News & Reviews: Sony Xperia Z
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2013
As teased earlier, U Mobile has finally launched 4G LTE on their networks. Offering up to 75Mbps speeds the service currently covers Bandar Sunway, Berjaya Times Square, Puchong and Taman Molek, Johor Bahru. While the coverage areas are still rather limited, U Mobile have done good on their claim of 4G for all by opening it up to Prepaid, Postpaid and Broadband users. This means you don't need to get a new 4G LTE SIM card to get on U Mobile's 4G LTE network. As long as you have an LTE capable device and a U Mobile SIM all you need to do is send 'LTE ON' to 28118. Check out more deals and links in this article.
Last Updated: Dec 14, 2013
DiGi recently announced it's DiGizens Thank You Sale for the end of 2013 as a big thank you for all their customers. While we've already covered the free smartphone deals which include the Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note II, HTC One, Sony Xperia C and Sony Xperia Z, DiGi are also offering a number of other free deals on top of this as well. This includes an extra 1GB of free Internet when customers purchase RM25 worth of Internet quota top-ups and 300 minutes worth of free calls for customers signing up for the DG Smart Plan 88. The first 2000 customers who sign up for any DG Smart Plan also get free 1000 Bonuslink points along with free unlimited Skype calls to 63 countries for 30 days. A zero contract deal is also available for an Android Start tablet which comes free with a DiGi Tablet plan which also includes a free modem. In related news, DiGi will also offer 'Internet Weekends' at their MyAndroid Hubs (the first MyAndroid Hub is located at the Sunway Pyramid DiGi store) which offers users a free demo on various Android products. For more information regarding the DiGizens Thank You sale check out the DiGi site.
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2013
Good news for those of you looking to get a more affordable Sony Xperia Z as Sony Malaysia has recently announced the Sony Xperia C for RM999. Following a similar design as the Sony Xperia Z, the Xperia C retains a 5-inch display but lowers the resolution to 960 x 540 pixels, resulting in 220ppi pixel density display. The smartphone is still quite slim and while it may not have the exact same tempered glass sandwich and aluminum unibody design, it is still super slim and has the now standard metallic power button. The smartphone comes in Black, Purple and White. Other tech specs for the Sony Xperia C include:
- 1.2GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB Storage + microSD
- 5-inch display (960 x 540, 220 ppi)
- 8MP rear camera (fast Capture, Exmor R, HDR, 4x digital zoom, autofocus)
- Supports Dual-SIM
- 141.5 x 74.15 x 8.88mm | 153g
- 2390 mAh
- Android 4.2
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2013
While it seems just like yesterday that Sony announced their latest feature flagship smartphone, the rumour mill is already in motion for the Sony Xperia Z2 (C770X), which may be codenamed Avatar. So far, other rumours about the Xperia Z2 include tech specs and features such as:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 chipset and processor
- 5.2-inch IGZO Trilumionous Display (500 ppi)
- 3GB RAM
- 20.7MP rear camera (4K video capture)
- 3200 mAh
- Android 4.4 Kit Kat
Last Updated: Sep 09, 2013
The Nokia Lumia 1520 recently made an appearance in several live shots along with a press render showing off the Nokia phablet in all it's extra Windows Phone 8 column glory. In the live shots on the other hand, the phablet looks to be placed side by side with a Sony Xperia Z perhaps to compare thinness. Overall, the rather extended camera hump doesn't seem to get in the way of things too much. While it supposedly packs in a 6-inch Full HD 1080p screen, it still looks holdable within one hand. Other expected tech specs for the smartphones include a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage. The images also seem to confirm a PureView camera sensor with ZEISS lens. Check out the pics in the article.
Last Updated: Jul 30, 2013
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is one of the latest and probably greatest devices to enter the phablet (phone + tablet) market. From it's ultra-slim design to the awesome tech specs it manages to fit into such a slim device, it should make a big splash for anyone, especially since like it's other Xperia Z siblings it is IP58 certified for water resistance. Is this the phablet for you to bring along to the pool? Read on and find out.
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2013
The Sony Xperia i1 Honami was recently spotted pictured side by side with the Sony Xperia Z. While the overall look and feel seems similar enough the Honami looks just a bit wider and longer than the Xperia Z. Tech specs for the Sony Xperia Honami include a 20MP camera and 5-inch Full HD 1080p display. Other images include the camera app, this time in English.
After making time for a photo session with the Sony Xperia Z, the Sony Xperia Honami was also recently spotted in a confidentiality request letter to the Federal Communications Commission of the US. According to the report, the Sony Xperia Honami has been confirmed but Sony has asked that the user manual, test setup photos, external photos and internal photos be kept confidential until 30 September 2013. This almost confirms previous rumours that the upcoming Sony cameraphone is going to be announced at the IFA 2013 on 4 September 2013.
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2013
In many ways, the HTC One is a pioneer, innovating upon features that most Android smartphones lack. It was the first premium Android smartphone to offer more than just a plastic casing and paid much more focus to design (almost like the Apple iPhone). It offers features like Full 1080p HD on a 4.7-inch screen, an UltraPixel camera and software features which you won't find on any other smartphone. Is this the smartphone for you though? Read on and find out.
Design / Appearance
Before the HTC One, most Android smartphones all looked the same, were basically made out of plastic and looked downright boring. The HTC One shook things up by taking the same design approach as the Apple iPhone, giving much thought and focus to a new tough metal unibody chassis with a rounded brushed metal back. In making the overall smartphone, HTC designers decided to stick to a zero-gap construction, which makes for a beautiful smartphone with no gaps in between the components. The result is a nearly sealed case apart from the earphone jack and micro-USB port. In short, the HTC One is one of the most beautiful smartphones in the market, even after so many other Android smartphones have followed or tried to follow what it did.
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2013
Ever wondered which smartphone would last the longest or have the longest battery life? Well, it isn't just you as some testers from UK have put the Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z, HTC One, Apple iPhone 5, Google Nexus 4, BlackBerry Z10 and Nokia Lumia 920 through a number of battery tests for call time, internet usage and charging time. The results may shock you but do check out the results:
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2013
After months of speculation the Sony Xperia Z Ultra or ZU finally gets officially announced. Confirming many of the rumours about it, the ZU's main buzz words are largest, slimmest and fastest on top of being water proof and capable of using any pencil, capacitive point or metal pen with 1mm or larger tip as a stylus. The tech specs for the Sony Xperia ZU include:
- 6.44-inch Triluminos display (1920 x 1080, X-Reality for Mobile, 10 point touch, shatter proof sheet on scratch resistant glass)
- 2.2GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
- Adreno 330 Graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB storage + microSD (up to 64GB)
- 8MP rear camera (Exmor RS, 16x digital zoom, auto focus, no flash) + 2MP front camera (1080p recording)
- Supports LTE + NFC
- 3000 mAh (14 hours 3G, 530 hours 3G standby, 510 hours LTE standby)
- IP58 rated
- Black, Purple, White
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- 179 x 92 x 6.5 mm thick | 212g