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Xperia Z3 owners – Claim your three free movies

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If you recently bought a Sony Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact or Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact then you might want to check out the Xperia Lounge app. Sony is offering three movies for Xperia Z3 series owners, including ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, ‘Captain Phillips’ and ‘Ghostbusters’.

The offer won’t be available in every region, but it is live in the UK, France, Spain and the US (T-Mobile and Verizon). The offer will appear in the Xperia Lounge app if it is live – you will receive a download code which can be redeemed via the Sony Entertainment Network. Don’t miss out, the offer ends on 31 January 2015.

The Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact launched with what looks a near-identical camera spec to its predecessors. However, a couple of differences included a wider-angle camera lens (25mm G Lens) and a maximum ISO of 12,800 for low-light photography. The latter is what Sony is highlighting in this latest infographic.

The infographic shares some fun facts around low-light photography and what makes the Xperia Z3 series so capable. This includes explaining what the ISO number actually means, some tips from professionals and social stats. Check it out below.

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Via Sony Mobile Blog.

PS4 Remote Play for the Sony Xperia Z3 series went live at the end of October, with support added for the Xperia Z2 and Z2 tablet earlier this month through the Android 4.4.4 firmware update. Despite this, the one key accessory that has been used in all ‘PS4 Remote Play’ marketing material has been absent. We are of course referring to the Sony Game Control Mount GCM10 for the PlayStation DUALSHOCK 4 controller.

Well the Sony GCM10 Mount is finally available via the Sony Mobile Store UK for £24.99. Strangely, the GCM10 is not available across other European Sony Mobile Store sites and is currently out of stock across other third-party sites such as Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de. While you wait for availability to widen, check out Sony’s latest PS4 Remote Play marketing video below.

Sony has announced a new 1/2.4-inch 21 megapixel camera sensor in the form of the Exmor RS IMX230 that will be found in future smartphones. Sony says this is the first stacked CMOS imaging sensor with an on-board image plane phase detection AF signal processing function.

What this means in plain English, is that it is capable of keeping focus of fast-moving objects. Sony says that up to 192 auto-focus points can be used (as seen in the picture below), with the entire work carried out by the sensor’s internal image processing circuits.

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Another new feature is HDR (High Dynamic Range) support for high-resolution still images and 4K video recording. Sony says that the new sensor will start shipping in April 2015, so there is a strong likelihood that we will see the IMX230 chip included in Sony’s next flagship.

In terms of future roadmap, Sony plans to release a 16 megapixel CMOS camera sensor by March 2016 that will also feature high-speed autofocus (image plane phase detection AF) and HDR support for 4K (4096 x 2160) videos and high-res still images.

Key Specifications – Sony Exmor RS IMX230

Number of effective pixels: 5344 (H) x 4016 (V) 21 megapixels
Image size: Diagonal 7.487mm (Type: 1/2.4)
Unit cell size: 1.12μm (H) x 1.12μm (V)
Key features: Image plane phase detection AF, HDR imaging, white spot correction, NR
Image format: Bayer RAW

Sony Exmor RS IMX230_1

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Is this the Xperia Z4 LCD Touch Digitizer?

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Xperia Z4 Touch Digitiser_1The time has come for the first solid Xperia Z4 rumours we have come across. The pictures you see below supposedly show the official LCD Touch Digitizer from the Sony Xperia Z4. The pictures handily compare the part against the Xperia Z3 and appear to reveal a very similarly sized display for both handsets.

The differences between the two include a swapped placement of the front-facing camera and proximity sensor, whilst the stereo speakers have moved to the top and bottom edges. If true, it would seem that the Xperia Z4’s stereo speakers will be similar to the Xperia Z2. We’ll bring you more Xperia Z4 rumours as we have them.

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Via FutureSupplier (PhoneArena).

 

The Android 4.4.4 KitKat update for the Xperia Z2 released over a week ago. It brought the same features seen in the Xperia Z3 series to the Xperia Z2. This includes Hi-res audio, PS4 Remote Play, Ultra STAMINA Mode, Bluetooth unlock, a new home launcher and more.

For those that have updated, we wanted to ask how you are finding the new software? Let us hear your opinions below. What do you like most about the update? If you’re having problems, let us know what they are. Or, let us know what are missing from the old firmware, if anything.  z2

Sony recently showed off Android 5.0 Lollipop AOSP (Android Open Source Project) on a number of Xperia Z flagship devices including the Xperia Z3. Today, Sony has made the Android 5.0 Lollipop AOSP source code, pre-built software binaries and build instructionsavailable for a number of handsets which includes the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z2, Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z1 Compact.

