A mysterious Sony-made smartphone likely headed to Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has scored FCC certification, and all signs point to it being the precocious follow-up to the Xperia Z1 f, known internationally as the Z1 Compact.
A little late to the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrading party compared to Samsung, HTC or LG, Sony is apparently bringing no less than three of its smartphones up to date software-wise over the next few weeks.
According to numerous recent reports, Sony has at least one high-end phone and a top-notch tab prepped for February introductions, both of which may have received FCC’s blessing with US-friendly 4G LTE support.
It seems the D6503, aka “Sirius”, is not the only unreleased high-end Sony handheld in testing, as a D6603 has been benchmarked through AnTuTu with an evolved Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU beneath the hood.
The so-called Sony “Sirius”, expected to debut at next month’s Mobile World Congress as some sort of Xperia Z1 rehash, has apparently been caught on camera over the week-end, while its rumored specs look positively… pedestrian.
Sony isn’t about to stand idly by while Samsung steals the headlines with a no doubt mind-blowing Galaxy S5, and the Xperia line looks set for a top-notch refresh at next month’s Mobile World Congress.
Sony had a fairly poor showing at CES 2014, at least compared with last year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but word around the street is the Xperia creators will more than make up for it in February, during the Mobile World Congress (MWC).
All the rumors turned out to be legit… in part, as Sony finally took the stage in Las Vegas on Monday to reveal both a T-Mobile-restricted version of the flagship Z1 and diminutive model headed to “international” markets.
Not even Christmas and the imminent New Year’s Eve can contain the rumor bonanza surrounding possibly the most highly anticipated Sony smartphone ever, whose international launch may well happen by the end of the week.
Sony saddened plenty of Xperia users when announcing all high-end devices will need to get Android 4.3 Jelly Bean updates before leaping to 4.4 KitKat, but now the Z1 and Z Ultra officially run on the last JB flavor, so the 4.4 rollout has to be close.
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.
Sony has begun rollout of a new firmware that fixes minor issues like image quality and Wi-Fi connectivity that has been affecting Xperia Z1 users.
“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.
The Sony Xperia Z1 mini has often been rumored to be that Android device that will turn around the trend of mini variants of flagship smartphones being mediocre in the specs department, and we now have the most concrete evidence to support that rumor.