Sony 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.
Late 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.
According to the popular evleaks group, Sony is looking to bring their flagship Android tablet to Verizon. As you may recall, Sony last month accidentally published a photo of the Xperia Z2, the company’s newest Android smartphone, sporting a Verizon logo. While the mega cellphone carrier had no comments on the matter, Sony was quick to point out that the photo was purely for internal marketing purposes and was not indicative of a deal between the two companies. With that as a backdrop, is news about the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet running on Verizon a coincidence?
Let’s talk after the jump.
Sony just released the full details of its performance for the fiscal year FY13. Sales and operating income are up on last year yet net profit has been eroded, with a loss of ¥130bn / $1.27bn / €929m. The Japanese corporation pointed to a steep fall in disk-based media sales in Europe and further costs related to escorting the PC business out of the corp. as the main culprits for the net loss.
Of the three priority segments for the company, the PS4 unit sales continue to impress with a sharp rise in software sales also. Xperia smartphones came in 6m units up on FY12 but a little short of full year targets. Imaging products were flat, but very profitable.
Read on for a closer look at each segment and key unit sales.
Canada is already set to get the Sony Xperia Z2, the company’s next flagship Android smartphone through Bell in May. Unfortunately for fans in the US, we’ll have to settle for an unlocked version sometime this summer which will likely garner a price point north of $700. The tablet front, however, is something entirely different. Sony has announced a May 3rd release date for the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet in the US with pre-order spots already open. Now, the company is following through and bringing the tablet to Canada as well with just a few days difference.
The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is, dare we say, kind of a sexy thing. While maintaining even a thinner profile than its predecessor at .25-inches and weighting in at 15.5 ounces, it still manages to pack quite a punch. How much you ask? I’m glad you asked. Despite such a thin profile that puts the Android tablet on par with the iPad Air, the 10.1-inch Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet also offers 2.3 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 801 and 3GB RAM. Like Apple, Sony will offer the Xperia Z2 Tablet in a Wi-Fi only model and Wi-Fi + LTE. Though Sony has yet to announce a specific carrier as their partner, the Z2 Tablet was just recently approved by the FCC for LTE support on AT&T’s network so there may be our owners. With approval out of the way by the FCC, all that remains is the launch date for it.
You remember how Sony Announced the Xperia Z2 Tablet back in February? Well your soon-to-be favorite Android tablet with a quad-core processor, 3GB RAM, and a 10.1-inch FHD Triluminos Display is making its way to the US of A sometime in the future thanks to AT&T, as revealed by the FCC.
Sony recently announced which of it’s smartphones are getting KitKat first, along with fresh info on what users can expect with the very latest Android uplift. The first devices to get KitKat were the Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact.
The next round involves many more devices including the Xperia Tablet Z and last year’s flagship, Xperia Z. Both of these devices show firmware versions of 14.x over at the certification body PTCRB.
KitKat brings smart caller ID which identifies an unsaved number when someone calls, an ultra low-power audio playback state to get extra juice out of your media player and the most elegant Android UI yet.
Read on for the full details.
Sony has proven itself once again in design terms, with no less than 26 of its products earning the seal of approval from the iF Design group, with three products earning a gold award. In individual company achievements, Sony ranked the third highest awarded company, ahead of rivals Apple and LG.
iF is an international group that recognises excellence in product design. It is their aim to “strengthen public awareness of design” and their logo has been an illustrious global standard of design for over sixty years. This year’s event took place on February 28th in Munich, Germany.
It probably surprises few that Sony would do well with awards for design. The company has always raised the bar with iconic and effortless designs with current class-leaders in the Xperia Z2, the PlayStation 4 and the luxury X9000A Bravia TV line to name but a few.
Read on to find out which Sony products earned gold and which two awards come at a bittersweet time.
In addition to announcing the Bluetooth Speaker with Magnetic Charging Pad for their line of Xperia smartphones and tablets, Sony has also revealed the Stereo Microphone STM10. This new accessory, which slides into the device’s headphone jack, allows owners of the Sony Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet to record audio in superior stereo. The STM10 is a high sensitivity stereo condenser microphone with a 90 degree tilt function, allowing you to adjust your area of focus.
Hot on the heels of announcing their next flagship Android smartphone and tablet, the Xperia Z2 and the Xperia Z2 Tablet, Sony has unveiled a new accessory that can accommodate both devices. Dubbed the Magnetic Charging Pad BSC10, this Bluetooth dock is designed as a dual-purpose audio and charging accessory for your Xperia device. As you’d expect from the name, the dock has built in speakers, a feature that allows you to stream audio from you Xperia device, be it music, movies, games, or YouTube videos. Sony has also included NFC for easy pairing, a feature that’s built into most of their new fleet and most definitely in their flagship products. But the Sony Magnetic Charging Pad is capable of more than that.
If you thought that Sony was only going to announce one flagship product today then you need to think again. Along side the Xperia Z2, the companies newest Android flagship smartphone, Sony also announced the Xperia Z2 Tablet. As you’d expect, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is the companies next flagship Android tablet. Following in the footsteps of the Xperia Z2 which built upon the success of the Xperia Z1, the Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet takes most of its cues from the Xperia Tablet Z though the improvements are quite noticeable for those looking for minimum weight and maximum power.
Lets talk Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet specs, after the jump.
If Sony is to be believed, than “something extraordinary is coming” is coming from the company’s growing mobile division. Building up to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona which kicks off next week, Sony has begun sending a teaser email to its customers with the mentioned tag line and a video which can be found after the jump. The preemptive email also depicts dancing and photography which fall in line with previous rumors about Sony focusing heavy on the optics of their upcoming flagship Android smartphone. It’s expected that during the MWC, Sony will release the Xperia Z2 (code named Sirius D6503) as the Xperia Z replacement with features like 4K video recording and 15.5-megapixels in 16:9 aspect ratio photography. For reference, Sony’s current flagship model, the Xperia Z1 is only capable of taking pictures at 8-megapixel in 16:9 mode. But that’s not all from Sony.