Computers, Smartphones & Tablets

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua Promo Video

The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua was officially revealed yesterday and earlier today, we provided you with a list of specs you can expect to find in the waterproof smartphone when it launches this fall. Despite its mid-range status, the Xperia M2 Aqua has a lot going for it with a beefy quad-core processor, respectable 8-megapixel camera (remember that the iPhone 5S also has a 8-megapixel camera and that pixels are not everything) on a large 4.8-inch display that can withstand a drop in the toilet or a dunk in the pool. To help drive its waterproof design home, Sony has created the above promo video.

After the jump, another video awaits you which is part spec sheet and part video walkthrough of the Xperia M2 Aqua.

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua Specs Revealed

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The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua was officially announced by Sony yesterday. Though it was leaked months ago, its nice to finally see the product materialize and be released this Fall. While designed as a mid-range Android smartphone, the Xperia M2 Aqua still packs quite a punch with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz quad core processor with 1GB RAM and offers plenty to see with its 4.8-inch (540×960) display. So what else can we expect from this waterproof phone that’s capable of staying submerged in depths of 1.5 meters for up to half an hour?

I should point out that I realize how large the above promo picture for the M2 Aqua is but it’s just such a cool shot that needed to be displayed in all of its glory. After the jump, we have the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua specs.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact Accidentally Revealed

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You see the image above? Yea, that’s from the instructions booklet for the Sony Bluetooth Speaker BSC10. Notice the devices it’s compatible with like the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact? For those playing at home, neither one of those tablets has yet to be announced. We’d previously revealed tidbits of information that had leaked about a new Sony tablet (SGP621) and speculated that in fact it might be a new compact design. With IFA 2014 right around the corner, we’d expected and still believe that Sony will unveil their next tablets. Now, the above leak all but confirms that we will in fact be getting two new tablets from Sony in the near future.

After the jump, the full image and our thoughts on the naming scheme.

Meet the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, 4.8-inch Waterproof Smartphone

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Leaked for many months, the mid-range Sony Xperia M2 Aqua has officially been announced. As expected, the Xperia M2 Aqua features all the same specs from the Xperia M2, their midrange Android smartphone with one exception, waterproofing. Specifically, the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua offers IP65/68 waterproofing which beats their current flagship Xperia Z2 (IP58). Thanks to the waterproof design, the Xperia M2 Aqua can sit in depths of 1.5 meters for up to half an hour without any problems, perfect for that accidental slip into the toilet or jump into the pool. (For those playing at home and living in California, I also hope Sony offers a dirt proof version of this in the near future as I’m not sure how much water will be left here soon. #DroughtIsForReal)

Lets talk more details after the jump.

6 Sony Products Win ‘Best’ at EISA 2014 Awards

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The European Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) is the largest editorial multimedia organization in Europe, and this year they 6 Sony products were top of the class in their categories to win outright.

Last year Sony won 5 ‘best’ awards, including for the best tablet of the year award. This year the Xperia Z2 Tablet collected the same award, proving in a young category of product innovation, tablets, that Sony has got all the ideas right.

 So slim, so classy, so slick – the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is undoubtedly an EISA winner. 

Sony has given a secret to why their products succeed, read on to know what it is (and the other winners!)

Sony QX30 Smartphone Lens with 30X Zoom On the Way?

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During IFA 2013, Sony introduced the first main stream attachable smartphone lens. The QX10 and QX100 allows iOS and Android users to latch on an attachable lens to their smartphone (or tablet) and gain a higher megapixel camera with a larger sensor. With Sony taking the stage on Wednesday, September 3rd at the 2014 IFA, it’s believed that the company will once again unveil another set of QX lenses with a very worth improvement.

Look – VAIO is Back

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Look – VAIO is back – without Sony, that is. Remember back in February Sony announced plans to sell it’s VAIO brand of PC computers? Well that new owner has just relaunched itself and VAIOs are back on sale – in Japan only for now. No more Sony logos of course, Japan Industrial Partners will have to make its own mark on consumers hearts to succeed.

The past few years has been a rough one for the PC industry, as it has been particularly challenged by the popularity of smartphones and tablets which have reduced reliance on the traditional home computer. In the PC industry, the changing times has seen few winners, if any, and Sony certainly wasn’t one of them. As VAIO sales were not performing well, Sony released the brand to Japan Industrial Partners.

