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Sony at IFA 2014 live blog

Expect mobile phones, tablets, cameras, TVs and more from Sony in one of its most important press conferences of the year.

  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:27:43 PM
    Stop. Product time.
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:27:52 PM
    Now we're going to focus on the European market for a bit. Welcome the President of Sony Europe, Masaru Tamagawa.
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:28:46 PM
    In 2013, Sony's TV sales went up 70 per cent in Europe over the previous year. That's a lot of tellies.
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:29:08 PM
    What we already know about the new TVs: Sony S90 series curved 4K TV
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:29:43 PM
    What we don't know yet: Pricing, and US availability.
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:29:47 PM
    The first mention of 4K TVs: coming in October, in 75- and 65-inch, the S90B UHD TV.
  • stephen.shankland 9/3/2014 2:30:19 PM
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:30:59 PM
    Addressing the elephant in the room: content. What's the point of forking our for 4K if there's nothing to watch? Tamagawa now discussing 4K transmission of recent sporting and theatrical events, including the play Warhorse.
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:31:12 PM
    Sony is the king of proprietary 4K content. In the US, it's latest media player just came out. Sony FMP-X10 4K Ultra HD Media Player
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:32:01 PM
    While you enjoy the video, ask yourself Why are Sony and Samsung keeping 4K content to themselves?
  • stephen.shankland 9/3/2014 2:32:11 PM
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:32:42 PM
    Time for a promo video -- so let's play promo video bingo! Kids playing? Check! Slow-mo? Check! A twee piano ballad version of a pop hit? Check, check and check!
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:32:58 PM
    [wipes away tear]
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:33:09 PM
    30,000 market share in Europe in the second half of this year.
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:33:55 PM
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:34:07 PM
    Now we're onto cameras.
  • stephen.shankland 9/3/2014 2:34:40 PM
  • stephen.shankland 9/3/2014 2:35:51 PM
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:36:10 PM
    Last year we got the quirky QX100 lens-only camera. What crazy idea is Sony about to show us this year?
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:36:32 PM
    Two new models: Sony ILCE-QX1 and QX30.
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:37:10 PM
    The QX1 attaches to any of 54 Alpha lenses, so you can share with your SLR.
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:37:22 PM
    Sony QX1 is a lens camera...without a lens.
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:37:32 PM
    The QX30 has a 30x zoom.
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:37:57 PM
    And here's the wearable Sony Action Cam Mini.
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:38:08 PM
    Qx30 is basically the HX50V without the screen.
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:38:15 PM
    Same sensor, same lens.
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:38:40 PM
    That was the eyes, now it's time for the ears: we're talking audio kit.
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:39:03 PM
    High-resolution audio: SACD 2.0
  • stephen.shankland 9/3/2014 2:39:18 PM
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:39:35 PM
    High resolution audio gives you "every breath" of a performance, apparently.
  • stephen.shankland 9/3/2014 2:39:40 PM
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:40:21 PM
    Sony Music can actually lend some punch to the high-rez audio catalog.
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:40:21 PM
    Sony released high-res albums include Daft Punk and Michael Jackson this year, with more to come from Kasabian, Pharrell and others.
  • stephen.shankland 9/3/2014 2:41:07 PM
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:41:27 PM
    To quote "Men in Black", "Now I have to buy the White Album again."
  • stephen.shankland 9/3/2014 2:41:58 PM
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:42:03 PM
    A new MP3 player, the Sony Walkman NWZ-WS613 headphone MP3 player.
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:42:26 PM
    High-resolution walkman is Sony's first, direct competition for Niel Young's Pono player.
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:42:32 PM
    Also a new Walkman, the Sony NWZ-A17 hi-res Walkman.
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:43:07 PM
    And now we're onto phones: Sony mobile boss Kunimasa Suzuki takes the stage.
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:43:37 PM
    What we've all been waiting for. Xperia.
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:43:44 PM
    Can't believe I just typed that.
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:43:53 PM
    I'm sure this will be quite an Xperia-nce, amirite?
  • David Katzmaier 9/3/2014 2:44:21 PM
    Sony has always been Xperia-mental.
  • Richard Trenholm 9/3/2014 2:44:32 PM
    "We strongly believe that life is a journey." Wow. Deep.
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