Getting the latest Android version is always a concern for smart phone owners, especially if you’re using a device that’s at least 18 months old. Now it seems that you’re able to find out if your Xperia device is given the End of Life stamp on their support page. So far the more recent devices that will not getting future updates include:
Xperia arc S
Xperia acro S
Most of the devices above will be officially updated until Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
For the upcoming Android 4.4 KitKat version, Sony has confirmed that it will be rolled out to the latest Xperia Z1 and early 2013 Xperia Z. You can see that the next version is in development for the respective device here and .
Late 2012 high-end devices such as the Xperia V and Xperia TX might be in luck as both are listed as “under investigation” for Android 4.4 update. Of course, there are other unofficial ways to get the latest Android version which involves the use of Custom ROM.
To find out if you’re device is still being supported in terms of updates, you can pick your model here and click on “Software Updates” for the full details.
Sony seems to be pushing their updates a little quicker than before and the Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra, Xperia Z, Xperia ZL and Xperia ZR were recently updated to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
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Sony has officially announced the availability of its single SIM Sony Xperia tipo in Malaysia at the price of RM499. This is one of the cheapest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smart phone you can get right now. The Xperia tipo comes after the Xperia tipo dual that comes with dual-sim support, priced at RM559.
To recap the specs, it is powered by a modest 800MHz Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM and 2.9GB of storage which is expandable with microSD. The front has a 3.2″ TFT display that does 480×320 pixels resolution. It comes with a 3.2MP camera that shoots VGA resolution videos. Powering the device is 1,500mAh battery which is rather generous for a entry level device.
Overall it weighs 99 grams and has a thickness of 13mm. Three colours are available – Classic White, Deep Red and Navy Blue. For a limited time, Sony is also bundling a CTIA stereo handset worth RM75. Visit the Xperia tipo page for more info.
Head after the break for the promo video
Sony Mobile has announced that its latest entry level Xperia miro and Xperia tipo dual will be coming to Malaysia soon. The Xperia miro is priced at RM699 while the Xperia tipo dual is priced at RM559. So far no availability dates for the Xperia miro but the dual-SIM Xperia tipo dual will be hitting the stores beginning 7th October. The single SIM version of the Xperia tipo will be available later in November with retail price unknown currently.
To recap on the specs, both Xperia miro and tipo runs on a modest 800MHz single core Qualcomm processor and 512MB of RAM. Both comes with a 480×320 resolution display with the miro having a 3.5″ screen while the tipo has a smaller 3.2″ screen. The Xperia miro is a notch higher with 4GB of on board storage, 5MP camera and it also comes with a front facing VGA camera as well. The Xperia tipo dual has a smaller 2.9GB storage and a 3.2MP camera.
Both devices packs a 1,500mAh battery which is generous for an entry level category and both are running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. If the on board storage is not enough, both devices come with micro SD slot for expansion.
Head after the break for our brief hands-on of the two devices.
We’re blogging live from Sony’s launch of 6 new Xperia phones that consists of Sony Xperia ion, Sony Xperia acro S, Sony Xperia go, Sony Xperia miro, Sony Xperia tipo & Sony Xperia neo L . The 6 are announced for this region of Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia but unfortunately the rugged and sleek Sony Xperia acro S will not be coming here.
Let’s talk a little bit of the new devices. Starting with the Sony Xperia ion which was first announced as an LTE device early this year and now it is available in HSPA version for the rest of the world. In terms of specs, it features Sony Xperia S like specifications with dual core 1.5GHz processor but comes with a larger 4.6″ HD Reality Display. You’ll also get a Fast Capture 12.1 MP camera that lets you take a photo from sleep to snap in less than 2 seconds.
Next is the Sony Xperia neo L which is a 4″ entry-mid level Ice Cream Sandwich device running on single core 1GHz processor. Initially launched for the Chinese market, this is Sony’s first Android 4.0 device and in terms of design, it looks like a Sony Xperia Play without the slide out gamepad console.
