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    Some third-party retailers on the old continent started stocking it a little while ago, when US pre-orders also kicked off through Amazon, but it’s only now that you can call the Sony Xperia X Compact properly, officially and widely released in Europe. From Germany to the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Sweden and Poland, the diminutive Android powerhouse is up for grabs on Sony's e-store and shipping without delay in your choice of three paint jobs: white, universe black, or mist blue. Recommended retail pricing differs from region to region, depending first and foremost on ...

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    While several Android device manufacturers have named or at least strongly suggested names of phones and tablets due for official 7.0 UI makeovers… eventually, there’s no update deadline as far as a single non-Nexus product is concerned. And we’re not expecting any for a few more weeks. Possibly, even a month or two. Unless Sony miraculously pulls off “official Xperia Android N updates around October” for the X Performance and XZ, as this sketchy leaked roadmap appears to imply. The “Android N update strategy” presentation slide was purportedly revealed by one of the ...

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    Sony Mobile has notified Xperia Blog and, presumably, other people on its email list, that the struggling unit's latest flagship will be out for sales on Amazon, Best Buy and other outlets soon enough in the US. The Xperia XZ will be presumably up for pre-orders on October 2 for $699, a price comparable to ones we've found in Europe and Taiwan. We presume that certain retailers will take their own promotional spins with this release as they have done for the Xperia X Compact, also recently released. Sweeter deals have been found with the prior batch of Xperia X phones. Both new phones ...

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    Could Sony have finally got a flagship smartphone right in all aspects, from design to specifications to pricing? At a first glance, the Xperia XZ isn’t so much better than the X Performance, and the Japanese OEM learned nothing from past US release-crippling mistakes, once again deactivating the fingerprint reader around those parts. Still, something about the latest high-end 5.2-incher, complete with mind-blowing 23 and 13MP cameras, as well as Snapdragon 820 power and 3GB RAM, appears to have clicked with Taiwanese consumers, who needed just 45 minutes the other day to exhaust local ...

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    Who doesn’t love unlocked Android smartphones, especially those sold through official, authorized and trustworthy channels with valid warranties and fast, free nationwide shipping? It pretty much goes without saying you’ll find plenty of compelling deals on such products from basically every OEM under the sun come Black Friday and Cyber Monday in a couple of months, but if you simply can’t wait that long, Amazon’s latest “48 hour Unlocked Event” has you covered. The fire sale’s protagonists are fairly popular even when they’re not massively marked down, as the 4GB RAM/64GB ...

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    Well, it practically took forever, but Sony seems to be officially done with Android 6.0 updates at long last. Remember the OEM’s Marshmallow-eligible device list from way back October 2015? It’s completed now, as the mid-range Xperia C5 Ultra finally follows in the footsteps of the C4, M4 Aqua, M5, plus new and old Z-series flagships including the Z5, Z5 Compact, Z5 Premium, Z4 Tablet, Z3+, Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact, Z2, and Z2 Tablet. Any hopes of some other phones or slates being added to the M roster at the last minute, despite Nougat-optimizing work having started for a ...

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    It's boxy, it's relatively weaker than previous generations, it lacks a working fingerprint sensor and it supposedly has a pretty neat camera. But if your smartphone game is petite, yet still powerful, Sony's Xperia X Compact is your only route to go. And unlocked GSM units finally on pre-sale at Amazon in the US in black, white and blue for $499.99. Yep, $500. Amazon is softening the blow with a $50 checkout credit and shipping trucks are scheduled to set out next week on the 25th. Given, though, how many times we've been praising manufacturers on their $400 phones this year, we're ...

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    You could get the Sony Xperia X Performance for $699.99 from Bell Mobility in Canada. Or you can get it for free, stuck on a two-year contract with an $80 monthly plan. And you can get $100 off that "price" of free with a trade-in. Those who are looking for a little less intensity in their Xperia experience can get an Xperia XA for $349.99 or free on a two-year term with a $35 a month plan. The Xperia X Performance has only been on Bell's shelves for two months. But apparently, the carrier just isn't willing to give Sony phones the boot like what T-Mobile did with the HTC 10. Heck, the ...

