Smartphone with a “Flagship Design”

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While the Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact might be the bright stars in from IFA, Sony knows that not all consumers need that much power. In fact, chances are that most of us don’t need all the firepower in our current phones. In order to cater to those with something a bit more budget friendly in mind, Sony has announced the Xperia E3. According to Sony, the Xperia E3 features a “flagship design” with plenty to like and they’re quite right. Besides a nice sleek look which can be seen above, the Sony Xperia E3 also offers 4G LTE connectivity that sometimes budget phones skimp on.

More on the Sony Xperia E3 after the jump.

Meet the Sony SmartBand Talk with Voice Calling & 3 Day Battery Life

Sony_Smartband_Talk_1Along side the SmartWatch 3, Sony has also announced the SmartBand Talk. Featuring a 1.4-inch e-paper display (much like the Pebble), the Sony SmartBand Talk incorporates everything from the Sony SmartBand with a new twist. Thanks the e-paper display, the SmartBand Talk is capable of keeping up with you for up to three days. Sony has also put that display to good use which besides your activities, displays notifications (shown after the jump) from apps like Facebook and Twitter Powering all of this is an ARM Cortex-M4 32-bit processor  2MB of flash memory that’s really meant for its own internal functions. Taking a cue from Sony’s other products, the SmartBand Talk is P68 waterproof and dustproof, making it a perfect companion during your most rigorous activities.

Connecting the Sony SmartBand Talk is also an easy affair thanks to NFC and Bluetooth. All of this, and especially the display technology already make the SmartBand Talk a unique product but that’s not what’s truly special about this device. More on that after the jump.

Officially Meet the Sony QX1 and QX30

Sony_QX1_QX30 Leaked prior to IFA, the Sony QX1 and QX30 have officially been unveiled. As we’d previously reported, the QX30 will be compatible iOS and Android devices and offer 30x optical zoom. The QX1 on the other hand allows you to connect any E-mount lens that’s typically found on NEX cameras to your mobile device of choice while utilizing the QX1′s 20.1-megapixel APS-C sensor. More details after the jump.

Meet the Sony SmartWatch 3 with Android Wear

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Reaffirming their seriousness on wearables, Sony today announced the SmartWatch 3. Technically the 5th iteration to come from Sony, the SmartWatch 3 is the first of its kind from Sony that ditches the company’s own custom software in favor of Android Wear, the latest from Google which was announced over the summer. As you’d expect, the SmartWatch 3 can sync notifications from a compatible Android device. Thanks to the onboard 4GB memory, the Sony SmartWatch 3 can also store and playback music via Bluetooth without any tethering.

More details about the Sony SmartWatch 3, after the jump.

IFA 2014: PS4 Remote Play Coming To Xperia Z3, Compact, Tablet

At Sony’s IFA 2014 event, the new line of Xperia smartphones and tablets, the Z3 line, was officially revealed. Along with the usual upgrades and refinements, Sony announced the Z3, Z3 Compact, and Z3 Tablet would be the first Sony Mobile devices to feature the ability to use PlayStation 4 Remote Play streaming.

Sony Xperia Z3 Coming to T-Mobile in US? (updated)

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During a post IFA keynote Q&A, Sony briefly mentioned that Xperia Z3 will come to the US this fall via T-Mobile. We’re looking into this and will update the post accordingly. Previously it was believed that the Xperia Z3 would come to the US exclusively on Sprint.

Updated:

T-Mobile has confirmed that Sony’s Xperia Z3 will be coming to their lineup of phones this fall. More details after the jump.

Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact to Offer Industry Leading Water and Dust Resistance

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In just short few hours, Sony’s IFA keynote will kickoff where it’s expected that the Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact (pictured above), and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact among other devices will be unveiled. Only an hour ago did Sony accidentally reveal the QX1 E-mount attachable smartphone lens price and release date by accidentally allowing the product to appear on their online portal. Now, thanks to another slip from Sony UK’s website description that appeared in search engines, we’ve been able to learn a bit more about the three devices and their industry leading water and dust resistant.

Sony QX1 (E-mount) Smartphone Lens Price & Availability Revealed

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Later today, Sony should be unveiling the QX30 and QX1. While the former is more in line with previous QX models aside from an improved 30x optical zoom, the latter is an entirely different beast. Unlike the QX30, the QX1 is a 20.1-megapixel attachable E-mount smartphone lens with sensor adaptor so to speak, which allows you to connect any E-mount lens to your favorite iOS and Android smartphone/tablet. Thanks to Sony’s website, we’ve now been able to learn a little more.

Sony Xperia Z3 Specs Leak Prior to IFA, Include 4K Video Recording

Sony_Xperia_Z3_Copper_3In less than 12 hours, Sony will kick off its IFA keynote where they are expected to announced the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact alongside other devices like the QX30, an attachable smartphone lens with 30x optical zoom. At this point, there isn’t a whole lot that hasn’t been leaked from the products we expect Sony to announce. Even the Xperia Z3, the company’s next flagship Android smartphone has been leaked numerous times, but the following may be the most telling yet.

While we’ve seen Xperia Z3 specs appear from time to time, the following photo (found after the jump) if true, will be the most revealing yet. Though we cannot independently confirm the validity of the photo, with the Xperia Z3 announcement right around the corner and many of the specs lining up with previous rumors, the picture is looking more and more like the real thing.

After the jump, the leaked Sony Xperia Z3 specs, including battery size, camera resolution/ISO, and audio formats, await you.

Alleged Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Specs Revealed

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Thanks to earlier leaks in the day, we’ve already learned that the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact will come in four beautiful colors which include mint, black, orange, and white. While mum is the word on pricing and availability, we’ve been able to find a little bit more about the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact specs and they should be quite pleasing. The Xperia Z3 Compact specs include:

  • Android 4.4.4
  • 4.6-inch Display
  • 720 Resolution
  • 20.7-Megapixel Rear Facing Camera
  • 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 Chipset
  • 2600 mAh Battery
  • 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth + NFC
  • 802.11ac
  • Nano SIM