So what’s happening with the new VAIOs? Read on to find out.

Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact Dimensions Leaked

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Though Sony might be doing its best to not let the cat out of the bag in regards to their next Android endeavor, the leaks continue. We already know quite a bit about the Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact (alongside a mystery tablet). Now the latest leaks come in the form of product schematics that place the two unannounced devices next to each other. Besides learning about what makes the two phones different from each other, we can also now more accurately report on their advancements, compared to Sony’s current product line. After the jump, we talk details.

Sony Xperia Z2 Compact Tablet (SGP621) On the Way?

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If the name scheming trend from Sony continues (and we don’t have any reason to believe that it will be different), the successor the Xperia Z2 Tablet will likely be the Xperia Xperia Z3 Tablet. Unlike flagship smartphones from Sony which are released roughly every 6 months, Sony is taking a more traditional one year cycle with each tablet it brings to the market. This puts the most recent leak of a Sony SGP621 tablet in direct contrast with previous product cycles which saw the public unveiling of the Xperia Z2 Tablet in February. That is, unless this is a completely different type of tablet.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Gets Leaked?

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Sony has yet to officially announce the Xperia Z3 and we’ve already learned a lot about the next phone, thanks to the FCC and other leaks which have revealed the flagship smartphones specs. If these leaks hold true, we now know the phone that will follow up the Xperia Z3, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. Like the Xperia Z1 Compact, the Xperia Z3 Compact packs many of the features that make up the Xperia Z3 in a smaller size. That means a smaller screen size of 4.6-inch versus the Z3′s rumored 5.2-inch display. What else can we expect?

After the jump, we have far more revealing pictures and specs.

Sony Ends PlayStation Mobile Development on Android and It’s For the Better

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In 2011, Sony initiated strategy for PlayStation Mobile, which would have the brand expand beyond core Sony consoles and arrive on Android devices. The move was part of a strategy that allowed Android users to experience PlayStation titles in hopes of bringing them to the PS3 and PS Vita. Unfortunately, the initiative never gained much traction. Hardware partners were limited and software releases were scant with mainly original PlayStation titles. Sony would also use the platform to allow smaller indie publishers to release titles on which would also be compatible on the PS Vita, but the incentive was low for developers as opposed to simply making their game for iOS and Android.

Fortunately, Sony is finally ending PlayStation Mobile development and with it, freeing up resources for the PS Vita.

Sony Profits in 1st Quarter 2014 Results

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Sony has posted a net profit of ¥26.8 bn /$261m/ €194m for the first quarter of 2014 (Apr – Jun) with operating revenue up 93% on Q1 FY13. The PS4 led the way with a 95% increase in sales increase for the Game segment with software sales surging y-o-y. The movie-making Pictures segment performed well, owing to success with The Amazing Spider-man 2 and 22 Jump Street.

Financial Services made a loss, a reversal of a normally steady-performer within the broader corporation while Mobile disappointed, with a downward revision of a 2014 target of 50m unit sales to 43m.

Read on to see the full details.

Sony and Panasonic Form Joint Venture to Create Medium Sized OLED Displays

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OLED displays continue to be the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. While every company including Sony has been able to create small displays and incorporate them on camera viewfinders and more prominently on devices like the PlayStation Vita, mass production on large displays remains a challenge. While Sony and others have been able to create large OLED televisions, due to production woes and astronomical costs, none of these sets have come to the market in a meaningful way due to the large price tag they carry. Still, the industry seems to want to make large OLED displays happen while it’s unclear if consumers truly care or if a proper 4K set is enough.

Sony, for its part, has had a turbulent history with OLED productions. In 2012, the company announced a joint venture with Panasonic to combine R&D which never led anywhere. Sony followed up by showcasing a 56-inch OLED TV at CES 2013, but that was the last we heard of the set. Eventually the company did release 30-inch (4,096 x 2,160) and 56-inch (3,840 x 2160) 4K OLED monitors for professionals but rumors followed in early 2014 that they were poised to exit the OLED business.

If that makes your head spin, you’re not alone but Sony is now coming full circle by announcing a new joint venture with Panasonic to once again create OLED displays.