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    Most new device launches go the same way: usually the press gets review units before they’re widely available, and we get to use them for a few days -or a week if we’re lucky- as we work on our review. Then press day arrives. The embargo on media coverage lifts, and everyone posts their reviews and videos at the same time. It’s a huge frenzy, commenters go nuts, and it’s a giant explosion of frantic opinion-sharing activity. For about … a day. And then it all goes away. Sure, there’s followup coverage as people find bugs and hidden features, but after that initial blast, not ...

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    Sony's finding its smartphones at the center of a surprising number of rumors of leaks recently, detailing everything from a couple of high-end summer flagships, to maybe even some early evidence for the Xperia Z5 landing later this year. But before we find ourselves getting too caught up in those, we're revisiting a device that first came to our attention a few months back, as the handset codenamed Lavender seemingly leaks as the Xperia C5 Ultra. Lavender first grabbed out attention with its very thin side bezels, and that same look is indeed present here. Admittedly, despite the ...

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    We'll be honest with you: we have no idea what to make of this, and, besides the fact that automated translation from Chinese doesn't really help us out here, we're looking at a report, so here are two reasons to keep skeptical. We can, however, speculate based on what we see, and we see these two images (which we can't verify, so they could very well be fakes as well) suggesting something regarding the next James Bond movie, and a smartphone. Sure, we could easily chalk it up and conclude that Sony will release an Xperia Z5 later this year, which will be "the James Bond phone", and Sony ...

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    Say the word “tablet” today and you probably picture something like this. Even back in 2011 –the origin year for today's deep dive into nostalgia– the word conjured up a big slab, not an oversized eyeglass case. But the latter is just what we got with the Sony Tablet P, a bizarre foldable mobile device that better resembled a palmtop computer than any "tablet" I'd ever seen. It was weird – but that's just why I liked it. The Sony Tablet P was the first review device I ever requested (and the first of many I never received). Three years later, thanks to eBay, I finally got the ...

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    The simple fact that Sony has committed to continue building smartphones is already great news for the industry. Most of the smartphones we use carry a Sony image sensor for photography, and the company has also pioneered in waterproofing without compromising looks. The only problem with the company lately is that it seems to be off to a slow start with smartphone flagships, and it seems the trend will continue. Today we land the UAProfs for a Sony E66XX (E6603, E6633, E6653, E6683) and a Sony E58XX (E5803, E5823), and the data goes as far as to reveal that both devices will be running the ...

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    We started off the week hearing about an experiment Sony was conducting over in Sweden, where the company was recruiting Xperia Z3 users to help the company evaluate its “new Android concept,” what sure sounded like an attempt to rethink the custom user interface found on the company's Xperia smartphones and tablets. While the general idea sounded promising, we were sorely lacking for details, not really knowing what sort of direction Sony was hoping to take here. Today Sony spells out just what it's doing, while giving us a peek at the new software. Fans of near-stock Android, we've ...

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    The amount of horror stories with Android 5.0 Lollipop is significant enough to have many waiting eagerly for Android 5.1. Surely this newer version is still no Android M when it comes to benefits, but it kills a ton of bugs that reduce the glory that Lollipop deserves. Sony has had a positive track record with software updates, and the trend continues. Sony has just announced that Android 5.1 has just reached the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 family. This means that devices like the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 tablet should receive the update ...

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    Sony unveiled the Xperia Z4 (Z3+) and called it a day, officially stating that the Xperia Z3 is still a flagship, but those hunting for specs can now upgrade to the new kid on the block. Its American version (slightly further upgraded), the Xperia Z4v, should be coming soon (how soon, we don't know) to Verizon, but, if this report is true, the company is preparing two high-end Sony smartphones. We should reportedly expect the Xperia S60 and Xperia S70 before IFA, according to the report, that cites information from retailers who can only share the fact that both of these upcoming high-end ...

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    Companies making smartphones have lots of opportunities to help their handsets stand out from the pack, and we're well used to seeing brands deploy style cues that help make their phones easily recognizable, whether the woven back of a Motorola Droid or the bright polycarbonate of a Lumia handset. For Android OEMs, that ability for a company to give its phones a tell-tale look extends well beyond hardware, and the majority of manufacturers out there also outfit their phones with a customized user interface – their own Android skin. Some companies have been far more successful than others ...

