Sony’s next flagship, Xperia Z3 is definitely one of the most anticipated devices of 2014. We’ve seen it leak recently in a photo sized up next to the original Samsung Galaxy Note. It’s time to take a look at some alleged specs of this device.
@evleaks usually has some pretty solid information when it comes to leaks. According to the leaker Xperia Z3′s specs will look like this:
- Snapdragon 801 2.4GHz quad-core chip
- 3GB of RAM
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 5.15″ 1080p display
- 16GB of internal storage (with probable microSD expansion although the leak doesn’t mention that)
- 20.7MP main camera
- 2.1MP front-facing shooter
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS out of the box
To be quote honest this looks a lot like the current-gen Xperia flagship, the Z2 model. The only exceptions are the screen size, 5.15″ compared to the Z2′s 5.2″, clock speed of the processor which should be negligibly higher on the Z2 and the front-facing shooter which should be 2.1MP on the Z3 compared to the Z2′s 2.2MP.
@evleaks is usually extremely accurate with its leaks, so we’re taking this one rather seriously, although these specs look rather weird. We understand there’s no need to go higher with the specs at this point considering this device will work like a beast. We did however expect from Sony to bump them up a bit, considering everyone else is doing it. I guess we can applaud them for taking the high road considering there’s no need for any considerable spec bumps at this point.
It’s going to be interesting to see how will the Z3 sell if these specs are in fact accurate. At a first glance there’s really no need to trade in your Z2 for a Z3, but who knows what Sony has up its sleeve when it comes to this device. We’ll just have to wait and see, and I say it again, all this presuming these specifications are accurate.
What do you think?
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Welcome, ladygeeks and gentlenerds, to the new era of gaming. The one where you get to watch, and comment, as other people livestream gameplay from next-gen consoles. Because games! They’re fun!
When the folks behind Halo, Bungie Studios, offered a taste of their next big franchise earlier this year, we jumped in to show it off. And now that Destiny‘s beta is open on PlayStation 4, we’re back to jump in once more and explore the upcoming blockbuster a final time before its official launch on September 9th. Rather than employ wildly expensive dark magic to show Destiny, we’re using the delightfully free Twitch service. Join us right here at 12PM ET (or thereabouts — technical issues do sometimes occur) for an hour-long exploration of Bungie’s next big game, Destiny.
Look, we’re not gonna tell you how to spend your hard-earned money. If you want to spend two actual dollars enabling your Killzone: Shadow Fall character to fart — yes, that kind of fart — and “plank” (this) on PlayStation 4, go for it. But allow us this moment of plea: please don’t. Here’s the description of what your $2 gets you:
“It’s all fun and games until someone loses a game. (Or so they say). Show your fallen enemies, not everything need [sic] be taken seriously. This pack contains Fart, Planking and Comedy spotlight moves.”
One part of us wants to know what “Comedy spotlight moves” could possibly be given that the highly comedic farting and planking verbs have already been used.
We’re not gonna make the guilt plea (“there are children starving all over the world”), and we’re not gonna appeal to your financial sense (it’s just two bucks, right?). Your common sense, however, is fair game. The long and short is this: forking over any cash for this kind of junk DLC sends the wrong message to both the game’s developer (Guerrilla Games) and its publisher (Sony). We’re not saying it isn’t funny — it very well may be! — but we are saying you shouldn’t have to pay for it. It is indeed optional, yes, which is exactly why we suggest you optionally choose to skip this. Vote with your dollars, y’all! Or end up like the angry lady above.
[Image credit: Shutterstock]
Source: PlayStation Network
New consoles are never easy on the wallet, so anything to take some of the sting out of that purchase is always appreciated. Case in point: well-known retailer ShopTo has just dropped the price of a brand-new PlayStation 4 to a penny under £300, which is quite simply the lowest price we’ve come across yet. That’s basically a £50 saving compared with almost every other retailer (barring one that’s selling the console for £325 via Play.com). This particular deal is only available through ShopTo’s eBay storefront, and we’ve no idea how long the discount will be in effect for, so you might wanna ride that impulse straight to the checkout to be sure you don’t miss out.
Source: eBay (ShopTo)
Excited to play the Destiny on PlayStation Network? You’re not the only one, and demand as the game’s beta opened its doors today seems to have the service stumbling. A message on the PlayStation Knowledge Center says PSN access is “Intermittently available” so if it’s working, great but don’t be surprised if you notice some odd behavior. Xbox fans shouldn’t be too quick to point fingers though, since besides waiting another week to try out an early version of Bungie’s next big game you may also experience issues with Xbox Live. The Xbox Live Dashboard points out problems for some users signing in or accessing the Video and Music services, but says there is a team working on it and promises another updated within the half hour. Since Nintendo Network appears to be running just fine, we can only assume which culprit is behind this.
Update: The PlayStation Network status has been upgraded to “online” so go forth and beta test freely.
Having Xbox Live connectivity issues on the Xbox One? The proper teams are on it! More updates being posted here: http://t.co/99xfLNeme4 ^AC
- Xbox Support (1-5) (@XboxSupport) July 17, 2014
If you are having issues connecting to PSN, please try again later. Thanks for your patience as we look into it.
- Ask PlayStation (@AskPlayStation) July 17, 2014
It looks like Sony still has bragging rights that the PlayStation 4 is the top-selling console. Not to be outdone by the latest NPD report, the PlayStation Twitter account announced that the Sony’s new console is still outselling the Xbox One, for the sixth month in a row. Yesterday, Microsoft said that following the Xbox One’s $100 price drop it’d seen a “strong spike in interest” and sales of the console jumped by “more than double” the previous month. It’s worth noting however, that Redmond didn’t release specific sales numbers for May and, to be fair, neither did Sony. The latest report from the NPD Group plays it a bit vague, too, but says that combined sales of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were higher than combined totals for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. What’s more, compared to last June, hardware sales saw a 106 percent increase overall. Sales of home consoles combined represented a 200 percent jump compared to last year, which is likely due to the two new consoles being available.
