Sony Mobile announced four new Xperia handsets earlier today at the MWC tradeshow in Barcelona. Along with how exciting each new handset is from a hardware perspective, all of these 2017 models feature a new live wallpaper from Sony. If you want to see how it moves and flows, then check out the gif below. No doubt, as soon as these phones are released, the dev community will look to extract this new live wallpaper. Until then, you can gaze over the elegant loops as the home screen is swiped. [read more…]

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Jolla announced earlier today that its open operating system, Sailfish OS, will soon be officially heading to Sony Xperia devices. Jolla and Sony Mobile are working together to support Sony’s Open Devices Program. The first port is a Sailfish OS powered Xperia X, which is currently on display at the MWC tradeshow in Barcelona.

Jolla aims for a community release on Xperia devices by the end of the June 2017. Sony Mobile has always had a commendable open device policy, and this latest collaboration with Jolla is further evidence of this. [read more…]

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The Xperia XA1 is the smaller of Sony’s mid-range 2017 offerings with a 5-inch 720p curved glass display. The Xperia XA1 features a 23MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS rear camera with 24mm wide-angle F2.0 lens. The camera includes features such as hybrid autofocus and SteadyShot. The front camera includes a 8MP 1/4-inch Exmor R sensor with wide angle 23mm F2.0 lens.

The handset is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757 chipset, 3GB RAM and comes with 32GB eMMC internal storage. Other features include a 2300mAh battery, USB Type-C, microSD memory card support, Quick Charging (MediaTek PumpExpress 2.0), NFC, and Bluetooth 4.2. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has unveiled the Xperia XA1 Ultra, which is an update on last year’s Xperia XA Ultra. The big features of the Xperia XA1 Ultra include a 6-inch edge-to-edge 1080p display and a powerful 16MP front camera with OIS and front-facing LED flash. Sony has also adopted the endless loop surface design, first seen in the Xperia XZ last year.

The front camera is powered by a 1/2.6-inch Exmor R sensor with 23mm wide-angle F2.0 lens. On the rear, Sony is using a 1/2.3-inch 23MP Exmor RS camera with hybrid autofocus. It uses a 24mm wide-angle F2.0 lens. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has officially announced the Xperia XZs and Xperia XZs Dual at the MWC 2017 tradeshow in Barcelona. The Xperia XZs has the same design as last year’s Xperia XZ, with loop surface design and ALKALEIDO metal back. The Xperia XZs also uses the same size 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p display.

The big difference between the Xperia XZs and last year’s Xperia XZ is the inclusion of Sony’s new 1/2.3-inch 19MP Exmor RS “Motion Eye” camera, with 960 frames per second super slow motion video and predictive capture (four photos are saved in the second before the camera button is pressed). It uses the world’s first memory stacked image sensor in a smartphone, capable of 5 time faster data capture. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has officially announced the Xperia XZ Premium and XZ Premium Dual at MWC 2017. The Xperia XZ Premium’s big new features include a 5.5-inch 4K HDR smartphone display and the introduction of Sony’s memory-embedded stacked image sensor, which is capable of 960 frames per second super slow motion video.

The rear camera uses a 1/2.3-inch 19MP camera sensor with a higher pixel pitch (1.22μm), 19% higher compared to previous Xperia offerings. This also includes a 25mm wide G Lens F2.0. Sony’s new Motion Eye technology allows for predictive photo capture. Triple image sensing technology makes a return and there is now an anti-distortion shutter. Front-facing camera duties are taken care of by a 13MP 1/3.06-inch Exmor RS sensor with 22mm wide angle F2.0 lens. [read more…]

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Leakster extraordinaire Evan Blass (@evleaks) has been outing all of the major smartphones destined for MWC in recent weeks and Sony Mobile is no exception. Evan has leaked an image showing the four Sony Xperia 2017 models that are destined for an announcement at the MWC tradeshow tomorrow morning.

