Mobile Phones: Sony Xperia
News & Reviews: Sony Xperia
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2014
When the Sony Xperia Z first came out it created a big splash, which is why many people are quite excited about the Sony Xperia Sirius D6503, which may be the Sony Xperia Z 2. Screenshots of the cameraphone's camera app were recently leaked along with some possible tech specs and features as well. So far, estimated tech specs for the smartphone include a Snapdragon 800 processor, 5.2-inch Triluminous display, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 20.7MP rear camera with 4K and 1080p at 60fps video recording and Android 4.4.2. Most of these tech specs are still unconfirmed, but the screenshot of the camera app seems to confirm that it will be able to record 4K video. No news on when exactly we might see a Malaysia release date or pricing, but we hope that it doesn't go too premium by the time it arrives.
Last Updated: Jan 22, 2014
The upcoming Sony Xperia Sirius D6503 or Xperia Z2 as it is guessed at has been making the rounds in the rumour mill for a while now. We've already seen a number of leaked photos and screenshots which hint at some interesting tech specs. These tech specs include a 5.2-inch screen with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution (we're hoping it at least is an IPS screen), dual-speaker audio, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB processor and chipset, 3GB of RAM, 16GB / 32GB storage and a 20MP rear camera. Other features include the ability to do 4K video recording which should be fairly easy to implement as long as it is using the Snapdragon 800 chipset. It will also have a glove mode (so you can use it with gloves) and it is expected to be revealed in February 2014 with a launch date to Happen in March. Malaysia release dates for this rumoured Sony Xperia Z2 would follow soon afterwards. The estimated pricing for the smartphone is currently $600 (RM1995).
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2014
The Sony Xperia Sirius D6503 is a still unannounced smartphone which could be coming soon. Some screenshots of the smartphone's user interface have recently been leaked, confirming a number of tech specs and features not least of which being the codename of Xperia Sirius for the D6503 model number. Other tech specs which were confirmed include a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 MSM-8974-AB processor and chipset, 5.2-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, a 20.7MP rear camera and 2.1MP front camera. The Xperia Sirius has a high chance of being the Sony Xperia Z2 with a reveal date expected at the MWC expo in February 2014. Stay tuned and we'll keep you updated.
Last Updated: Jan 20, 2014
While the Sony Smartband, Xperia Z1 Compact and Xperia T2 Ultra have all been officially confirmed it wasn't confirmed that Malaysia would be getting these devices at the time. However, some Pre-registration forms have opened up for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra. Pre-registering for either of the devices will let you get a notification from Sony Malaysia regarding when these devices would be available in Malaysia confirming we'll eventually see them here. Incidentally, the product page for the Sony Smartband is also available at the Sony Malaysia site which means we could soon see the Sony Smartband here in Malaysia as well, but there isn't any pre-registration for the Smartband yet. Also, no news yet on pricing or Malaysia release dates but with the pre-registration already up, we're expecting these devices to arrive in Malaysia soon.
Last Updated: Jan 15, 2014
It seems that it isn't just the phablet range that Sony is filling up but also the smartphone range as well as they recently announced the Sony Xperia E1. Featuring a powerful loudspeaker, the Xperia E1 looks to retain the same premium design as other Xperia smartphones while going for a price range from $174 (RM577) to $203 (RM666). Tech specs and features for the Sony Xperia E1 include a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4-inch display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution, 512MB RAM, 4GB storage and dual-SIM support. The main feature of the Xperia E1 is the 100 dB loudspeaker fitted onto the backside of the smartphone along with Sony WALKMAN audio technology. Since it is designed for the budget conscious the Xperia E1 has a 3MP rear camera but still supports WiFi, aGPS and Bluetooth 4.0. No news on when it would be available in Malaysia but it should be soon. For now, check out the videos in this article.
Last Updated: Jan 15, 2014
Filling out their phablet range, Sony has officially anounced the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Dual. Both have huge 6-inch Triluminous displays at 720 x 1280 pixel resolutions with the only major difference being that the T2 Ultra dual has dual-SIM support. Other tech specs and features for the two phablets include a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage + microSD, 13MP rear camera with Exmor RS sensor, 1.1MP front camera with Exmor R sensor, NFC + LTE and a non-removable 3000 mAh battery. The phablet retains the slim monolithic design as the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and looks quite good all in all. While it should eventually reach Malaysia there are still no specific Malaysia release dates. In terms of pricing, the device is said to be going for $545 (RM1788). While the processor isn't as top-notch as the other phablet device in the Sony Xperia range, the bigger screen and exceptional camera should make it a very tempting midrange device. For now, check out the video and images in this article.
Last Updated: Jan 07, 2014
Most mini versions of smartphones tend to be underpowered with the only similarity being the design. However, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact isn't like other mini smartphones but was rumoured to have all the tech specs and features of the Sony Xperia Z1, just squeezed into a smaller package. Thankfully, this was confirmed to be true when it was announced recently. The still very impressive tech specs for the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact include:
- 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (Adreno 330 GPU, MSM8974)
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB storage + up to 64GB microSD
- 4.3-inch Triluminous display (IPS, 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, 341ppi)
- 20.7 MP rear camera (Carl Zeiss lens, optical image stabilization, autofocus, LED flash) + 2MP front camera (1080p @ 30fps video recording)
- supports NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n/ac, microUSB 2.0 (MHL), BlueTooth 4.0 LE, FM Radio, built-in accelerometer, multi-touch input, proximity sensor
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (4.4 KitKat update soon)
- 2,300 mAh battery
- 127 x 64.9 x 9.5 mm | 137g
- certified waterproof IP55 + IP58 and dust resistant IP55
Last Updated: Jan 03, 2014
Sony's Cybershot DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 wireless lens can improve photography immensely for almost any tablet or smartphone, provided the clip of the frame can fit. Since the clip can only reach 5-inches, this means a lot of larger phablets and tablets won't be able to clip the lens on, and this includes the Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet. For this reason, Sony have created a QX lens camera case allowing you to clip on either the DSC-QX10 or the DSC-QX100. At first the Sony QX Lens case will only be available in Hong Kong, but it should eventually reach Malaysia. The QX Lens case will be priced at 238 Hong Kong dollars (RM100) which doesn't sound too bad at all.
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: Dec 12, 2013
While the Google Nexus range of devices often gives a more pure Android experience, there other Google Play Edition devices that offer a similar experience as well. Joining the ranks of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One is the LG G Pad 8.3 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The first phablet and tablet to join the Google Play Edition ranks, the two devices will run Android 4.4 Kit Kat and get faster Android updates than other non-Google Play Edition devices. Tech specs for the LG G Pad 8.3 include an 8.3-inch Full HD display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra on the other hand offers a 6.44-inch full HD display, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and standard Xperia Z water and dust resistance. The LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition is only WiFi capable but the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition is equipped with 4G LTE. Check out the video in this article.