Sony’s quest in upgrading its existing smart phones to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is still on going with the Xperia SP and older Xperia T, Xperia TX & Xperia V models are expected the receive the update as early as end of January or early February this year.
Its current Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra phablet have received the update in December, while its early 2013 flagship models such as the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR and Xperia Tablet Z have “>received theirs a week later.
As for the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, Sony has indicated that they will be rolling out to Xperia Z and other newer high-end models. So far they have yet to provide any indicative timing on KitKat roll out yet and hopefully they will get this out before a newer Android version is announced.
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After the announcement of Android 4.4 KitKat, most smart phone makers are in the midst of upgrading 2013 models to at least Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Now Sony has given an official update on what’s going on with its line of Xperia models.
For Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Sony will start rolling out its update beginning next month for the Xperia Z, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia Tablet Z, Xperia SP, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Z1. Most of these devices are currently running on Android 4.2.2. Another good news is that Sony is adding more devices into its list with the Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V expected to receive the Android 4.3 update next month as well.
On the latest Android 4.4, Sony hasn’t indicate any timelines but they have mentioned that the current flagships from the Xperia Z to the current Xperia Z1 will be supported. Since Android 4.4 is optimised to run with lower spec devices that packs as low as 512MB of RAM, it is unclear if Sony would plan to extend it to last year models including the Sony Xperia S and Xperia SL.
In comparison, Samsung seems to be rather proactive lately with their Galaxy S4 now updated to Android 4.3 in Malaysia. HTC too has officially announced its roll out of Android 4.3 with its latest Sense 5.5 but the software update has yet to reach HTC One users here.
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If you can’t wait to get your hands on the Sony Xperia Z, you could consider the Sony Xperia V which is now available in Malaysia with the retail price tag of RM1,599. Just like the new flagship, the Xperia V also comes with water and dust resistant credentials with IP55/57 rating.
To recap on the specs, the Xperia V runs on dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on board storage which is expandable via microSD. Over at the front, it comes with a 4.3″ scratch resistant TFT display that does 1280×720 pixels resolution that’s further enhanced with Mobile Bravia Engine 2. In the imaging department, it has a 13MP camera and a front facing VGA shooter. The Xperia V features the iconic arc design having a thickness of 10.7mm and it weighs 120g.
For those curious about LTE support, the Xperia V is LTE Band 7 (2600MHz) compatible which is being used by our telcos.
You can get more details of the Xperia V over at Sony Mobile’s product page.
Head after the break for the Xperia V promo video.
Earlier this year, we saw Sony’s NXT Series which features a unique transparent belt and this time they are bringing back the familiar arc design which was first featured on the Sony Ericsson Xperia arc. In the earlier models such as Xperia S, Xperia P and Xperia U, the absence of expansion micro SD memory slot was frown upon and it is good they have it included with the new series. All 4 are running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Jelly Bean update is expected to roll out eventually.
Apart from the return of the arc design with Sony branding, they have finally have given more hardware boost in terms of processor. Unlike its rivals that are pushing quad-core, Sony is still pushing dual-core processor smart phones but with better performance in a form of Qualcomm S4 Krait processors. Early benchmark result shows that the new dual-core S4 processors on the Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V is much more superior than today’s quad-core smart phone rivals.
Sony Malaysia has shared that Malaysia will getting the Xperia J and Xperia TX but no pricing and availability dates have been provided at the moment.
A closer look at each device after the break.
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