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Sony Z1: Xperia’s 5-inch superphoneThe new Z1 flagship smartphone from Sony features a 5-inch display, a 21-megapixel camera and a free £149 smartwatch for those who pre-order.


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though it wasn’t exactly a well-kept secret, Sony on Wednesday took the wraps off of its next-generation Xperia Z1 smartphone. A sequel of sorts to this year’s Xperia Z, the Xperia Z1 combines a sleek, waterproof body with a whopping 20.7-megapixel camera sensor.

The Xperia Z1 features a 5-inch 1080p TFT display, powered by Sony’s Triluminos technology. A 2.2GHz Qulacomm Snapdragon 800 processor and Adreno 330 graphics should keep things moving along nicely. And 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (along with a microSD card slot) and a 3,000mAh battery round out the spec list.

The most interesting new feature here is the camera, which Sony claims is the “world’s leading camera in a smartphone,” and has apparently confirmed as much through “independent testing.” I can’t be sure of that yet, but on paper the features are promising. Sony is using a 1/2.3-inch 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, as well as Sony’s 27mm f/2.0 G Lens and Bionz image processing engine. Sony is also mobilizing a fleet of Xperia camera apps with the phone.

While the Xperia Z1 looks nearly identical to its predecessor, the phone is rated IP58, which makes it waterproof, as opposed to just water resistant.

Running on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), the Xperia Z1 will be available in black, purple or white. The handset will go on sale later this month, so Sony is certainly making good on its promise to shorten product lead times. So far price and carrier availability have not been announced.

I’m reporting live from the Sony event and hope to get my hands on an Xperia Z1 shortly so I can put that camera to the test. Check back soon for my thoughts and impressions.
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Leaked render outs Sony Xperia Z1 in black, white and purple


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Xperia Z, with a side of bezels

Thanks to a wealth of pre-release leaks, there’s not much we haven’t seen of the Sony Xperia Z1 (or “Honami”) at this point. But now there’s an official-looking render of the device to confirm what we’ve been seeing for the past few months — a phone very similar in design to the older Xperia Z, complete with hefty bezels.

The image from Chinese forum Digi-Wo shows the Z1 in the standard Sony tricolore — black, white and purple — the same colors used by the Xperia Z and Xperia Z Ultra. The back of the purple device shows off one of the Z1’s most talked-about features, its 20-megapixel rear camera with Sony G Lens. On the inside, the Xperia Z1 is rumored to pack similar hardware to the Z Ultra — a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 GB of RAM and microSD expandability.

We’re expecting to see the Xperia Z1 unveiled at Sony’s big pre-IFA press conference on Sept. 4, and we’ll be live from Berlin to bring you full coverage of the phone.

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WickedLeak launches quad-core Wammy Titan II for Rs 13,990


WickedLeak has launched its new phone, the Wammy Titan II, that is set to be an upgrade to the original Titan. Along with a host of other upgrades, the Titan II will have an upgraded quad-core processor, as opposed to the original’s dual-core processor.

The Wammy Titan II will come out of the box with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and the company has stated in its press release that it will be upgradeable to Android 4.2. The smartphone is currently available for booking on WickedLeak’s website and the delivery is set to start from March 21. The phone is priced at Rs 13,990.

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Here are the key features of the WickedLeak Wammy Titan II:

  • 5.3-inch IPS display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels
  • 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Bluetooth
  • 12 megapixel camera, 5 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4GB internal memory expandable up to 32GB via microSD

The phone is equipped with MediaTek’s MTK 6589 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and the graphics will be powered by a PowerVR SGX544 GPU. To keep smartphone alive, it is equipped with a 2,300 mAh battery with a quoted working time of up to five days. Equipped with 1GB of RAM, the smartphone should be able to multitask well.

With the phone essentially being an upgrade to the Wammy Titan, we asked if consumers who own the original Titan can trade their devices in to get a new one and pay the difference—the answer was a resounding “no”. The process being too complicated was the reason cited.

The processor upgrade possible at such a low cost is mostly possible because as per the new Union Budget, chips can be imported without any duty levied on them.

Thanks to the launch of the Titan II, the price of the original Titan has been cut down to Rs 11,000.

The original Titan was launched back in January and is equipped with dual-SIM slots and 1GB of RAM. It has an internal memory of 4GB and comes with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

The device measures 144 x 89 x 12 mm and runs on a 2500 mAh battery that the company claims will provide up to 8 hours of talk time and 260 hours of standby time.

