Consumer electronics giant Sony unveiled a slew of products at the IFA conference in Berlin, including three smartphones, a compact tablet and SmartWear products.
The Xperia Z3 smartphone, which sports a 5.3-inch display, incorporates a rounded aluminum frame and tempered glass panels, is dust-proof and waterproof, and comes in a choice of white, black, copper or silver green colors.
The Xperia Z3 Compact, which features a smaller, 4.6-inch HD display, is also waterproof and comes in the same color options.
Both models leverage Sony’s camera technologies such as its Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor, Bionz for mobile processing engine and a 25mm wide-angle Sony G-Lens, with ISO 12800 sensitivity and the company’s enhanced SteadyShot technology to minimize noise and blurring.
Sony is also enabling users access to the PS4 gaming experience on the screens of their Xperia smartphones by expanding PS4 Remote Play.
The Z3 and Z3 Compact are scheduled for launch in Japan and other regions this fall, the company said.
Featuring a scratch-resistant, 4.5-inch screen, Xperia E3 is equipped with a 5 megapixel camera and Sony’s creative camera apps, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with quad-core 1.2GHz central processing units (CPUs) and a battery mode called Stamina, which extends battery life.
The handset’s “shake to start” app enables users to customize shortcuts to their most-used apps and access them with a flick of their wrist.
On the tablet front, Sony’s Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact tablet offers PS4 Remote Play, allow users to access the PS4 gaming experience on its, 8-inch, Triluminos display for mobile with the company’s Live Color LED technology.
Other features include audio output directly through the headphone jack, Sony’s DSEE HX technology, which upscales the fidelity of low-res music files such as MP3 to higher quality, and built-in digital noise cancelling capability.
The dust-proof and waterproof device features rounded frame that is integrated with a fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) panel.
Sony also expanded its line of SmartWear products, which can be used in combination with compatible smartphones, tablets and dedicated applications to record users’ daily life data through the Lifelog app.
With GPS and 4GB storage memory built in, the SmartWatch 3 supports Android Wear by Google, while the SmartBand Talk is equipped with a curved, always-on e-paper display, and allows hands free calls and voice commands.
The Lifelog app enables the user to visualize how they have spent the day and gain hints on how to further enrich their daily lives.
Using a variety of sensing technologies, SmartWear products enable users to log both their motion activities, such as the number of steps they take, movements they make, and sleep patterns, as well as emotional activities such as pictures they take, music they listen to, calls and messages.
Beyond fitness devices and smart watches, Sony also announced plans to further expand its SmartWear line with the Smart Tennis Sensor, which attaches to the base of the user’s tennis racket and visualizes every shot on their smartphone, and its prototype SmartEyeglass, transparent lens eyewear which superimposes useful information onto the user’s field of view.