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This is a bit of an odd scenario, one we don?t see too often. Sony recently announced their first device following their takeover of Sony Ericsson, the Xperia S, and clearly stated that it would be available globally in March. As such, it has been assumed that the device will land in Canada, though which carrier is unknown. Recently, Sony announced that the device has shipped globally, but that they?re leaving it up to carriers to announce specific availability.

Next, Sony posted an image on their Facebook page that made clear mention the device would be heading to Rogers. What most saw as a clear-cut indication turned out to be some kind of mistake, however. Sony removed the image from their Facebook page, and Rogers stated that they will not be selling the device directly, though it will work on their network. This has led to some back-and-forth online, with many people believing the handset will be sold unlocked in Sony Stores rather than through carriers. This would certainly be an interesting step for Sony to take, and if they?re going that route, it will be interesting to see the results.

The Sony Xperia S features a 4.3? (720 x 1280) display, and a 12 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p HD video capture. It has a secondary front-facing 1.3 MP camera capable of 720p video recording, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with ICS planned for Q2 sometime. Similarly to most recent Xperia handsets, it features the Mobile BRAVIA Engine and connectivity including HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth. It also comes with NFC capabilities, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM.


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Sony, which recently took over on the Sony Ericsson side of things, has officially announced another addition to their Xperia line-up, the sola. The sola has one feature that stands out in particular, its ?floating touch? display. It measures in at a pretty standard 3.7? (480 x 854), but lets you browse the web by hovering your finger to control a ?cursor?, and tapping to click. If it works fluidly, this could be especially helpful when clicking small links, and will bring the Xperia sola one step closer to desktop-like browsing.

Other specifications for the sola include its dual-core 1 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 8 GB of internal memory. It features a 5 MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture, along with the usual Sony features like the Mobile Bravia Engine. Connectivity includes HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC for those early adopters.

The Sony Xperia sola will be available in white, black, and red when it launches globally in a few months. No confirmation as of yet that it will be launching in Canada, but with most Sony handsets hitting our soil early, we?re hoping for a prompt and quick release here. Interested? We?ll keep you updated as more information is made available!


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Chatr has officially made an addition to their handset line-up, "The Speedster". The Sony Ericsson txt pro CK15a features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and a 3" (240x400) touchscreen display. It comes with a 3.15MP camera with QVGA video capture, and supports connectivity including Wi-Fi (b/g) and bluetooth.

If you're interested in picking up an affordable handset and are located in one of Chatr's zones, this device from Sony Ericsson may be worth considering. It is available now for $125 contract-free.


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We just let you know that Fido was getting set to launch the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro, and already, they have done so. The Xperia Pro features a 3.7" (480x854) touchscreen display, 1GB of ROM, and an 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p video recording. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and features Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

This Android 2.3 Gingerbread handset is now officially available from Fido for $50 on a 3 year contract, or just $350 outright.


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Rogers has just launched a brand new Xperia handset from Sony Ericsson, the Mini Pro. The Mini Pro features a 3" (320x480) touchscreen display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, along with a 5MP camera with LED flash and 720p video capture. It is powered by a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and offers connectivity options including Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. While this may not be the most impressive smartphone released recently, its small form factor and physical keyboard may make it worth considering, especially for those looking for an affordable handset. The Xperia Mini Pro is available now from Rogers for $49.99 on a 3 year term, or just $274.99 contract-free.


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According to a recently leaked internal document, Fido is preparing to launch a new Android handset - the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro. The Xperia Pro features a 3.7" (480x854) touchscreen display and sliding full QWERTY keyboard, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch. It's powered by a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM, and comes with an 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, in addition to a secondary front-facing VGA camera. It also features the same Sony Mobile BRAVIA engine found in the Xperia arc, and offers connectivity including Wi-Fi (b/g/n, hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS, along with an HDMI port for those looking to get their phone's display on the big screen.

No confirmation as of yet on an exact release date, but the document states that it will be available mid-August, so we should be able to expect it soon. Pricing hasn't been made available either, and no information has been leaked so far, but it will likely come in around $100 on a 3 year term, or $400-$500 contract-free. We'll be sure to keep you updated on any further information that comes our way!


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With the technology behind cameras growing constantly, especially in mobile phones, it didn't come as much of a surprise that Sony Ericsson might be working on a cyber-shot Android handset. But what about Windows Phone users who want a great camera in their next device? Well, according to recently leaked photos and information, HTC is working a new Windows Phone handset that will feature a 12MP camera. No word yet on what type of lens will be used, but if this device is going to be marketed for its camera, it should be something of decent quality at least. Other features will be included with the camera as well, including the ability of to capture "raw images", and a variety of manual settings.

No word on what this new Windows Phone HTC device will be called, or when we might see it available. Hopefully its launch won't be staggered between the U.S. and Canada, but only time will tell.


