At least in the US, Sony has yet to create a blockbuster smartphone on par with the Samsung Galaxy S4 or Google Nexus 5. With the Xperia Z1S, its latest flagship handset, the company makes a brave attempt at a smoother sail in American waters, but a disappointing screen makes the Z1S founder. Sure, its 5-inch display is big and boasts a full-HD resolution, but it lacks the visual impact of Sony's high-end competitors like the Nexus 5, the S4, and the Galaxy Note 3. Heck, even older handsets such as the HTC One serve up more inviting eye … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- During the full week that we spent at CES 2014, CNET TV was hard at work filming every corner of the annual techapalooza. From stage-shy movie directors to the new Roku TV, we captured it all on camera. So, if you couldn't be in Vegas, here are the top 11 CNET TV videos for your viewing pleasure.
1. Michael Bay quits Samsung's press conference In an bizarre, -- and painfully awkward -- moment, "Transformers" director Bay walked off the stage during Samsung's press conference before he could chat about one of the … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- Sony is back at the Consumer Electronics Show with a waterproof phone. Sound familiar?
It was roughly a year ago when Sony showed off its Xperia Z, which was the first time the company corralled the strengths of its various business units, taking expertise and technology from its television and camera divisions and wrapping it all up in a waterproof body. The phone was supposed to be the start of Sony Mobile's comeback story.
It only sort of happened.
Over the past year, Sony switched from one exclusive US carrier partner to another and, yes, slightly … Read more
Owners of Sony's Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra should now start to see Android 4.3 pop up on their phones.
Sony spilled the beans about the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra on Monday but cautioned that the actual arrival time of the Android update will vary by market and carrier. Android 4.3 offers several enhancements and tweaks for Xperia phones.
Along with an improved interface, the Android 4.3 update adds Sony's Smart Social Camera to the Xperia Z Ultra. This collection of apps brings some social savvy and other innovative extras to the … Read more
Arden Hayes may be 5 years old, but he has a sanguine presence that Congress could use.
He's an expert on presidents of the United States, as well as just generally being a lot more astute than most 5-year-olds.
In a return appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Hayes casually mentioned he'd been hanging out with Al Gore.
He also noticed that Kimmel's map of the world didn't include South Sudan.… Read more
If you've been waiting to get your hands on Sony's latest mobile gear in America, today's the day.
Sony has just placed unlocked versions of its Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra Android handsets up for sale at its US retail website. The company has also added its Smartwatch 2 wearable tech gadget to its virtual store shelves. … Read more
Despite not wanting to place much emphasis on the U.S. market, Sony could continue its relationship with T-Mobile. According to a recent leak from @evleaks, T-Mobile is expected to announce the upcoming availability of the Sony Xperia Z1.
Introduced at IFA in early September, the Xperia Z1 can go toe-to-toe with just about any smartphone. On the surface, the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean-powered device packs a 5-inch 'triluminous' display with a 1920x1080-pixel resolution, as well as a 20.7-megapixel camera.
Under the hood, you'll find a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and … Read more
Another top-flight smartphone has been minimized. This time it's the Sony Xperia Z1 -- with a new, smaller version officially announced.
The Xperia Z1F is a sawed-off version of Sony's waterproof flagship Android smart phone, sporting a 4.3-inch 720p screen instead of the 5-inch display on the Z1.
Underneath the screen there's an impressive lineup, including a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of storage, with NFC and Qi wireless charging to juice up the 2300mAh battery. The phone runs Android 4.2. The Z1F will sell in Japan, … Read more
Samsung and Sony are respectively expected to introduce new variants of their flagship smartphones, the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Sony Xperia Z1, specifically intended for the Japanese market. According to a leaked NTT DoCoMo brochure obtained by RBMen, both phones should join the carrier's roster over the next few quarters.
For all practical purposes, the Sony Zperia Z1 f figures to be a smaller take on the Xperia Z1. The internal hardware components should remain largely unchanged, including the quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU and the 20.7-megapixel rear camera.
The smaller, 4.3-inch 720p HD display, however, should prove … Read more
Although Sony released the Xperia M in the UK earlier this summer, the unlocked Android handset is available in the US as well.
At $249.99, the 4G Xperia M comes in four colors (black, white, purple, and yellow), and offers a 4-inch display with a rather low 854x480-pixel resolution and 245ppi.
Though it doesn't ship with the most recent version of Android, it does run 4.1 Jelly Bean. Underneath its hood you'll find a 1,700mAh battery (which has a reported talk time of around 9 to 10 hours) and a 1GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core … Read more