Feb 25, 2014
Sony has been on a tear of late, and it is clear that the ongoing Mobile World Conference was yet another opportunity for the tech titan to tantalize mobile fans and Android lovers with some upcoming gadgets. We were able to see two new phones, a tablet and wearable technology.
First up, Sony unveiled its newest addition to its premium Z line, the Sony Xperia Z2. This device is Android-powered, will have a 5.2″ display, 3GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait CPUs, and looks to be the “the worldâ€™s best camera and camcorder in a waterproof smartphone.” Its global launch target is March 2014.
The corresponding Xperia Z2 Tablet will also be waterproof, Android-powered, and will have a Snapdragon processor and noise-canceling technology built in. It is also due to be available in March 2014.
The Xperia M2 is aimed at being available to a large swathe of consumers; this mid-range device will be equally thin, have an 8 MP camera, and will include some free services out of the box, such as Playstation Mobile. It is Android-powered, and will be available globally in April 2014.
Sony is also making a huge splash in the booming wearables space with its SmartWear. Initially announced a the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2014, the SmartBand SWR10 will be available in March 2014. It will have a companion app, Lifelog, which will be available in the Goggle Play Store in March as well. The SWR10 looks to be a 24/7, waterproof lifestyle and fitness data collection app; it will be able to communicate with Android devices that have the Lifelog app via Bluetooth and NFC. Additionally, it will vibrate on notifications while connected, and will also be able to control the WALKMAN app on Sony devices.
MWC has been a great opportunity to get a feel for Sony’s direction with regards to mobile technology, and it is especially intriguing to see them get more involved in wearable technology.