Americans who likes the Sony Xperia go’s approach to lifeproof smartphone design won’t have to live vicariously through their overseas friends anymore. Keeping up its recent habit of selling unlocked versions of niche devices, Sony is selling the toughened smartphone in the US as the Xperia advance. The 3.5-inch handset won’t initially be a surprise to those who’ve had a peek at an international version, right through to the out-of-the-box Android 2.3 installation — you’ll be sitting in line for a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean like everyone else. For most, the advantage will rest in a dust- and water-resistant phone that can wield its 3G on AT&T or Straight Talk while being free to use at least basic GSM calling abroad. Be sure to shop around before committing to an Xperia advance, though. While Newegg’s $ 250 price makes a reasonable case, the $ 300 official cost has our minds wandering to the much more powerful (if more fragile) Nexus 4.
After just under three months of development, Google’s wrapped up its experimental work on bringing the Sony Xperia S into the Android Open Source Project fold. According to Sony, AOSP Technical Lead Jean-Baptiste Quéru considers the effort a success, but the device is being taken off the project’s roadmap so Mountain View can focus on its own hardware. Currently, an AOSP build boots on the Xperia S hardware with support for SD-Cards, Wi-Fi and its built-in sensors. Audio and the phone’s modem are also operational, but they require proprietary binaries Hirai and Co. can’t publish just yet. Work on polishing the handset’s vanilla Android experience isn’t over, however. Sony has moved the code to its GitHub account and is welcoming developers to pitch in and help with the open source effort. For more details and to see what code has already been laid down, tap the second source link or check out the video of the smartphone in action below.
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Sony Xperia T and TX owners won’t have to wait until the eventual Jelly Bean update to eke some new life out of their software. From this week onwards, the Bond-blessed Android phone is getting an update that adds screen mirroring through Miracast; provided the stars align and you’ve got a compatible TV, the high-end Xperia gets that much larger a canvas. Upgrading also introduces an extended standby mode that temporarily shuts off data, a movie app with a small video player and a photo album that makes use of Sony’s full image processing engine. We’re further reminded as to how much sweeter that HD Voice calling on the T (but not TX) should sound. As much as we’d prefer a full-fledged OS update, it’s a welcome dose of relevancy for a smartphone that has had fierce competition almost from the start.
Two of the most important smartphones of 2012 are the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Sony Xperia T, both potent smartphones with distinctive features. The Samsung Galaxy S III now sports a 4.7 inch screen, taller than the previous Galaxy S2 and higher resolution too, at 1280 x 720 pixels, while the Sony Xperia T is a 4.6 inch monster with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. The Galaxy S3 is running Android 4.0, same as the Xperia T, with a promise to be updated to Jelly Bean soon on both cases. The construction is different too, with the Samsung Galaxy S 3 being thinner and ligher, but covered with an easy to scratch plastic back, while the Sony Xperia T is heavier, bulkier, but solid built, with a rubbery back that’s very grippy. Performance is similar despite the Galaxy S III being powered by a quad core Exynos CPU and Snapdragon S4 for the Xperia T. While on paper the camera of the Xperia T has a sizeable megapixels advantage, 13 vs only 8, pictures and videos look just about the same on the two, so the question is what do you prefer: TouchWiZ or Timescape, both custom user interfaces with their pros and cons. We invite you now to watch our Samsung Galaxy S3 versus Sony Xperia T comparison. Video Rating: 5 / 5Related Posts:
Sony only outed its newest trio of Xperia smartphones just over a month ago in Berlin, and AT&T has just announced that it’s already grooming the device for a U.S. launch.
Oh, and in case you care, the phone will also appear on-screen as James Bond’s phone of choice in Skyfall. Then again, what else is new — Daniel Craig’s version of the iconic secret agent has been using Sony phones for his two previous forays on-screen.
Here’s a quick recap of the T/TL in case you really don’t feel like clicking that link — Sony’s new flagship sports a 4.6-inch Reality display running at 720p, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260-A processor (the same as the one seen in HTC’s slim One S), and a fast-booting 13-megapixel camera.
In terms of connectivity, the TL will play nice with AT&T’s LTE network, and there’s an NFC chipset tucked in there as well to help facilitate one-touch file sharing (and potentially Isis-powered mobile payments?). The whole shebang runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich for the time being, and while Sony confirmed that a Jelly Bean update would be pushed “following launch,” there’s no telling how long it’ll take an update like that to pass through AT&T’s testing and certification process.
Honestly though, AT&T’s announcement isn’t exactly news if you’ve been paying close attention these past few weeks. In the days leading up to Sony’s Xperia unveiling at IFA, it was revealed that Sony Mobile had filed a trademark application for “Xperia TL” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Even more tell was the fact that the Xperia T was spotted on a U.K. retailer’s website rocking AT&T’s familiar logo (see below) just a few days after Sony’s official announcement. The real meat here — when the TL will launch and how much it’ll cost when it does — is notably absent in AT&T’s release.Related Posts:
There isn’t much mystery left to an FCC-bound phone that’s already been announced and thoroughly handled, but we must admit that Sony does a pretty good job at making the federal approval documents more exciting than most. How? More often than not, the confidentiality request has already been lifted, leaving us with a user manual and a full trove of teardown photos. Such is the case with the Xperia T, announced recently at IFA 2012. Aside from these additional elements, there likely isn’t much for the average gadget-loving American to geek out about — this particular model offers pentaband HSPA+ / UMTS but lacks LTE, which means it’s probably only going to find its way to purple mountains majesty through the efforts of T-Mobile (or importers, worst-case) — we’re still holding out hope for the AT&T-branded version that leaked a few days ago, however. No matter its fate, follow us below for a gallery full of revealing photos.
Gallery: Sony Xperia T FCC teardown pics
So, you probably didn’t even get the cellophane off your Xperia Tablet S yet (for those in the UK at least), but Sony has already beaten the likes of iFixit to the strip-down post. It’s one of the firm’s own engineers, Takuya Inaba, who takes a knife to the minty-fresh tablet — revealing its NVIDIA innards for all to see. Of course, we could tell you all about how he opened up the tablet, removing 10 screws, and breaking the splash-proof internal seal, but we gather you’d probably rather see the deed for yourselves. Full gory video after the break, but just remember, don’t try this at home or you might as well tear up that warranty, too.
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Of Sony’s trio of Xperia phones announced yesterday at IFA 2012, we’ve now seen the smallest and most budget-friendly model — the Xperia J — make it through the mounds of red tape and federal approval. Fortunately for us, Sony didn’t bother requesting confidentiality on the various teardown photos that typically are kept away from prying public eyes. As always, it’s important to withhold any assumptions that this particular device will make it to any US carrier; FCC approvals never offer any guarantee, and the J’s lack of LTE isn’t going to help matters. Still, this seems like an ideal device for a prepaid operator to pick up, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed. In the meantime, gaze upon the full teardown in the gallery below.
Gallery: Sony Xperia J FCC teardown photos
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