Sony Xperia Z1 Compact goes up for pre-order at Mobicity – will cost you more than a full size Z1

With features that almost match its larger sibling, the Z1 Compact caused a stir when announced at CES last month and while it's due in Australia as a Telstra exclusive in April, Mobicity have just opened up pre-orders for the Z1 Compact on their website. Available to pre-order in four colours - Pink, Lime and of course Black and White - the Z1 Compact is unfortunately not compact in price, at least at the moment - sometimes the price drops as the stock availability draws near - with Mobicity asking for $729.95 + postage to pre-order. That price makes it... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 99 – A curve in the right direction

Welcome to the 99th episode of the Ausdroid podcast! This week Jason, Dan and Geoff took a good close look at the news and made sure everyone knew how the felt about it. Those communication classes are clearly helping! Topics: Motorola Moto G: Review and launch details Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite LG G Flex exclusive to Harvey Norman Accessorise your Nexus Rumours: HTC M8 Rumours: LG G3 Rumours: Sony Sirius (and another rumour a couple of days later) Samsung Galaxy S5 Pocket Weather 4.0 Listen to this episode Download this episode MP3 Subscribe to the Ausdroid Podcast Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z Ultra released in a WiFi-only variant in Japan

We've taken a fairly good look at Sony's Xperia Z Ultra before, and when Matt reviewed it, he rather liked it, except for the fact that for a phone, at 6.4", it was just too big. It seems that this view wasn't uncommon, and being as the Xperia Z Ultra borders on the smaller side of tablets (rather than the extremely large side of phones), Sony has heeded the call and released a new version of the Xperia Z Ultra which lacks the cellular component, thus rendering the device truly a small tablet. While the cellular radios have been removed,... Continue reading

Sony D6503 Sirius Details Leak, Again

On Sunday we reported on the images and sparse details of a new Sony phone that had leaked via an XDA member. Not long after we received a tip from someone who also had the device confirming the details. The tipster confirmed the 5.2″ 1080p screen with a Qualcomm based MSM8974AB SoC and 3gb RAM. He also confirmed that his version, from November, was running Android 4.3 but being a preproduction model couldn't comment on what version it will release with. Interestingly though, the tipster's device has the board and device codename of... Continue reading

Sony announces Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra Dual

Following the announcement of the Xperia E1, Sony has also announced two further devices, the Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra Dual. Sony has squarely aimed the Xperia T2 lineup at developing markets, wanting to bring them a large-screen device with LTE at an affordable price. Feature-wise, the Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra Dual are the same, including: 6" HD display at 720p 13 MP camera with Exmor RS and 1.1 MP front facing camera Snapdragon quad-core 1.4 GHz processor 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage 3,000 mAh battery The only distinction between the two... Continue reading

Sony announces new Xperia E1

Sony has introduced a new addition to its Xperia line of Android handsets with the Xperia E1. While undoubtedly entering the market somewhere in the middle, the Xperia E1 does appear to pack a little bit of a punch. Sony has focused on the music features of the Xperia E1, with an integrated 100dB speaker on board to produce loud, clean sound that can hold its own in any environment, even against a motorcycle according to Sony's press release. This will be welcome news for commuters who dislike listening to other people's music on loudspeakers.. Besides this beefy speaker, the Xperia... Continue reading

Sony D6503 prototype surfaces – possibly the ‘Sirius’ handset update of the Z1

The latest rumours for upcoming Sony devices point to a new phone - codenamed Sirius - and a tablet - codenamed Castor - to be launched at Mobile World Congress next month and an XDA Member - iRimas - appears to have gotten their hands on an as yet unreleased Sony handset with the model # : D6503 which could possibly be the Sirius. Specs rumoured for the Sirius include a 5.2″ screen with a Qualcomm based MSM8974AB SoC – a variant of the Snapdragon 800 with higher clock speeds, iRimas also confirms a 20.7MP Camera on the... Continue reading

Ausdroid Podcast 98 – CES-a-palooza

Welcome to the 98th episode of the Ausdroid podcast, and the first episode for 2014! This week Jason, Dan and Adam looked at the Android-related announcements from CES 2014. It's taken a little while to get back into the podcasting groove and get this episode online. We promise we'll do better next week! Topics: Open Automtoive Alliance Sony - Xperia Z1 Compact Huawei - Ascend Mate 2 4G Asus - Padfone Mini, Zenphone 4/5/6, Transformer Book Duet Acer - 7" and 7.9" tablets Acer - C720P Chromebook Samsung - Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO tablet lineup Pebble Steel Kogan... Continue reading

Sony preparing Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for Xperia T, TX, V and SP

Owners of some older Sony Xperia devices need not feel left out of the recent Android updates for too much longer. The official Sony Xperia Twitter account, @SonyMobileNews, has put out some advice for Xperia owners this morning, advising that Xperia T, TX, V and SP will receive an update to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean by the end of February. https://twitter.com/SonyMobileNews/status/423758239293923328 Yes, it's not an update to the latest and greatest, but it's an update none the less. Are you an Xperia T, TX, V or SP user, and will you be looking forward to this update? Continue reading

CES 2014 – Sony cradle incorporates your smartphone into their in-car entertainment systems

Sony debuted a new cradle at CES that allows your phone to be incorporated into their in-car entertainment systems. The XSP-N1BT is a cradle / double DIN receiver for your smartphone, allowing you to control your in-car entertainment experience with a touchscreen interface. Bluetooth connectivity means you have full control over the functions of your head unit, including the source (USB, CD, Aux input or radio), Volume, Balance and Equalizer settings. As with many of Sony's recent mobile products, it's nice to see that they're not practicing ecosystem lock-in - the cradle will work with Sony's own,... Continue reading

Rumours start for new Sony Xperia devices to be launched at MWC

With the Sony Xperia Z now a year old - it was launched at CES this time last year - the details could be coming on an updated Phone and Tablet that Sony are working on for a possible release at Mobile World Congress in February. The phone - codenamed Sirius - is tipped to have a 5.2" screen and be powered by a Qualcomm based MSM8974AB SoC - a variant of the Snapdragon 800 which can see slightly higher clock speeds, although there is some speculation that the Snapdragon 805 could be seen instead. While the rumour tips the... Continue reading

CES 2014 — Sony announces the Xperia Z1 Compact, coming to Australia in April

Sony today confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in recent months - a smaller, "mini" version of its flagship Xperia Z1 (which we rather liked) is coming. It's called the Xperia Z1 Compact, and it brings the headline features from its big brother into a 4.3 inch device. The big draw card for the Z1 Compact is that it doesn't compromise on specs for its smaller form factor, a trend many of us at Ausdroid have been lamenting for the past couple of years. The main changes for the form factor are a 720p display in place... Continue reading

Sony begins rollout of Android 4.3 to more Xperia devices

Last week, Sony began rolling out the Android 4.3 update to the Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra, but today it's the turn of the other 2013 Xperia 'Z' devices, namely the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Xperia Tablet Z. The update includes all the goodness that was rolled out to the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra including the ‘Project Butter performance & UI optimisation and a smoother graphical experience’. In terms of Apps, all these devices will receive the Smart Social Camera experience that launched on the Xperia Z1 as well as... Continue reading