 

First Impressions of Samsung Galaxy S4


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After sitting through the glitziest product introduction I’ve ever been to followed by a few minutes of hands-on with the Galaxy S4, I came away impressed but not blown away.I’ll get into details in a moment, but my overall sense of this phone is that it firmly establishes Samsung as a leading innovator — if not the leading innovator — in the smartphone space.  It’s kind of ironic that Apple won a lawsuit last year after a jury found that Samsung had copied iPhone features and designs. The Galaxy S4 — like the Galaxy S3 — could never be called a copycat.  Samsung came out with specs and features that we’ve never yet seen in a smartphone, including any phone that begins with the letter i.
True, the S4 runs Google‘s latest Jelly Bean Android software, but Samsung has done a lot to make it different from other Android phones.Hardware specsLike Apple, Samsung is a hardware company that innovates mainly through software. But the hardware specs are worth noting. The 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED; 1,920×1,080 screen, at 441 pixels per inch, is both bigger and higher resolution than the iPhone 5, although the HTCOne has an equally high resolution — though smaller — (4.7 inch) screen.  Samsung also upped the ante with a faster processor and unlike Apple it lets users expand the phone’s storage (internal storage ranges from 16 to 64 GB) to plug in a MicroSD card for up to another 64GB. And the phone has a mega-battery. Samsung didn’t say how l
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ong the battery will last, but it does have 2,600 mili amp hours,  which is a lot more than the competition.
I refer you to a handy CNET chart comparing the S4′s specs with those of the iPhone, HTC One and the Blackberry Z10 if you want more details.Innovative software & cool photo featuresI expect hardware to keep getting better but what impressed me — at least as a first impression — was the software that Samsung added to the phone.  But full disclosure —
there is a big difference between sitting through a presentation and getting a few minutes of hands-on time versus testing a phone under real-world conditions. So anything I say is tentative pending my full review.Still, I was impressed with the phone’s photo features beginning with its 13-megapixel, back-facing camera. But what I really liked is the camera’s ability to include the photographer in the picture.  I have taken thousands of pictures of my family but I’m not in most of them. With the S4 you can snap a picture of other people and place yourself — albeit in a little window or bubble — in the frame.  The camera also intellegently sorts your pictures into albums based on the background or the date and you can order picture books directly from the phone. There is also an “eraser” feature that takes a series of quick photos and lets you remove images of people who walk into your shot by deleting just those frames.Multi-lingual voice recognitionThe S4 comes with Samsung’s S Translator tool that enables you to speak in one language and have the phone translate to another. At the press event they showed someone typing a question in English and having the phone speak the words out-loud in Chinese.  When someone responded in Chinese, the phone typed out his words in English.
It supports several other languages including French, Spanish, Italian and Portugese.The phone also has Siri-like voice recognition that outclasses Siri. You can ask it to read your email out loud and ask the phone to respond to a text message while you’re driving. It aso handles navigation and other phone features.Knows if you’re lookingIf you’re watching a video and look away, the video will pause automatically and resume when you turn your eyes back to the screen. You can also scroll by looking up or down and by slightly tilting the phone. It’s not the full-fledged eye tracking that was rumored —
but it’s a step in that direction.Another cool hands-off feature is “Air Gestures.” That allows you to control the phone by waving your hand above the screen. You can swipe left to right or up and down. You can even hover over an email or other item to get more information without having to touch it.I also love the S Health feature that turns your phone into a pedometer without any extra hardware or, when connected to other devices it can sense your blood pressure, blood sugar or other vital signs. There’s an option S Band that measures your heart beat.The phone will be available next quarter on hundreds of carriers around the world including AT&T, Verizon,
T-Mobile and Sprint. Pricing wasn’t specified.Cool factorThere’s a great deal more to say about this phone and its features and — again — I’m not yet ready to pass judgement, but I liked what I saw and can say without any hesitation that Samsung — at least for the moment — is a few steps ahead of Apple when it comes to the “cool” factor.

 

NEW PURPORTED GALAXY NOTE 8.0 IMAGES CONFIRM S-PEN SUPPORT


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Earlier this week, images that were purportedly of Samsung’s (005930) upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet leaked onto the Web. The slate looked like an oversized Galaxy S III smartphone and included the company’s physical home button, which had perviously been omitted from earlier Galaxy tablets. French blog Frandroid posted additional images of the tablet on Friday that confirmed it will include an S-Pen stylus, similar to the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note 10.1.Image

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is rumored to be equipped with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display, 1.6GHz quad-core processor and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The slate is also believed to include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and Android 4.2.

Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

 

BlackBerry launches Z10 touchscreen BB10 phone, unveils QWERTY Q10


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he wait is finally over. BlackBerry has announced its new BlackBerry 10 device – the Z10. The phone was announced by BlackBerry during its BlackBerry 10 launch event today. The company claims that it is the best BlackBerry smartphone to date. It features a screen that has been designed specifically for touch input. The company has also announced the full QWERTY-based Q10, though not much is known about it yet. It is worth noting that the device will make it to Indian stores before it goes on sale in the US.

“Today sees a re-invented BlackBerry launching an entirely new mobile experience,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry. “We are thrilled to be introducing BlackBerry 10 on the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, to deliver a faster, smarter experience that continuously adapts to your needs.  Every feature, every gesture, and every detail in BlackBerry 10 is designed to keep you moving.”

