Sony unveiled a pair of new Xperia devices, neither aiming for (or reaching) the heights of the Z. Instead, Sony is filling out its lower-cost devices, starting with the Xperia L. This is a budget-friendly 4.3-inch device with 8GB of (expandable) internal storage and an 8-megapixel camera. Then there's the Xperia SP, which (wait for it) offers a blend of the previous Xperia S and Xperia P. It's a 4.6-inch device packing a similar 8-megapixel camera triggered by a discrete shutter release button. No word on US availability for either, but we wouldn't recommend anyone holding their breath.
That all sounds shocking enough -- until you realize Samsung has already made such intelligent timepieces in the past, such as 2009's S9110
Samsung's mobile executive VP Lee Young Hee confirmed that the company is working on a smartwatch of some sort, saying, "We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them." That all sounds shocking enough -- until you realize Samsung has already made such intelligent timepieces in the past, such as 2009's S9110. This, then, would be less a new direction and more a reboot.
Finally, Apple's gone and got itself embroiled in another bit of patent litigation, this time on the receiving end of a lawsuit. It's THX playing the role of plaintiff, suing Apple for a speaker patent that describes narrow-profile speakers with skinny outlets -- exactly the kind used in the latest rendition of the iMac. Not a lot of detail at this point, but we wouldn't be surprised if this trial -- like so many other unfortunate patent spats -- gets settled out of court.
In this week's Distro we'll be taking you back to the weekend that was at Expand, sharing some stats and photos from the show floor. Additionally, we have Joe Pollicino's review of the Turtle Beach Ear Force XP Seven Series, a headset with an entirely too-long name, and Joseph Volpe's early impressions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. We'll take you on a trip to Oculus VR HQ to take a peek at the Rift dev kits and chat about what's next for the resurgence of virtual reality. We'll also take a look at how Valve plans to use the headset. Switched On takes a look at the perils of crowdfunding, Modem World examines the transience of currency and we sit down for a Q&A with the winner of our first-ever Insert Coin: New Challengers competition, Azorean CEO Edmundo Nobre. Now, it's time to kick-start your weekend. Enjoy.
Tim Stevens is Editor-in-chief of Engadget and Editorial Director for AOL Tech. You can find him on Twitter at @tim_stevens.
This piece originally appeared in Distro #83