Sony announces a 6.9mm thin 10.1-inch 1080P Tablet Z with 8-megapixel camera

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From Sony Japan comes news of Sony’s latest and most impressive Android tablets. Apparently, the Tablet Z wasn’t quite ready for CES earlier this month, but it is, at 6.9mm thin, svelter than Apple’s iPad mini while using a “Bravia”, “Retina” 1080P display. Also a high point for a tablet, Sony will incorporate an 8-megapixel CMOS sensor.

The Z is no slouch in the CPU department, with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and 2GB of RAM, and it will somehow support NFC and LTE within its 6.9mm thick constraints.

It will also come with Android 4.1, but hopefully Sony gets more serious about updating its Android devices here. Prices and shipping times are still not determined.

Update: Look already a spy video:

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Google to expand Berkley County data center with $600M investment

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Google is making an additional $600 million investment to expand its Berkeley County data center in South Carolina, according to the office of state Governor Nikki Haley.

The expansion brings Google’s total investment to over $1.2 billion and includes a third, eco-friendly building to help cool the data center’s servers. Google announced construction would begin soon.

The Berkeley County data center holds various computer systems and components that support services like Search, Gmail, Google+, and YouTube. It also boasts 110 full-time jobs, provides free Wi-Fi to the downtown area, hosts functions to help educate the Charleston community on Google products, and has awarded roughly $648,000 to local non-profit organizations and non-profit schools.

See more photos of the Berkeley County data center in Google’s photo gallery, or get more details on the expansion in the press release below.

(via TNW and SCNow.com)

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Google: ‘Majority of Wall Street analysts’ estimates too high

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Google just alerted Wall Street analysts that their Q4 2012 earnings estimates do not accurately reflect the yet-to-be-reported results.

In other words, their numbers are too high.

The company gave a sneak peek at the upcoming results on its Investors Page this morning. Google’s earnings call is scheduled for next week, but it apparently wants to warn folks before hopes get too inflated that it will not include numbers from Motorola’s set-top box division.

The Internet Giant acquired Motorola last year and has previously said it plans to sell the Home business. While this is not new information, Wall Street is apparently in the dark on the situation. Google explained:

 In short, financial results from Motorola Home will be presented as a separate line item in our 2012 consolidated statements of income.  While this is a standard accounting treatment (more details below), people who follow our company may not be fully aware of how it impacts our financial reporting. For example, as of this writing, a majority of Wall Street analysts who cover Google have not reflected the Home business as discontinued operations in their estimates.

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LG’s 5-inch, 1080p ‘Optimus G Pro’ leaks, as LG announces 1M sales of Optimus G

LG-OptimusG-ProThe image above comes courtesy of Engadget and shows what appears to be some official promo material for the LG’s next Optimus G device, the LG Optimus G Pro. While we don’t get a lot of specs from the image itself, the report passed along rumored specs from BlogofMobile. It claimed the device will sport a 5-inch, 1,920-by-1,080 display, a 3,000-mAh battery, LTE, 32GB of memory, 2GB of RAM, and a 1.7Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064. Other specs mentioned in the report include a 13-megapixel main camera, 2.4-megapixel front-facing camera, and dimensions of 139-by-70-by-10.1mm. It’s a possibility we’ll hear more about the device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.

In related news, Korean news agency Yonhap reported today (via TNW) that the LG Optimus G sold over 1 million units since its launch in September. We’re guessing that doesn’t include the estimated 375,000 units it sold of the Nexus 4, which is essentially the same device. Read more

Google Nexus 7 now has a T-Mobile option

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Google quietly added a new option to its Nexus 7 lineup on the Play device store today. You can now buy a Nexus 7 with a T-Mobile SIM card and (assuming here) radios that take advantage of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network.

The $299 tablet compares favorably with the lower-res iPad mini which starts at $329 for Wifi only.

Previously the Nexus 7 was only available directly from Google with AT&T’s HSPA network radios but the devices are sold unlocked. T-Mobile has been a much stronger Google partner offering the Nexus 4 from launch with plans specifically geared to the Google device.

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