Each iteration of the Sony Xperia flagship has almost always brought with it new themes and Live Wallpapers. Lately though it seemed Sony had decided to discontinue that trend since they did not launch any new live wallpapers after the Xperia Z5 line. Fortunately for fans though, Xperia XZ Premium and XZs did bring new themes and a new live wallpaper with them. The wallpaper is called Xperia Loops and is part of a new Xperia theme of the same name. Continue reading “Download Xperia™ Loops LWP, Loops Theme, Weather, Clock Widget, Stock Wallpapers & Audio from Xperia XZs”
Sony has been a big name when it comes to cameras and related products however the company hasn’t been clearly living up to its potential when it comes to smartphone cameras. That could possibly change in the near future however. Sony has now developed a new CMOS camera sensor for smartphones that could revolutionize smartphone photography (or videography if that was a thing).
With the stacked high-speed, low power consumption, high-capacity DRAM, the new sensor can read one still image of 19.3 million pixels in only 1/120 second (approximately 4x faster than conventional products), reducing the time lapse for reading each pixel line. This technology minimizes the focal plane distortion in still images that tends to occur when shooting fast-moving subjects on smartphones, which lack a mechanical shutter for controlling exposure time.
The new sensor is the industry’s first 3-Layer stacked CMOS image sensor with DRAM which can shoot 1080p slow-motion video at a blistering 1,000 frames per second. To put it in normal english, Sony added RAM to the image sensor to enable high speed capture, eight times faster than the current competition. High end smartphone cameras such as the iPhone 7, Google Pixel or any other that you think is the best, cap out at 120fps at 1080p or 240fps at 720p so obviously, 1000fps at 1080p is a big deal.
The camera captures two streams one of which is at 1000fps and the other at a regular speed both of which are then stored onto the on-chip RAM (independent of your device RAM) for later processing. The connection between the camera and the smartphone’s chipset is slower and takes about 1/30th of a second to store images while the new sensor can do the same job in 1/120th of a second.
This means that the Sony sensor can capture stills of fast moving objects with less focal plane distortion. Here’s a 64x slow-mo demo – from 960fps to 15fps – captured with the new 3-layer image sensor.
The sensor itself has an effective pixel count of 5520 x 3840 (21.2-megapixels), but still images are shot at 19.3-megapixels in 4:3, 17.1-megapixels in 16:9. The Japanese giant hasn’t offered any timelines or info as to when we’ll see this new sensor implemented in an actual smartphone but I hope it is soon.
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A new video has surfaced online allegedly showcasing an Xperia XA 2017 unit. The video shows a prototype of the device in various angles, and a few menu screens that show its model number, Android version, and its January 5 security patch. Continue reading “Sony’s new Xperia XA with weirdly thick top and bottom bezels leaked on video”
The Xperia Z5 family from Sony – Z5, Z5 compact, Z5 Premium – were the next in line for the Android Nougat update list of Sony after the Xperia X and X compact which received the update after Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ . The OTA has started rolling out to some Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium users bearing the version number 32.3.A.0.372 and a size of 1.3 GB, so make sure to download over Wi-Fi (or update through the Xperia Companion on your PC).
Continue reading “Sony Xperia Z5 family now receiving the Android Nougat update”
As Sony is working on new devices to unleash in 2017, one of those devices could be particularly exciting. The Japanese tech giant could launch an edge-less handset in 2017, presumably dubbed as the Xperia XZ 2017. Sony looks set to continue its OmniBalance design language into 2017 if this latest rumoured leak turns out to be true.
This picture leaked online is said to come of a gold front panel of an upcoming Sony Xperia device. Continue reading “Is this the Xperia XZ 2017?”
Did Sony’s roadmap for rolling out the Nougat update sound too good to be true? It kind of was since October came and went, and so did November and yet the company couldn’t manage to roll out a public preview of the latest OS build for even one of its two flagships. But just on the last day of November, that is yesterday, Sony began rolling out the Nougat update to unlocked versions of Xperia X Performance.
Just a day after, Sony’s second flagship, the slightly beefier and prettier Xperia XZ is reportedly receiving the update in many parts of the world. Continue reading “Sony’s second flagship Xperia XZ receives the sweet Nougat update”
Sony today started rolling out an official Android 7.0 Nougat update to the Xperia X Performance, almost one month after releasing a Nougat beta program for the same device. The Sony Xperia X Performance is the first in the Xperia lineup of smartphones to begin getting the over-the-air update to Android 7.0 Nougat.
The OTA update which will bring the handset to firmware build number 39.2.A.0.327. has reportedly begun rolling out in some sections of the world for the Xperia X Performance (model number F8131), along with its Dual SIM variant (model number F8132). Continue reading “Sony Xperia X Performance is receiving the Android Nougat update now”
It seems Sony isn’t ready to give up on its dream of a 4K smartphone future just yet. Sony is planning to launch a new handset with a 4K display, according to a new rumour. If it exists, it would be Sony’s second handset to use an Ultra HD screen, after last year’s Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.
One of the two phones will reportedly ship with 5-inch or 5.2-inch FHD display and another with a 5.5-inch 4K display , and the source also mentions that you can expect to see 4GB of RAM here, though it’s unclear whether he’s referring to both devices, or just one of them. Continue reading “Sony might be coming back with another 4K Xperia smartphone at CES 2017”
You may already know that unsurprisingly the Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact shipped to the US have disabled fingerprint scanners just like every other Sony Xperia before them. Sony reasons this as a “purely business decision,” whatever that means. But if the lack of a fingerprint reader was the one thing holding you back from buying the device, you might want to re-think. Continue reading “Enable fingerprint reader on Sony Xperia XZ and X Compact units in US”