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    With the PlayStation VR arriving in time to meet up with a couple of new PlayStation 4 variants, Sony would have done well and good to start planning 360° TV and movie content a long time ago. Alas, we're hearing today that the Japanese company will likely be licensing content from other multimedia outfits at first. The PlayStation VR will be released on October 13, which gives the company less than a month to implement its wider content strategy. The company claims more than 230 developers to its effort working on more than 50 projects in gaming, karaoke, cartoons, music videos and ...

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    Sony has once again done away with the fingerprint sensor for its smartphone releases in the US. What was deactivated and unusable on the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia X Performance has gone unmentioned in the US spec webpages of the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact. European units will have a working sensor — pre-sales have started in Europe. Sony has been implementing these sensors on the side as a capacitive touchpad/power button hybrid. The company has kept mum on any reason why it would be excluding the feature in US units — perhaps it could be a technology licensing ...

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    Please tell us you took Best Buy up on its Xperia C4 clearance offer last week. Yes, the phone is old, and its manufacturer still has trouble making money in the mobile arena, consequently killing off several mid-range product portfolios, most likely including the C line. But at $150, the 5.5-inch selfie expert was quite the bargain, and to better get that point across, Sony is now sending over-the-air Android 6.0 Marshmallow goodies to E5303, E5306, E5333 and E5343 models around the world. That leaves E5353 and E5363 configurations hanging for the time being, although each and every Sony ...

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    Sony’s second 2016 stab at a flagship Android phone arguably looks better than the first on the outside, sports a slightly larger screen with slimmer bezels, switches to USB Type-C connectivity, and promises to improve the already remarkable camera capabilities of the Xperia X Performance. The icing on the Xperia XZ cake is a lower price point, though some power users may still feel they can do a little better at £550 on British shores and €700 in most EU countries. Or perhaps that Sony could have done better yet, with an extra gig of RAM and Quad, not Full HD, 5.2-inch display. On ...

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    So-called selfie smartphones have come a long way in the past couple of years, despite many expecting the trend of proficient front-facing cameras to rapidly die down. It’s hardly unusual nowadays to take self-portraits with 13MP “secondary” snappers, so the summer 2015-released Sony Xperia C4 may not feel like a selfie expert anymore. Still, the 5.5-incher’s 5-megapixel front cam sports Exmor R technology and LED flash illumination, while the 13MP rear unit in turn has LED flash going for it, as well as HDR, autofocus, Full HD video recording, 4x digital zoom, and f/2.0 aperture. ...

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    With so many solid upper mid-range or even full-blown high-end phones from increasingly reliable OEMs like ZTE, Huawei or OnePlus sold for $400 tops stateside, valid warranties, LTE connectivity and all, it’s pretty hard to keep a straight face while calling a $450 Sony Xperia X listing a bargain. Sure, the Snapdragon 650-powered 5-incher was initially attached a $550 unlocked tag… just a few months ago, of which a number of authorized sellers shaved a measly 50 bucks off back in early July. A $100 discount is therefore… something, and BuyDig tries to further sweeten the deal with a ...

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    We have walked 500 miles and we would walk 500 more to be the men that walked a thousand miles to podcast off the floor of apartment rental. That's all out of necessity for us to not only cover days and days of devices launched before and at the International Funkausstellung Berlin 2016, but in order for us to podcast. And this late audio file is the result of our fruits. Juan Carlos Bagnell and Jaime Rivera team up to talk about the pop and burn of the Galaxy Note 7, Google dropping Project Ara, the Star VR from Acer, Huawei's Nova before it, Sony's now-usual disappointments and a whole ...

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    One HTC-made "Nexus" device, codenamed "Marlin" and perhaps to be brought to market as the "Pixel XL," may use an entirely new mobile camera sensor from Sony. @LlabTooFeR, the source of several previous leaks on HTC, has tweeted out some supposed camera information for the Pixel XL. HTC Nexus (M1) = Marlin = Pixel XL will be featured with Sony IMX378 (12mp) main camera and IMX179 (8mp) front camera. — LlabTooFeR (@LlabTooFeR) September 2, 2016 Sony has not put out any information about the IMX378, but we do know that the IMX179 is a 1/3.2-inch sensor with an effective resolution of 8 ...

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    When Sony introduced the Xperia X line, maybe the gadget most missed was some form of compact phone. We’re happy to see that this oversight has been addressed with Sony’s announcement of the Xperia X Compact. In keeping with the theme of previous compacts, this phone represents a high quality option for folks who like smaller form factors, and I t represents almost zero compromise moving smaller from the Xperia X. Mind you not the X performance, but the regular X. Is this a successful homecoming? Here's our first look! Sony Xperia X Compact first look: The only small premium Android ...

