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Monday, January 6, 2014

Xperia Z1s for T-Mobile US leaks again; this is the Z1 mini

Xperia Z1s for T-MobileA new image of the “Xperia Z1^s” has leaked from @evleaks. It is exactly the same phone leaked by evleaks back in October 2013. There has been some confusion over whether this was a refresh of the Xperia Z1 i.e. sporting a 5-inch display or whether this was a mini version with 4.3-inch 720p display. 

New Sony model numbers certified in China – L39u, M51w and XM50h

Sony China models
A few new Sony Xperia model numbers were certified in China via CCC a few days ago. This includes model number M51w, expected to be the Chinese Xperia Z1 mini and the L39u, another Xperia Z1 variant for the Chinese market possibly for China Unicom given the WCDMA band support. 

Sony China offers new Xperia Care initiative to bolster ownership experience

Xperia Care China_1China is not a market that any manufacturer can ignore and Sony knows that all too well. Sony China recently announced new initiatives to help with the overall Xperia ownership experience. The Xperia Care scheme has been launched and involves three main parts: 1) a pick-up warranty service, 2) extended & accidental warranties and 3) one-on-one training. 

Sony China press event set for 14 January 2014; Xperia Z1 mini to be unveiled

Sony China 14 January 2014Sony will be out in force at next week’s CES 2014 trade show in Las Vegas, showcasing all of its new wares across its vast portfolio of televisions, cameras, laptops and of course, mobile products. 

Xperia Z1 display goes up against its mini sibling, the Xperia Z1 f

SONY DSCThere is wide expectation that the Xperia Z1 mini will be announced at CES 2014 in Las Vegas next week. The handset shares much of the same hardware of the Xperia Z1, but packs it into a smaller chassis with 4.3-inch 720p display.

Xperia E1 and Xperia E1 dual passes through FCC

Xperia E1 and Xperia E1 dual FCCWe have already seen the D200X (D2004, D2005) and D210X (D2104, D2105) model numbers appear. The handset is believed to be an entry level Sony Xperia that will launch in early 2014. The D200X is the single SIM model, whilst the D210X is the dual SIM version. Both models have passed through the FCC, revealing that smartphone ODM Arima Communications is in charge of building the handset.

Sony Mobile prepping Windows Phone for mid-2014 release?

Windows PhoneEvery once in a while, the rumour mill around Sony entering the Windows Phone ecosystem starts again, pointing to a diversification of mobile OS support. Of course for those with long memories will know that Sony’s Xperia range actually started with Windows Mobile with the Xperia X1 and Xperia X2 handsets.