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    The North American Sony Xperia Z3+/Z4, dubbed Sony Xperia Z4v, should be coming to Verizon soon. It is a special version of the phone which has a higher resolution screen (Quad HD versus Full HD), as well as wireless charging support. According to the initial information, as well as the one we heard a couple of days ago, August 13 was the day to circle in your calendar if you wanted to get this water and dustproof smartphone. Sadly, that is no longer the case. Despite displaying the August 13 date on the aforementioned microsite, Burson-Marsteller, the PR agency for Sony's North American ...

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    Three weeks back, Verizon helped introduce Sony's latest Android, the Xperia Z4v. And while most of the world is looking to the Xperia Z4 or Z3+ while shopping for their next Sony phone, Verizon's option is a handset unto itself, launching with a high-res quad HD display. But while we knew the smartphone was due to land sometime this summer, we were at a loss for any specifics, especially concerning release dates and pricing. Well, the pricing issue remains to be addressed, but today we get some resolution on the other front, as Sony confirms an August 13 release date. While this info ...

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    The rise of video games as streaming performances has positively exploded in recent years, with the publication of gaming vids on services like YouTube and Twitch reaching new heights of popularity – success that led Amazon to announce plans to purchase Twitch for nearly a billion dollars last year. And while much of that content is focused on PC and console gaming, mobile gaming is just as popular in its own right, and now Sony is offering owners of its Xperia devices the chance to easily stream some gaming video from their own hardware, releasing a new live screen streaming app. ...

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    We just shared with you some official word from Sony about its continued dedication to the smartphone market, and how we shouldn't expect the company to pack up shop or sell things off – ever. That's great news for Sony's fans (and honestly, for the market in general), leaving them only to wonder what's next from the manufacturer. Well, even though the world only just got the Xperia Z4/Z3+, rumors are already suggesting that the company's next big handset could be just around the corner, as talk of the Xperia Z5 returns. Early rumors about the Xperia Z5 were active all the way back in ...

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    Is there a future for Sony in smartphones? While never a company that was competing on the same level as a Samsung or even an LG, Sony remains an electronics giant, and over the years it's kept up its dedication to smartphones, tablets, and even smartwatches, in one way or another. But earlier this year we heard rumors that the company could be shifting around its priorities, and Sony Mobile with its Xperia line could end up on the chopping block, sold off to the highest bidder. In the months since we've seen plenty of progress on the smartphone front from Sony, including the launch of the ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z3+ is available internationally since the end of last month -- we're currently testing the device, with our full review coming next week -- but sadly there are not plans for the device to officially reach the US. Instead, a beefed up version will soon land on Verizon's line-up with the Xperia Z4v, a device that features a QHD screen, larger battery (at 3,000mAh), and support for wireless charging. However, if you're in the US want to grab the Xperia Z3+, you can do so, if you have around $650-$700 to spare. The phone is available unlocked through Amazon, and it will work ...

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    Being made out completely of aluminum and glass, in addition to being their respective manufacturers' flagships for this year, represent the perfect reasons for us to compare these two devices. But there’s a lot more to comparing these smartphones than what we just mentioned above, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do in our Sony Xperia Z3+ vs Samsung Galaxy S6 (and Edge) comparison. As usual, we’re focusing on hardware, software and user experience, as well as the camera, drawing some conclusions at the end, or, better said, setting the stage and making it easier for you to ...

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    The Xperia Z3+ (also known as the Xperia Z4 in some regions -- Japan), which we're currently dissecting in our review labs, is expected to boost Sony smartphone sales in Taiwan, according to "industry source" cited by DigiTimes. Sony is already reportedly holding 25 percent share of Taiwan's high-end Android smartphone market, and this number is expected to grow thanks to the local launch of the Xperia Z3+, as well as the Xperia M4 Aqua Dual. Jonathan Lin, general manager of Sony Mobile Taiwan, expects the availability of the 2015 flaship to slingshot Sony to a comfortable 40 percent ...