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    An end of the year refresh over the Xperia X Performance we just recently reviewed, Sony took the wraps off of the new Xperia XZ. A modest update, the Xperia base remains similar with a 5.2” 1080p LCD, front facing speakers, a Qualcomm 820 chipset with 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage for the single sim version of the phone. So what's new? What's different? What's improved? Here's our first look at the Xperia XZ! Sony Xperia XZ first look: a better refined Xperia? Our IFA 2016 coverage is brought to you by XCOM Global https://www.xcomglobal.com/Cloud/usa/ Coupon code: pocketnow Limited ...

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    Knowing Sony’s intentions to further “contract” an already frail US mobile business while “maximizing” European sales, it sure was surprising to see the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact dated for their American releases off the bat, but not on the old continent. In case you missed the timetable, the 720p 4.6-incher is supposed to launch globally “from September 2016”, with the ETA narrowed down to the 25th stateside, whereas the Full HD 5.2-incher should begin its world invasion at some point the following month, officially debuting on US shores come October 23. Meanwhile, ...

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    The road from promising pre-release prototype to almost-ready-for-primetime commercial product was likely a long and bumpy one for the discreet, teeny-tiny but incredibly intuitive Xperia Ear wireless earpiece/voice and gesture-enabled personal assistant Sony first showcased at MWC in early 2016. Recommended for use alongside the newly unveiled Xperia XZ and X Compact phones, as well as the already obsolete X and X Performance, but technically compatible with any Android handheld running 4.4 KitKat and up, this hands-free “Smart Product”, aka wearable, is equipped with something called ...

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    Sony’s “new crown jewel” has arrived surprisingly soon after the ambitiously named but overpriced and underwhelming Xperia X Performance, barely increasing the screen size by 0.2 inches, and thus signaling it’s not meant to complement the 5-incher as the Galaxy Note 7 does for the S7. It wants to replace it, and ideally make you forget all about it, launching on October 23 stateside at an as-yet unannounced price point. The missing piece of the Xperia XZ puzzle is clearly the most important one, with plenty of significant upgrades in tow to perhaps warrant a $500 purchase. Not a ...

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    While most Android OEMs have entirely given up on half-decent sub-5-inch (some, even sub-5.5-inch) smartphones, and Apple paused 4-inch iPhone evolution for a few years as it focused solely on iPhablets, Sony remains committed to its age-old strategy of releasing flagships in more sizes than anyone. Even as it undergoes a mobile business restructuring, looking to streamline the money-bleeding Xperia portfolio, this unrelenting Japanese tech giant has a pocket-friendly X Compact to hook you up with. And fret not, it’s nearly as powerful as its largely underwhelming 5-inch “standard” ...

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    Update: A tipster to us has been able to confirm that the below benchmark result is of an Elite variant of the Nubia Z11. We have updated our source link. Our original story is below. If you've been waiting for a compact car you'd want to buy, maybe keep on waiting until the hoverbike finally comes around. But man, if there's something you want to not be disappointed about, it's this yet-to-be filed spec dump for what we assume to be the Sony Xperia X Compact. Telefoonabonnement.nl, which has been picking up some great GFXBench logs early in the game, has caught this one as well. The ...

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    While Android users tend to almost exclusively point the finger at the manufacturers of their devices or mobile carriers for delays in update deliveries or premature software support termination, there are actually a number of criteria a phone has to meet before getting an essential OS makeover. And sometimes, it’s not the OEM’s fault at all a product that still seems relatively powerful is no longer eligible for a new Android flavor. Case in point, the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. Sony recently hinted at Marshmallow marking the end of the upgrade road for both two-year-olds, with a ...

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    Well, that escalated quickly. Just 24 hours ago, we had no idea Sony was even planning an Xperia Z5 Compact sequel of sorts. Branded differently, of course, as the Z line reached its “culmination” a few months back. Now, not only do we have official confirmation from one of the company’s European divisions the Xperia X Compact is real, but we also know how it looks (part of it, at least), and some key specifications are pretty much etched in stone, courtesy of a reputable tech publication with a solid track record of such leaks. Exactly like the Z5 Compact and Z3 Compact, the X ...

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