Sony Mobile has begun to roll out the 1 January 2018 Android security patch to the Xperia XZ, XZs and X Performance series of handsets. This sees the models move from build number 41.3.A.2.24 to version 41.3.A.2.58. If you have updated, please let us know your impressions in the comments below.

It is not clear whether this update provides a full fix for the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities, as Sony’s initial statement on the issue was that this would only be covered those that were patched from “5 January 2018 or later”. We did see Sony’s Xperia XA1 series patched with 5 January security updates recently. [read more…]

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We are once again partnering with Terrapin Accessories to give away 5 cases for your Sony Xperia smartphone. Terrapin Accessories has built its name offering good quality cases, with a keen eye on value, becoming one of the top-selling brands on Amazon globally. Five lucky winners can select any Xperia case of their choice from the Terrapin website. You can choose between a wide range of cases, including the latest Sony Xperia XZ1 devices.

You can enter the competition using the widget below (it is open to our readers in the UK, USA and Europe). There are various ways to enter, each giving you an additional chance to win. The competition closes on Friday 19 January 2018. Good luck! [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is pushing a firmware update to the Xperia XA1 Ultra today that moves the build number from 42.0.A.4.153 to version 42.0.A.4.167. The new update adds the 5 January 2018 Android security patches, but little else has changed. The Android version remains Android 7.0 Nougat. If you have updated please post your impressions in the comments below, along with any screenshots of the new firmware. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has created a new variant of its Xperia Loops wallpaper for its new 2018 handsets, including the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra. If you’re looking to try this new wallpaper for yourself, then you’ll be glad to hear that the APK has been extracted and modified to work on your stock Xperia handset. There are six ‘liquid’ wallpapers to choose from (Liquid black, Liquid silver, Liquid sky blue, Liquid blue, Liquid gold, Liquid pink) and you can download the APK from the link below. [read more…]

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One year ago (to the day almost) we reported that Sony Mobile was planning to launch a premium Xperia flagship in 2018 that would incorporate an OLED display. Well you can now add more fuel to the fire on that lingering rumour. We have come across some official Sony Mobile job listings for a ‘Display Engineer’, where “OLED experience is a must”.

One of the key job descriptors is to “drive display/OLED integration to mobile phone products (design/verification/production)”. That seems like pretty hard evidence to us that Sony is at least working on an OLED equipped Xperia device. What we don’t know at this stage is if Sony remains on schedule to release an OLED Xperia device in 2018. The full time job was posted on 30 November 2017, with an ‘unposting date’ of 28 February 2018. So if we don’t see an OLED Xperia device announcement at MWC in February, then there’s a good chance Sony could launch it for IFA in September 2018. We’ll keep you posted with any developments. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has opened pre-orders for its latest ‘super mid-rangers’ in the United States. Pre-orders are currently live at Best Buy, with all colour options available to order. While the US market remains a niche one for Sony Mobile, it is great that all of these smartphones will finally have working fingerprint readers straight out of the box. So, US Xperia fans won’t have to mess around importing phones, or changing the firmware’s region.

The Sony Xperia XA2 (H3123) will set you back $349.99 and is available in 4 colours (Silver, Black, Blue and Pink). The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra (H3223) costs $449.99 and is also available in 4 colours (Silver, Black, Blue and Gold). Best Buy also has Sony’s newest budget model, the Xperia L2 (H3321) up for pre-order at $249.99 in 3 colours (Black, Gold, Pink). All handsets sold are the single SIM models. The expected release date for all phones is February 16 2018. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Plus with new firmware updates that move the Android security patch to 5 January 2018. The importance of this security update is that the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities are now patched.

