Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago delivers a speech before some 3,000 graduates and the parents at the Bulacan State University in Malolos, 18 April 2016.


Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago on Monday urged young Filipinos to participate in the elections and to join the government workforce to help change the culture of corruption.

“Be critical, vocal, and involved in the political process. We are a democratic country and it is our duty to keep our government in check,” the senator said in her speech before a crowd of 3,000 graduates and their parents at the Bulacan State University.

Santiago, the presidential candidate with the widest online following, also encouraged tech-savvy voters to use Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to voice their anger and frustration against the politicians who are driven by greed.

“Do not allow the rich and the powerful to be given special privileges. You have every right to be furious at all these corrupt politicians; because after all, it is our money that is being used to sustain their expensive lifestyles,” she added.

Asked at the sidelines of the graduation rites about another candidate’s controversial joke on rape, Santiago said her tough-talking rival “may have crossed the line,” but added that the voters ultimately have a choice.

“If the people do not like the remark, they can express it through the ballot, but otherwise, he has the right to free expression. That’s the way he expresses himself,” she told reporters.

The senator also warned millennials against the defeatist notion that the Philippines is a “a nation of helpless people,” adding that such a mindset is tantamount to surrendering the country to corrupt leaders.

“If you refuse to work in government because you think it is so corrupt, no one else will be left in government except the corrupt,” she said in Filipino, to cheers from the crowd. She instead advised the graduates to “change the system from within.”

Santiago has been recently been more actively campaigning with her running mate, Sen. Bongbong Marcos, in university campuses all over the country a month before Election Day.

She has also confirmed that she will join the third and last presidential debate in Pangasinan, and is scheduled to deliver a speech at the University of the Philippines Mindanao in Davao City on Wednesday, April 20.

In a week, the Santiago-Marcos tandem has visited three campuses: the University of the Philippines Visayas in Iloilo City, the Saint Louis University in Baguio City, and Bulacan State University in Malolos. The pair drew thousands of supporters in all venues.


Starting our Android 5.0, Lollipop rollout: Xperia Z3 & Xperia Z3 Compact

UPDATE: First scripts for Android 5.0; Lollipop are now rolling from today for Xperia Z2, Z2 Tablet & Z3 Tablet Compact

We’re starting our Android 5.0, Lollipop upgrade from today for Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact.

You’ll see the upgrade hit first devices in the Nordics and Baltics, continuing to further markets, for more Xperia Z Series products, starting in around two weeks time* – we’ll share the latest here, as it happens.

After blending Google’s first Lollipop release with our Sony software, some of the goodies include;

  • Fresh, streamlined looks – based on Google’s material design, but retaining our minimalistic approach to interface and application design
  • New look notifications and lock screen – with fully customizable settings, so you only get the information you really need
  • Multi user profiles and guest mode – making it easy for family and friends to use your device, or the creation of dual environments for work and play…
  • Android for Work – not only are business-ready Xperia smartphones and tablets unique devices for work – with waterproof form factors, great battery life and productivity features – they will now also be part of the Android for Work ecosystem
  • Better storage control and customisation – with the option to easily move applications from internal memory to SD card – giving you more control over your content, particularly useful for devices with slightly less space

Be sure to follow the blog and @SonyMobileNews for all the latest as our rollout continues.

*Timing and availability may vary by market and/or carrier

Sony sets the new mid-range standard with Xperia™ M4 Aqua

  • Capture more – just point and shoot, with a powerful 13MP camera, F2.0 aperture and Sony’s intelligent Superior Auto mode
  • Enjoy more – signature Sony OmniBalance design, ready for life – a waterproof1 smartphone with cap-less microUSB charging; Xperia M4 Aqua available in White, Black, Coral and Silver editions
  • Achieve more – Sony’s first octa-core 64-bit smartphone featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 processor with integrated 4G LTE, running Android 5.0 Lollipop – and up to two-day battery life2
  • Launching in 80 countries worldwide, across more than 100 carrier partners – for around 299 EUR3, from Spring 2015

Barcelona, Mobile World Congress, 2nd March 2015 Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today refocused its mid-range device strategy with the introduction of Xperia™ M4 Aqua – a smartphone bringing Sony’s leadership in camera, design, battery and performance to an accessible price point.