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    This phone popped up on benchmark sites (as well as the Indian import database) with the model number E5663. Whether this will be the Xperia Z4 Compact (Xperia Z3+ Compact) is yet unknown, though we'd be inclined to believe that we're looking at a different upcoming new Xperia, one that appears to be an attractive compact device. What the benchmark results testify to in terms of the internals include a 4.6-inch display with 1080p resolution (a step up from the Z3 Compact), octa-core MediaTek MT6795 SoC clocked at 1.9GHz, 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage (most probably expandable), ...

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    Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Acer, Nokia, Toshiba, Xiaomi, Huawei, Lenovo, are just a few of Foxconn's largest clients. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., trading as Foxconn Technology Group, is a Taiwanese company that also happens to be the world's largest electronics contractor manufacturer. At a recent company shareholder meeting, the company's chairman, Terry Guo, made some reassuring statements. According to Guo, this year, in 2015, Foxconn will become the world's largest desktop, tablet, and smartphone OEM (original equipment manufacturer) / ODM (original design manufacturer). ...

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    Was going with the Snapdragon 810 SoC in the Xperia Z3+ a big mistake on Sony's part? We've been hearing a lot about overheating warnings, some even suggesting that many of the phone's key features – like a number of camera modes – cause the handset to overheat so quickly as to render them essentially unusable. But talk is cheap and we want to see for ourselves; that's why we just picked up a Z3+ of our own, and while we've only just started putting it through its paces, there will be plenty of additional reporting on the phone to come. As you wait for the verdict, shoppers all across ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z4 was announced for the Japanese market six months after the introduction of the Xperia Z3 in September of 2014, making Sony stay true to its “flagship every six months” policy. It took the company about a month to announce the Xperia Z4 globally, but with a different name. We’re here to unbox the Xperia Z3 Plus, aka the Xperia Z4. The Xperia Z4 unboxing experience is pretty much the same as it was on the Xperia Z3, Z2, and the rest of the Sony phones we reviewed, just like the phone looks 99% identical to all of its predecessors. Is this a bad thing? Definitely not, ...

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    Sony's got an interesting relationship with Android updates. On one hand, it sometimes feels like the company's out there on the bleeding edge of progress, like how last fall it was already teasing Android Lollipop running on its phones just days after public availability began. But then we look at its actual distribution of Lollipop updates and see long waits, not to mention plenty of confusion over just which models would (and more importantly, wouldn't) be getting them. Today, at least, we're back over in the “early innovator” camp, as Sony begins giving devs the tools they need to ...

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    Sony's recent smartphone flagship releases have been the story of one phone with many names. Japan got the Xperia Z4, only for Sony to bizarrely rename the handset the Xperia Z3+ for broader international distribution. But despite the new, confusing name, this was still very much the Z4 from head to toe. As if this story wasn't already odd enough, now there's one more new entry that not only picks up yet another name, but tweaks the phone's hardware in a couple key ways. Verizon will be the exclusive US home of the new Sony Xperia Z4v. And while this phone is 90% the Xperia Z4, it does ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z4 has only just started hitting stores in Japan, and while it may be a very cool-looking smartphone, it sure doesn't sound like a cool-running handset; early reports have pegged the Z4 as falling into the old Snapdragon 810-overheating trap, with operating temperatures pushing 150F and retailers posting warning signs about going easy on the phone lest it run too hot. Of course, the Z4 isn't the only new Sony smartphone these days, and we're also prepping for the arrival of the Xperia Z3+. As that model shares the Z4's internals, we shouldn't be too surprised to hear that the ...

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    According to a recent report from Taiwan, the Japanese manufacturer is having internal discussions regarding the future of USB ports on its smartphones. Sony considers USB Type-C possibilities for devices, and debates are related to whether Sony should equip upcoming phones with USB Type-C connectors. "Of course we're investigating (USB Type-C)," said Takeshi Nitta, program manager at Sony Mobile. However, the smartphone maker does not plan to adopt the standard that's being pushed by Apple. Adopting USB Type-C, according to Sony, is a lengthy process, moving from USB 2 and USB 3, and it ...

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