Sony sure knows how to kick off the holiday shopping frenzy. While the team at PlayStation has things covered, having just announced 30.2 million PS4 units sold, Sony Mobile continues to struggle on, well, everything. Last week, it was revealed that for some reason or another, the Sony Xperia Z3+ would be sold as an unlocked device through B&H Photo with a $499 price tag. Nothing says we truly don’t give a damn like releasing a 7-month old device (and not their newest Z5 flagship series) at full price on a site that most people have never heard about. Luckily they’ve since added Amazon but that’s also a hot mess that you’ll see after the jump.
Honestly, will Sony even move a thousand of these? I doubt it. If they could, there would be some carrier support here. At any rate, if you’re interested in the Xperia Z3+ or the much better designed and highly under appreciated Xperia Z4 Tablet, then Sony is looking to sweeten the pot by giving you a $50 PSN gift card. Details after the jump.
You would have thought that much like the rest of us, Sony would have forgotten about their tablet initiative by now. Fortunately for owners of the Xperia Z4 Tablet, Sony is still looking at new ways to improve the powerful and sleek portable. In this case, it comes in the form of a new firmware update.
If Sony pulling the plug of their online retail store in the US and Canada wasn’t sad enough news for you, we’ve unfortunately got one more piece to add to it. While the Sony Xperia Z3+ will be coming to the US via Verizon, those in Canada will have to either opt for its predecessor, the Xperia Z3, or wait for future models. According to Sony, their latest flagship smartphone and tablet won’t be making it to the country. That means no Sony Xperia Z3+ or Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet for those in Canada.
After the jump, Sony’s statement on the matter.
File this purely under the rumor mill but there have been some strong whispers about a new flagship smartphone from Sony Mobile. While Sony working on a followup to the Xperia Z3+/Z4 shouldn’t be surprising to anybody, the fact that we’re hearing about it so early is.
In fact, the Xperia Z3+ still hasn’t launched in many territories and this rumor pegs the release date, if not reveal date for early Fall. Let’s talk more after the jump.
Just this week along, Sony Mobile has released Android 5.1.1 on the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 as well as the Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. With already a schedule that’s been far more aggressive than the Sony Mobile of the past, the company has revealed which devices will be getting the new Android build next.
Those details after the jump.
Just yesterday, Sony begun rolling out Android 5.1.1 for the Xperia Z3 Compact & Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Now the Android handset makers are expanding the scope of the new firmware to the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2. At the time, it’s unclear which countries the update is live in though the update is expected to be global and not region based.
Though the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet has been released for a few months now, up until today, you could only find the Wi-Fi model (SGP712) in Europe. All of that is changing with the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE (SGP771) model becoming available for purchase. Those eager to find the LTE edition can either purchase one from Sony’s own retail (link after the jump) or from other online retailers like Amazon.
Few more tidbits about the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE after the jump.
According to Sony Mobile, later this month, those who reside in Japan will be getting Android 5.1.1. Devices to get the new update include
- Sony Xperia Z2
- Sony Xperia Z3
- Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
- Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
More info after the jump.
At the beginning of the month, we reported that Sony would be delaying the Xperia Z4 Tablet by one week in the UK. Originally, Sony had hoped to get the Xperia Z4 Tablet in the hands of those who had pre-ordered it by the end of May, but the delay meant that June 5th would be the new arrival date. With June 5th having come and gone, Sony has pushed back the arrival date to June 29th for anybody who pre-orders the powerful tablet.
In the UK, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet was on the cusp of being released to consumers. Here to replace the aging Xperia Z2 Tablet, the Z4 Tablet was the newest flagship product from Sony Mobile. However, just prior to its release, Sony bumped the release back by a week with the option to order one completely removed.