Sony’s ratcheted up its water-resistant device tech a notch with the launch of the Xperia ZR, a new 4.6-inch, 720p Android smartphone that’s waterproof to 1.5 meters (5 feet). Sony boasts that its new device will let you film your snorkeling adventures in full HD quality, with HDR in both video or 13-megapixel stills thanks to the Exmor RS image sensor — there’s also a dedicated camera button like the one on the Xperia ZL. The handset packs a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GH CPU, 2GB RAM, LTE, NFC, Sony’s Walkman album and movie apps and a notable OptiContrast OLED screen with Bravia tech to reduce glare “even in bright sunlight.” There’s no word yet on pricing or availability, but as soon as we hear more, we’ll try to prep you ahead of that next beach-bound holiday. Meanwhile, you can check the galleries, PR and video after the break for more.
Update: As Xperia Blog found out, the Xperia ZR is actually the international version of Japan’s upcoming Xperia A SO-04E — the one we saw popping up in the FCC database.
The Xperia Tablet Z is powered by the same Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC that ticks inside the Xperia Z and ZL. That translates to four Krait cores clocked at 1.5GHz each. Graphics are powered by an Adreno 320 GPU, and the tablet has 2GB of RAM. It has Sony’s customised UI running on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, but the customisations are not as heavy as one would see on a TouchWiz-running Samsung tablet.
The tablet has a 10.1-inch capacitive LED-backlit LCD with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, but there is some confusion on the final resolution of the model that will be coming to India. The Sony staff present at the event said the display would have a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. We have reached out to Sony to clear the confusion and will update this story as and when Sony responds.
Sony has employed the Mobile Bravia Engine 2 to enhance colours and increase clarity when viewing images or videos on the tablet. All that display goodness is protected by a shatter-proof glass and scratch-resistant coating.
There’s 16GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 64GB using microSD cards. The tablet’s infrared blaster allows users to remotely control their televisions, other Sony devices and products from other manufacturers.
Xperia Tablet Z has LTE connectivity and support for Cat3 LTE, which means download speeds will be maxed out at 100Mbps on 4G networks. It also has support for HSPA+ and GPRS/EDGE, but voice calling is not included in the package. As far as Wi-Fi connectivity goes, the tablet supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n bands. A microUSB port with MHL support, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC round out the other connectivity options.
There’s an 8.1-megapixel on the rear, which shoots HDR videos just like the Xperia Z, besides face and smile detection, 1080p video recording and touch focus. The 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera can shoot 1080p videos.
Sony is all set to launch its recently announced Xperia Z smartphone in India on March 6. If you go the official Facebook page of Sony Mobile India, you will find the cover image stating, “Everything is about to change. 06/03/2013.” The cover image also has a picture of a phone in the backdrop, which looks like the Xperia Z.
However, the image does not hint towards a launch event, but an official spokesperson from Sony Mobile has confirmed to IBNLive that the Sony Xperia Z is scheduled to be launched in India on March 6.
The phone has a 5-inch full HD 1080p Reality Display, and is powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. Sony Xperia Z’s Reality Display is powered by Mobile Bravia Engine 2. The phone sports a 13 megapixel camera and includes 4G LTE.
An official spokesperson from Sony Mobile has confirmed to IBNLive that the Sony Xperia Z is scheduled to be launched in India on March 6.
According to the company, the Xperia Z also includes Battery Stamina Mode that is said to improve the standby time by four times or more by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off and starting them up again when the screen is back on.
Despite its slim 7.9 mm body, Xperia Z is said to be durable with tempered glass and anti-shatter film on the front and back. It is a dust-resistant and water-resistant smartphone.
Delivering a blow to Sony Xperia Play users, the Japanese manufacturer has announced that Xperia Play will not be getting the Android 4.0 update. Company has cited its inability to provide stable gaming performance on ICS as the key reason for taking the decision.
Sony had earlier promised to release Ice Cream Sandwich update for every smartphone in their 2011 Xperia smartphone line-up, but now Xperia Play users will be left out.
“We have concluded that a consistent and stable experience, particularly with gaming, cannot be guaranteed for this smartphone on Ice Cream Sandwich – therefore, we will not make the Android 4.0 upgrade available for Xperia Play,” company stated on its official blog.