“Xperia M4 Aqua represents our renewed mid-range focus – with no compromises” said Dennis van Schie, Senior Vice President, Head of Sales and Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications. “Offering the most popular standout features made famous by our Xperia Z Series; camera capability, two-day battery life and waterproofing – Xperia M4 Aqua brings a proposition and price, products in this section of the market simply cannot match.”

Just point and shoot – great pictures without the effort

Xperia M4 Aqua’s impressive 13MP rear camera is powered by Sony’s Exmor RS™ mobile sensor with a large F2.0 aperture, and ISO 3200 sensitivity. It’s powerful digital compact camera technology – and intelligent Superior Auto Mode simplifies your interactions, automatically sensing up to 52 different scenarios, for vivid shots in low-light or strong backlight every time.

Just as with the rear, the 5MP selfie camera has a super wide-angle lens with an 88° field of view, so no-one’s left out of shot – and Portrait Retouch allows you to add fun finishing refinements. The popular selfie editing feature sits alongside Sony’s full suite of preloaded Xperia Camera apps, including other favourites; Sound Photo for adding a short clips to your pictures and Movie Creator, which automatically converts your pictures and videos into snappy thirty second vignette clips – which makes collecting memories or sharing on social media, super quick and easy.

Xperia M4 Aqua Colour EmbedDesigned for the way you live – subtlety in hardware and interface design, with Android 5.0 Lollipop 

Crafted from the ground up, Xperia M4 Aqua has understated premium looks – a tempered glass display, with the svelte 136g waterproof (IP65/8 rated) body reengineered for cap-less microUSB charging, offering flexible usage wherever you are.

Xperia M4 Aqua will be available in classic White and Black, but also fresh Coral and Silver3. Sony’s adopted the same subtle principles in its take on Android 5.0 Lollipop’s material design, in keeping with that distinctive minimalist approach to user interface, interactions and native apps.

Xperia M4 Aqua will come with the new look Xperia Lounge Silver, bringing apps, software updates, entertainment, bespoke offers and tips delivered throughout the product lifecycle. As part of this, you’ll be able to enjoy bonus film clips and television episodes4 through the Privilege Plus Movies app5.

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Do and accomplish more, for longer – Sony’s first octa-core 64-bit smartphone, featuring the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 processor with integrated 4G LTE connectivity and up to two-day battery life 

Whilst some might need to use their smartphone for short bursts on long days, you don’t have to, with Xperia M4 Aqua’s two-day battery life, eliminating the need for regular charging. If that isn’t enough, activate Battery STAMINA Mode to optimize how your battery is used and Ultra STAMINA Mode to keep your phone running on its core functions for a week.

Supporting this optimal balance of performance and power is a Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 615 processor6 featuring octa-core 64-bit CPUs, advanced multimedia processing and an integrated 4G LTE modem. Thanks to the Snapdragon 615 processor, you can enjoy seamless access to your Xperia Lounge content and experience the fastest news and information download, find your way using maps, check and send email, send pictures to friends and family in seconds and make the most of lag-free online music and video streaming on the go.

Xperia M4 Aqua will launch in 80 countries worldwide, across more than 100 carrier partners for around 299 EUR, from Spring 2015.

Stylish sounds, with Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH70

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Sony also introduced the sleek, stylish Stereo Bluetooth® Headset SBH70, a water resistant7 wireless headset with fine-tuned sound quality. Made from durable silicon, SBH70 will launch in five vibrant colours, so you can

mix and match it with your personal accessories. The striking apparel design is crafted to sit discreetly on your neck and shoulders, with music, call handling and voice command controls easy to reach and use.

