Designer Paulo Corceiro has sent us what looks like a Sony Walkman player and it’s in fact a smartphone that commemorates the good old design of the Sony TPS-L2, the first Walkman ever. The model will also get an app that plays songs in cassette-like fashion.
The button functionality would be the same as on the original player, but now there are also cameras added. You also get a front and back camera, a side USB connector and a sound level adjusting mechanism on the side. Two audio jacks are included at the top, as well as a big button in the same area, a “Hot Line/Instant Mute” button. If you think that the design is bulky, bricky or asymmetrical, you should know that it’s still a Sony classic and the original was made like that back in the day.
We have shown you another Sony Walkman tribute as a concept phone and it appears many people feel nostalgia when they spot old Sony gear. Sony used to stand for the template of perfect video and audio experience. Their sound systems and players made history, but it appears that their phones aren’t exactly as cutting edge.
It really feels like it’s the end of the holidays, since designers aren’t churning out concepts like they used to. In lack of something better, we turn to renders, like the ones below. So, it appears that Sony Xperia Z5 has just leaked in a few press pictures.
The device keeps the usual rectangular form factor and I can’t seem to spot its Power button with fingerprint scanner. Apparently, the leak is pretty much official, since it comes from Sony Mobile’s social media channels. Anyway, the future Sony flagship is coming to IFA 2015, with a 23 megapixel camera at the back, sporting a 1/2.3 inch sensor, of the Exmor RS variety.
We see a slightly rounded and massive metal frame on the sides and a flat glass panel upfront. Another piece of news says that there will also be an Xperia Z5 Premium model, a bigger phablet version of the Xperia Z5, with 4K resolution. The Xperia Z5 Compact is still in the cards as well. Frankly, I was hoping for more design innovation, but I’m guessing the Power button with fingerprint scanner and perhaps an edge to edge screen is the best we can get.
Designer Kiarash Kia has been hard at work at two Xperia concepts, both gaming phones with interesting features. Teased here, the two newcomers are ready for prime time and they’re dubbed Xperia W and Xperia W+.
The design language approached here is called “CubeSense”and the Xperia W is a midranger with a full polycarbonate body, as well as a 4.5 inch screen with Bravia Engine technology. Inside we find a quad core Snapdragon 801 processor, 1 GB of RAM and at the back a 13 megapixel camera. The handset measures 8 mm in thickness and packs a 3310 mAh battery, plus a mono front facing speaker. Interestingly enough, this model runs Windows 10 for Mobile.
The Xperia W+ is the real flagship here, with a matte polycarbonate back and an aluminum frame. Upfront there’s a Full HD IPS LCD screen with Triluminous tech and a 5.2 inch diagonal. Inside there’s a Snapdragon 808 processor, as well as 2 GB of RAM and an Adreno 418 GPU. The back camera is a 20 MP shooter, with a high tune LED flash and F/1.9 aperture, as well as OIS.
This handset measures 7.3 mm in thickness and has a 3110 mAh battery, as well as stereo front facing speakers with dolby tech. Both models share a special combination of Windows Phone UI, Android UI and according to the designer some Xperia traits with Xbox and PlayStation support. You can connect to both consoles without a problem. The Xperia W comes in black, white and green, while the W+ comes in matte black, white and matte orange.
In this current day and age consoles are important, but phones are more like replacing them, rather than connecting to them, right?
Designer Ben Ling has not only imagined a concept render for the Sony Xperia Z5+, that has recently leaked, but also added a full specs list to it. Judging by the latest leaks, this model is supposed to adopt an OmniBalance design and provide specs a tier higher than the upcoming Z5.
Upfront we get a 5.7 inch 4K display, not Quad HD, keep that in mind and with an IPS panel in the mix. Last I heard, 6 inch 4K display panels were being tested, so skipping straight to 4K seems a bit much, not to mention a serious stress on the battery. At the back there’s a 21 megapixel camera with G Lens, dual tone flash and the works.
Exmor RS, Bionz and hybrid autofocus are all here. A Snapdragon 820 CPU is available inside, as well as 4 GB of RAM and up to 128 GB of storage. The device is PlayStation certified and the Sony Xperia Z5+ also brings a 6.1 mm thick chassis and dual front facing stereo speakers. It’s waterproof and dust proof and its battery is a non removable 3600 mAh unit.
A fingerprint and heart rate scanner have been added into the Power button.
Since we don’t have fresh concepts to show you, we might as well reveal some leaked renders. First you saw the LG Nexus 2015 leaking out and now we get a chance to have a look at the Sony Xperia Z5 Plus, pictured below.
Keep in mind this is the very first render of the device, or so it seems. It’s supposed to be the related to the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, both leaked with a Power button with oval shape and fingerprint scanner on the sides. The leak comes from a Sony Mobile slide, that has appeared in the Asian media. The Xperia Z5+ is obviously going to be a phablet, in the vein of the recently launched Galaxy S6 Edge+.
