Sony Xperia Z Ultra UK release date revealed… sort of

We’ve already seen the Sony Xperia Z Ultra 6.4-inch monster in the flesh, and Three has made claims to stocking it, but we haven’t previously been given an official release date bar “early September”. Now two UK online retailers have listed the date that they will start to ship the new Android device. It’s just a shame that they differ….

20-megapixel Sony Xperia i1 'Honami' coming before end of year, says Sony Korea CEO

With the Nokia Lumia 1020 now official, that’s two smartphones on the market with a greater emphasis on the camera than ever before. Sony is to join the party by the end of year, says Kenji Sakai, itsCEO for Korea, with its 20-megapixel Sony Xperia i1, the phone also being touted under its codename “Honami”. The Sony Korea boss was…

Sony Xperia i1 'Honami' specs leaked, including 1080p display, quad-core chip

Just one day after Sony Korea purportedly revealed its 20-megapixel Sony Xperia i1 – joining an ever-growing list of beefy smartphones in the market packing huge cameras – some new specs for the Sony handset have surfaced online. Taiwanese website ePrice reported on the details, so it’s not exactly concrete information, but it’s still worth going over. According to the…

Nokia’s former sales exec is now Huawei’s top marketing guy

Former head of Nokia’s sales department, Colic Giles has now a new employer in the face of Huawei. The Chinese company has appointed Giles as the Executive Vice President of its Consumer Business Group division. This means the former Nokia exec will be in charge of Huawei’s consumer sales and marketing. Giles has 20 years of experience, and was lastly…

Sony Xperia Z now rumoured to received Google Edition treatment

After the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, now Sony’s Xperia Z is reportedly in line for a Nexus-style makeover, claim sources familiar with developments. Citing an unnamed Sony insider, Android Geeks reports that a Google Edition of Sony’s latest, and inarguably best, flagship smartphone is in the works and is likely to be announced in July. The slip comes…

Sony working on smartphone lens that comes with own sensor, battery, NFC and Wi-Fi

Sony is supposedly set to launch a “lens-camera” device that can be connected to a smartphone so users can benefit from the screen and connectivity options the phone provides, while at the same time offering better imaging capabilities over and above what phones can offer. The new device, which is basically trying to offer a best of both worlds scenario,…

Sony Xperia ZL now available for pre-order online… US only sadly

Sony has opened up SIM-free pre-orders for its Xperia ZL smartphone to customers in the US. IT will also soon be available to buy from other retailers. The Sony Xperia ZL is a 5-inch Full HD screen-touting handset (with 443ppi). It’s powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with 2GB of RAM, and has a 13-megapixel camera…

Sony Xperia phones to get DualShock 3 controller compatibility

Sony Mobile is planning to add native support for DualShock 3 game controllers, as found on the PlayStation 3. It will allow you to use one of the gamepads on Android games with Bluetooth control-compatibility and PlayStation Mobile titles. Demonstrated on a still to be released Sony Xperia SP, the option to attach a controller is part of the Android…

Are premium Android smartphones worth it?

With the launch of the last Nexus smartphone in October 2012, Google made a device available that was not only competitively specced and well designed, but also aggressively priced. At £239 (8GB), the Nexus 4 is the device that set the proverbial cat among the pigeons, bringing high-end specs, but not without its drawbacks. Let’s put that price into context:…

Sony Xperia SP pictures and hands-on

The Sony Xperia Z kicked off the company’s 2013 smartphone presence with a bang, but it’s not the only handset due this year. Behind closed doors at Mobile World Congress 2013 in February, Pocket-lint was treated to an advanced viewing of the new, mid-range Sony Xperia SP. READ: Sony Xperia Z review By Mike Lowe