For nearly a month, we had a chance to set out the Sony Xperia Z3. Just last week, we showed off the 4K capabilities of the Xperia Z3 during daytime. With the Sony Xperia Z4 having been announced for Japan and utilizing the same 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera (though it has an all new 5-megapixel front-facing camera) with 4K recording, we thought it be an appropriate time to show off the Z3′s 4K night time footage which can be seen above. The footage was captured in Santa Monica, CA.
Starting in May, most of the 2015 Sony 4K TVs will be available for purchase with a starting price of $1,299 (43X830C), which is insane when you consider what prices were two years ago. Alongside entry level models, you can even purchase the flagship X930C and X940C which feature HDR and are up to 75-inches in size.
The only model absent from the Spring release is the insanely thin X900C and X910C. Some more details after the jump.
Along side revealing HDR support for the X930C and X940C, Sony has also announced that the majority of their 2015 4K televisions will arrive in May. Starting today, the X930C, X850C, and X930C/X940C 4K televisions are available for pre-sale (whatever that means) and will be on-sale for the masses in May with an arrival time sometime later that month.
Right after CES 2015, we’d reported on the inclusion of HDR in Sony’s 2015 fleet of XBR 4K televisions. While not every model would offer support for 4K HDR, we were told by fairly reliable sources that Sony’s flagship units would offer them. For those unfamiliar, HDR in a nutshell offers brighter whites and darker blacks at the same time. At the same time, HDR sets provide a wider range of light for the TV to display a picture.
Now, Sony has confirmed that HDR will be coming to their flagship series which means more colors with brighter whites and darker darks. More details after the jump.
One thing that makes the Sony Xperia Z3 unique compared to other phones out there is its ability to record in 4K. Having a computer that’s capable of editing 4K, I wanted to put the Z3′s powerful camera to the test and so I headed down to Santa Monica to shoot some footage. My goal throughout this was to treat the phone and in turn the produced footage as if I was an everyday consumer. That means despite being edited together, none of the footage, video or audio, has been altered in any shape.
If you have a TV or computer that’s capable of viewing 4K footage, be sure to click the settings button on the video and select 4K. For everyone else, you can still view the above video in 1080p.
On the heels of their 2015 fleet of 4K televisions dropping, Sony is beefing up its 4K library with some new and exclusive content. Available as of April 10th, the PlayStation-produced show Powers will be available in 4K on Video Unlimited 4K, and can be accessed via the FMP-X10 4K Media Server. Powers adds to the growing list of over 300 pieces of native 4K content available exclusively for Sony television users, like Better Call Saul. Keep in mind that access to Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K requires the separately-purchased (though often given for free) FMP-X10 4K media server.
Luckily for those without one, more native 4K content is coming to Sony televisions via a new app which requires no servers and will feature films like Interstellar (pictured above). If you’re interested, more details await 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.
Many of you, like me, are quite eager to hear about Sony’s pricing and availability guide for their 2015 fleet of 4K televisions. Revealed at CES, Sony had a TV line for almost all of us, including the ludicrously thin X900C models. Just last week, Sony announced pricing for the X83C and X85C series in the UK. Now, thanks to leaked information, we have prices to go along with all of the 2015 Sony 4K TVs, which await you after the jump.
Just the other day, we reported on the Sony Premium Sound memory card for the upcoming Walkman NW-ZX2. Part of their 2015 fleet of products, the latest Walkman, priced at $1,200, is designed to offer premium sound with support for lossless music, including Hi-Res audio and noise cancelation among other premium features. Having had a chance to use one at CES 2015, I can certainly attest to its premium finish and lavish features but that on its own means little as I, like most people, could never afford such a product.
Alongside the new Walkman, Sony will also release their Premium Sound micro SDXC memory card along side the new Walkman which fetches a price of $160 for a 64GB card. For comparison, you can purchase the Sony 64GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card for $28 on Amazon while more premium SDXC cards fetch a higher price tag of $60. Clearly targeting the premium market, surely Sony has specific consumers in mind and is anticipating some form of demand – right?
As it turns out, not really, as even they don’t know if anybody will want them. Sony’s comment and my take on the matter after the jump.
If you rewind to 2012, you’d likely remember the big news between Sony and Olympus. With the once-giant also struggling and suffering losses left and right, Sony saw it as an opportunity to invest and in turn bought $645 million worth of shares, or a little over 10% of the company. While Olympus was and is still widely known for their cameras, Sony was eyeing Olympus’ lucrative medical imaging business which they’d been independently investing in as well. Now, nearly three years later and with a lot less money in the bank, Sony is cashing out of the venture.
Details after the jump.