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Sony at CES 2013: 4K OLED, Xperia Z, and the return of the Walkman

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Sony's 2013 CES is a big one, with upgrades across all its product lines – and a few things we've never seen before. The company's known for having a huge presence at the annual Vegas convention, and it had plenty to show off at its orb of a booth inside the convention's Central Hall. Some things, like a 4K OLED TV prototype, are a long way from actually being a product you can buy; others, like the Xperia Z, are coming soon to a store near you. The company's primary focus is on TVs, as is typical at CES, but it's making changes across all its products. And hey, there's even a new Walkman!

Check below for everything new from Sony at this year's CES.

14 updates and 552 comments below.

Jan 09 5:59p

4K at CES 2013: the dream gets real

Almost exactly a year ago, upon these parched steppes of Nevada we know as Las Vegas, Vizio told us it was keen to get into the 4K TV market, but the timing wasn't quite right yet. Vizio asked for a year's worth of patience and, atypically for an electronics company, it's back at CES with the delivery of its 4K promise.

Jan 08 4:06p

Sony CEO Kaz Hirai: 'We need to be a more focused company'

I just had a chance to sit down with Sony president and CEO Kaz Hirai for an enlightening chat about the electronics-maker's past, present, and future. Topics up for discussion include the company's new line of 4K televisions (including that new prototype OLED model), the Xperia line of Android phones and potential expansion to other platforms, and what the road ahead looks like for Sony. Kaz offers a glimpse into the mind of the Japanese monolith, with a surprisingly candid take on the rough...

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1:10p

A closer look at Sony's ultra high-definition 56-inch 4K OLED TV

Since first seeing it yesterday, we've gotten to spend a little more time with Sony's 4K OLED TV prototype, possibly the best-looking screen you're going to find at CES. The 56-inch TV merges this year's two high-end TV formats with a super high-definition screen and the gorgeous colors of OLED, though while both 4K and OLED TVs are now coming to consumers, this combination is still in an experimental stage. Interestingly, Sony isn't the only one to announce a prototype this year — Panasonic...

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Jan 07 8:49p

Sony to release 'Mastered in 4K' Blu-rays, but it's not quite what you think

Along with its new 4K TVs and 4K distribution plan, Sony has also announced that it will be releasing a new range of 'Mastered in 4K' Blu-rays despite the fact that the video will still be encoded at 1080p. The company has five movies planned so far The Amazing Spider-Man, Total Recall (2012), The Karate Kid (2010), Battle: Los Angeles, and The Other Guys all of which will be sourced from 4K masters. Anyone hoping for actual 4K versions of the films will be sure to be disappointed: it...

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8:38p

Sony launching world's first 4K video distribution service for consumers

Sony has announced that it will be launching the first 4K video distribution service for consumers, giving 4K TV buyers their first real source of content. We don't have much information about the service, but it will be launching in the US this summer, both potentially creating a 4K market and giving Sony an edge. It's something Sony originally tried with 3D, trying to handle all facets of the feature from content creation to distribution and playback. "We intend to expand the world of 4K...

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8:27p

Sony adding Miracast to all high-end TVs, introduces NFC remote control for Xperia screen sharing

Sony's new high-end televisions have a neat trick, enabled by Miracast and NFC, that allows users to simply tap their Xperia device with the TV's remote control to mirror the smartphone display on the big screen. Sony says all of its new high-end televisions (W800 or better) will have Miracast and an NFC-enabled remote control. We got a chance to check out the technology in action on the show floor, and to put it simply, it's really cool; it takes a few seconds of holding the remote to the...

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8:27p

Sony's $299 Personal Content Station acts as a storage hub for your photos and videos

Sony today unveiled the Personal Content Station, and in this case the product's name should clue you in on exactly what it does. The device is a networked hub where Sony hopes you'll feel comfortable storing all of your pictures and videos. After you've loaded that content onto the $299 hardware you'll be able to view and share files to social networks and unspecified cloud services. Files can be transferred to the Content Station from smartphones and tablets, a process made easier (on...

