Sony believes that their upcoming Xperia M4 Aqua is mid-range smartphone with “with no compromises” and they might be right. Powered by an octa-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, 13-megapixel camera, and a waterproof design with a cap-less microUSB charging port (a world-first, according to Sony), the Xperia M4 has a lot going for it. For more details, be sure to visit our Xperia M4 Aqua spec piece where we break down the latest from Sony. But once the tech spec has assured you that it can technically meet your needs, the question is, does it visually?
After all, a phone is one of the most visible and personal electronic devices we have. It’s design along can sometimes say a lot about us which begs the question, how good does the Xperia M4 Aqua look? After the jump, we’ve put together a picture gallery fro your enjoyment. If that’s not enough, be sure to check this video preview of the Xperia M4 Aqua as well.
We’ve known for some time that Sony would begin its rollout of Android 5.0 Lollipop to its fleet of Xperia Z devices, but we weren’t sure which devices would gain the update first. Now, Sony has put that question to rest by rolling out Android 5.0 to the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. The update will first come to the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact in the Nordics and Baltics and continue from there to further markets. It’s unclear exactly how the rollout will work as Sony did not break it down by region, but we should expect it to take nearly two weeks.
So once the update is live, what can you expect from Android 5.0 Lollipop? Details after the jump.
Sony wants you to know that their phones are tough. How tough? How about being water- and dustproof (IP65 and IP68) enough to withstand Tough Mudder? For those unaware, Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile team obstacle course that tests your physical and mental strength. But there are likely few words I can use to truly describe how epic of a task this is. That’s why after the jump, a highlight video of Tough Mudder awaits you and we’ll discuss what exactly Sony’s sponsorship of Tough Mudder means for the company.
Chock this one up to the rumor mill but there’s been some talk about the LCD display that will offered on the Sony Xperia Z4. Thanks to leaked images, we already know that, much like the Xperia Z3, we’ll be getting a 5.2-inch display when the Z4 is announced later this year. What’s been unclear is the resolution that will come with it. Currently, the Sony Xperia Z3 offers a 1080p (1080 x 1920) 424 ppi display. With the Xperia Z4, we could see a significant boost – but at a cost. Details and a few more pics after the jump.
Along side the Xperia Z4 Tablet debut, Sony also announced the BKB50 Bluetooth keyboard. Oddly bundled in some countries with the Xperia Z4 Tablet which also inflates its price, the new Bluetooth keyboard promises to turn the Z4 Tablet into a more robust productivity machine. In essence, with the Bluetooth keyboard which has a dock styled connection, your Z4 Tablet can look and act like a laptop. Even better, Sony will be bringing some custom shorts and UI functionality so you can get more out of your tablet. Details after the jump.
Sometimes you’re right and sometimes you’re wrong. After only two days where the first image of the Sony Xperia Z4 leaked, I assumed that there might be at least a week pause before we saw more from the future flagship smartphone. Alas (and for the better!), that’s not the case as we have a few more photos to share with you which truly show off the Z4. It’s worth noting that these are not final images of the Sony Xperia Z4 and instead internal renders that gives employees an idea of what they can expect. With that, it’s likely that the final design and these photos will likely be near identical.
After the jump, a few more large shots await you.
Sony has always been, at its heart, a hardware company. During the 70′s, 80′s, and 90′s when the Japanese giant ruled the consumer industry, it was because of their amazing hardware which defined the analog world. After all, we all had access to the same TV feed or cassette tape but it was the hardware that gave your unit a design that begged to be shown off or the extra clarity during the World Cup. In the early 2000′s, much of this began to change as the world shifted away from hardware at the forefront to software being the key differentiator. After all, Apple was not the first to the MP3 market, but thanks to the integration of iTunes, they were able to create a device far more compelling than their competitors.
Fast forward to today and many of the well-known and multi-billion dollar tech companies that we know of, like Facebook and Netflix, don’t even make a single piece of hardware yet they’re with us at all times. With Sony unable to adapt to a software-driven world, the company began to fall behind well over a decade ago, which is coincidentally the last time they were properly profitable. In that time, we’ve seen Sony’s dominance in tech (excluding PlayStation) fade all but away. So what does this have to do with the SmartWatch 3? Quite simply everything. Imagine a modern product in a hot and growing market that Sony could develop and solely focus on the hardware while a company known for their software could develop the UI that makes the essence of that product.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is that device. Hardware that is pure Sony and software that is totally Google in the ever-growing wearable category.
In a new video, Sony is fully showing off Android 5.0 Lollipop which will come pre-installed on the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia M4 Aqua. It’s also safe to assume that, once released, the leaked Sony Xperia Z4 will also come with Android 5.0. Sony has also promised to bring Android 5.0 Lollipop to its entire Xperia Z line of devices with T-Mobile confirming that it will support the move. In the video, Sony not only shows off the new, cleaner UI that you’ll experience with Lollipop, but also new gestures, notifications, and features. Those include the ability to move apps to the SD card.
The video, which shows off Android 5.0 Lollipop running on both a Sony tablet and smartphone, awaits you after the jump.
As it is with such things, the Sony Xperia Z4 would inevitably leak before its debut and, today, just that happened. Though we don’t have a ton of images to go off of, the above image will likely lead to a floodgate of leaks in the coming weeks before the phone’s official announcement. Despite a singular image, the photo shows off more than you might think. Details after the jump.
It’s the wild wild west when it comes to Android phones and system updates. Between manufacture prerogative and carrier support or lack there of, it’s at times hard to know if the latest update will make it to your device. What’s even worse is that while the device manufacture (say Sony) might release the update, it doesn’t mean all owners will get them as carriers have final say over the pushed update. This brings us back to Sony and Android 5.0 Lollipop. They’ve already confirmed that all Xperia Z smartphones and tablets would be gaining the latest from Google in the next few months and their newest devices, the Xperia Z4 Tablet and Xperia M4 Aqua will ship with Android 5.0 when released in the near future.
So what if you’re on T-Mobile? Good things it seems like. Details after the jump.