Sony Mobile is using the same design language across its four devices, which if you are taking a quick glance could be mistaken for being the same handset but in different colours. We recently asked our readers how important bezels were to you, especially as 2017 is likely to be the year that manufacturers look to reduce them as much as possible. But, Sony is sticking with its 2016 design language which includes quite large bezels on the top/bottom of the handsets. [read more…]

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We recently reported on some of the features of Sony’s new 2017 Xperia range, which will include image sensors with embedded memory and the ability to shoot slow-motion video at 960 fps. Well now, we have the first image of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium below, which is believed to have a 4K HDR display, Snapdragon 835 chipset and a 20MP camera sensor (1.22um).

The picture confirms our recent report in terms of the design, which is very similar to that used in the Xperia XZ – therefore not a surprise that this flagship is called the Xperia XZ Premium. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the Xperia Ear, which moves the app build number to 1.1.0.A.2.1. One of the big new features is that the Xperia Ear can now provide voice notifications and alerts for any app that you use. Previously, alerts were only available for select apps including Gmail, Calendar Twitter, Facebook Messenger, SMS and WhatsApp.

Head gestures have also been updated, allowing users to accept or decline calls with a shake of the head. You can also skip your music tracks backwards and forwards with a shake of the head left/right. There is also the ability to cancel a notification through head gestures too. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is set to launch the “World’s First Memory Embedded Camera” in select 2017 Sony Xperia models, according to a leaked internal slide. The picture below highlights a feature called “Motion Eye”, which we have also heard from some of our own sources.

We understand that the feature will entail a type of predictive capture. Once the camera detects motion, it will start buffering, taking 4 pictures in the one second prior to the shutter being pressed and saved. [read more…]

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Following on from the audacious Xiaomi Mi Mix that launched last year, with its barely existant bezels, it looks like 2017 will really be the year that manufacturers go to war on the bezel. Both the upcoming LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8 are likely to feature significantly reduced bezels, whilst there are growing rumours of something similar for the next iteration of the iPhone due in the autumn.

We don’t know what Sony has in store for us this year, but there is a strong chance that we will see little change to the design used in the Xperia X series of handsets. If this was the case, would it put you off going for a Sony Xperia flagship model this year, all else being equal? How important is the screen-to-display ratio to you? Or, are you one of those people that appreciate a bit of bezel to grip onto the phone? We’d love to hear your view either way in the comments below. [read more…]

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Xperia XA gets new update (33.2.X.4.70) with January security patches

February 21, 2017

Sony Mobile is currently rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia XA which moves the build number from 33.2.X.3.81 to 33.2.X.4.70. Unfortunately, this is not the Android Nougat update that users are waiting for, but it does move the Google security patches from 1 August 2016 to 5 January 2017. Software build number 33.2.A.4.70 […]

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Xperia XZ drops to $450 in USA through Amazon.com

February 20, 2017

The Sony Xperia XZ has dropped in price in the United States to a very reasonable $449.99 through Amazon.com. Only the Forest Blue colour is available at this price through Amazon, the other colours are priced higher. We don’t expect the price to last long, so if you’re interested, you should move quick. The link […]

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Samsung may turn to Sony to provide batteries for the Galaxy S8

February 20, 2017

Sony already provides a number of manufacturers with its camera sensors, for example you will find Sony’s image sensors in the Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7. However, it looks that Sony’s battery technology may also be sought after, if a report from the Wall Street Journal is anything to go by. The WSJ […]

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Minor Nougat update (32.3.A.0.378) rolls for Xperia Z5 family, Z3 Plus and Z4 Tablet

February 20, 2017

Sony Mobile has released a small update for the Xperia Z5 range, Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 tablet, which moves the build number from 32.3.A.0.376 to 32.3.A.0.378. It is too early to say what has changed, but it is likely that Sony has taken the opportunity to further quash some Nougat bugs. If you have […]

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