By Lisa Johnston
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Berlin – Sony Mobile Communications went to IFA to unveil its latest flagship smartphone, the 5-inch Xperia Z1 with 20.7-megapixel camera, 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU, and 4G LTE.
The camera-optimized phone, which is waterproof and dust-resistant like other Z series models, will launch globally in September. A U.S. availability date wasn’t announced.
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New York — Sony has updated its Vaio line to include a new form factor that the company calls the Vaio Flip PC.
Also part of Sony’s fall computer rollout is the Vaio Tap 11 tablet and Tap 21 all-in-one PC. Sony said it will release pricing and shipping information in October.
New York – Sony wants to expand the appeal of high-resolution audio playback by introducing the first in a series of audio products said to take the confusion out of high-res playback.
Sony will accomplish that goal in large part by enabling the products to play almost every music-file format available, including 192kHz/24-bit PCM, DSD, and double DSD.
The products “will decode whatever you throw at them,” said home audio group director Neal Manowitz, who said the launch will be backed by a “comprehensive marketing effort.”
New York – It’s “IFA in New York” today for Sony Electronics as it is in the process of debuting 4K TVs and related products, Vaio | Flip PCs and the Xperia Z 4G LTE tablet and other products at Jazz at Lincoln Center, here, at Columbus Circle.
Phil Molyneux, president / COO of Sony Electronics, provided an overview of a variety of products that the company will begin selling this month and later in the year that are distinctive not only to their features but their style.
Here is a brief summary of what was introduced:
New York – Sony formally unveiled Wednesday three camcorders and a pair of new additions to the Cyber-shot family, called “lens-style cameras,” that combine the functionality of an advanced Cyber-shot point-and-shoot camera with a smartphone.
Sony’s new camcorder models include the FDR-AX1 4K Handycam, the HDR-AS30V Action Cam and the HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder.
San Diego — Sony introduced Tuesday a pair of compact interchangeable-lens cameras in the A3000 DSLR and the NEX-5T mirrorless compact system camera (CSC) families, both with value pricing.
Of the two, the Sony A3000 offers the biggest twist. The “DSLR” is designed to offer the look and shape of a compact DSLR, but with much of the internal workings of a mirrorless NEX-system camera.
It will also carry a very affordable $398 street retail for the body and an 18-55mm E-mount kit lens when it ships to dealers in September.
Tokyo - Sony Computer Entertainment officially revealed that its PlayStation 4 (PS4) next-generation video game console will launch in North America Nov. 15.
Sony’s PS4 ($400 suggested retail) will deliver powerful new graphics and speed combined with integrated social capabilities, and second-screen features utilizing the handheld PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) and other mobile devices.
In related news, Walmart said it will offers shoppers “a second chance to get their hands on the Xbox One and PS4.”
New York – Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) revealed Monday its PlayStation Vita Summer Select, which is billed as a new PlayStation Store event highlighting upcoming downloadable games and offering special launch week deals for PlayStationPlus members.
Continuing PlayStation’s support for independent developers by bringing their latest games to players, Sony’s PS Vita Summer Select will feature four indie games launching over the next four weeks.
Dallas – Sony came to MERA’s Knowledgefest with its latest MirrorLink-equipped in-dash A/V head unit, which also features the company’s App Remote technology and accepts an outboard GPS navigation module.
The XAV-602BT receiver and XA-NV300T navigation module will be available in October and retail for about $549 and $249, respectively, through Sony Stores, online at www.sony.com/car, and authorized dealers.
Sunnyvale, Calif. — Silicon Image revealed Monday that MHL/HDMI dual-mode connectivity technology is broadly supported across Sony’s latest Bravia LCD TV lineup.
The technology, which was developed and promoted by Silicon Image in conjunction with members of the MHL Consortium, enables TVs and monitors to receive up to 60 frames per second of uncompressed 1080p video with up to eight channels of digital audio from mobile devices, while simultaneously charging the device.