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Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact hands-on (Video)

“But Sony, you make big tablets!” The Tablet Z, Xperia Z2 Tablet – even old models like the Xperia Tablet S all came in well north of nine inches. Perhaps the Tablet P bucks the trend, but with its weird dual 5.5-inch folding layout, it hardly seems like it should count at all. But now Sony has come to IFA 2014 with an eminently portable tablet, the eight-inch Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Come with us as we go hands-on with the Android slate.

Like its 10.1-inch predecessors, this guy is thin. Measuring-in at just 6.4mm thick, the Z3TC (as the cool kids call it) still boasts a 4500mAh battery. The eight-inch screen manages a better-than-1080p 1920 x 1200 resolution, complete with all of Sony’s TRILUMINOS goodness. Of course, it’s difficult to convey just how nice a display looks when you’re viewing it through your own computer’s monitor, so that’s why we’re on the show floor in Berlin to give you our first-hand impressions.

Throw in a little waterproofing, some compatibility with PlayStation 4 streaming, and you’re looking at a pretty nice little package. Check our the clip below to get caught-up with what we saw.


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Sony Xperia Z3 specs: the hardware behind Sony’s latest Android

Sony did not let us down at IFA 2014 today, managing to fulfill pretty much all of our expectations based on the rumors and leaks leading up to the announcement. Sure, a few of the details didn’t necessarily align 100% with predictions, but all the anticipated hardware made an appearance, with the Xperia Z3 leading the charge.

And the Z3, especially, ended up being largely the phone we were prepping for: not a huge, night-and-day improvement over the barely more than half-a-year-old Xperia Z2, but a refinement, or a hardware refresh, if you will?

So just what goes into making the Xperia Z3 tick? What hardware has Sony stashed under the hood? With the Android now official, we can break down exactly what you have to look forward to from the Z3′s specs; let’s take a look:

Component Description
Screen size 5.2 inches
Screen type TRILUMINOS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Pixel density 423.6 ppi
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Type Quad-core
Speed 2.5 GHz
GPU Adreno 330
RAM 3GB
Storage 16GB / 32GB
Expansion microSD up to 128GB
Camera 20.7MP ExmorRS
Flash Yes
Front-facer 2.2MP
Battery 3100 mAh
OS Android 4.4
Bands Differ by country/carrier
SIM type Nano / dual-SIM model available
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi Present
NFC Included
Infrared No
Sensors Not available
Build Aluminum frame
Size 146.5 x 72 x 7.3mm / 152g
Keep up with the Sony Xperia Z3 and the rest of the new devices going official this week by following Pocketnow’s ongoing IFA 2014 coverage.


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Sony Xperia E3 lands as new budget-focused option

Sony’s IFA 2014 event was clearly a Z3 show: we got the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, and the Z3 Tablet Compact, not to mention a number of accessories. But those weren’t the only new Xperia models we were looking forward to from this announcement, having picked up on a last minute rumor that they could also be joined by a new mid-ranger as a more budget-priced alternative. Sure enough, today we saw the company launch its new Xperia E3.

So how much of a step back does the E3 take from a flagship model like the Z3? Well, it’s pretty severe, truth be told. The phone runs a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, and rather than the 4.8-inch 720p screen we heard rumored, what we actually get is a 4.5-inch FWVGA display.

And while we heard to look for RAM in the 1.5-2GB range, the E3 instead gets just 1GB. Storage tops out at 4GB (but with the saving grace of microSD expansion), and the main camera delivers just 5MP shots – all the front-facer can manage is VGA. The phone’s powered by a 2330mAh battery, and a dual-SIM version of the handset will be available in certain markets.

Sales of the Xperia E3 are set to begin sometime this fall, but one big question remains: pricing. With specs of this caliber (seeming to fall short of even already very budget-priced models like last year’s Moto G) we almost have to demand a severely bargain-basement price tag if Sony hopes to move this model in any kind of meaningful quantities. For the moment, though, we don’t know if Sony has fully committed to making the E3 as affordable as it needs to be.

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Source: Sony


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Copper Sony Xperia Z3, SmartBand Talk leaked in press images

The Sony event at the Berlin IFA 2014 is just hours away, and the leaks keep on coming, trying to anticipate even more of what we’ll probably see. Yesterday we’ve seen an alleged picture of the Sony Xperia Z3, with a spec-sheet glued to its back; that piece of paper, among specs, also mentioned a copper flavor, alongside black and white, and it’s that exact new variant seems to have leaked today, in the images above and below.

There’s little to see here, aside from the new copper Sony Xperia Z3, but the image below also seems to feature a fourth color; call it yellow, green, or lime, it looks to be something we’ve not seen before, for a nice line-up of colored Xperia Z3 devices.

Additionally, the press shot leaked also unveils a new wearable accessory pictured below. It appears to feature a curved e-ink display, and the report claims that we’re likely looking at the “SmartBand Talk”. It will all become official later today, and we encourage you to keep checking back for our full hands-on and comparison coverage from Berlin.

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Source: XperiaBlog


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Copper Sony Xperia Z3, SmartBand Talk leaked in press images

The Sony event at the Berlin IFA 2014 is just hours away, and the leaks keep on coming, trying to anticipate even more of what we’ll probably see. Yesterday we’ve seen an alleged picture of the Sony Xperia Z3, with a spec-sheet glued to its back; that piece of paper, among specs, also mentioned a copper flavor, alongside black and white, and it’s that exact new variant seems to have leaked today, in the images above and below.

There’s little to see here, aside from the new copper Sony Xperia Z3, but the image below also seems to feature a fourth color; call it yellow, green, or lime, it looks to be something we’ve not seen before, for a nice line-up of colored Xperia Z3 devices.

