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Sony May Unveil 6.44 Inch Xperia Z Ultra Phablet on July 4th

Leaked images of a huge Sony Xperia device found their way to the internet just yesterday and earlier today, Sony send out ‘Save the Date’ invitations for July 4th.  These two events are related in one way – there is a high chance that Sony will be unveiling the huge 6.44 inch phablet touted to be Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

Alleged actual image of Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Alleged actual image of Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Sony will be hosting a mobile press event on Thursday 4th (about 3 weeks from now) in Paris and is expected to unveil their new phablet which is expected to carry on the raw power, reliability and ruggedness of their current flagship smartphone Sony Xperia Z.  In the press invite, Sony promises ‘a big surprise for you’, big being the key word.  The images leaked earlier portray a 6.44 inch phablet that is expected to take on a number of existing Android phablets in the market including Samsung’s 6 inch Galaxy Note 3 whose prototype leaked just a few days ago, Samsung Galaxy Mega which is a 6.3 inch ‘tablet’ and Acer’s 5.7 inch Liquid S1 phablet.

Although there has never been an official word from Sony, rumors of the Xperia Z Ultra started doing rounds on the internet a couple of months ago and it seems its launch is imminent next month if the photos leaked online are anything to go by.  The ‘Save the Date’ invitation by Sony also has a number of hidden hints besides the ‘Big’ surprise including the visibility of the side of the phablet it is expected to announce on the day.  The images also point at the possibility of the device supporting a stylus.

The Specs

We will have to wait till July 4th for confirmation of the details of this new Android monster but there are rumors that leaked from ePrice.com.  The Sony Xperia Z Ultra, also Xperia ZU, will have a 6.44 inch IPS display with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, translating to about 342 ppi pixels density.  The phablet is also rumored to be powered by an impressive quad core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, has 2 GB of RAM to complement the powerful processor and will have 16 GB onboard memory but with a microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 64 GB cards supported).  Other core specs include an 8 megapixels rear camera with Exmor RS sensor, a 1.3 megapixels front camera with Exmor R Sensor and 3,000 mAh battery.

Images reveal a thin profile device that is about 6.5 mm thick with a volume rocker, dedicated camera button, power button and a headset jack on the side.  We cannot tell whether the phablet will have water and dust resistance capabilities that the Sony Xperia Z phone has though.  For now, we wait for any new developments or leaks or wait till July 4th to know how ‘Big’ the surprise Sony has for us actually is.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Save the Date Invite

Sources: Xperia Blog and Engadget

 

Sony Xperia Tablet S Getting Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean Update Starting Today

Before bringing the Xperia Tablet Z to light, which is arguably the best ever non-Nexus Android tablet, Sony has had to experiment for a while, releasing several mediocre slates. The last of the bunch has been the Xperia Tablet S, launched in September 2012 and received with mixed “critical” reviews and lukewarm popular enthusiasm.

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But the Tab S is to become far more attractive than ever, as Sony will be rolling out an Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for it starting today. According to a post on Sony’s Community Forums, the upgrade will be “pushed out to our production server on April 18th 2013 between 9 am – 10 am pacific standard time”.

Naturally, you shouldn’t go berserk if the update won’t hit your particular Xperia Tablet S by 10 AM today, given that these things can take anywhere between a day and a few weeks to reach all users.

For now, the JB release is meant specifically for folks in the United States, Canada and Latin America, but chances are European Tablet S owners will get it in a matter of weeks as well. Before grabbing the juicy new software pack, remember to make sure you’re connected to a stable Wi-Fi network and your battery is above the 50% mark.

We don’t know exactly how heavy this particular package is, but be sure to arm yourselves with patience, because the downloading and installing of Jelly Bean can take up to 90 minutes. As for tweaks, bumps and enhancements, you can expect to get Google Now integration, a much smoother UI, expandable notifications, Project Butter performance upgrades and plenty of other goodies.

A bunch of bug fixes are to come your way too, not to mention improvements to Wi-Fi stability and a battery life boost. Be sure to go to Settings – About tablet – System Update if the automatic prompt message to download and install is delayed, but again, try to keep calm if the first wave of 4.1 updates will dodge you.

Finally, if you’re not an Xperia Tablet S owner and wonder if the 10-incher is worth your attention now that it’s Jelly Beaned, know that the thing starts at $330 on Amazon, which is not too shabby. For that money, you’ll be getting a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU, 1 GB of RAM, a 6,000 mAh battery, 16 GB of internal memory, microSD support, an 8 MP rear-facing cam and a 1,280 x 800 pix res splash-proof display.

Bottom line, this is no Xperia Tablet Z, but it’s not as far behind as you’d think.