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Just under a month ago, Rogers launched the Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY, the world's first PlayStation certified mobile device. The PLAY runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and has an impressive range of features. It has a 4" (480x854) touchscreen display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor, along with 512MB of RAM. It has a 5MP camera along with a VGA front facing camera for video calling. Sony Ericsson has included their custom UI/launcher TimeScape, which has changed dramatically since the X10 line-up. The most unique feature is its PlayStation style game pad, which can be used for a variety of PLAY optimized games including PS1 Classics. So, how does the PLAY hold up as a smartphone and for gaming?

Beginning with the hardware, the PLAY is very nicely designed. It is a little bit thick compared to most current devices, but that is expected with the full game pad hidden under the screen. It has 3.5mm headset and microUSB ports on the left edge, while the right edge holds the volume and shoulder keys. Even though the casing is made of plastic, it feels relatively sturdy and durable, and the sliding mechanism is surprisingly solid. When you slide out the game pad, the PLAY really starts to shine, bringing that familiar PlayStation feel to your phone. The device fits fairly well in your hands when slid open, but might take a little bit of getting used to. The touchpads meant for use where joysticks or analog sticks would normally come into play, are a nice addition to the controls, though very strange to use at first. Like most gamers know, any new controller design takes some time to get completely accustomed to, and the PLAY's game pad is no exception. Still, it really brought a new element to mobile gaming, one previously found only in devices like the PSP or Nintendo DS. After using the Xperia PLAY, games on touchscreen-only devices seem weak and difficult to play, so beware when trying out your friend's new PLAY.




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The games themselves are entertaining, and the PLAY comes with 6 full version titles built-in: NFL 11, Star Battalion HD, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Crash Bandicoot, Fifa 10, and Tetris. There are 5 more PS1 games available for purchase in Market for $5.75 USD each, and about 50 other PLAY optimized games and apps. Crash Bandicoot ran well and gives a great idea of what PS1 games will be like on the device. The sports games (Madden NFL 11 and FIFA 10) are great fun, and far more complex than you might think, and the other games were just as entertaining and immersive. Unfortunately Tetris didn't make use of the slide-out controls, but it is a simple enough game that the touchscreen is fine.




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As a smartphone alone, the PLAY runs just as well as most current Android handsets. OS 2.3 Gingerbread performs well, and TimeScape doesn't seem to have as strong of an impact on performance as with the X10. The application tray features custom sorting, and there are a variety of widgets pre-installed. There are media widgets that include music controls, shortcuts, and a scrolling image/video wheel. There are also a couple of clock widgets available, all of which can be used on any of the 5 home screens.

Other parts of the device that are worth mentioning include the display and camera. The display isn't very bright when turned all the way up, though it can get you by. To those who normally enjoy very bright and crisp displays like super AMOLED equipped devices may be let down however. The Camera is of decent quality, coming in at 5MP with an LED flash. It actually handles close-up shots very well, though mid and long range photos are of average quality. It can also record video at WVGA resolution, and surprisingly doesn't capture at 720p. Videos recorded with the PLAY are also average, looking great on your mobile screen but mediocre on larger displays.




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Lastly, battery life. The PLAY surprisingly held up very well, lasting longer than many devices in the current market. Even while gaming for a few hours, the battery indicator only dropped a sliver. Unfortunately it still doesn't compare to the life of the BlackBerry Bold 9700 or a few other devices, but considering its large screen and game pad, does very well.

Overall, the Xperia PLAY is a great device. It is a full-featured Android smartphone and really makes mobile gaming possible. Kudos to Sony Ericsson for producing a great, and very unique device! Hopefully they continue to create great handsets that stand-out and bring a new element to smartphones.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY is available from Rogers for $99.99 on a 3 year term or $549.99 contract free.


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Sony Ericsson used be known for their Walkman and Cyber-shot handsets, and were met with considerable success as a manufacturer before smartphones became popular. Lately, they have been placing most of their focus on Android devices, and it looks like the specialties might re-appear, together.

Images were recently leaked online of a Sony Ericsson Xperia handset that is branded with "cyber-shot" text. There isn't any Android branding on the device, that's visible anyways, but the button layout strongly hints at that it will be an Android handset. While this one is definitely still just a rumour, it makes sense that Sony Ericsson would make a move like this. Hopefully we'll see this device, or something similar, launch very soon!


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The Sony Ericsson Xperia arc and PLAY have been pretty highly anticipated in Canada, and as of today, they are both officially available! Each handset can be picked up starting today for $99.99 on a 3 year term, or $549.99 contract-free. The Xperia arc is available in black, while the PLAY comes in white or black, and both run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The Xperia arc features a 4.2" (480x854) LED-backlit LCD touchscreen display, and an 8MP camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording capabilities. It features the Mobile BRAVIA Engine for a crisp, vibrant display, and is powered by a 1GHz processor, along with 512MB of RAM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi (b, g, n, and hotspot), bluetooth, and GPS.

The Xperia PLAY has a 4" (480x854) LED-backlit LCD touchscreen display, and a 5MP camera with LED flash and WVGA video capture. It is powered by the same 1GHz processor found in the arc, and also has 512MB of RAM. Connectivity options also mirror those of the Xperia arc, with Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and GPS.

If you've been holding out for either of these new handsets from Sony Ericsson, head to your nearest Rogers store today to get one today!


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