"Maybe we could have dolphins who pick up the phone in their mouths and talk into them," said one.
"Or we could have divers chatting to each other on the phone and saying 'Hey, watch out for that shark!'" offered another.
"No, I know. Let's have some sexy women in a really large bowl of water diving in to grab the phone!!" shrieked a third.
That's when they knew they had it.
Sony announced its new flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z1, putting the Android phone's camera front and center at the IFA trade show Wednesday.
The waterproof phone, which had been code-named Honami, comes with an expected 20.7-megapixel camera and a host of technologies to make the most of it.
"The Xperia Z1 offers you best-in-class imaging and a revolutionary new way to capture and share your memories," Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai said during a press conference. Hirai is in the midst of a years-long effort to unify Sony's many product families and reclaim glory days … Read more
Compact digital camcorders still have a place for shooting video that's better than what your smartphone offers, but even standalone camcorders tend to offer subpar audio.
Sony's recently announced HDR-MV1 is focused on applications where sound quality is more important than video, packing together a compact HD camcorder with a high-quality portable audio recorder.
The HDR-MV1 includes 120-degree X-Y stereo microphones capable of recording in uncompressed linear PCM (48kHz / 16-bit) or compressed using the AAC codec. Sony also touts the ability to connect external microphones or instruments, although the MV1 doesn't appear to have XLR inputs like … Read more
Sony's PlayStation 4 will support as many as four controllers at the same time, less than the number supported by the PS3 and Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One.
The four-controller limit was confirmed on Wednesday in a tweet by Shuhei Yoshida, president of Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment. In contrast, the PS3 supports up to seven controllers, while Microsoft's Xbox One will support up to eight, allowing for more people to join in on a single game. The current Xbox 360 can manage up to four controllers.
Hardware support isn't the only factor here. Games also … Read more
At Sony's pre-IFA press conference, the electronics giant announced a trio of new Vaio PCs. Unlike previous years, none of the the three new systems highlighted here are traditional clamshell laptops. Instead, each combines the features of the PC and tablet, following the industry wide trend toward hybrid devices.
The Vaio Flip, Tap 11, and Tap 21 are all touch-screen Windows 8 devices that should be available later in 2013, although there are no set price and release date details yet. Each is briefly profiles below, with a link to more extensive hands-on coverage and photos.
Sony Vaio Flip … Read more
The concept of tablet-as-desktop (or, tabletop PCs) has been growing a bit since Windows 8, and it's an enticing proposition if the price and design are right. The new Sony Vaio Tap 21 seems to hit on both fronts, offering up a very attractive, very portable touch-screen 21-inch PC. Hopefully it'll prove to be affordable, too.
The Vaio Tap 20 came out last year and was one of our early favorites in the tabletop PC world. The landscape's expanded since then, but the Tap 21 has an aluminum chassis and easy-fold rear stand/hinge that give the … Read more
With all the top smartphones in the world boasting their quad-core processors and Full HD displays, it's harder and harder for an individual to really stand out. With the Xperia Z, Sony made a brave attempt at differentiating by waterproofing the phone so you can spill beer on it without it giving up the ghost.
The Xperia Z1 keeps its liquid-repelling credentials, along with sexy glass design and Full HD screen. Its quad-core processor has been supercharged to 2.2GHz, and its camera now boasts an impressive … Read more
Gargantuan consumer tech show IFA is about to start in Berlin, and Sony has the honour of holding the first big press conference. You're going to want to follow along with this, so click this link, save it, and come back at 7 a.m. PT, 10 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. German time, or 3 p.m. UK time to see all of Sony's announcements as they happen.Follow CNET's live blog of Sony's press conference.
Sony traditionally uses IFA to show off new products across all the major sectors it operates in. Mobile … Read more
Sound bars have a reputation for being a cheap and convenient home audio option that may not wow you with their sound, but hit that critical level of "good enough."
Sony's new HT-ST7 ($1,300) wants nothing to do with good enough. It's marketed as a high-end, performance-driven system that offers serious sound quality for those who still want the simplicity of a sound bar. Visually the HT-ST7 is a stunner, with brushed metal details and a heft that clearly differentiates it from plasticky budget bars. It's also packed with features, including three HDMI inputs, … Read more