Sony suffered a catastrophic leak last week when its upcoming Xperia Z3 smartphone flagship was entirely laid bare by a regulatory body. The specs, dimensions, and design of the device were completely exposed, leaving the company with an IFA launch event that would now be a little de ja vu like. However, perhaps the Japanese company has a few more surprises up its sleeve, so here?s the IFA rumour roundup for Sony.
Sony was the first company to really embrace waterproofing its smartphones when it launched the Xperia Z flagship at the start of last year. Since then other companies have waterproofed their handsets, but Sony has been improving its water protected flagships since the Z right up to the current Xperia Z2.
We know that Sony will launch a new flagship device during its IFA press event in early September, and we know that the device will be the Xperia Z3. The handset has been popping up sporadically, for the odd image here, or spec leak there. However, the Z3 has now been the subject of a massive leak that lays out pretty much everything about Sony?s next gen flagship, including its design.
Sony has today started sending out the latest Android update to two of its budget smartphones, the Xperia M2 and M2 Duo. Both of the handsets will now get Android 4.4 KitKat in all of its glory, but will not be getting any of the latest patches just yet (namely 4.4.1, 4.4.2, 4.4.3, and 4.4.4).
Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet won the EISA Tablet of the Year award last week, a decision that may has surprised a few even though the slate is undoubtedly very good. The company has hardly flooded the tablet market in the way Samsung has, nor has it spread its range like LG, but Sony is going to finally release a slate with a small form factor it seems.
Sony is hardly known as a trend setter in the smartphone world despite the fact the company does make very good devices. However, Sony was a bit of an innovator for one smartphone feature, waterproofing. The company is now spreading its wings in this department by making some of its lower end smartphones waterproof, namely the Xperia M2.
It is hard to argue against the all-round goodness of the iPad Air or Mini with Retina Display, Apple's slate nailing just about everything and packing it in one of the best designs in the mobile space.
Sony is due to launch a new flagship next month at the IFA event when the company rolls out the Xperia Z3. However, the Japanese brand is not just focusing on the high end and in a bid to win more customers in key markets, especially in China and Asia, the company is working on more budget friendly offerings. The latest has appeared on an Indonesian Postel site revealing some of its specs and details.
Sony was the company that started making normal flagships waterproof when it launched the Xperia Z way back at the start of 2013. The truly amazing thing about Sony's waterproof smartphones, and indeed the ones that followed from the likes of Samsung, is that they work. These things actually are waterproof, if you use it in the bath or drop it in a bucket of water, by all that is holy it just acts like the proverbial duck in water.
Sony is shaming some of its Android rivals today by rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to its entry level Xperia E1 and E1 Dual. The update to the latest full release of Google's Android mobile platform is now heading to E1 devices all around the globe and should be available over the air or via the Setting section of the handset.