Mobile Phones: Sony Xperia
News & Reviews: Sony Xperia
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2013
Looking to offer a year end deal for the midrange masses, Celcom are now offering the Alcatel Idol X, HTC Desire 500, IMobile IQ X and Sony Xperia C on Celcom postpaid plans from RM488. Available on the Celcom First plans with either an mBasic or mAdvance mobile Internet data plan, users can get the listed midrange smartphones on 12 month and 18 month contracts. For more details check out the table and links in this article.
Last Updated: Nov 27, 2013
Seemingly catching up with the rest of the refocusing cameraphone crowd, Apple have recently filed a patent for a camera technology which allows Lytro-like effects. Similar to the refocusing effect in Nokia's PureView cameras and some Sony Xperia cameraphones, the technology basically allows users to take a shot and then refocus it on any point or object in the picture. The technology in Apple's patent is different from Lytro in that it offers a high-resolution non-refocusable mode along with a low-resolution refocusable mode. While the patent is for a new camera sensor, it also covers an add-on version for any existing camera. This could mean we would see it come out for the Apple iPhone 6 or as an accessory for all camera equipped Apple devices.
Last Updated: Nov 14, 2013
The Sony Xperia Z1s is supposedly the mini international version of Sony's flagship Xperia Z1 cameraphone. What makes it so different from all the other mini smartphones is that while the battery and screen size have been shrunk down to 4.3-inch display sized smartphone, the Xperia Z1s retains most of the hardware that makes the Xperia Z1 such an awesome cameraphone. This includes tech specs like the Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and a 20.7MP camera. Recently, leaked images of the Sony Xperia Z1s have leaked confirming this. While the overall design looks more or less the same as the Z1, the shrink makes the bezels look larger than they really are. The only noticeable change seems to be the Sony brand instead of DoCoMo which came out in the Japan only version. No details on specific Malaysia release dates but we expect the official announcment to come any day now. For now, check out the pics of the Sony Xperia Z1s in this article.
Last Updated: Oct 29, 2013
U Mobile is going to offer the Sony Xperia Z1 soon and has already revealed the plans available for Sony's current flagship smartphone. While the official retail price is RM2399, the U Mobile plans will allow you to get the smartphone from RM1188 under one of the Ultimate Device postpaid plans. The plans are all set for under 24 months contracts but for more details check out the table and links in this article.
Last Updated: Oct 24, 2013
Reports have surfaced that Sony Mobile may hold an unveiling event on 12 November 2013 where they will reveal 2 new devices. These devices include the Sony Xperia Z1S which could be the international mini version of the Sony Xperia Z1. Tech specs and features for the Xperia Z1S are identical with the Sony Xperia Z1 asides from the screen and battery so there is still a 20MP camera sensor with G Lens and Snapdragon 800 processor but with a more compact 4.3-inch 720 x 1280 screen. The other device is said to be the Sony Xperia Tianchi / Taichi which could be a phablet due to it's 6-inch 720 x 1280 pixel display. Tech specs for the Tianchi / Taichi are very few with the only known spec being the processor, which could be the latest 8-core processor from MediaTek. Bear in mind that these are just rumours though so take them with a pinch of salt. In any case, we won't have to wait long to find out for sure.
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: Oct 14, 2013
While we've known that the Sony Xperia Z1f or the mini version of the Sony Xperia Z1 would most probably arrive, we've still not confirmed whether or not it is just a smaller version with the same tech specs and hardware (asides from the battery and screen size of course) or is it just another cut-down mini version? Recent AnTuTu benchmarks have appeared showing that it could well be the former as the Z1f gets a score of 34376 compared to the 30838 of the Sony Xperia Z1. This is partly because the screen is smaller and the GPU can do more. Check out the benchmark score in the video below. Tech specs for the Z1f are so far confirmed the same as the Z1 including:
- 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset
- Adreno 330 graphics
- 4.3-inch display (720p)
- 2GB RAM
- 20.7MP camera
Last Updated: Oct 11, 2013
Maxis have recently offered the Sony Xperia Z1 from RM1199 provided you sign up for a TalkMore28, TalkMore48, TalkMore78, SurfMore50, SurfMore 75 and Value Plus or Value First plans with Bolt-on Mobile Internet Plans. The smartphone is available under both 12 and 24 month contracts. Initially, the Sony Xperia Z1 also came with a number of freebies including a Magnetic Charging Dock (DK-31) but with this deal from Maxis only the first 1000 subscribers will get it. For more details, check out the table and links in this article.
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 10, 2013
Most smartphone manufacturers tend to make Mini versions of their flagship smartphones and now with the official announcement of the Sony Xperia Z1, rumours have started about a Sony Xperia Z1 Mini. This includes a render of the front panel for the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini and a rumour that the Mini version would be nearly identical with the actual Z1. So far, the only differences in tech specs for the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini include a 4.3-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixel resolution and a smaller 2400 mAh battery. Other tech specs and features like the Snapdragon 800 processor and chipset, 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage along with the 20.7MP camera are rumoured to be maintained for the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini. While there are still no Malaysia release dates, many are expecting the Sony Xperia Z1 Mini to arrive right before Christmas as that would be the best time for gift-giving (sales) in the year.