Sony to hold pre-IFA 2012 press conference, could feature new Xperia phones and new tablets

Sony Make BelieveThe IFA 2012 consumer electronics trade show is scheduled to start on August 31 in Berlin, Germany, but Sony has sent out invitations to a pre-show press conference, to be held on August 29.

Although the invite doesn’t give anything away, the event is likely to focus on mobile and therefore Sony’s Xperia range of smartphones, given that it’s sites concentrating on phones that have been sent an invitation.

There’s also the possibility we’ll see the successors to the Sony S and Sony P tablets, both of which were launched at the show this time last year.

Without any firm details on what Sony will reveal until the actual day, we can turn to some recent leaks to get an idea of what the company has planned.

Sony hasn’t been quiet on the smartphone front this year, launching the Xperia Miro and Tipo, plus the Xperia Sola, the Xperia U and many others; but aside from top-end devices like the Xperia S and Xperia Ion, one of the real gems went to Japan — the Xperia GX.

Initially known by its Hayabusa codename, the GX has a 4.6-inch touchscreen, a 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor and a 13-megapixel camera. The phone had been the subject of several leaks, and was spotted on a Sony product roadmap for 2012, leading many to expect an international release.

Joining the Hayabusa on that roadmap was the LT30p Mint, another 13-megapixel monster equipped with a Snapdragon S4 processor, but with a 4.3-inch touchscreen instead. has published a preview of the Mint, and the unit featured Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, plus a 1280 x 720 pixel screen resolution.

As for new tablets, Sony displayed two concepts at CES in January, the Hybrid and the Slate. The former had an 11-inch screen and a slide-out keyboard, while the latter boasted an unusual construction with a slide-out tabletop stand. At the time, the OS was unknown, but knowing what we do now, the Hybrid seems ideally suited to Windows 8.

Sony’s pre-IFA 2012 event starts at 4pm local time on Wednesday, August 29, when we’ll see whether any or none of the above products are launched.

Product Review

It may be basic, but the TicWatch E2 is all the smartwatch you need

Want a smartwatch that can track heart rate, has GPS, and interact with notifications — for cheap? Mobvoi’s Google Wear OS-based TicWatch E2 can do it all, for just $160.

With weeklong battery life, the new Honor Watches are a real Dream to wear

Honor has unveiled the new Honor View 20, one of the best smartphones of the year. Alongside it, however, the company also took the wraps off of the new Honor Watch Magic and Honor Watch Dream.

The best new music this week: James Blake, Maggie Rogers, and more

Looking for the best new music? Each week, we find the most compelling new releases just for you. This week: James Blake, Maggie Rogers, Deerhunter, Juliana Hatfield, Pedro The Lion, Sharon Van Etten, Steve Gunn, and Toro y Moi.
Home Theater

What’s new on Amazon Prime Video (February 2019)

Amazon Prime Video adds new titles each month that are available for free to all Prime members. Check out our list to find all the content hitting Amazon Prime Video in January and February, from new original series to classic films.
Smart Home

This just in: Alexa can now deliver the news like a professional newscaster

The Amazon Alexa team has given Alexa a newscaster voice that improves the way she delivers the news and reads Wikipedia articles, making the smart assistant easier to understand.

Tizen 4 arriving on Samsung’s Gear S3 and Gear Sport smartwatches

Samsung is updating the Gear S3 Classic, Gear S3 Frontier, and the Gear Sport to the newest version of Tizen 4. Along with of some little tweaks to usability and quality-of-life, Samsung has added some new features.
Product Review

Honor schools other phone makers on design with the hole-punch View 20

The Honor View 20 is Honor’s best phone to date. Why? Just look at the punch hole screen, the striking design, and the exciting 48-megapixel camera for evidence. Here’s our review.

Mobvoi’s TicWatch E2 and S2 are the most affordable Wear OS smartwatches yet

Quality smartwatches don't have to be expensive, and Mobvoi's TicWatch is the proud paladin of that philosophy. Mobvoi's new TicWatch S2 and are both available for low prices from Amazon and Mobvoi's website.

Save up to $950 with the best smartphone deals for January 2019

Need a better phone but don't want to spend a fortune? It's never a bad time to score a new smartphone and save some cash. We rounded up the best smartphone deals available that can save you as much as $950.

2019's 10 best dating apps to help you find the perfect companion

Everyone knows online dating can be stressful, time-consuming, and downright awful. Check out our top picks for the best dating apps, so you can streamline the process and find the right date, whatever you're looking for.

Moschino glams up the 48-megapixel Honor View 20 at Paris launch

After its success with the View 10 in 2018, Honor has announced its sequel, the Honor View 20 with an entirely new type of display which has a hole-punch for the camera rather than a notch.

Embrace your inner Dr. Frankenstein with the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and this cool app

Ever wanted to make your favorite toy come alive? If so, and you have a Huawei Mate 20 Pro, then you need to grab the 3D Live Maker app and try out some augmented reality magic. Here's how to use it.

Photograph your meal with the Foodvisor app for caloric, nutritional estimates

Many of us understand the importance of a healthy diet, but counting calories and diving into nutritional data is a lot of work. The Foodvisor app for Android or iOS gives you a calorific and nutritional breakdown of your food from a photo.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus photo leaks with dual front-facing camera

It won't be long now; With 2019 underway, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is almost here. Before it arrives, here's absolutely everything you need to know about all three of Samsung's next flagships.