For the full product specifications, please visit: http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-m4-aqua/specifications

1 Xperia M4 Aqua is  waterproof and protected against dust as long as you follow a few simple instructions: all attached covers are firmly closed; you can’t take the smartphone deeper than 1.5m of water and for longer than 30 minutes; and the water should be fresh water. Casual use in chlorinated pools is permitted provided it’s rinsed in fresh water afterwards. No seawater and no salt water pools. Abuse and improper use of device will invalidate warranty. The phone has an Ingress Protection rating of IP65 and IP68. To see what this means and for more information see http://www.sonymobile.com/durability. Do note that the Xperia M4 Aqua has a capless USB port to connect and charge your smartphone. The USB port needs to be fully dried up before charging if the smartphone has been exposed to water.
2 Based on multiple battery performance tests conducted between December 2014 and January 2015 in a laboratory under an active use conditions reflective of the Typical Smartphone User by Sony Mobile Communications Inc. For more information go to: http://www.sonymobile.com/testresults
3 Timing, availability and price may vary by market and/or operator 
4 Offer available starting from April 2015 – availability and timing may vary by market and/or operator
5 Availability may vary by region – Privilege+ Movies is available in just under 50 markets, including India, Mexico, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Poland, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Netherlands, Singapore, and Thailand (please visit http://bit.ly/1zMAJMD for more details)
6 The Snapdragon 615 processor is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. 
7 SBH70 is rated water resistant in accordance with IP57. For best audio performance, your SBH70 headphone speakers should dry at room temperature for up to three hours after being exposed to water.

Tablet entertainment perfected with Sony’s new Xperia™ Z4 Tablet

  • Enjoy a superb viewing experience on the world’s brightest 10.1 inch 2K display of the leading tablets1
  • Incredibly fast performance with industry leading battery life (up to 17 hours video playback) and the ultra fast Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 octa-core 64 bit processor Sets the new standard in tablet design – the world’s lightest (389g Wi-Fi / 393g LTE) and slimmest (6.1mm) 10” tablet 2
  • Innovative accessories and features for a unique laptop style experience

Barcelona, 2nd March 2015Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today announced the world’s lightest and slimmest 10” tablet2 – Xperia™ Z4 Tablet. Delivering a best in class entertainment experience thanks to the world’s brightest 10.1 inch 2K display of the leading tablets1 and long battery life (up to 17 hours of video playback), the beautifully crafted Xperia Z4 Tablet is an impressively powerful Android tablet that delivers all the portable performance you need for an entertaining and busy lifestyle.

“Building on the success of its predecessor, we wanted to take all of the qualities that consumers loved most in Xperia Z2 Tablet and enhance them for Z4 Tablet,” says Dennis van Schie, SVP of Sales & Marketing at Sony Mobile. “Consumers appreciate innovation most when it can bring real value to their lives, so we have carefully crafted and considered every aspect of Z4 Tablet to meet even the most demanding lifestyle.  Sleek and lightweight, yet incredibly powerful, with standout entertainment and smart productivity features, Xperia Z4 Tablet is an extraordinary tablet that fits perfectly into your day-to-day life.”

Enhanced entertainment experiences, wherever you are

Xperia Z4 Tablet boasts best-in-class Sony technologies and experiences to ensure you enjoy unrivalled entertainment on the go, with no compromises. Featuring the world’s brightest 10.1 inch 2K display of the leading tablets1, Z4 Tablet delivers a superb viewing experience, even outdoors in direct sunlight, allowing you to enjoy your favourite movies and most memorable video clips in crystal clear clarity, wherever you want.

Great picture quality demands great audio to match, so Xperia Z4 Tablet includes powerful front stereo speakers for an immersive surround sound effect. When you’re on the go and plug in your headphones, Xperia Z4 Tablet senses the type and style of headset, automatically adjusting the settings accordingly for optimum sound.

Sony’s leading audio technologies ensure you never miss a beat. High-Res Audio reproduces high frequency sound in amazing detail for a studio quality experience. DSEE HXTM processing upscales the audio fidelity of tracks to near High-Res Audio quality. Xperia Z4 Tablet supports digital noise cancelling for those times when you need to block out background noise. And for high quality wireless music listening, Sony’s new LDACTM codec transmits data three times more efficiently than Bluetooth.

