Sony officially launches the Xperia Z1 f SO-02F for NTT DoCoMo

The Xperia Z1 f or 'Honami Mini' as it's been known throughout various leaks in the leadup to its unveiling has been officially launched by Sony on the Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. The hardware specs appear to match up with those listed in the leaked catalogue that was found in the lead up to the official NTT DoCoMo launch : 4.3" 1280×720 HD BRAVIA LCD 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SOC 2 GB of RAM 16GB On-board Storage 20.7MP Rear Camera with G Lens and 2.2MP Front-Facing Camera IEEE 802.11 a/​​b/g/N and AC (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0 Android 4.2.2 IP58 Ingress protection - Protected against dust,... Continue reading

Pint sized Xperia Z1 f leaks again through upcoming DoCoMo catalogue

The release of the Xperia Z1 with its highly anticipated 20.7MP camera has seen many people asking for the same specs but in a smaller form factor and last we saw, the Xperia Z1 f was being touted as the device that would fulfill that wish. Now a further leak from an upcoming NTT DoCoMo catalogue seems to confirm the Xperia Z1 f is coming soon at least in Japan. Unlike other mini versions of flagship phones that claim 'no compromise' the Xperia Z1 f seems to almost fully deliver. The Xperia Z1 f will come... Continue reading

Ausdroid attends the EB Games Expo

The EB Games Expo is a trade/game show held by Australian retailer EB Games to allow gamers to experience upcoming software and hardware from manufacturers and developers from Australia and around the world. This year, Ausdroid was allowed to attend as guests of EB Games to check out what was on offer from both hardware and software manufacturers. The Expo, which is being held this year and next at the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park (Homebush), started on Friday and had its last day today, running until 4pm. In only its third year, the show is getting... Continue reading

Sony launches a power cover for its Xperia Ultra Z

Sony has announced a handsome case for its small tablet - or very large smart phone - the Xperia Z Ultra. The Power Cover CP12 is the perfect accessory for the giant phone. The case folds into a stand and contains a 3000 mAh battery, that combined with the 3050 mAh battery in the Z Ultra should be enough for even the most power-hungry user. A handy stylus also slots into the spine of the case. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra has a whopping 6.4" Full HD display, quite large for a phone, but if you consider... Continue reading

Sony announce the Xperia M for Australia – available through Vodafone and Sony Centres

Sony Australia has today announced the Sony Xperia M for the Australian market. The budget level device is aimed at the lower end of the market but still retains many of the design aesthetics from the former 2013 flagship device the Xperia Z. Launched by Sony back in June, Sony are definitely focusing the Xperia M at a 'new market and price point' but even at the cheaper price point, the Xperia M still packs quite a punch. Hardware wise, the phone comes with a 4" 854x480 display that is powered by a 1GHz Dual-Core Qualcomm MSM8227 CPU, with... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z1 F revealed – a “Mini” 4.3 inch Z1

If you're looking for flagship device specs in a "Mini" device, then 2013 hasn't been your year. While the in thing seems to be a triple-size approach (small, standard and large; One Mini, One and One Max if you're HTC; Galaxy S4 Mini, Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 if you're Samsung), the main theme for 4.3 inch devices seems to be compromise. When compared to their big brothers, there's always a compromise, be it screen, storage, CPU or camera. Unless, it seems, you're Sony. As Sony's Xperia Z1 nears... Continue reading

Sony SmartWatch 2 available from Kogan for $149

The much anticipated Sony SmartWatch 2 is now available from Kogan for a very tempting price of $149. The watch connects wirelessly with one touch to any NFC enabled Android smartphone or tablet running 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and later. It's functions are managed with the Sony Smart Connect(LiveWare Manager) app available from Google Play. Smart Connect downloads any applications that you need straight to your phone or tablet. There are a huge amount of apps and LiveWare extensions available. Some of the functions that the SmartWatch 2 can perform are: Call handling (answer, reject, mute,... Continue reading

Sony’s next wave: Xperia Z Ultra, Z1, QX lens cameras

It's been a while since we saw a major Android product launch from Sony in Australia - the most recent being the Xperia Z in February and its sibling Xperia Tablet Z in June. While we're still seeing Sony's "Best of Sony in a smartphone" ads around Australia, Sony has moved on internationally with the recent additions to their flagship Xperia Z sub-brand - the enormous 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra and the Xperia Z1, which looks set to take the Xperia Z's place as Sony's premier offering. We've also seen rumours, leaks and finally... Continue reading

Cyanogenmod Inc.: A New Chapter

Since the days of the T-Mobile G1 (HTC Dream) Cyanogenmod has been ported to nearly every Android phone released, and over the last couple of years they've grown even larger, with Cyanogen Mod now available on over 150 devices in its various forms. But as an un-official community developed ROM it's been reliant at times on donations from users, but today Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) has announced that that is about to change. Steve Kondik has announced via the Cyanogenmod blog that Cyanogenmod is now an incorporated company that has raised $7 million from Benchmark Capital and Redpoint Ventures and plans... Continue reading

Optus now offering the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra for pre-order

Optus has today advised that the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra are now available to pre-order on the Optus 4G network via tele-sales, online and in-store, with an official launch availability date of the 1st of October. Both the Xperia Z1 and the Xperia Z Ultra are water and dust-proof with IP55 and IP58 Certification. Xperia Z1 The recently announced Xperia Z1 is available on Optus for pre-order through their mini-site, on a variety of plans beginning from just $55 per month - $35 My Plan with $20 per month handset repayments. With a 5" Full HD... Continue reading

New Sony Google TV in a dongle to be announced officially on Sunday

The miniaturisation of components is leading to some interesting new designs for Audio-Visual equipment and the Google TV boxes are not immune, this seemingly tiny new Google TV device from Sony is set to be officially announced on 'Sunday' according to the Sony Blog. Called the Sony BRAVIA Smart Stick, the dongle is reminiscent of the Chromecast dongle in size at least and plugs into the MHL port on your TV, it will require power but Sony advise it's intended to be pligged into the mostly unused USB port on your TV. The Dongle will supply full Google TV... Continue reading

Sony IM10 Miracast Wireless Display: Stream HD video to a TV

Miracast is a technology that we at Ausdroid have been fans of for awhile, but it has been let down by limited availability of Miracast receivers and compatible display devices. Most modern Android devices can share their screens or cast video to a Miracast receiver. LG and NetGear both have Miracast receivers on market, but they aren't always easy to come by. It's not surprising, then, that Sony has introduced its own Miracast compatible adapter to get your smartphone content onto the big screen. Sony's Miracast Wireless Display IM10 will help to bridge that gap. You might ask, if... Continue reading

Sony Xperia Z1 to go on-sale at Sony Centre by September 30th for $779 – pre-orders open now

The Sony Xperia Z1, announced just last week at IFA in Germany, claims to be 'The world's best camera in a waterproof smartphone'. With a bold claim like that Sony is really going after the mobile photography market in a big way, but if you don't want to sign up to a contract with a carrier to get one, then you'll need to check out the official Sony store to get one for the time being. Thanks to a tip from Irwin - who long time readers should remember - we've learned that the Sony Xperia Z1 will... Continue reading