The Sony Xperia XA1 firmware has moves the build number from 40.0.A.6.175 to version 40.0.A.6.189. The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus moves from 48.0.A.1.117 to version 48.0.A.1.131. The handsets remain on Android 7.0 Nougat, but Sony is planning an upgrade to Android Oreo later in the year. [read more…]

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It has been a while since Sony’s 2016 budget phone, the Xperia E5 has received a firmware update, but one is now rolling in the form of build number 37.0.A.2.248. There is no change from the Android 6.0 Marshmallow software, so we’re not sure what Sony has added, but it’s likely small bug fixes. The update is only live on the F3311 variant as of writing, but it may also appear for the F3313 variant in the coming days. If you’ve updated, let us know any changes you’ve noticed in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile will launch official cases for its latest mid-range marvels announced at CES. This includes the Style Cover Stand SCSH10 for Xperia XA2, as well as the Style Cover Stand SCSH20 for Xperia XA2 Ultra. The cases will launch alongside the phones from February 2018.

As with previous cases that Sony has released, these Style Cover Stand cases allows users to place their phones at multiple viewing angles, and will automatically turn the display on/off when opening and closing the case. These cases are made from PU leather and should help to provide some light protection against bumps and scratches. Check out some pictures below. [read more…]

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You are probably aware of the ‘Spectre’ and ‘Meltdown’ security flaws that has been widely publicised recently. The vulnerabilities affect a wide range of CPU processors, which could allow hackers to steal sensitive data . This is an issue that affects all kinds of devices beyond smartphones, including laptops, desktops and even cloud computing.

Companies are rolling out patches to make devices safe, and Sony Mobile has released its statement on these vulnerabilities. It says that it will provide the necessary patches as part of its normal security update programme, and phones with the upcoming 5 January 2018 Android security update will be patched. See the full statement below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile unveiled two of its latest ‘super mid-rangers’ yesterday, the 5.2-inch Xperia XA2 and 6-inch Xperia XA2 Ultra. While Sony hasn’t changed the design significantly, it’s great to see small improvements like the curved edges on both front and back, giving the phone a unique look. The Xperia XA2 in particular piqued our interest, given the sweet spot of specs for a mid-ranger and, the fact that ergonomically it should be great in the hand.

In fact, doing the maths, the Xperia XA2 has the highest screen-to-phone ratio of any non-Ultra Xperia phone, (very) marginally surpassing the classic Xperia ZL. For those that want to get a better idea of both phones, we’ve listed a roundup of hands-on impressions and videos below. What are your thoughts on the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Xperia L2 announced with 5.5-inch HD display and wide-angle selfie camera

January 8, 2018

Sony Mobile has unveiled its latest entry-level smartphone, the Xperia L2 (H3311, H3321, H4311, H4331). The model follows up on last year’s Xperia L1, and continues to use a 5.5-inch HD (720p) display and the same MediaTek MT6737T chipset, but there are a number of improvements. The Sony Xperia L2 uses 32GB internal storage (24GB […]

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Xperia XA2 ‘super mid-ranger’ launched with big battery

January 8, 2018

Sony has announced the Xperia XA2 (H3113, H3123, H3133, H4113, H4133), which looks to be a great all-rounder and a worthy update over last year’s Xperia XA1. Sony is now using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset (versus MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757 previously) and has a slightly bigger 5.2-inch FHD 1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass […]

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Sony announces Xperia XA2 Ultra with dual selfie cameras

January 8, 2018

Sony has formally unveiled the Xperia XA2 Ultra (H3213, H3223, H4213, H4233) ahead of the CES 2018 tradeshow which takes place later today. Alongside this, Sony has also revealed the Xperia XA2 and Xperia L2 mid-range smartphones. In its statement, Sony sees 2018 as a “breakthrough year”, so we’re very excited about what else the […]

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CES 2018: Expect new Sony Xperia devices to be announced

January 5, 2018

Mark your calendars folks, it looks like Sony Mobile will be announcing new Xperia devices at the CES 2018 tradeshow. The event held in Las Vegas will take place at 5PM PST on Monday 8 January 2018. Across other time zones, this is equivalent to 1am GMT / 2am CET / 6.30am IST / 10am […]

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