The next 2 devices are the recently announced Xperia tipo and miro which are basically entry level devices. Both are running on a single core 800MHz processor and boast a longer battery life of more than 24 hours of standard usage, thanks to its 1,500mAh battery which is generous for this class. The miro features a unique illumination light. In terms of display sizes, the miro comes with a 3.5″ display while the tipo has a smaller 3.2″ with both supporting HVGA resolution of 480×320. The Xperia tipo comes with a dual-sim version as well, which is a first for Sony.
The final 2 models are the rugged and water resistant models of Sony Xperia go and Sony Xperia acro S. The Xperia go runs on Sony’s Novathor dual-core 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage. Being a successor of the Xperia active, it also features the same rugged IP67 rating and the 3.5″ HVGA touch screen features wet finger tracking.
The Xperia acro S features similar Xperia S specs including the same 4.3″ TFT display with 12.1MP camera. In terms of juice, the acro S has a bigger battery at 1,910mAh. In terms of water and dust resistance, the acro S is rated at IP55/IP57.
Unfortunately we won’t be seeing this device officially on our shores soon. UPDATE: Ola Lilja Molen, Head of SEA Markets for Sony Mobile confirms that the Xperia acro S will be coming to Malaysia. Date TBD.
In terms of availability, the 6 devices are slated to be released in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia sometime Q3 2012.
Watch this space as we update more details of the devices including hands-on and first impressions.
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For the Xperia miro, it runs on a modest 800MHz Qualcomm MSM72275A processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage (2.2GB user accessible). Fortunately the storage is expandable via microSD up to 32GB. Over at the front, it has a 3.5″ TFT display that pushes a rather low 480×320 resolution. It comes with a 5MP camera at the back (HD not mentioned) and a front facing VGA camera. It is 9.9mm thick and it weighs 110grams.
For an entry level device, the Xperia miro packs a rather huge 1500mAh capacity battery which is one of the biggest in its class. Sony claims a battery usage life of more than 24 hours for the miro. Considering the better spec dual-core 1GHz Xperia U is priced at RM899, we would expect the Xperia miro to be priced around RM700 range or less. More information on the Xperia miro at their microsite.
Next is the new Xperia tipo which is formerly known as the Tapioca ST21i. Just like the Xperia miro, the Xperia tipo also runs on a 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A processor with 512MB RAM and 2.9GB of storage (2.5GB user accessible) that’s also expandable with microSD. The screen is smaller at 3.2″ TFT with 480×320 resolution and the glass is said to be scratch resistant. In terms of imaging, it comes with a 3.2MP camera that shoots VGA video. The Xperia tipo comes in 4 colours – Classic White, Classic Black, Deep Red & Navy Blue.
Despite its low specification hardware, it also runs on the current Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The Xperia tipo is juiced up with a 1,500mAh battery which claims to provide more than 24 hours of usage. For those that uses more than 1 SIM card, there’s also a dual SIM version called Xperia tipodual. No pricing details were given but both devices are said to be commercially available in Q3 2012.
More information on the Xperia tipo can be found here.
Head after the break for more photos and videos of the Xperia tipo.
Sony Mobile has finally revealed its latest device, the Sony Xperia miro. It was revealed ahead of its intended 22nd June launch with its “Fast Forward” campaign on Facebook where users can have it uncovered much earlier. The new device comes with a 3.5″ screen which comes in 4 stunning colours – (white, black, black + pink & white + gold). No other hardware details have been revealed apart from the 5MP camera at the back which shoots video at 30fps, front facing camera, DLNA wireless connectivity, xLoud audio enhancement and it runs on the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
What’s new on the device is that it comes with a unique illumination which looks like a sharp beam in the video. On the NXT series such as the Xperia S, P & U, Sony had incorporated the illuminated transparent belt design while the Xperia sola had a different “downlight” illumination effect underneath its elevated display block. The rest of its hardware details are expected to be revealed by next week. Judging by the size, this might be another mid-range device that’s similar to the Xperia U and Xperia sola. Hopefully it comes with removable battery and expandable microSD storage. In terms of design, the Xperia miro lacks a dedicated camera button and the volume rocker this time is located at the upper portion of the side.
More photos and videos of the Xperia miro after the jump.