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Jun 25, 2013

Sony Xperia SP (M35t) for China Mobile’s TD-LTE Network




In addition to the highly-expected Xperia Z Ultra, Japanese mobile phone maker Sony Mobile announced today a new device running under Google’s Android operating system, nothing more than a new, special flavor of the Xperia SP (M35t) handset.

Designed for the Chinese market, the new smartphone flavor will land on shelves with support for China Mobile’s TD-LTE network, so as to provide its customers with fast data transfer speeds while on the go.  The handset keeps the rest of the hardware specifications unchanged from the original model, including the 4.6-inch 720p touchscreen display that packs supersensitive capabilities, as Engadget reports.

The phone also comes with NFC connectivity inside, as well as with the popular illuminating transparent element that other Xperia devices also include. More on the new mobile phone flavor should be unveiled soon, so stay tuned.

Sony Xperia SP (M35t) with TD-LTE conenctivity
Image credits to Engadget

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Full Specs and Photo Gallery




Earlier today, Japanese mobile phone maker Sony Mobile made official its first smartphone to feature a touchscreen display larger than that of Xperia Z, its latest flagship handset, namely the Xperia Z Ultra.

The new mobile phone was made official with a large 6.44-inch touchscreen display, capable of delivering a full HD resolution, as well as with a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor inside. The new mobile phone is also equipped with 2GB of RAM, 6GB of internal memory and a microSD memory card slot with support for up to 64GB of additional storage space. At the same time, Sony packed the new Xperia Z Ultra with an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, with support for full HD video recording capabilities, as well as with a 2MP 1080p front camera for making video calls. Packing a TRILUMINOS Display with Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, the new smartphone also offers support for pen input with stylus, while featuring a scratch-resistant glass, and dust and waterproof capabilities. Running under Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, the Xperia Z Ultra is IP55 and IP58 certified for dust and water resistance, measures 179 x 92 x 6.5 mm and weighs 212 grams. Sony also boasts that it's capable of shooting full HD videos underwater.

The phone features a 3000mAh battery inside, capable of delivering up to 14 hours of talk time, or up to 790 hours of standby time. The specs list of this device also includes Wi-Fi and WiFi Hotspot capabilities, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity, Xperia Link, Synchronisation via Exchange ActiveSync, Google Sync and Facebook, aGPS, and a 3.5 mm audio jack - not to mention that it is PlayStation Certified, offers access to the Sony Entertainment Network, as well as a series of exclusive features and apps from Sony, such as the STAMINA mode for increased battery life. “The Xperia Z Ultra is the most exciting revolution in large-screen smartphone entertainment devices with both the slimmest and largest Full HD smartphone display in the world that is second to none.

“We’re already bringing the best of Sony technology and design across a range of premium smartphones and tablets, and now we are bringing this same premium offering to the large-screen smartphone segment, setting a new standard for others to follow.” says  Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. The Xperia Z Ultra will arrive on shelves starting with the third quarter of the year in three color flavors, namely Black, Purple and White. No specific info on its pricing has been provided as of now.











Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Images credits to Sony

CyanogenMod 10.1 Arrives in Final Flavor




Starting today, owners of Android-based devices interested in installing unofficial builds can grab the final flavor of the CyanogenMod 10.1 custom software.

The CM10.1 ROMs have been available for download for quite some time now, though in pre-release flavors, with the final version pushed out after a few Release Candidate iterations landed not long ago. “The files will be landing on our servers as they complete the build process,” the CyanogenMod team explains in a post on their website. “The list of devices will be in line with the devices that have received release candidates to-date. At this time, we do not plan on incorporating devices that did not receive a RC into this release,” the team continues. It’s also worth mentioning that devices powered by Tegra 2 processors, as well as various Exynos based Samsung devices are not supported in the new release either. However, the team plans on providing additional info on these smartphones and tablets before the end of this week, it seems.

Despite the lack of support for said products, the final version of CM10.1 ROMs can be downloaded and installed on over 40 Android devices at the moment. The CyanogenMod also unveils that, given that the 10.1.0 code has been finalized, the M-release cycle will return, and that new features and functionality is expected to be added to future builds. Among the changes that users should expect from new builds, we mention a new Privacy Guard feature, which has been already merged into the nightly builds released today.  “There are many new and exciting things planned for the remainder of the year, just wait and see what we will do next,” the CyanogenMod Team also notes.

Users interested in downloading the stable CM10.1 software for their devices should head over to the official CyanogenMod download webpage for that.

CyanogenMod 10.1 lands in final flavor
Image credits to CyanogenMod

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