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    Not all smartphones are created equal, and it's only understandable that you might feel a little jealous when your friend walks in with the latest and greatest model, sporting a killer camera, blazing fast processor, and beautiful screen, only for you to be stuck using last year's phone. That's just the tide of progress, though, and it's inevitable that newer models will arrive with bigger and better features. What we don't expect, on the other hand, is to see our friend walk in with the very same smartphone model we have, only for their phone to be noticeably superior to ours. Some Sony ...

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    Sony's got some smartphone news to share with us at IFA next week, and rumors sure have been insistent that we can expect the manufacturer to unveil its latest Xperia Z5 family of flagships. The most recent has suggested that could include not one, not two, but three handsets, including a 4K-resolution Z5 “Premium” edition. While we wait to see if that kind of pie-in-the-sky hardware actually shows up, some new support has arrived for one of the slightly more conservative Z5 spec rumors, with the publication of a few images that appear to be official press shots of the Xperia Z5, ...

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    We already know Sony has something up its sleeve for the IFA trade show in Berlin between September 4 and 9, and a number of recent teasers have aggressively promoted the advanced camera capabilities of the next Xperia phone or phones. But exactly how many new Z-series handhelds are in the pipeline? What will they be called? And most importantly, what might set them apart from the Xperia Z4/Z3+ and Z3 Compact? Thanks to a post on an unofficial Sony Georgia Facebook page, which apparently “jibes with” intel received by serial leaker @evleaks, we may finally have some answers. Three ...

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    We're one week away from September 2, which means there's one week between us and news of the latest Sony mobile hardware. While the company's first IFA teaser was pretty nonspecific as to the type of devices we should expect, follow-up efforts have been clear that a new Xperia smartphone will be among them. Whether that means the launch of the Xperia Z5 family or not remains to be seen, but one thing Sony's made an effort to emphasize is the high-end camera performance of this new hardware. Earlier this week we saw Sony share a new IFA promotional message that drew attention to the ...

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    This year's IFA trade show is so close we can nearly taste it. Well, maybe that's just all the German food we'll be eating, but we're itching at the chance to descend upon Berlin and start bringing you all the big announcements from this year's show. Back at the start of the month, Sony sent out invites for its IFA press event, scheduled to fall on September 2. Ever since, we've been wondering about just which devices we could hope to see the company launch, and while we've certainly got a few strong contenders, nothing's official just yet. Sony's keeping us guessing up until the end, and ...

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    Sony fans will be glad to hear that the Sony Xperia Z5 rumors are not stopping, which is usually a good indication that a phone is on its way. We've seen a lot of leaks in the past couple of weeks, including general hardware and aspect, a fingerprint scanner (oddly placed on the side), as well as a bold move (treat this one with skepticism) to set a new standard by bringing a 4K display to the handset. Today's report brings us a set of photographs allegedly depicting a Sony Xperia Z5 dummy unit (which should pretty much be identical to the real deal). The pictures come from China and the ...

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    Sony's got an IFA event coming up in less than two weeks, and if we're to believe the rumors, the company could be planning to move forward with its Xperia Z flagship line, introducing the Z5 family just months after launching the Z4. Leaks have suggested some interesting hardware changes for Z5 models, like ditching the prominent round power button in favor of a longer, flatter button that integrates a fingerprint scanner. That may be just what we're looking at today, as a leaked image attempts to show off the Xperia Z5 Compact. We've seen shots like this leak in advance of Sony press ...

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    Sony launched its original SmartBand fitness tracker all the way back at CES 2014, though it wouldn't be until June of that year when we saw the company bring sales of the wearable to the US. In the mobile electronics world, a span of one year feels like a lifetime, so Sony's been seriously overdue for some kind of follow-up if it hoped to keep the SmartBand fresh. Today that's just what we see the company do, as it announces the new SmartBand 2 with heart rate monitor. We first saw this guy pop up a little earlier this summer, with the publication of its companion app, but it's taken ...

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    It might shock you to hear this (and certainly, our scope of coverage today isn't doing much to establish otherwise), but there's actually smartphone news going on right now that isn't at all related to new Samsung products. While we're still very much basking in the post-launch glow of the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, there's movement elsewhere in this mobile tech world, and the latest development to catch our eye concerns a flagship from another Android OEM, with the discovery of what just might be the first published render of the Sony Xperia Z5+. Remember those leaks we saw ...

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    Most of us still consider 2K displays to be overkill, but in the case of phablets, that's not necessarily the case. Sony has been a little late in supporting QHD displays, even if it was one of the first companies to support 1080p back in the day. Now that we know that the company is committed to its Xperia lineup, it's only fair that we see some innovation on the new rumors of the Xperia Z5+. UAProf data reveals information on the unannounced Sony E6833, E6853 and E6883. We don't know what region or carrier these variants belong to, but what we do see is that this is a phablet that could ...