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Xperia Z4 Tablet comes loaded with a 8MP main camera, featuring Sony’s leading technologies for great shots in all lights, and a high quality 5.1MP wide-angle front camera, great for selfies and video calls, that ensures you stay in shot.

Keep playing your favourite PlayStation® 4 games wherever you are in the home with PS4™ Remote Play3. Simply connect your Xperia Z4 Tablet to your PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller to ensure you never miss a minute of the action – whatever room you are in.

And to keep you entertained, all Xperia Z4 Tablet users will benefit from access to Xperia Lounge Gold – delivering the world of Sony entertainment at your fingertips. Get access to exclusive competitions and offers; be among the first to try out new apps; and enjoy the latest movies, TV episodes and music included with your device.

High speed and performance

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Xperia Z4 Tablet comes packed with the ultra fast Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 810 octa-core 64 bit processor5, so you can browse faster and get the optimal graphics experience on a stunning 2K display. Whether using Wi-Fi or 4G LTE, multi-tasking on the move is made easy – download email attachments in seconds and enjoy video streaming with no delays or unwanted buffering. And with 32GB internal memory, there is plenty of storage space for those all important files.

Whether for work or play, Xperia Z4 Tablet offers powerful performance that goes the distance. Its stamina is sure to impress with up to 17 hours of video playback, you can travel half way around the world watching movies on a single battery charge. Get even more out of the 6,000mAH battery with Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode, which turns off background functions when you’re not using them to help extend your battery life, so you can comfortably spend the day emailing, browsing the web and running as many apps as you want with no need to worry about losing battery power.

Superior security and productivity

Xperia Z4 Tablet Side EmbedEscape the office and take your business on the move with the lightweight BKB50 Bluetooth Keyboard featuring a dedicated slot for Xperia Z4 Tablet and docking detection, sleek ergonomics with 0-130 degree tilt for adjustable comfort, efficient text input and laptop style touchpad. Additionally Xperia Z4 Tablet also features printer and projector outputs to complete the ultimate laptop-style experience. Use with the slim and light SCR32 perfect fit cover with two variable angles for comfortable typing or viewing on your tablet. Work from anywhere with the advanced Xperia Email, Calendar and Contacts apps, which can be synced using Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® (EAS) and use your favourite business apps from the Android community.

Xperia Z4 Tablet features proven device security mechanisms to keep your confidential data secure, with adherence to acclaimed and effective Internet, VPN and Wi-Fi security protocols. To complete your road warrior set up, the BSP60 smart speaker with one-touch connectivity is the ideal portable companion for making conference calls, getting information and receiving phone notifications, all with the use of voice commands, helping you multi-task with ease.

Slim, sleek and supremely lightweight design

Expertly designed with true Sony craftsmanship and attention to detail, Xperia Z4 Tablet is the world’s slimmest and lightest 10” tablet1. At just 6.1mm slim and weighing less than 393g (389g Wi-Fi / 393g LTE), Xperia Z4 Tablet is incredibly light and portable, making it easy to carry comfortably with you all day and slip into your bag with ease. Crafted with premium stainless steel metal corners and mineral glass, Xperia Z4 Tablet looks as good as it performs.

Xperia Z4 Tablet’s IP68 waterproof and dust-tight4 rating ensures reassuring durability making it ideal for everyday use in all conditions – whether caught out in the rain between meetings or lounging by the pool. As a further design refinement, the USB connector is capless – making it both quick and convenient to connect and charge your device.

Xperia Z4 Tablet will launch globally, in 4G LTE and Wi-Fi variants, from June 2015.