This gives developers a chance to develop custom ROMs based on Android Lollipop AOSP for these devices. Don’t expect this software to replace your daily driver, for example the camera and modem is not working. If you want to find out more, including instructions and download links, head over toSony Developer WorldXperia_Z3_Lollipop

It is perhaps a bit too early to be talking about Sony’s CES 2015 press conference, but the date has been published so mark your diaries. The press conference will take place on Monday 5 January 2015 at 17.00 (PST) or 01.00 GMT/02.00 CET on 6 January for Europeans.

There’s no guarantee that Sony will reveal the Xperia Z4, or whatever its next flagship will be called. Last year, we saw the Xperia Z1s for T-Mobile and Xperia Z1 Compact announced at the Las Vegas tradeshow. There is a good chance that Sony may keep its powder dry for a MWC reveal of new flagship hardware. CES

Sony’s Xperia Z3 wireless charging kit demoed

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Sony will shortly launch the wireless charging kit for the Xperia Z3 which includes the WCR14 Wireless Charging Cover and WCH10 Wireless Charging Plate. Sony uses the Qi standard for wireless charging, so any charging plate should work. However, Sony is offering both items in one package for around the £60 mark in the UK.

Some places do have stock, for example third-party sellers onAmazon UK. Others have already sold out of their initial stock including MobileFun and Clove. If you want to see the two accessories in action before pushing that buy button then check out the video below.

Sony Xperia Z3 Review

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Sony has released not one but two Z3 handsets recently. The other is the Z3 Compact, but this one is the hero device — bigger, but does that mean it’s necessarily better?

The Xperia Z3 looks similar to its predecessor, with the same glass back and front on a metallic casing. But this time the edges are a little more rounded, taking the edge off the overall ‘slabness’ of what is, let’s face it, a pretty hefty phablet. That’s a welcome addition, as is the sliver sliced off the thickness bringing it down to a whisker over 7mm and the 9g reduction in weight.

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Screen & chassis
The screen size remains the same at 5.2 inches, though the resolution has been beefed up to 1,920×1,080 pixels. It’s strikingly clear and sharp, using Sony’s telly technology to deliver deep contrasts and vivid colours. The pixel count may not be as high as some, but Sony’s defence that the supposed (very small) improvement in picture quality delivered by resolutions significantly higher than full HD just isn’t worth the price of reduced battery life does seem to hold some water here.

Like other high-end Xperias, it’s waterproof and dustproof, capable of surviving a freshwater dunking of up to half an hour in 1.5m of fresh water — meaning it can survive much more than getting splashed a spilled drink or an accidental dip in the bath.

Software & processor
The Z3 is running the very latest 4.4.4 version of Android KitKat with the usual design tweaks from Sony, plus a whole slew of extra features, including the Lifelog health tracker, Sony Select — which pulls together various apps — and PlayStation, so you can play your PlayStation games on your phone anywhere around your home.

The quad-core processor is clocked at 2.5GHz and backed by 3GB RAM. That means it’s fast, basically, and it delivered a score of 42,276 in our usual AnTuTu benchmark test. That’s not quite up there with Samsung’s latest Galaxy designs like the Alpha or Note 4 but it’s still impressively slick and powerful, whipping through menus and balancing a handful of apps simultaneously with no sign of slow down.

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Photography

At first glance the 20.7-megapixel camera appears to be the same as the Z2’s, but closer inspection reveals that there have been some improvements — the lens is a little wider and the ISO sensitivity has been bumped up to 12,800. This being Sony it has plenty of options to play with, including Smile Shutter and face registration, as well as a wide range of modes and effects like timeshift video and background defocus.

The wider lens, along with that additional ISO sensitivity, plus Sony’s Exmor RS sensor all make for better quality snaps in low light, but the autofocus isn’t quite as fast as we’d like and we often found ourselves with a frustrating wait of a second or two while it got itself together. In general, the auto settings could often be a bit hit and miss, especially if you’re in a hurry, but if you’re prepared to take some time to play with the settings, the Z3’s camera has plenty to offer, with realistic colours and plenty of detail to reward your patience. And of course, the physical shutter button on the side means you can take underwater shots too.

The Z3 comes with 16GB of in-built memory, which might not sound like much to app fiends, but you can add up to 128GB via microSD card.

The 3,100mAh battery held up very well in our testing, and if we didn’t quite the full two days that Sony suggests, we were close enough to believe that with a little care it can easily be done. And for a high-end, demanding handset like this, that’s impressive.

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Conclusion
Sony has been revising its Z series and it’s getting steadily better. The distinctive blocky shape has been softened and the specs remain impressively high, with a terrific screen, powerful processor, waterproofing and outstanding camera. And of course, if you already happen to have a PlayStation at home, your next quality handset is really just a choice between the Z3 and its Compact cousin.