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Sony’s IFA 2014 Event in Johannesburg

Published by on Sep 7th, 2014, No Comments

DSC_0371Sony has a very unique philosophy when it comes to releasing flagship smartphones. They are the only manufacturer at the moment that is releasing an updated version of its flagship every 6 months. We were at their IFA announcements this week to see what else they have to offer this time around.

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Sony announces the SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk

Published by on Sep 4th, 2014, No Comments

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Believe it or not, Sony is actually one of the pioneers of the smartwatch market. In fact, it owns the brand name “SmartWatch.” Unfortunately, it hasn’t necessarily resulted in great sales figures. The company has now revealed the third iteration of the wearable, alongside a fitness orientated wrist band called the SmartBand Talk.

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the company’s first Android Wear device – a sigh of relief as we saw rumours previously that it would not run Android Wear – and it actually looks a bit different than other offerings. (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact official at IFA 2014

Published by on Sep 4th, 2014, No Comments

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Sony have revealed plenty of flagships at IFA already, and we are quite excited to give them all a go. It keeps the design philosophy of previous devices, but all appear a little more refined.

The Xperia Z3 is only 7.3mm thick and underneath that slim body we find a lot of powerful hardware. It has a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, and 3100 mAh battery with internal storage options of 16GB and 32GB, which can be expanded via microSD card by as much as 128GB. (more…)

Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact photos show familiar design

Published by on Sep 3rd, 2014, No Comments

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Sony is almost ready to reveal the much anticipated Xperia Z3 Compact. We reviewed the Xperia Z1 Compact a couple of months ago and we absolutely adored it (check out the review here) for its small chassis – at least by today’s standards – yet still packing top of the line software. That is why we cannot wait for the release of the Z3 Compact.

You might be wondering why we haven’t reviewed the Xperia Z2 Compact. Well, simply because there isn’t one. Sony decided to skip the Z2 moniker on its smaller flagship to coincide with the upcoming launch of the Xperia Z3, Sony’s newest iteration of its flagship smartphone. (more…)

Sony teases measurements for new product launch at IFA

Published by on Sep 1st, 2014, No Comments

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IFA 2014 is around the corner as we are expecting it to be as exciting as ever. Sony has been quitter than other manufacturers before the trade show, where many have opted to announce devices before letting the media get their hands on it at IFA. Sony has gone a different route, but has now revealed a teaser of something new coming soon.

In the teaser seen above we only get two of the three measurements that make up the dimensions of a new device. So what could it be? What is more, normally it’s the thickness of a phone or tablet that’s the selling point, but here that 6.4mm measurement is clearly revealed. (more…)

Sony is launching a selfie camera shaped like a perfume bottle

Published by on Aug 20th, 2014, No Comments

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There is no denying that the world is obsessed with selfies, and to be fair, more specifically girls. Girls love selfies.

Another thing girls love is perfume and apparently in China, there is a growing trend of incasing your smartphone in a Chanel perfume bottle case. And now it seems that Sony wants to capitalize on this by launching a so-called ‘selfie camera’ that literally looks like a perfume bottle.

The camera is believed to form part of Sony’s Cyber Shot range and is designed specifically for taking pictures of yourself. It has a big, transparent, flippable lens a top the camera which will naturally make selfie-taking easier.

The camera has not been officially confirmed, but looks set to primarily take on the Chinese market. (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 confirmed specs?

Published by on Aug 13th, 2014, 1 Comment

xperia_z3_rumorContinuing with some more news regarding Sony devices, the never ending smartphone cycle is turning again with reports of the new Sony Xperia Z3 specs. Sony is just a few weeks away from their event at IFA in Berlin (one of the largest global trade shows for consumer electronics). Rumors are starting to gain momentum as we get closer to the event on just what the Z3 will offer. Sony is already working on a Z3 Compact (see leaked pics here) as well as another Xperia tablet, but the news everyone is waiting for fall around the flagship Z3 and yesterday a couple of extra rumors emerged that give the reported specifications some credibility. (more…)

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact leaks in pics

Published by on Aug 13th, 2014, No Comments

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Because Sony’s launch cycle has been drastically shortened over the last couple of years the Xperia Z3 is almost on its way. There was no time for Sony to release a smaller version of the Xperia Z2 like we saw with the Xperia Z1 Compact, which was a smaller version of the Xperia Z1 but still had premium specs.

It was the first of a kind to deliver the same top specs seen in its bigger flagship brother and we thought it was a great phone (see the review here).

So now we are skipping an Xperia Z2 Compact altogether and flying straight to the Xperia Z3 Compact. Some pics have been leaked and it’s giving us some interesting insight into what to expect. (more…)

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