For the full specifications of Xperia Z4 Tablet, please visit: http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/tablets/xperia-z4-tablet/specifications

1 Based on the results of display brightness testing of Sony Xperia™ Z4 Tablet compared with leading 2K display tablets : Amazon Kindle Fire HDX (8.9″), Apple iPad Air 2, Microsoft Surface Pro 3, Samsung Galaxy Tab S (10.5″) and Samsung Galaxy Tab S (8.4”). These were determined by Strategy Analytics to be the leading 2K display (resolution of at least 2048 x 1080 Pixels) tablets, with a display size of greater than 8 inches and less than 11 inches. Research was conducted by Strategy Analytics on the 29th January 2015.  For more information, go to: http://www.sonymobile.com/testresults/
2 Based on the published specification for over 630 tablets with 10-10.999 inch displays. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is 6.1mm thick and weighs just 389g (WiFi Only) or 393g (connected/LTE). Specifications verified by Strategy Analytics’ SpecTRAX Service as of 23rd January 2015, for more information on Strategy Analytics results go to: http://www.sonymobile.com/testresults
3 Functionality available on Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact and Z4 Tablet. PS4 System, DUALSHOCK®4, Sony Entertainment Network account and high speed internet connection required. Some games may not support this feature 
4  Xperia Z4 Tablet is  waterproof and protected against dust as long as you follow a few simple instructions: all attached covers are firmly closed; you can’t take the tablet deeper than 1.5m of water and for longer than 30 minutes; and the water should be fresh water. Casual use in chlorinated pools is permitted provided it’s rinsed in fresh water afterwards. No seawater and no salt water pools. Abuse and improper use of device will invalidate warranty. The phone has an Ingress Protection rating of IP65 and IP68. To see what this means and for more information see http://www.sonymobile.com/durability. Do note that the Xperia Z4 Tablet has a capless USB port to connect and charge your tablet. The USB port needs to be fully dried up before charging if the tablet has been exposed to water.
5   The Snapdragon 810 processor is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Sony XPERIA Z3 Family

Sony Mobile offers more choice, flexibility and innovation for truly great experiences

  • Introducing the premium Xperia™ Z3 series – no-compromise flagship features and experiences, now in a choice of three popular form factors
  • Mid-range Xperia™ E3 brings Sony’s Z series flagship design, fun features and fast performance at an affordable price
  • Continued innovation in Sony’s SmartWear Experience with two new additions – SmartBand Talk and SmartWatch 3

Xperia Z3 series – premium smartphones and tablet in a choice of form factors

Xperia Z3:

Xperia Z3 blends design and engineering craftsmanship to deliver beauty that will stand the test of time. Weighing just 152g with an easy-to-use interface and symmetrical design, it feels right at home in your hand. Its 7.3mm super-slim rounded aluminium frame and durable tempered glass panels showcase superior craftsmanship – available in your choice of a new range of colours including white, black, copper or silver green1. A dual SIM variant is also on offer in select markets.

Xperia Z3 Compact:

Beautifully rounded liquid reflection frame with tempered glass panels gives Xperia Z3 Compact an elegant, premium finish. It is the only smartphone to deliver uncompromised performance in a beautifully compact design and at just 8.6mm thick and weighing 129 grams, Xperia Z3 Compact is perfectly designed for one-handed use.  Enjoy bold style with the unique colour range including orange and green, in addition to the classic white and black.

Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact:

The world’s slimmest and lightest waterproof tablet2. Impossibly slim, astonishingly light and exquisitely crafted – Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is a design sensation. At just 6.4mm slim and weighing less than 270 grams, the ultra-portable 8” tablet feels weightless in your hand.Created using the highest quality materials, its clean lines and uniquely designed power button capture Sony’s exquisite attention to detail. Stainless steel corners, an ultra slim rounded frame and a tempered glass front give an elegant and durable finish – available in either white or black.

