If you like what you see with the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ2 flagship, then you’ll probably want to start thinking about which colour you’ll go for. Well Evan Blass and Roland Quandt‏ have your back, they have leaked more pictures of the Xperia XZ2, showing all of the colour choices on offer. There will be four colours to choose from overall, including Green, Black, Silver and Pink.

The Green variant in particular looks stunning, and we’re sure it will be one of the most desirable colours for the handset. We can’t wait to see what it looks like in the flesh, there’s only a couple of days to wait now. The full reveal will happen on Monday 26 February at the MWC 2018 tradeshow. [read more…]

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Here are the first official pictures of the Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact, courtesy of both Evan Blass and Roland Quandt‏. The pictures tie in with the prototype picture seen earlier in the week, showing a curvy back, and as expected this Compact variant is a bit thicker than the Xperia XZ2.

The pictures show the Xperia XZ2 Compact in four colours (Green, Black, Silver, Pink). It’s interesting to note the more pastel-type colours that Sony has used, versus the brighter, more vibrant, colours used in previous models. So, now that you’ve seen these official renders, what do you think? Will the Xperia XZ2 Compact be on your wishlist once the phone launches? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile will bring wireless charging support to its upcoming Xperia XZ2 flagship. This is the first time that Sony has introduced integrated wireless charging support for its mainstream global model. Sony had previously adopted wireless charging, but only for select models targeted to the US market, such as the Xperia Z3v and Z4v for Verizon, the latter which ended up being cancelled.

The latest leaked picture of the Xperia XZ2 from Evan Blass (@evleaks) confirms that it will support wireless charging, showing the phone in a dock, which no doubt Sony will charge a pretty penny for. We hope that Sony uses an open standard, such as Qi wireless charging, which would mean you could use any cheap dock to charge the phone. We’ll bring you more news on Monday at the official launch. [read more…]

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By now we know that Sony will release the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact at next week’s MWC 2018 press conference. However, we also know that Sony was working on a 4K device, which we assumed was either postponed to later in the year, or canned altogether.

Sony Mobile’s South Africa social media channels earlier today hinted about a ‘surprise launch’ at MWC’s event next week. Another post talked about “showcasing three amazing new Xperia, as well launching a surprise!” These posts have since been deleted. The picture in one of the posts show the Xperia XA2 models and L2, so it’s difficult to really know what Sony really meant. If anything new is announced, outside of the XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, we’ll keep you posted. [read more…]

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Here it is folks, the first official look of the Xperia XZ2 courtesy of leaker extraordinaire Evan Blass (@evleaks) and VentureBeat. The picture you see below is that of the Xperia XZ2, as you can see the design language correlates with the prototype picture of the Xperia XZ2 Compact revealed recently. Remember that the Xperia XZ2 Compact will be thicker than the XZ2, as with all of Sony’s Compact series of phones.

The Xperia XZ2 design shows the use of curved 3D glass on the front and back of the handset, with an aluminium frame sandwiched in between. The Xperia XZ2 will be available in four colours (Black, Silver, Green, and Pink). The Xperia XZ2 Compact will forego the use of glass on the rear, and opt for a non-scratch polycarbonate finish – as seen in the recent prototype leak. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ, Xperia XZs and Xperia X Performance devices this morning. The new update brings the February 2018 Android security patch to these devices, moving the build number from 41.3.A.2.58 to version 41.3.A.2.75.

This latest security patch brings with it a fix for the ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ CPU vulnerabilities. We don’t have much else to go on right now, so if you’ve updated, please share your impressions and screenshots below. [read more…]

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To say that there has been an adverse reaction to the recent Xperia XZ2 Compact prototype picture we posted, is a bit of an understatement. It remains to be seen what the final product will look like, but we believe that the picture is representative of the final version. Anyway, this is only one angle of the phone, and perhaps the most unflattering one, so we can understand the reaction.

To lighten up the mood here, one of our readers ‘CG’ has taken that prototype picture as an approximation, to create a 3D model of what the final handset may end up looking like. What do you think? Still hate it just as much? We’ll bring you any further news when we have it, there’s only a matter of days now until the full reveal. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is due to launch two new phones next week – the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. We caught a first glimpse of Sony’s new design language yesterday, with a curved back. We are now building a picture of what specifications the phones will have.

Swedroid.se, the largest Android blog in Scandinavia, has published a list of specs for both handsets. This confirms that both models will use HDR displays with 18:9 aspect ratios, there will be no 3.5mm headphone jack, and the fingerprint sensor has moved to the rear, as previously rumoured. [read more…]

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Here it is folks, your first look at the Xperia XZ2 Compact, due to be announced at MWC 2018 next week. The picture below shows the Xperia XZ2 Compact next to a Xperia Z5 Compact. The new design shows the curved bottom, which ties in with Sony’s earlier tease. The image comes from a comment by ‘Grisha’ in our earlier post today about Sony’s MWC video tease.

In the comments, Grisha says that the picture is of a prototype, and may not represent the final version. Grisha goes on to confirm that there is no 3.5mm headphone jack, and that the fingerprint sensor is located on the rear of the device, much like the Xperia XA2 series. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a new beta version of its Album app with build number 9.1.A.0.12, which introduces a number of big changes. First of all, Sony has updated the design of the icon that looks much more striking and bold, compared to the previous version. We also now have full app shortcut support in the app, allowing you to go straight to your videos, folders or the Xperia camera.

Finally, Sony has added support for Amazon Prime Photos, with 15GB of storage offered to Sony Xperia customers for 1 year. This is available in select countries in Japan, North America, and widely available in Europe. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a first video teaser for its upcoming smartphone launch at MWC 2018, which takes place a week today in Barcelona. Very little can be gleaned from the 23-second teaser, which seems to highlight a curved design – perhaps harking back to the design of the Xperia arc, or could Sony be indicating a curved display?

Anyway, Sony is expected to launch two new flagship models next week – the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. We’ll keep you posted as the launch nears. [read more…]

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Only Xperia XA1 family supports ‘night mode’ option; will lose it in Oreo update

February 15, 2018

Sony Mobile introduced a ‘Night Light’ mode in its Concept software around a year ago, which worked really well. Frustratingly, Sony has not adopted this feature in its main software branch for any of its Xperia devices, despite abandoning its Concept software a while back. It may not be widely known, but Sony does have […]

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Sony has a change of heart on the design of its latest flagship

February 13, 2018

Sony Mobile may have had a change of heart on the design of its latest flagship, according to documents submitted to the FCC. A letter dated 7 February 2018 from Sony Mobile, has requested the FCC to remove all grants for the device with FCC ID PY7-00718V. The reason for the dismal of these grants […]

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Upcoming Xperia flagship (H82XX) will have 18:9 display, Snapdragon 845 says benchmark

February 12, 2018

The upcoming Sony Xperia flagship with model number H82XX will have a 18:9 (2:1) display with resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, according to a leak from the AnTuTu benchmark. This appears to go against a now-deleted UAProf (user-agent profile) for this model that we had seen previously, that appeared to confirm it would have […]

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Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact receive ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ fixes (47.1.A.12.75)

February 9, 2018

A few days ago, Sony Mobile started to roll a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ Premium that introduced patches for the ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ CPU vulnerabilities. The same firmware is now rolling for the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, moving the build number from 47.1.A.12.34 to version 47.1.A.12.75. This includes the 1 February […]

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