News is not so grim for buyers of other smartphones in the Xperia line-up; company confirmed that Xperia arc, Xperia neo, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia pro, Xperia active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will receive the ICS updates starting from next week.
Company will be pushing out Android 4.0.4 to these smartphones.
Sony has also revealed the status of updates for its 2012 line-up. According to the company, Xperia S will be the first smartphone to get the Android 4.0 update, starting from the end of June. Xperia P update will follow next, whilst Xperia U will get ICS it a little later in Q3.
Sony has launched three new Android devices in the Indian market – Sony Xperia P, U and Sola. Sony Xperia U sports a 3.5-inch touchscreen. It is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor and comes with 512 MB RAM. The internal memory of this smartphone is 8 GB and it is priced at Rs. 17,399.
Sony Xperia P on the other hand has a 4-inch TFT touchscreen and is priced at Rs 26,799. Other major specs include 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel auto focus camera, internal phone storage of 16GB, and 1 GB RAM.
Sony Xperia Sola is the first Sony handset to come with a floating touch technology. Priced at Rs. 20,449, this is an NFC-ready smartphone. It has a 3.7-inch TFT touchscreen and runs on 1 GHz dual-core processor.
All three Sony handsets are running on Android 2.3 and the upgrade to Android 4.0 is on the cards. Sony is also offering 50 GB of free cloud storage for life with these newly launched Xperia devices.
Sony has indicated that it plans to focus solely on its smartphones business, and is planning to phase out its feature phones by end of September 2012.
Sony Ericsson has announced a limited edition of its Xperia Active Android smartphone, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Billabong edition, which will be released as a limited edition.
Hardware wise the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Billabong edition is the same as the original smartphone, it will come with a 3 inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels.
The device comes with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and features a 5 megapixel camera which can record HD video in 720p, it is also waterproof and dust proof.
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Active Billabong comes with a new white ‘Billabong’ branded casing plus a range of custom applications and wallpapers, there are no details on pricing or availability as yet.
We are expecting to see a couple of new Xperia smartphones from Sony at MWC 2012 later this month, we have already seen some leaked devices like the Sony Xperia U, as well as the new Sony Xperia S which was recently announced by Sony.
Now details have been revealed of a new trademark filed by Sony relating to a new device for their Xperia smartphone range, the Sony Xperia Sola.
The trademark was filed with the USPTO on the 30th of January 2012, and according to the guys from Fusible, Sola means ‘alone’ or ‘only’, and we could possibly see this new device announced later this month.
Of course it may be a new name for an existing device which is yet to launch in the US, although we suspect that it is more likely to be a new Android device from Sony.
The dust proof and water resistant Gingerbread device can be under three feet of water for up to thirty minutes, and offers a 1GHz CPU, 5MP rear-facing camera, on-screen heart rate and pulse monitor using ANT+ and 3-inch 480 x 320 touchscreen with wet finger tracking ability.You can choose orange or white as well.
Key Features of Sony Ericsson Xperia active
- Android V2.3 OS
- 5 MP Primary Camera
- Secondary Camera Support
- Water And Dust Resistant
- 3-inch LCD Touchscreen
- 1 GHz Scorpion Processor
- HD Recording
- Expandable Storage Capacity Of 32 GB
Sony Ericsson has added another gadget to their Xperia series called as Xperia Arc S. An addition to the original Xperia Arc, this phone’s main feature will be its 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor. As usual this Xperia will have a top-notch 8.1 Megapixel camera with 3D sweep panorama mode, a special feature which will allow you to convert 2D images into 3D. The screen size of Xperia Arc S will be the same as the Xperia Arc i.e. 4.2 inch. Xperia series are widely known for their exceptional quality, which makes web browsing, playing games, photography etc a great experience. Xperia Arc S will come in 5 colors compared to Xperia Arc’s 2 colors only. Xperia Arc S will also come with HDMI output and an option of showing the 3D images on a 3D TV.
Specifications of Xperia Arc S
- 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor
- 8.1 Megapixel Camera, Video Recording at 720p
- Maximum Memory of 32 GB
- Android Gingerbread 2.3
- 4.2 inch touch screen
Current price of Xperia Arc S has not been fixed and the smartphone itself is said to be released in the fourth quarter of 2011.