Xperia Z3 series – premium experiences across the flagship range

  • Designed to use wherever you go with the highest waterproof rating (IP 65/68) – whether you’re answering a call in the rain or taking pictures in the pool, you can use these products with confidence.
  • Create like never before with new social camera apps and editing features. Capture an event and your reaction to it at the same time with Face in. Add scribbles and animations to pictures with AR fun. Automatically create a movie from your photos and videos with Movie creator. Record from multiple angles with up to three compatible Xperia devices filming at the same time with Multi-camera. Or add sound to a photo with Sound Photo.
  • Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact: Capture every moment in stunning detail with the best camera and camcorder in a smartphone thanks to the unique combination of the 20.7 megapixel camera with 1/2.3 Exmor RS™ for mobile sensor, BIONZ™ for mobile processing engine and new 25mm wide-angle Sony G Lens. Enjoy the world’s first ISO 12800 sensitivity in a smartphone5 for better detail, even in low light. Sony’s new and improved SteadyShot™ technology with Intelligent Active Mode assures smoother videos and images. Record clips in super-clear 4K resolution now available for the first time in a compact smartphone.
  • Listen to music as the artist intended with Sony’s incredible High-Resolution Audio experience when paired with Sony’s latest High-Res Audio headphones. To breathe new life into your existing music collection, Sony’s ground-breaking DSEE HX technology – available now for the first time in our Z3 series – ‘upscales’ the fidelity of your MP3 or AAC music collection to near High-Resolution quality. Sony’s Digital Noise Cancelling technology reduces ambient noise by up to 98% when paired with the MDR-NC31EM Digital Noise Cancelling headset, so you can enjoy your music without distraction.
  • Watch movies in perfect clarity on an ultra-bright display enhanced with Sony’s latest TV technologies – TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile with Live Colour LED, X-Reality for mobile and intuitive contrast enhancement ensure an  entertainment experience this is both sharp and vivid, even in bright sunlight.
  • Play PS4™ games anywhere in your home with the addition of PS4™ Remote Play on Xperia Z3 series.  Your Xperia Z3 series are the only smartphones and tablet with PS4 Remote Play which means you can use them as a remote screen to connect to and control your games on PS4. For those times when the TV is being used, simply connect your Xperia Z3 series device to your PS4 via home Wi-Fi and use the DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller with the GCM10 Game Control Mount to continue playing games anywhere at home on your smartphone or tablet.
  • Performance is unmatched thanks to the Qualcomm® Snapdragon 801 Quad-core processor7with 2.5GHz speed for lightning fast browsing and multi-tasking. This is enhanced by exceptional battery performance providing up to two days battery life8 (Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact). Get even more from your battery with Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode, which turns off background functions when you’re not using them to help extend your battery life.

Xperia E3: Mid-range smartphone with Sony’s Z series flagship design, fun features and fast performance at an affordable price

Xperia E3 features the flagship Z3 series design, a generous 4.5” display, 5MP camera with HDR and creative camera apps, and fast performance – all at an affordable price. Xperia E3 is designed with resilient corners and a scratch-resistant screen made with durable tempered glass to keep your phone looking smart for longer.  It is available in a range of colours to express your individual style – choose from white, black, lime and copper (colours may vary by market). A dual SIM variant is also available in select markets.

Expanded range of accessory ecosystem

Sony has also unveiled a range of compatible accessories to further enhance your experience and now offers over 160 NFC compatible products. The BSP10 Bluetooth® Speaker is a portable Bluetooth® speaker with Qi wireless charging, superior sound and premium Sony design. SBH60 Stereo Bluetooth® Headsetis a uniquely designed wired and wireless Bluetooth® headset, with call handling and media remote control functionality for everyday use.

SmartWear Experience

Lifelog: A personal Android application from Sony that captures and tells your story.

Available either pre-loaded or downloadable from the Google Play Store, Sony’s Lifelog application enables you to set and achieve goals, bookmark memorable moments, and revisit memories any time, so that you get to know yourself better, and make smarter choices to feel your best.

Compatible with Lifelog

SmartBand Talk: A powerful lifelogging wearable, with intuitive features.