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It’s Official: Sony Xperia Tablet S to Start Selling September 7th

Sony was among the first to unleash the big bombs even before the start of the IFA 2012.  Among the big news Sony released in a press conference even before the IFA started, Sony announced their new expected Sony Xperia S tablet expected to hit the stores on September 7th.  There were leaks earlier of the Xperia S details but Sony has gone a step further and given us a date, something we do not usually get during unveilings.

 

All eyes were peeled on Samsung during the IFA but Sony somehow managed to steal the limelight – albeit for a little while, with this surprise.  Back in July when the first rumors of this tablet surfaced, it sounded as if it would be a dull and unenticing device but now that the details are out it is a device worth investing in.  The tablet will be available at a price of $400 in 2 weeks for the 16GB version and $500 or $600 for the 32GB and 64GB versions respectively.

Some of the core features of the new tablet are the curved futuristic design that gives it a classy yet simplistic look and feel, added elegance with a metal casing, a thinner design (only 0.35 inches deep at the thinnest point) and weighing only 1.31 pounds, which is impressive for a 9.4 inch tablet with a metal casing.  What intrigued me the most about the new Xperia tablet is the design which gives a magazine-like shape, something I haven’t seen in another tablet before.

Sony went a step further in improving this tablet compared to its predecessor with a new 6,000 mAh battery which should run the tablet for 10 hours with a single charge, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 Processor and a full-sized SD slot.  If you have been following developments in the tablet niche, you should have noticed that most tablets come with a MicroSD slot and not a full SD card slot.

With a 9.4 inch IPS panel screen with a resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels, the Xperia Tablet S is a device to admire, both for office work and for leisure gaming.  Although it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, there are tons of included customization options in software, pre-loaded apps to accomplish any tasks and tweaking option to adjust the tablet to your preference.  There aren’t much bloatware included in the package because to me, most of the apps that come with the tablet are productive apps you would pay for to install if they weren’t included.  We have also been promised that a Jelly bean upgrade for the tablet is in the works and should be rolling out shortly after the tablet is made available.  According to Sony, the upgrade will be available ‘as soon as all custom apps are properly optimized’.

Furthermore, there will be a bunch of optional accessories for the Xperia tablet including a $100 wireless keyboard and a $100 docking stand that has an HDMI output and USB adapter.  A dock speaker will be available at $130, a carrying case will be available for $80 for premium forms and $51 for non-premium and a charging cradle will cost $40.

Pre-orders for the Xperia tablet S will begin today, if you are a fan of Sony or just want an impressive tablet, then you better get ready to place an order for one.

 

Core Specs Overview

Display: 9.4 inch IPS HD display with 1,280 x 800 resolution and OptiContrast Panel with low-friction coating

Processor: 1.3 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor

Operating System: Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich

RAM: 1 GB

Memory: 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB, SD card slot for expansion

Cameras: 8 MP rear, 1 MP HD front

Battery: 6000mAh Li-ion (up to 10 hrs usage per charge)

Connectivity: Bluetooth 3.0, Wifi: 802.11 b, g, n (2.4 GHz),

Sony Xperia Tablet Leaks: Hits the Shelves September for $450

Since Sony launched the S and P tablets last year, there has been little communication from them on the subject of any future tablets.  This changes today though after a major leak showing what the company is working on – a new Xperia tablet.  The slides detailing the features and specs of the tablet first appeared on an XDA forum post.  The poster noted that the Xperia tablet may be available for purchase in time for the holidays.

The new tablet joins the extended Xperia family which includes Sony’s wide range of Android smartphones.  The leaked images portray a ‘wedge’ design and the 9.4 inch screen with a resolution of 1280 X 800 pixels as the tablet’s trademark.  Sony announced the tablet’s launch at the end of August last year and it was a sign that there are a number of exciting products on their way.

The most notable features of the new tablet though are the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, a 6,000mAh battery that should run for 10 hours on a single charge, a rear 8MP and a front 1MP cameras, WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and a choice of 16, 32 or 64GB internal memory.  All the devices are also designed to have SD card, ST port, DLNA and HDMI ports.

The Xperia tablets will run on ‘Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or later’ OS according to the leaked slides, giving the users hope that the tablets may actually come with Android Jelly Bean pre-installed.  What is definite, however, is the fact that the tablets will have Sony’s own software tweaks, among them a very intriguing ‘Guest Mode’ which allows a user to set the tablet’s preferences to allow the accessibility and restriction of various apps for a certain period of time, probably when someone else borrows the tablet.

Another major piece of information is that the Xperia tablets are PlayStation certified.  Although they are much thinner, lighter and more stylish than the S tablets, the design gives them Splash-proof cases.  When it comes to pricing, the 16GB models could retail for $450, the 32GB for $550 and the 64GB for $650.  The leaked slides did not indicate the prices but it is likely that Sony will set the prices sometime in September just before the tablets are put up for sale.  We will be keeping an eye and ear out to see if Sony will drop any hints during the IFA show in Berlin, Germany next month.