Despite numerous reports floating around in regards to upcoming Xperia devices, Sony continues to keep a tight rein on its future mobile plans, which is why the latest unofficial pic starring the Z1 next to a mystery handheld leaves us all scratching our heads.
November 12 came and went and, while we’re still not an inch closer to finding out the exact launch date of the Sony Xperia Z1S, a fresh batch of photos remind the world it’s coming and paint a fairly gloomy pricing picture.
After going on record with concrete Android 4.4 KitKat update plans for a raft of spanking new devices currently running Jelly Bean, Sony has turned its attention to a few older and more technically modest gadgets, indirectly confirming they’re also due for software bumps.
As if the recent rumor bonanza was not enough to convince the world Sony is this close to rolling out an international version of the Xperia Z1 f dubbed Z1s, a likely accidental official confirmation of the phone’s existence has come earlier today.
All hail the first “maxi” phone wrapped in a “mini” package. Rumored for many months to be called Xperia Z1 mini, but ultimately likely to be released under the Z1S moniker. And as transparent as glass following an @evleaked presser and live image accidentally slipped by Sony.
Sony has something special prepped for November 12: international Xperia Z1 mini or 6-inch ‘Tianchi’?
Packing cutting-edge hardware and smooth as silk software into a compact-ish body has proven quite the challenge for Android’s top dogs. Except for Sony, whose 4.3-inch Xperia Z1 f has gone official a couple of weeks back with Snapdragon 800 heat, 2 GB RAM and 20.7 MP camera.
“Best things come in small packages” is what the elders used to say, but ask Samsung or HTC about the proverb and they’ll cut you off with a “bigger is better” retort. Not Sony though, as the Japanese have just brought to light the highly anticipated Xperia Z1 mini.
It’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it. Or it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Whichever of the two sayings you prefer, you’re probably over the moon with excitement about Sony’s Xperia Z1 mini.
Sony Xperia Z2 (aka Avatar) already making the rumor rounds, 540 ppi screen and 3 GB RAM among specs
As the dust is nowhere near settling on Sony’s Xperia Z1 announcement, most folks not very familiar with how things work in the mobile tech industry would say it’s much, much too early to start speculating on the Z2.
As much as tech aficionados would have loved to see both the Honami (aka Xperia Z1) and Honami Mini made official during last week’s IFA, the latter skipped the Berlin event so as not to steal its bigger brother’s thunder.
After many years of playing second fiddle to better marketed and often better equipped smartphones from OEMs such as Apple, Samsung or HTC, Sony is finally looking ready to turn the page and up the ante.
Looks like someone at Sony made a blunder of catastrophic proportions with mere hours to go until maybe the company’s biggest smartphone unveiling to date. Not that the Xperia Z1 (aka Honami) was much of a mystery before today.
The Sony Xperia Z1 refuses to keep a low profile as we inch closer and closer before its official announcement, with Sony’s upcoming flagship now appearing in some crystal clear press shots.
Just as everyone thought the Sony Xperia Z1 (aka Honami) rumor bonanza was bound to stop, since there appeared to be nothing left unraveled, two reports from China appeared on our doorsteps, bringing nothing really new to the table, but refusing to go unnoticed nevertheless.
Although Sony has been unable (or unwilling) to control the leaky faucet that’s brought us more Honami reports, unofficial pics and camera samples than one can count in the past few weeks, the upcoming high-end 5-inch phone continues to thrive in the spotlight.
Just like it has happened in the past with the Xperia Z and Z Ultra, the Sony Xperia “Honami” is unable to maintain the slightest air of mystery ahead of its formal introduction, being an open book for us all already.
If you want something big, bad and hot and aren’t willing to wait it out for when Samsung will make the Galaxy Note 3 available, Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra might just be the perfect device for you. Only the 6.4-incher is itself hard to score… for now.
A weaker yen and a successful line of smartphones have helped push Sony back into the black this quarter.
Expected out in September on a global wide scale, Sony’s latest crown jewel and possibly the best smartphone in Android history… so far, the Xperia Z Ultra, is likely to land earlier in a couple of Asian countries.
They’ve both been a long time coming, they will both be available exclusively via T-Mobile in the US and they are both seeing daylight come July 17. No prizes for guessing what devices I’m talking about, as it is fairly obvious – Sony’s Xperia Z and Nokia’s Lumia 925.