SmartBand Talk features a curved 1.4” e-paper display that is highly visible and clear, giving you always-on updates of your Lifelog activities, notifications and to tell the time at a glance. A built-in microphone and speaker, combined with a short call function, lets you talk into it and hear your caller. You can also assign your own sounds to life bookmarks and use your voice to carry out specific smartphone operations (SmartBand Talk Voice Control will be available at launch, initially supporting Japanese, UK and US English, French, German, Italian and Spanish). New built-in accelerometer and altimeter sensor technology provide an accurate overview of your daily physical activity. The waterproof9 (IP68 rated) design is available in black at launch, with further colours available later in the year.

SmartWatch 3: Sony’s latest generation “smartwatch”,powered by Android Wear.

SmartWatch 3 is Sony’s latest “smartwatch”, but the first specifically designed for the latest Android Wear updates in close collaboration with Google. It organizes your information, suggests what you need, and shows it to you before you even ask. SmartWatch 3 also offers impressive standalone functionality with the built-in Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro and GPS sensor technology providing more accurate, more powerful lifelogging. SmartWatch 3 sports a 1.6” 320×320 transflective display, set within a stainless steel core unit that is both premium and waterproof9 (IP68 rated) available in Classic (black) and Sport (lime) editions, with extra colour straps available in pink and white.

Xperia C3 – the world’s best selfie smartphone “PROselfie smartphone”

  • The world’s best selfie smartphone* fully-optimised for selfies featuring a powerful new ‘PROselfie cam’ and selfie apps
  • Create and share the best selfies with a 5MP wide-angle front camera with Superior Auto mode and a soft LED flash in any light
  • Have unlimited fun with AR effect on the front camera or use the Portrait Retouch camera app to style your close-ups in real-time and post pictures in one of 10 different Deco frames
  • Present the best of you and enjoy best in class video calls on a 5.5” HD display over ultra-fast 4G/LTE connection
  • With its super lightweight, slim design and powerful Quad-Core processor and 4G Ultra-fast speeds, the Xperia™ C3 can go everywhere with you
  • Dual SIM gives you the flexibility to use two SIM cards in the same phone, so you never miss a call


8th July 2014, London, UK – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces Xperia™ C3, the ultimate new smartphone for selfies and social sharing thanks to Sony’s leading digital imaging technology and interactive camera apps.

“Xperia C3 is a unique new smartphone from Sony, created to offer the ultimate social sharing experience with a new powerful ‘PROselfie cam’. It also presents a combination of the best of Sony, with leading digital imaging technology and brilliant specs and performance all for a mid-range price” says Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications.

“The rise of selfies shows no signs of abating – its usage has increased by 17,000% since 2012 with the word officially being added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013. We’re excited to offer SONY’s first ‘PROselfie Smartphone’ and play a part in this global phenomenon.”

Fit more in the frame with our best ever ‘selfie cam’ smartphone
The Xperia C3 produces perfect selfies wherever, whenever with a 5 MP wide-angle front camera (25mm with 80 degree field of view) that allows you to capture more in the frame. With a unique soft flash, you can take flattering photos day or night by simply double tapping the back cover or using Smile Shutter, which you can then share with friends in three clicks. Thanks to the front camera’s Superior Auto mode, pictures are automatically adjusted for suitable lighting conditions and the auto scene recognition function, which works together with HDR and LED flash, makes sure you can capture the best selfies and selfie videos in any light.

To enhance your pictures further, the Xperia C3 comes loaded with selfie camera apps. AR effect incorporates themes that let you easily add fun graphics and animations – like pirate hats, horror faces and laser eyes – to your selfies and selfie videos. Portrait Retouch is another innovative app that allows you to have a real-time makeover of up to two people from a combination of choices from 10 different beauty styles, 10 DECO frame options and magic beam for 6 eye reflection pattern changes. All these features allow you to elevate your images to a new level, to impress your friends via your favourite social media channels.

Enjoy Sony camera expertise
Created with Cyber-shot leading camera expertise, the Xperia™ C3’s impressive 8MP main camera, featuring an Exmor RS™ for mobile image sensor, captures perfect pictures even in challenging lighting conditions. With SteadyShot™ all of your videos will come out smooth and distortion-free. The front camera also makes video calls with Xperia™ C3 crispy clear, with exceptional image quality on the large 5.5” HD display over ultra-fast 4G/LTE connection.

