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Sony brings back the Walkman, again, with F886 aimed directly at the Apple iPod Touch

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Sony just won’t give up on their once popular Walkman portable media player that was once the apple of everyone’s eyes, until Apple launched the iPod. Sony has once again taken a stab at the Apple iPod with their latest Walkman portable media player, the Walkman F886.

The Android-powered Sony Walkman F886 last year’s failure that was the F800 and hopes to give Sony back some of its former class leading glory. Sadly the Walkman F886 doesn’t stand a chance against the Apple iPod Touch. The Walkman F886 comes with a 4-inch WQVGA display and 32 hours of MP3 playback. What makes it different however is the built-in S Master digital amplifier meant to handle WAV, AIFF, FLAC and ALAC files at 192KHz/24-bit of which 26 hours worth of playback can be gotten out of the device. What will it set you back? A hefty $420 and it doesn’t appear to even pack water- and dust resistance.

So, sadly, we recommend the Apple iPod Touch, unless you REALLY want high quality audio or an Android powered PMP. For everything else, there’s a smartphone for a reason, although you might want to get a portable charger or extended battery if you use a modern smartphone.

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 5th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

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Sony Xperia Z1 officially announced, joined by Cybershot attachable smartphone ‘lens cameras’

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Almost nine months after Sony first announced their water-resistant, big screened beauty in the form of the Xperia Z, the company’s flagship has already been replaced with a newer, better model. The Sony Xperia Z1, internally codenamed and leaked before as Honami, has officially been announced and packs quite a punch for a device that is just 8.5mm thick.

The Sony Xperia Z1 is quite an improvement over its predecessor, despite borrowing most of its design from it. The Xperia Z1 features a 5-inch FHD display, a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable memory, LTE, a 3,000mAh and of course an IP58 water- and dust resistance rating. Like rumoured, the Sony Xperia Z1 features a 20.7MP Exmore RS rear facing camera, but sadly it does not feature 4K video recording, instead it packs good old 1080p video recording. Sony has crammed all of this into a slim 8.5mm body, meaning the Xperia Z1 will give the Lumia 1020 quite a run for its money. The best of all is the Xperia Z1 will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean right out of the box so no need to wait ages for the update to arrive!


The Xperia Z1 wasn’t the only thing Sony announced however. The company also announced their new line of ‘lens cameras’ which basically look like your ordinary detachable camera lens, but is actually an all-in-one camera meant to make your portable photography a little bit easier. The Sony Cybershot QX10 and QX100 lens cameras are point-and-shoot cameras without the usual bulky boxed body. The Cybershot QX100 features a high quality 1-inch 20.2MP Exmor RCMOS camera with 3.6 times optical zoom and a hefty $500 pricetag. The Cybershot CX10 is a better deal. For $250 the compact lens camera comes with a 18.2MP Exmor RCMOS camera with a magnificent 10 times optical zoom. Both lens cameras support iOS and Android powered devices with version 3.1 or higher of each respective operating system.

Written by Dion Guillaume

September 4th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Sony Honami leaked again, to be called the Xperia Z1 upon launch

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The upcoming Sony camera flagship smartphone codenamed the Sony Honami has leaked once again and this time in press shots showing off the device in purple, white and black, alongside the images an official name has also been given with Honami to be launched as the Sony Xperia Z1.

If the latest set of leaks from Taiwanese site, ePrice, turns out to be true, the Sony Honami flagship device will be called the Sony Xperia Z1 and come with a mini version that will only differ with a smaller 4.3-inch 720p display. Additionally the Xperia Z1 will come in purple, white and black models while featuring a 20.7MP camera with a Xenon and LED flash. The Xperia Z1 will once again be water and dust resistant and pack a glass back. One of its key differentiating features will apparently be the ability to record videos in the ultra HD 4K resolution.

The Sony Honami is set to give the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and Nokia LUmia 1020 a run for their money as competition in the camera phone market heats up.