The company claims that BB10 and the device were designed together. The heart of the device, according to the company, is BlackBerry Flow. This essentially means that the interface is touch-based and everything is one swipe away. “Whatever you’re doing, you’re only one swipe away from the heart of all your activity,” said Heins

Here is a quick look at some of the highlights of the Z10:

  • 4.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 768
  • LTE, 3G, EDGE, Wi-Fi, NFC
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP
  • 8 megapixel AF camera with 1080p recording; 2 megapixel front facing camera with 720p recording
  • 16GB internal memory expandable up to 64GB via microSD
  • Micro HDMI for AV out

The phone runs on a dual core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor and will support a quad band radio featuring HSPA+/UMTS, quad band GSM/GPRS and quad band LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 13, 17. It comes with 2GB RAM and supports all the standard Wi-Fi networks. All of this will be powered by an 1800 mAh battery. Going by the prices for the UAE, the Z10 is set to cost approximately Rs 36,000.

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es 70,000 BlackBerry 10 apps. In addition, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare apps for BlackBerry 10 are preinstalled, and BlackBerry 10 customers will have access to apps from around the world.

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First press shot of Sony Xperia Z surfaces ahead of its CES launch


The Sony Xperia Z, which was earlier codenamed C660X Yuga, makes its presence felt yet again. This time it has surfaced in the form of a press shot by @evleaks on Unwired View, sporting a gigantic 5-inch 1080p display. The Xperia Z shows a skinned Android version, known to run on Jelly Bean; it flaunts a new set of on-screen navigation keys. Falling into the high-end Sony-branded phone category, it is expected to be unveiled at CES this year at Sony’s conference on January 7. However, looking at the CES leaks already making rounds, we may know much more about the phone before its launch.

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Some other reported specs of the Xperia Z are a 13 megapixel camera and quad core processors. But the key selling point of the device is believed to be the 5-inch screen with a 1080p resolution that sports 443ppi. It also features the OptiContrast technology, which is usually found in Sony televisions. However, earlier report also points out that though the screen shows good colour reproduction for multimedia apps using the Sony Bravia engine, other apps don’t fare as well. Viewing angles are lower and the backlight is visible in the black areas of pictures. Measuring about 139 x 71 x 7.9 mm, this Xperia device has also put in thought at rigidity and robustness as it is said to support Ingress Protection (IP) rating of IP55 and IP57, making it both dust and water resistant.

The spec sheet of the Xperia Z will also show some other basic features such as Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi on the a/b/g/n networks, LTE and a microSD slot. Also, C660X Yuga is said to support SDXC format cards, effectively pushing the maximum memory card size up to 128GB.
The Xperia Z has been making headlines right from November last labelled with its codename. Earlier reports revealed that it would be integrated with a 1.5GHz processor and 2GB RAM. Then we also heard about the device sporting a back glass panel. Now, this would put it in line with other devices with glass back panels like the iPhone 4/4S and Google’s Nexus 4. The advantage of having a glass back is that it makes the design of the smartphone really good. However, there are many disadvantages that can outweigh that sole feature. Having a glass panel at the back makes the handset susceptible to cracks and damages. One will need to be extremely careful while handling this device.

As predicted by industry experts, the year 2013 could truly be “a year of the smartphone” and 1080p displays could be the next fad among manufactures to deliver high-class viewing experience and usability.

 

Sony Xperia Ion launched in India at Rs. 35,999


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Sony’s spanking new Android smartphone Xperia Ion has now reached Indian shores. The launch comes after the phone was showcased in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year. The Android v2.3 (Gingerbread) handset is priced at Rs. 35,999 on Snapdeal.com.

The Xperia Ion ships preinstalled with the outdated version of Android OS, but an upgrade to Android v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is in the pipeline. This NFC-ready phone is available in red and black variants. The price is quite a premium for a phone that ships with a really old implementation of Android. However, the handset makes up for it in the specs department. At any rate, you are still left at Sony’s mercy for the ICS update, especially since there’s no word on whether the Ion will receive Jelly Bean at all.

The Xperia Ion toes to the current trend of smartphones bearing large displays, with its 4.6-inch LCD screen and sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. The phone is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and an Adreno 220 GPU. It features a 16GB expandable memory expandable upto 32GB with its microSD card slot. The primary camera is rated at 12MP and is capable of 1080p video recording. The device is also equipped with a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video conferencing at 720p resolution. Its 1900mAh battery is well endowed and should offer decent battery backup time considering its hardware specs. The manufacturer claims a standby time of upto 400 hours with 2G and up to 350 hours with 3G, radio-enabled. Being a Sony product, the Ion is PlayStation certified and carries the Walkman branding as well.

Other specifications include:

  • 4.6-inch TFT LCD supporting 1280 x 720 pixel resolution
  • 3G HSDPA 2100, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and EDR, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, DLNA, USB 2.0
  • GPS, A-GPS with GLONASS
  • 12MP camera and 1.3MP front camera
  • FM radio with 3.5 mm audio jack
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, External memory support up to 32 GB