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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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    Oh Snapdragon 810, will you ever catch a break? While on paper the SoC looks like an obvious choice for bringing flagship-level performance to a new smartphone, the chip's arrival on the market has been maligned by recurrent reports of excessive operating temperatures. It seems like every few months new voices arrive to warn of the 810's thermal woes, only for others to step up and insist this really isn't a problem, and that any previous overheating issues have been addressed in the chips landing in currently available phones. Well, today Japan gets its hands on the Xperia Z4 (while the ...

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    The improved touch driver -- to facilitate wet screen usability -- on the Xperia Z3+ is just one of the enhancements hardware-wise that Sony has included in its 2015 remake/flagship. Apparently, the processor inside the phone has been improved as well, as a recently published software source code for the Xperia Z3+ refers to a certain msm8994-v2.1 chip. We do know that the MSM8994 is the Snapdragon 810, but, apparently, Qualcomm has issued a Snapdragon 810 v2.1 version of the chip. There have been a lot of reports and bad press regarding the alleged overheating of the 810 processors ...

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    Just like pretty much every other mobile electronics manufacturer last year, Sony released a bunch of wearables. And beyond its full-fledged smartwatches, we saw the company launch a couple wearables more properly categorized under the fitness tracker banner, the SmartBand and voice-equipped SmartBand Talk. Rumors have suggested that a new model was in the works for 2015, one that would add a heart rate monitor to its hardware. While Sony has yet to formally announce anything, the SmartBand 2 is now as good as confirmed, as the company publishes the wearable's companion app on the Play ...

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    Sony is definetly on a roll when it comes to sofware updates. The company may not be as timely as some of its competitors, but the fact that the Japanese giant is providing software updates to devices that are almost three years old says a lot about its commitment to customers. If you thought the recent Android 5.0 updates to legacy products were cool enough, think again. Sony has just announced that it'll bring Android 5.1 Lollipop to its entire Xperia Z lineup starting in July. Yes, we didn't get that wrong, we're talking about the Xperia Z, Z1, Z2, Z3, Xperia ZL, Xperia ZR, Xperia ...

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    One of the main problems with ruggedized (water resistant) phones in general -- including Xperia Z line-up, from the very first iteration to the Xperia Z3 -- is the fact that the touch screen is almost impossible to use while it is wet. Water droplets totally confuse the device and the wet screen does everything chaotically once the user interacts with the display. However, with the latest iteration, the Xperia Z3+ (Xperia Z4), Sony seems to have improved the wet screen usability of the phone. Apparently, the smartphone uses a newer touch driver which focuses exactly on this: wet screen ...

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    Even though the Xperia Z3 is still a phone to consider, there's already a follow-up: if you live in Japan, it's called the Xperia Z4 and if you happen to reside elsewhere, it's the Xperia Z3+. And, while the international version of the Xperia Z3 is already running Android 5.0, the T-Mobile Sony Xperia Z3 Lollipop update should start rolling out today. The information comes from Des Smith, the carrier's Product & Technology Evangelist, who took it to Twitter to inform those on Magenta that starting Midnight Pacific Time, the Lollipop refresh should be popping up on devices. Of course, ...

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    The Motorola-made Nexus 6 is many things: it's easily the best-equipped Nexus smartphone to date, it's the biggest Nexus handset by a long shot, and it's your only option for checking out cutting-edge services like Google's Project Fi. Yet for all the notes the Nexus 6 hits, it's been hard to ignore the way the phone has rejected the budget-friendly pricing of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, instead arriving with a price tag more befitting a flagship-level phone. If the Nexus 6's $650 starting price left you looking for more affordable options, we've got some good news for you this afternoon, as ...

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    Sony has unveiled its 2015 flagships; they're called the Xperia Z4 in Japan, and the Xperia Z3+ elsewhere. While every Xperia Z model was an incremental update over its predecessor, something that hasn't changed over generations (Z, Z1, Z2, Z3, Z3+/Z4) is the screen resolution. Sony is using Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution for its flagship smartphone, and that doesn't seem like it will change, despite competitors heavily pushing 2K/Quad HD screens. Sony recently acknowledged that it is still not looking into higher resolution panels for the near future, mainly because it is "difficult to ...

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    Back in April, Sony announced its latest flagship Android smartphone, the Xperia Z4. Only problem was, it only launched the phone in Japan. The rest of the world has been waiting patiently to learn what Sony had in store for it, as well, and yesterday Sony revealed what it had in mind, going official with the Xperia Z3+. This name-change had already been rumored, so while it wasn't surprising to see the phone emerge as the Z3+, why would Sony go to the trouble of coming up with two names for the same phone in the first place? The company's publicly commented on its decision, and it's up to ...

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    Arrangements between big businesses to pre-install software on our devices is nothing new: bloat dates back far before this mobile-centric age in which we find ourselves now, after years of bogging-down new PC installs. It's such that any time we find ourselves hearing about a new deal it's all we can do to not immediately go on the defensive. But there's a whole spectrum of software out there that we might find pre-installed on new hardware, ranging from the annoying, to the innocuous, to the legitimately useful. And when we heard earlier this spring that Microsoft was hooking up with ...

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    A little over a month ago Sony officially unveiled the Xperia Z4 smartphone, but the device was announced only for Japan. Not long after that we heard rumors that there might be a different device in the works for the rest of the world, but evidence has been found that Sony was planning on using the Xperia Z3+ monicker for the Xperia Z4, outside of Japan. That's exactly what the company just did. The Sony Xperia Z3+ announced today is identical to the Japanese Xperia Z4, and a slight upgrade over the Xperia Z3 (hence the naming convention Sony opted for). Weighing 144gr. and measuring ...

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    A couple weeks back we caught the first sign of what looked like a new Sony Xperia smartphone, upon the leak of a shot of the front panel for a handset supposedly codenamed Lavender. The very thin bezels certainly looked intriguing, as did the big front camera with flash, but we knew very little about that hardware other than that we could see. Today a new trove of Lavender evidence arrives, as new pics and hardware specs attempt to flesh out our expectations for the Android. Supposedly, Lavender may be powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 SoC, have 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP main camera. ...

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    Ever since the Xperia Z4 launched in Japan, we've been trying to work out what Sony's plans were for the phone in other markets: would it bring the Z4 to other nations, re-brand it for them somehow, or maybe even come out with an all-new flagship for international appeal? Recently, Sony's been coordinating plans for a number of regional launch event throughout Asia, and rumors had suggested we'd see the Z4 play a part. As we wait to see what happens next week, that Z4 aspect to these events appears to be confirmed, as Sony China shares an image of the Z4 on social media. Indeed, the ...

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    What is Sony thinking when it comes to its Android flagship strategy? The company introduced the Xperia Z4 last month, but only with news of availability in the Sony's native Japan. What about the rest of us? We've been patiently waiting for word of an international flagship since, whether that arrives as the Z4, or maybe with some slightly different branding – and at least some evidence suggests that the phone might become the Z3+ in other markets. Now it looks like answers could finally be about to arrive, as Sony prepares to share its “new Xperia flagship” with Hong Kong and ...

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