Written by Dion Guillaume

August 20th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Sony Honami likely to feature 4K video recording according to new leak

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Rumours that Sony’s upcoming Honami smartphone packed with a delightful 20.7MP camera may pack 4K video recording, may very well be true if the latest leaks are to be believed. The slide above comes from a presentation by Sony, but the original source has since removed their posts on Weibo, so not much is known about it anymore.

The slides show off the upcoming Sony Honami smartphone with some clear specifications that have leaked before such as the 20.7MP camera as well as a 2.2MP front facing camera. The slide has one tagline saying “How do you get 4K content? By shooting videos with a 4K cellphone.” which makes it all pretty clear. Unlike Sony’s current Ultra HD TVs, the Honami’s 4K video recording capabilities indicate that it will shoot video at 4,000 x 2,000 resolution with a strange aspect ratio. The Honami is rumoured to pack a Snapdragon 800 SoC which has more than enough processing power to accomplish the task at hand.

If rumours pan out, Sony may have a pretty good competitor to Samsung’s chunky Galaxy S4 Zoom and Nokia’s Lumia 1020 featuring Windows Phone 8.

Written by Dion Guillaume

August 15th, 2013 at 7:40 am

Sony set to take on Nokia and Samsung with “lens cameras” for your phone or tablet

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It seems that the beleaguered Sony is hot on the heals of Samsung and Nokia with their latest smartphone camera ambitions. In the latest round of Sony-related leaks, Sony Alpha Rumours shows of the upcoming Sony CX10 and Sony CX100 “lens cameras” to be used with your smartphone or tablet.

The Sony “lens cameras” are without a doubt aimed at the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom and are quite a concept. The Sony CX10 (pictured above) is supposedly a point-and-shoot camera that lacks a screen and controls, it is controlled by your smartphone or tablet through WiFi and packs its own processor, SD card slot, zoom lens and an 18MP CMOS sensor to hit the sweet spot. The Sony CX100 is set to feature the same sensor as the RX100 Mark II, though little else is mentioned regarding it.

Sony is scheduled to host an event at IFA 2013 which is likely to feature the two cameras alongside the long rumoured Sony Honami which is rumoured to pack a compact 20.7MP sensor inside a dust and water resistant body.

Written by Dion Guillaume

August 13th, 2013 at 8:30 am

Sony Honami to come in a selection of covers according to teaser

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It’s no secret that Sony is working on a new camera centric smartphone of their own, one that will not only take on the Nokia Lumia PureView devices, but also rule the Android camera phone market.

In a new teaser image that leaked out today, a glimpse of the upcoming Sony Honami is shown, with a purple hue, which may very well indicate that a wide variety of colours can be expected, or just that a purple variant will be available just like with the Sony Xperia Z. The Sony Honami, obviously an internal codename, will apparently pack a 5-inch full HD display, a 2.2GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, and most importantly feature an enhanced 20.7MP camera.

Like most Sony devices nowadays, it will be protected from dust, water and other damage through its IP57 certification. The Sony Honami is expected to launch at an official launch even at IFA 2013 in Berlin on September 4.

Written by Dion Guillaume

August 8th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Sony Xperia Z Ultra goes official, may give the Galaxy Note III a run for its money

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With Samsung announcing everything, but the upcoming Galaxy Note III, Sony has taken advantage of the gap in the ‘phablet’ market by launching the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, one of the most promising ‘phablets’ to hit the market this year.

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Written by Dion Guillaume

June 25th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Sony to launch 6.44-inch Xperia ZU on July 4 as Galaxy Note competitor

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Rumours have been floating around for a while now that Sony is planning a larger version of their popular Xperia Z smart phone that will be set to take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note III. Well, today we not only get a glimpse into what we will be seeing, but also when we will be seeing it.

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Written by Dion Guillaume

June 13th, 2013 at 8:04 am