au by KDDI releases Sony's Xperia ZL2 SOL25 on May 23

au by KDDI has fixed a release date of Xperia ZL2 SOL25, Sony's new Android 4.4 smartphone, and it will be released on May 23.

Xperia ZL2 SOL25 has a high-performance 20.7MP camera that is able to shoot 4K movies (3840×2160 pixels). The video taken in 4K quality stays in full HD quality when 2X zoomed. Also, Xperia ZL2 SOL25's Digital Noise Canceling function is interesting. It is capable of cutting up to 98% of background noise.

The full HD 5.0-inch display (1920×1080 dots) features TRILUMINOS Display for mobile and newly developed Live Color LED for the backlight system.

To read more details of Xperia ZL2 SOL25, please click here to check our previous coverage.




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au has announced the release of their new 2014 winter "isai" smartphone model - isai VL LGV31 - manufactured by LG.  It will be out for sale in early December.

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Sony unveiled another new smartphone - Xperia M2 - at MWC 2014 (Mobile World Congress 2014), in Barcelona, Spain.

Sony announced that it is planning to sell Xperia M2 for less than €220 (About ¥30,000, $300) although they haven't revealed which carriers in which countries will release it. It has a 4.8-inch display and a camera with 8.1MP CMOS sensor Exmor RS for mobile, and it is compatible with LTE network and NFC function.