Additionally, the press shot leaked also unveils a new wearable accessory pictured below. It appears to feature a curved e-ink display, and the report claims that we’re likely looking at the “SmartBand Talk”. It will all become official later today, and we encourage you to keep checking back for our full hands-on and comparison coverage from Berlin.

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Source: XperiaBlog


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Leaked images of the Xperia Z3 Compact reveal new colors

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Just a few weeks ago, we reported that Sony is working on a compact version of the Xperia Z3, known as the Xperia Z3 Compact. It will make its first appearance at the IFA show in Berlin, which is also right around the corner. Ausdroid got their hands on a few pictures of the upcoming Xperia Z3 compact, which shows that the phone will be available in at least 4 colors; White, Black, Mint, and Red.

Xperia-Z3-Compact-colorsAbout the specs of the smartphone, it is said to come with a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 SoC, 4.6-inch 720p screen, 20.7MP camera, 2600 mAh battery and a nano-SIM card slot. As the event is just hours away, we will let you know when the device is out. Stay tuned!

Source: Ausdroid


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Leaked images of the Xperia Z3 Compact reveal new colors

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Just a few weeks ago, we reported that Sony is working on a compact version of the Xperia Z3, known as the Xperia Z3 Compact. It will make its first appearance at the IFA show in Berlin, which is also right around the corner. Ausdroid got their hands on a few pictures of the upcoming Xperia Z3 compact, which shows that the phone will be available in at least 4 colors; White, Black, Mint, and Red.

Xperia-Z3-Compact-colorsAbout the specs of the smartphone, it is said to come with a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 SoC, 4.6-inch 720p screen, 20.7MP camera, 2600 mAh battery and a nano-SIM card slot. As the event is just hours away, we will let you know when the device is out. Stay tuned!

Source: Ausdroid


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Sony Xperia Z3 attracts rumors of US carrier interest

Last fall, Sony was talking about its global strategy for smartphones, and how it dreamed about working its way up through the ranks – not necessarily with lofty goals of dominating the industry, but maybe settling-in to a third-place spot, behind giants like Samsung and Apple. But in order to keep sales moving, the company decided to turn its attention away from certain markets it deemed just too competitive, including the US. In the time since, we’ve anxiously been checking out rumors that suggested Sony might be loosening-up on that stance, and while plenty of evidence seemed to point to a possible Xperia Z2 at Verizon, the phone never materialized. Will the situation be different for the Z3 we’re expecting to launch next week? Some sources say “yes,” claiming that Sprint is on-tap to carry the company’s next flagship.

It’s not just Sprint, either, as the carrier’s parent company SoftBank is similarly tipped to start adding Sony models to what’s now a Sharp-heavy lineup. While not formally confirmed by any of the companies involved, Reuters reports having heard the same story from four separate sources, making this sound pretty plausible.

While we’d eagerly welcome greater availability of Sony smartphones (especially if the Z3 is joined by the possibly-even-more-compelling Z3 Compact), we wonder if the Sprint component to this news might put a bad taste in some shoppers’ mouths. Then again, Sprint might be just the open window Sony needs to get back interested in America, leading to even more carrier deals further down the road.

Source: Reuters
Via: Android Central


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IFA 2014 preview: Note 4, Xperia Z3, and holy smartwatches! | Pocketnow Weekly 111

The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin. You know it as “the ee-fa.” Old-timers might still call it the Berlin Radio Show. Stephen Schenck for some reason refers to it only by its cumbersome designation “I-F-A.” But however you refer to it, one of the world’s biggest electronics trade shows is coming very soon. And it’s bringing a lot of smartphone, tablet, and smartwatch news with it.

On today’s show, we run down the most interesting of IFA rumors, from Samsung’s mammoth Galaxy Note 4 to Sony’s more … Compact offerings. We’ll also discuss what we’re expecting from the likes of HTC and Microsoft, Huawei and ASUS, and about a billion other brands – and we’ll kick everything off with a no-doubt contentious debate on the merits of all these smartwatches that just came out of the woodwork. Joining us on the show today is special guest Stefan Constantinescu of TabDump, who we’re relying on for just the right amount of world-weary cynicism to keep our youthful enthusiasm in check.

If that’s the kind of podcast that taps your touchscreen, then the Pocketnow Weekly is the show for you! Join us live on the air today at 2pm Eastern (click here for your own local time) for Pocketnow Weekly 111 (or download the high-quality edited version of the show down in the Links section when it’s ready) and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. See you then!


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IFA 2014 preview: Note 4, Xperia Z3, and holy smartwatches! | Pocketnow Weekly 111

The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin. You know it as “the ee-fa.” Old-timers might still call it the Berlin Radio Show. Stephen Schenck for some reason refers to it only by its cumbersome designation “I-F-A.” But however you refer to it, one of the world’s biggest electronics trade shows is coming very soon. And it’s bringing a lot of smartphone, tablet, and smartwatch news with it.

On today’s show, we run down the most interesting of IFA rumors, from Samsung’s mammoth Galaxy Note 4 to Sony’s more … Compact offerings. We’ll also discuss what we’re expecting from the likes of HTC and Microsoft, Huawei and ASUS, and about a billion other brands – and we’ll kick everything off with a no-doubt contentious debate on the merits of all these smartwatches that just came out of the woodwork. Joining us on the show today is special guest Stefan Constantinescu of TabDump, who we’re relying on for just the right amount of world-weary cynicism to keep our youthful enthusiasm in check.

If that’s the kind of podcast that taps your touchscreen, then the Pocketnow Weekly is the show for you! Join us live on the air today at 2pm Eastern (click here for your own local time) for Pocketnow Weekly 111 (or download the high-quality edited version of the show down in the Links section when it’s ready) and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. See you then!


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