Tablets

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Gains PS4 Remote Play

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If you’ve got a Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, listen up. A new over-the-air (OTA) firmware update (build number 23.0.1.E.0.208) has just been released for your device which brings with it the typical enhancements and bug fixes. More importantly, though, the latest firmware gives the Xperia Z2 Tablet the ability to utilize PS4 Remote Play. For those not familiar, PS4 Remote Play allows you to connect your device to PS4 and stream the games on your device via local Wi-Fi. Additional details after the jump.

Sony Launches New Mid-Term Strategy (2015-2017)

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On Wednesday Sony Corp. unveiled its mid-term strategy update for the period FY2015-FY2017.

Sony is setting “profit generation and investment for growth” as the theme of its mid-range corporate plan from for the next three years. That means that any divisions running losses better run and hide. Sony won’t keep them. The emphasis of language on profit retention and boosting throughout the news release suggests that any endeavors not proving to contribute directly to profit or growth won’t be tolerated. The key focus now above everything else is to boost profit throughout all businesses and the overall message seemed to be aimed particularly at Sony shareholders. This new plan comes into effect from April.

A few main points that Sony announced:

  • That they will be spinning out the Sound and Video units, which will become wholly owned by Sony
  • A plan “to deliver to investors a consolidated Return On Equity (ROE) of more than 10% and a target for consolidated operating profit of more than 500 billion yen for the Sony Group in FY2017″
  • There was not talk of selling the Mobile division, though it is now considered a threat to financial stability and ‘partners are being considered’

Read on for the full details.

Sony SGP771 Model Leaks; Is It the Next Xperia Z Tablet?

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Our friends at the Indonesian Postel Regulatory have come through once again. Just days after revealing three models numbers from Sony’s 2015 fleet of Xperia smartphones which likely includes their flagship Xperia Z4, the Indonesian equivalent to the FCC has likely spoiled Sony’s 2015 Xperia Tablet Z. In the past few years, despite a lack of success in the tablet market, Sony has continued to update and improve their slate offerings. While 2013 only saw Sony release one tablet, the Xperia Tablet Z, 2014 was a better year for company where they released the followup Xperia Z2 Tablet and a smaller Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact which offers a 8-inch screen.

More info after the jump.

What’s Really Happening at Sony’s Mobile Division?

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News is spreading wide and fast that Sony is selling its mobile division, including iconic smartphones like the Xperia Z3 and tablet series. The “news” is the result of comments of Sony Corp. CEO Kaz Hirai, who mentioned different aspects of performance in various divisions and what that might mean for the future.

Sony is NOT selling the mobile division at this time. What is all the talk about a possible joint venture? Didn’t Sony do that already? Is this a flash from the past? What was the CEO talking about and what might happen in 2015?

Let’s take a look…

Sony Xperia Z3 Series Gains ‘PS4 Remote Play’ App via Google Play

Remote Play DualShock MountOne of the exciting features of the Sony Xperia Z3 line which includes the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is its ability to connect to PlayStation 4. Via the PS4 Remote Play app, users with the Sony’s Xperia Z3 line can stream games from the leading console directly to their mobile device and use a Dualshock 4 controller to play the game as if they were on the PS4. Once linked, gamers will have full control of the game with no dumbed-down experience. That means you can enjoy everything from multiplayer to earning trophies directly on your Xperia Z3 device.

More after the jump.

Sony Digital Paper 13.3-inch E Ink Display Price Drops to $999

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Announced in early 2013, the Sony Digital Paper was a product that had been in the works for a long time. Aimed at business professionals (think legal or banking), the Sony Digital Paper offers a 13.3-inch E Ink display that is capable of mimicking traditional paper. Operated by touch via stylus or hand, the Digital Paper in essence can replace paper and make reading PDFs and signing A4-sized documents much easier. Boasting a HD display (1,200 x 1,600) and offering an unprecedented 3 week battery life while only weighing in at 12.6 ounces, the Sony Digital Display is a beast that’s altogether quite different than traditional tablets like the iPad. Think almost more Harry Potter than Iron Man.

WTF: Sony to Release Underwater ‘Xperia Aquatech’ Store in Dubai

Sony_Xperia_Aquatech_Store_ConceptChalk this purely under the WTF category, but the above header is about as real as it gets. In Dubai, the country with no shortage of money which currently houses some of the world’s most beautiful buildings, is getting something exotic that goes in line with the lifestyle that the wealthy get to enjoy there. Set to debut on December 3rd, 2014, Sony is opening an underwater ‘Xperia Aquatech’ store according to Rüediger Odenbac, Vice President of Sony Mobile Middle East and Africa. The new underwater Sony store will allow select Sony customers. VIPs, and media to view and play with waterproof Sony smartphones and tablets like the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

According to Odenbac, they

 promised 2014 would be a year marked by a Bigger, Better, and Bolder Sony approach to both our products and the way we present them 

and they believe this is one such way. That is, if it wasn’t the most absurd idea ever. Let me explain.

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.

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 Z to Gain Android 4.4.4

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You hear that? That’s the sound of thousands of Sony Xperia Z owners rejoicing over the semi-official confirmation that the Xperia Z will be gaining Android 4.4.4. Just yesterday, we revealed that Sony would be ending software support for the Xperia T, TX, and V in order to focus on newer products. Despite those phones being on Android 4.1, Sony plans to send them off into the sunset with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean later this year. It remains unclear how much further Sony will support the Xperia Z which was released 2 years ago but we at least now know it will gain Android 4.4.4. The best part of this reveal is that other Xperia devices may also be gaining the latest Android build as well. Let’s talk after the jump.

Sony 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  Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact? For those playing at home, that tablet 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.

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 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 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 Xperia Z2 Tablet Comes Exclusively to Verizon

Sony_Xperia_Z2_TabletSony teased us over and over again about working with Verizon and they’ve finally delivered. While it’s not the Xperia Z2 that many had been hoping for, Sony and Verizon have officially announced the partnership that will see the waterproof tablet make its official debut in the US with carrier support. News about the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet coming to Verizon began to circulate as early as May and most recently in early June. Now that the two companies have made it official, what does it mean for you? Let’s talk details.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet for Verizon Gets Leaked

Sony_Xperia_Z2_Tablet_Verizon_LogoLate last month, we reported how the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is likely headed to Verizon. Sony has been clear that they want to expand their mobile presence and work with carrier partners. With Verizon being one of the top players in the US, bringing their smartphones and tablets on big red’s network seems like a no brainer. Even earlier that month, Sony themselves accidentally leaked a photo of the company’s flagship Xperia Z2 smartphone with a Verizon logo though as expected, the company’s stance was that it was purely a internal mockup. Right.

Now, we have another promotional leak and it’s their flagship Android tablet with the Verizon logo which can be seen above.