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8:15p

Sony's quick charging, waterproof Walkman is for those with active lifestyles and no time to waste

For people who love music as much as they enjoy working out, Sony's new Walkman Sports MP3 Player may be just the thing to keep up with their active lifestyles. The device features 4GB of storage and a one-piece, compact build that shouldn't cause too much of a hassle for runners and swimmers alike, especially since Sony claims that this particular Walkman has a waterproof design. Best of all, the MP3 player features Sony's quick charge function, which will replenish the battery in just 3...

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8:14p

Sony shows off 56-inch 4K OLED TV prototype

Confirming our earlier report, Sony has unveiled a 4K OLED TV at CES 2013. The prototype Ultra High-Definition display is 56 inches in size, and marks Sony's return to active OLED TV development after releasing the first commercially available set back in 2007. The version we saw on the show floor is crisp, vivid, and quite frankly, one of the most beautiful displays we've seen, with nary a pixel in sight. It's just a prototype for now, so we don't expect a price or release date any time...

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8:12p

Sony simplifies its compact Cyber-shot camera lineup with five new models

Sony's Cyber-shot announcement at CES 2013 is most remarkable for how few cameras it's introducing this year -- the company has simplified its compact camera range with just five new models. (Compare that to twelve new models introduced early last year.) The headlining devices include a number of feature trade-offs. The 16.2-megapixel "ultra-compact" WX80 is the only new model with built-in Wi-Fi and 1080p video recording, and has an 8x optical zoom, and 10fps burst shooting capability. The...

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8:11p

Sony follows Nokia's path into NFC-enabled Bluetooth accessories

When it comes to streaming from your phone to something with some more muscle, there are a lot of options on the market. This year, Sony is taking a page out of Nokia's playbook with a slew of speakers and headsets enabled with Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, apt-X codec support, and speakerphone capabilities. The devices run the gamut from a racquetball-sized orb, to a purse-shaped speaker, to a premium $299 sound bar with a built-in subwoofer.

The spherical SRS-BTV5 will cost $69 when it launches and...

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8:09p

Sony Xperia Z / ZL: hands-on with Sony's flagship smartphone for 2013

Sony has made it a habit to introduce new smartphones at CES each year, and this year's announcement of the new Xperia Z continues that trend. The Xperia Z — and the very similar Xperia ZL — is Sony's flagship mobile device for the year, bringing high-end specs and a refined design. The Z features a 5-inch, 1080p HD display — a feature that increasingly becoming the norm among high-end Android smartphones — and powerful quad-core processor in addition to a sharp looking exterior.

Upon first...

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8:07p

Sony introduces voice-controlled Google TV remote

Sony's NSZ-GS7 Google TV box didn't hugely impress us last year, but a new accessory could breathe some life into it. The company has announced the new NSG-MR7U remote, of which the headline feature is a microphone that allows for voice-activated commands. Otherwise it sounds similar to the existing Sony Google TV remotes, with a backlit QWERTY keyboard on one side and a trackpad on the other. We'll make sure to check out how the new remote improves — or otherwise — Sony's Google TV...

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8:01p

Sony launches the 5-inch, quad-core Xperia Z into the battle for best 1080p Android phone

Sony's flagship phone for 2013 has just been revealed as the Xperia Z. This 5-inch Android 4.1 device comes with a 1080p display resolution, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, LTE connectivity, and a brand new 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera sensor. In other words, it's specced to succeed.

The Xperia Z is unique among cutting-edge handsets in being water resistant to a depth of one meter, while also matching the Nexus 4 with glass on both its front and back. Protecting against water...

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8:00p

Sony expands its 4K TV range with 55- and 65-inch models

Sony has announced two new 4K TVs in its lineup, the Bravia XBR-65X900A and XBR-55X900A. Both models employ edge-lit LEDs while Sony’s X-Reality Pro engine handles 4K upscaling duties. Passive 3D is also onboard, as is screen mirroring from smartphones using Wi-Fi Direct. The company may have shown off its much larger 84-inch X900 at IFA, but the smaller sets are an attempt to hit "a more accessible price range." That will be a welcome sign to anyone interested in 4K TVs, but Sony hasn't...

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