In terms of software, the reason most people buy new consoles in the first place, six of the same games from last month’s top ten remain the same. including Mario Kart 8, Wolfenstein: The New Order and Watch Dogs. However, overall software sales for June dipped some 67 percent compared to last year, which the NPD group attributes to last June’s launches of The Last of Us on PS3, Animal Crossing: New Leaf on Nintendo’s 3DS handheld and the disc-based version of Minecraft for the Xbox 360. It seems like the summer drought is a bit drier this year than last, but hey, at least we’ve got the Destiny beta now, right?
Breaking news: PS4 is #1 top-selling US next-gen console in June, 6th month in a row. Thanks for your support! <3 pic.twitter.com/r5bTKg4wYf
- PlayStation (@PlayStation) July 17, 2014
Ok, #NPD time: Hardware sales still jumping (up 106% to $292.7M) while game sales fall again (down 5% to $298.2M). Accessories were up 1%
- Ian Sherr (@iansherr) July 17, 2014
Although the PlayStation 4 is a fine gaming console, it has a definite Achilles’ heel — the very, very short battery life of the bundled DualShock 4 controller. It’s a good thing, then, that Nyko has at last shipped the PowerPak add-on that it promised back in January. Shelling out $20 gives you a 1,000mAh lithium-ion battery that roughly doubles the longevity of Sony’s official gamepad. That’s not saying much when the DualShock normally gets just a few hours of play time per charge, but the extra capacity should be good enough to handle a marathon Destiny session.
Source: Nyko (TriplePoint)
In past few weeks, we have seen the Sony Xperia Z3 a few times, and according to the information we have so far, it looks like a worthy successor to the Sony Z series. Xperia Z3 will be running a Snapdragon 801 chip with the latest version of Android. However, folks over at XperiaBlog managed to get their hands on some new pictures of the Xperia Z3, alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note.
The picture above gives us an idea about the dimensions of the Z3, it’s almost equal to the original Galaxy Note, but a little less wider. Also, another picture is shared below which shows that Xperia Z3 will have slightly round edges unlike the predecessors.
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We’ve got a twofer this week, folks. As that lead shot up there suggests, we’ll be revisiting the Retina display MacBook Pro — the 13-inch version, to be exact. And then, past the break, we’ll also give you a mini-review of Sony’s SRS-BTX300 Bluetooth speaker.
Apple MacBook Air
My history with laptops reads like a Goldilocks tale: some were too big, some were too small and some were definitely too hot (hello, 12-inch PowerBook). However, I might have found something “just right” in the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display that I bought at the end of 2013.
To me, it’s a good balance between size and power. It’s portable enough that it’s no major burden in my bag — important when hiking around trade shows — but there’s still plenty of screen area and performance (at least on my unit with a 2.4GHz Core i5 and 8GB of RAM) when I need to do some serious media editing. The Retina screen also gets around the limited workspaces that I’ve seen on many small laptops. While the computer isn’t going to have as big a virtual workspace as some of its rivals, there’s still plenty of room to breathe.
The real highlight, though, is the battery: it’s a monster. I have yet to run low on power when unplugged, even when I go out of my way to drain the energy cells dry. At Expand New York, I only managed to use half a charge after five hours of near-constant writing, chatting and media editing. Even the wireless display support doesn’t tax the battery all that much. There are other laptops that manage this kind of longevity, but most of them are Ultrabooks that won’t be as quick.
It’s not quite a jack of all trades. I’d rather have a 14-inch Razer Blade if I were looking for a small gaming rig, and Samsung’s ATIV Book 9 Plus has both a higher-resolution screen and touch input. For me, though, the MacBook Pro ticks a lot of checkboxes. It can do everything I want it to do for as long as I need on any given day. I’m sure I’ll eventually need to replace it, but for now, I can’t ask for much more.
– Jon Fingas
Sony SRS-BTX300 bluetooth speaker
Bluetooth speakers have become increasingly popular over the past few years, but I for one didn’t learn how handy they could be until fairly recently. And while the Sony SRS-BTX300 I’ve been using isn’t nearly as portable as, say, the Jawbone Jambox or Beats Pill, I could still easily fit it in my messenger bag and carry it with me if I wanted to. To put its size in perspective, it’s about as long as a 13-inch MacBook Air and wee bit shorter than an iPhone 4s, while its weight clocks in at nearly four pounds. Needless to say, it’s a solid piece of hardware.
Looks aside, the SRS-BTX300 can push out some very loud sound, so much so that I never turn the volume to more than 50 percent when listening to music — it’s one of those things you have to hear to believe. The full-range 70mm speaker has a few different audio settings to choose from, including a Mega Bass mode that’s intense enough to make the tenant below my apartment throw a temper tantrum and think about filing a noise complaint.
What I love the most about the BTX-300 is that I can pair devices via Bluetooth, NFC or an audio jack to play my tunes, allowing me to seamlessly switch between my HTC One, iPad and sixth-gen iPod nano at any given time. Sony claims around eight hours of battery life, which is on par with what I experienced, and sometimes even longer if I use it periodically rather than in one long jam session. For $200, its appearance may be utterly subtle, but there’s no doubt the SRS-BTX300 sounds just as good if not better than all those other wireless speakers it’s up against.
– Edgar Alvarez