Another day and another firmware update. This time, the update targets the entire Xperia Z3 series (Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact) and brings with it a full Stagefright exploit fix. If you need to download the new firmware or are wondering what the heck the Stagefright exploit is, then meet me after the jump.
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.
Just because you have an older device doesn’t mean you should miss out on the party. Starting today via OTA, Sony is beginning to push out the latest Android build to older devices. It appears this update is specifically designed to go OTA (over the air) which means you won’t be finding it via any computer connection.
Some more details after the jump.
Alongside carrying the flagship Xperia Z4, NT DoCoMo will also carry the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet. While definitely designed with entertainment in mind, seeing how you’ll be getting a 10.1-inch IPS (2560 x 1600) 2k display that offers 17-hours of video playback, with an 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chip (with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores working at 1.5GHz), the Xperia Z4 Tablet strangely might also be a great device for those with a lot of work in mind.
That’s because, beyond the power and fantastic battery life the tablet offers, Sony is also debuting a docking Bluetooth keyboard (BKB50) that has a hinge mechanism which allows the Xperia Z4 Tablet to easily dock. Once connected, the screen can tilt up to 130 degrees, simulating the same functionality you’d get from a laptop.
Sony might not be a big player in the tablet market but that doesn’t mean each new iteration of their Xperia tablets aren’t jammed packed with new and eye popping features which are worthy of your next purchase. The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, their latest flagship Android tablet was revealed a month ago and features everything you’d want in a tablet. A 8-core processor with 3GB RAM powers a 10.1-inch IPS (2560 x 1600) 2k display that offers 17-hours of video playback in a design that’s even thinner than its predecessor.
In fact, the Xperia Z4 Tablet is the world’s slimmest and lightest 10’ tablet. Seeing how despite its premium features and large display size, Sony was able to still shave off weight from the new tablet, the company set out to see just how light weight the Z4 Tablet really is. With that as the back drop, Sony set out to beautiful Fira Montjuic with some helium balloons to see if they could make the Z4 Tablet float.
That video awaits you after the jump.
On the heels of announcing Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Xperia Z1, Z Ultra, and Z3 Dual, Sony has also revealed that they’ll be bringing the latest OS update to additional devices as well. Unlike the said updates which will arrive next week, you can look forward to Lollipop on the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet starting today.
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.
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.
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.
While we’re still a good few months away from its June launch, Sony has officially revealed the pricing of the Xperia Z4 Tablet. For the most part, pricing is higher than previous models in the UK with the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet Wi-Fi edition starting at £499. That price then jumps to £579 for the 4G LTE variant. So why the jump in price? Sony is taking the unusual move of bundling in their Bluetooth keyboard which more or less turns the Z4 Tablet into an Android powered laptop. Later today, we’ll have a more in depth look at the Sony Bluetooth (BKB50) keyboard. What makes this move a bit more headache inducing is that Sony isn’t bundling the keyboard in all countries. For example, in France, you’ll have a choice of purchasing the Z4 Tablet with or without a keyboard where in Netherlands, you can only purchase the LTE model with a keyboard.
It remains to be seen if this is a limited time promotion or if this is how Sony intends to sell the Z4 Tablet. After the jump, the pricing breakdown of the powerful new tablet across Europe will hopefully make things a bit clearer for you.
It will be some time before we get our hands on the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet but that doesn’t mean we’re not already drooling over it. From a luscious 2K screen to a 8-core processor with a 6.1mm thin design, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet might be the best-looking Android tablet ever. If you’re like us and you want to see more of it, all you need to do is visit us after the jump for a picture gallery that shows you the Z4 Tablet from different angles. If you’re more of a specs person, be sure to read our Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet specs piece that gives you the nitty gritty details.
If you’ve been wanting to know all the juicy tidbits about the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet, then wait no more. Rocking an impressive 8-core 64-bit processor with 3GB RAM, the tech specs only tell part of the story on what you can do with the latest tablet as can be seen in its debut video. Still, sometimes you just have to make sure your next purchase checks off on all of your tech spec wants.
After the jump, the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet specs await you.