The OmniBalance design is still present and we get three colors for the device, black, gold and chrome. Sadly, the picture is a low res one, but we can see the fingerprint scanner on the right side of the handset. It’s not very clear if this device will debut at IFA 2015 next month, like the rest of the gang.
On paper we should be seeing the Sony Xperia Z5 next month at IFA 2015, but till then we have a few renders left to analyze. Jermaine Smit has created a new series of designs for this handset, as well as a video, that you can watch below.
Not much has changed from the usual Sony Xperia approach, maybe aside from the color choices. The format is still rectangular, with a glass back and front, but the thickness has decreased a bit. Bezels are reasonably narrow, but not edge to edge as some leaks have shown. Upfront we have two speakers and on the side we find the big and oval Power button with fingerprint scanner included, just like the leaks showed.
The source of these renders claims that the Sony Xperia Z5 will come with a 5.5 inch screen with a 4K resolution, as well as an octa core 3.2 GHz processor and 4 GB of RAM. Internal capacity goes up to 128 GB and the battery is a 4500 mAh unit. The camera is an interesting 27 megapixel unit, that’s supposed to use a “rotator camera sensor”.
Finally, the device gets a 10 MP selfie camera and waterproof and dust proof case. The OS is Android 5.0 Lollipop with customizations.
It’s enough to click on Sony Xperia Z5 and you’ll see an impressive variation of concepts of this device. Most of them look the same, rectangular slabs of metal and glass, with slit speakers and some with the new fingerprint scanner on the side. And now let’s see TechRadar’s version!
Their vision of the Sony Xperia Z5 instantly stands out through dual pull out speakers, able to offer high def sound. The rounded edges of the smartphone make it more ergonomic and the handset is also waterproof at a depth of 10 meters this time. It also has a special underwater “glove mode”, so it supports input even when submerged.
This slim handset has a 5.5 inch Quad HD screen, one that seems to curve onto the sides, in a more discrete way than the Galaxy S6 Edge. The device also has an improved back camera with 20+ megapixel resolution, a fingerprint scanner and a totally new interface, from what I can see here. I find this design great, but I think those pop up speakers are a bit fragile.
I have seen quite a few Sony Xperia concepts and some of them even had iris scanners, but here comes the Xperia F with a retina scanner. This model is pictured below and has been rendered by Oky Aditya.
An interesting aspect here is that this smartphone features the freshly announced MediaTek Helio X30 processor, that will come in a few months, maybe next year even. The product features a 5.5 inch Quad HD Triluminous display, with Gorilla Glass 4 protection, as well as 4 GB of RAM or 8 GB of RAM in the higher end config. Internal storage goes up to 128 GB and there’s also a 20.7 megapixel back camera and a front 13 MP shooter.
Fingerprint and retina scanning take care of security and the battery here is a 4000 mAh unit. Android M is baptized Muffin by the designer and apparently we’ve got a heart rate sensor in the mix too. The design is fairly typical, with discrete slits for the front speakers, a rectangular format with rounded corners and narrow bezels. The edges feel like a plastic bumper case around the device.
Designer Androgama has imagined the way a series of Sony Xperia phones with Windows 10 for Mobile would look like. The result is the trio below, that features the Sony Xperia W5, W5+ and W3 concept, with solid midrange specs and design.
Sony hasn’t launched a Windows device in a long while now, although the Xperia series debuted with Windows Mobile, if you remember. The Sony Xperia W5 and W5+ are basically flagships here, with Windows 10 mobile, while the W3 is a midranger. The hotshots have octa core processors clocked at 2 GHz, 20.7 megapixel cameras and 3 or 4 GB of RAM.
The devices have metal cases and Gorilla Glass 3 protected screens and some of them feature leather backs. The cameras are protected by tempered glass and meanwhile the W3 comes with an octa core processor too, probably a Snapdragon 615 or 620 or some future version, 2 GB of RAM and a 5 inch HD screen. It also has a metal body and anti fingerprint finishing.
The designs remind me a bit of the iPhone 4, with angular approaches and minimal bezels. The leather trim is nice and all these models have strong 5 MP selfie cameras, it seems.
Kiarash Kia is back with a Sony Xperia Z5 concept, that’s shown below. This device has two hidden front speakers and measures 6.8 mm in thickness. It weighs 125 grams and packs a 5.5 inch Quad HD screen, with both the Bravia Engine 3 tech and Triluminous. Inside we find the Snapdragon 820 processor, while at the back there’s a 20.7 megapixel camera with wide angle lens and OIS.
A front 8 MP selfie camera is also included and a 3300 mAh battery inside, plus 3 or 4 GB of RAM. Just like the leaks show, this Xperia Z5 has a special fingerprint scanner integrated within the Power button. The device is pretty light and slim and its battery is non removable. From what I can see here, there’s a metal frame still sandwiched between two glass panels.
The Omnibalance design is kept, but judging by other leaks this model may end up with an edge to edge screen. The speaker slits are very discrete and hopefully offer a higher volume than the previous Xperia Z units.