Discover apps that open up new experiences
Xperia™ C3 comes loaded with innovative camera apps – developed to enhance your mobile experience with social – and fun ways to create and share:

  • Superior Auto – on both main and front cameras.From illuminated night views to backlit selfies, Superior Auto recognises four scene types on C3’s front camera and up to 36 scenes by the main camera and adjusts the settings automatically, to help you get the best photos anywhere, in any light. As the default camera mode, Superior Auto turns HDR on or off depending on your scene. HDR mode takes multiple shots with varied exposures and then merges them together to make your photos look natural – even in backlit condition.
  • Portrait retouch v.2style your close-ups in real time. Portrait Retouch makes sure you’re captured looking your best with features including real-time makeover, DECO frame options and magic eye beam (light reflection) effects. Portrait Retouch offers a choice of 10 different beauty styles – including four natural looks for the guys – and the ability to retouch portraits of up to two people per image. You can see changes in real time, before capturing the shot to ensure a photogenic finish.
  • Timeshift-burst – always get the best picture. Timeshift-burst captures 31 frames in just 2 seconds – starting even before you press the shutter. Consumers can then scroll back and forth amongst the 31 frames to select the perfect image, or even keep them all.
  • Picture effects – create the best picture. Apply a wide selection of creative effects to your photos and change colours, add image trails or apply mirror effects. These adjustments enhance your images and open up a world of possibilities.
  • Movie Creator – create videos to be proud of. The new movie creator application allows you to trim and crop your videos so that you can easily edit what you want to share. Insert dramatic slowdown effects at one or more places on the timeline of the video so that you can preview your movie before you save and share.
  • Social live – broadcast your precious moments live. Social live lets you broadcast every moment as it happens live via Facebook. Get your friend’s response right on the screen and keep the conversation going, all in real-time, and go beyond social sharing as you know it.
  • Sweep Panorama – Take a panoramic photo by just sweeping the camera.
  • Vine – Create and share beautiful looping videos. Share six-second videos with friends and your social networks with this simple and exciting app.

Speed that goes on forever
Xperia™ C3 supports super-fast 4G/LTE networks with up to 150 Mbps for downloading and 50 Mbps for uploading, allowing you to share every highlight of your day, anytime and anywhere. Powered by an efficient Snapdragon Quad-core 1.2 Ghz processor and with 1GB RAM and 8GB Flash memory, Xperia™ C3 enables ultra-fast performance with breath-taking graphics.

Lightweight and slim, for life on the go
At just 7.6 mm and a mere 150g, this slim and sleek smartphone is perfect for people on the go. Built with leading Sony technology the Xperia C3 has a stunning screen that offers an unrivalled experience. Its large, beautiful 5.5” HD IPS display optimised with BRAVIA® technology that offers great viewing from any angle.

The Xperia C3 features an easy-toggle keyboard for one-handed input. In addition, its Simple Home mode offers a simplified home screen with larger fonts and loaded with the most used apps and speed dial features.

Better battery life
The Xperia C3 provides extensive usage to ensure you get the most out of your smartphone whilst on the move. On top of this, Battery STAMINA Mode 3.0 saves you wasted battery drain by recognising when you’re not using your display and automatically turning off the functions you don’t need, while keeping the notifications you want.

Dual SIM, no compromise
Sony’s latest generation of dual-SIM technology allows users to set up both SIM cards independently with custom ring tones and easily choose between SIMs before making calls or sending texts, whilst Sony’s dual SIM management technology means that users can keep both SIMs active and never miss a call, even when talking on one of them.

Xperia C3 will be available in black, white and for something a bit special, mint, and will launch globally from August 2014 starting with China as the first launch market.

For the full specifications, please visit: http://www.sonymobile.com/global-en/products/phones/xperia-c3/specifications/