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    Sony is one of those companies that is often forgotten in this industry. List of a number of phone OEMs and if you live outside of eastern Asia, Sony might find its way into your mind share somewhere around Mitsubishi and Tylenol because you will have started guessing by that point. “Oh, Sony?! That’s right!” Sony is present in many smartphones on the planet, since its camera sensors are used in Apple and Samsung smartphones (among a host of others). When it comes to building a phone for itself, Sony does a pretty decent job. When it comes to selling them, eh, not so much. Which is ...

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    The days following the launch of Sony's Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra have found our attention already moving forward to new hardware, fueled by a series of leaks that attempt to show off some next-gen Xperia hardware – and while the identification isn't rock-solid just yet, there's a strong feeling following all this that these phones could be the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact. Already this week we've had a few chances to look at what appears to be some edge-mounted fingerprint-scanning hardware on these handsets, integrated into their power buttons. Today we return to get a new ...

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    Is Sony really about to introduce its next-gen flagships, just months after the Xperia Z4/Z3+ arrived? It's certainly the kind of behavior we've seen from the company before, and even if there was a bit of a lull after the release of the original Z3, it could well be time for Sony to get back into one of these phases of launch after launch. Earlier this week we checked out a hardware leak that attempted to reveal some new Xperia Z-series hardware – phones that looked like they'd introduce a new side-mounted fingerprint scanner, one integrated with the power button. Today we get a closer ...

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    How nuts is it that Sony's latest Androids are just hours old at this point, and our attention has already soundly moved on to what's next, as rumors start talking about the company's upcoming IFA event, and our chances of seeing some new flagship-level smartphones. The idea that Sony could be quick to release the Xperia Z5 has already been bouncing around this summer, and suggestions of a possible tie-in with November's new James Bond film might support the idea of a launch in our near future. But just what can we expect from the Z5 in terms of the phone's hardware? A new leak may offer a ...

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    Sony's already gotten this week off to a strong start, announcing a pair of Androids that may fall towards the middle of the road with some of their specs, but still manage to deliver some solid camera performance. And while we're happy to see the Xperia M5 and Xperia C5 Ultra go official like this, rumors sure have seemed like they've been hinting at some much higher-end hardware. We still don't know if that means another sooner-than-we'd-expect Xperia Z-series model, or maybe some premium phones with slightly different branding, but one way or another, it's felt like there are still more ...

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    News of plans for Sony's latest smartphone launch only arrived late last week, giving us the heads-up that an announcement was on its way. And while we didn't have much to go on initially, short of hints that we were looking at some high-speed camera hardware, it didn't take long for rumors to zero-in on a pair of handsets likely to take the spotlight: the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5. On Friday we got an early look at what to expect, as we saw those two leak in quite a bit of detail, revealing some detailed hardware specs. Today Sony finally makes its official, and it looks likes ...

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    Sony announced recently that it would be testing a new near-stock Android experiment, while moving most of its additional Sony services to the form of apps. This is great news for those of us who have grown to prefer the stock Android experience as can be found on Nexus phones near-stock on phones such as those offered by Motorola The stock Android experience is a pretty good experience, and more importantly, it brings a unified experience across multiple devices. Ask and thou shalt receive The days of skins are waning as more and more OEMs are changing over to this stock or near-stock ...

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    Sony's next Xperia launch event looks like it's just days away, with the company preparing for a Monday announcement. The official teasers we've seen haven't helped a lot in identifying the hardware likely to be on the menu, but recent leaks have at least given us some clue as to what we can expect – like that Xperia C5 Ultra that's been pretty extensively revealed with the help of multiple sources. As we wait for Monday's news, we've got an even broader leak to check out this afternoon, outing not just the Xperia C5 Ultra, but also the Sony Xperia M5. Unlike that last depiction of the ...

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    Yesterday we got a heads-up from Sony: Xperia news was coming, and it was coming soon. The manufacturer told us to look forward to “a new way to capture split-second photos,” and planned to make its full announcement this coming Monday. We shared a few theories for what kind of hardware we might be likely to see, but aside from the implication that the phone would land with a high-speed imaging system, we didn't have much to go on. Today we're still not dealing with a hell of a lot of info, but Sony does offer one small tidbit in its latest teaser, as it mentions that “something ...

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    This summer, smartphone makers just can't seem to wait to announce their new handsets. With IFA so close at hand, we might normally expect many phones getting ready to launch this quarter to make their debut at the big expo, but instead 2015 has been one where we see these devices emerge early. Motorola certainly didn't wait for IFA to launch its new Moto phones, and the rumored pre-IFA Samsung Unpacked event is now confirmed. We've also heard rumors that Sony could be brewing up a launch announcement of its own in the weeks leading up to IFA, and this morning we find that news similarly ...

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    Even though Sony has been rather sluggish at product announcements this year, the company has managed to launch a few flagships that we've already reviewed. That said, we recently came across some documents that reveal a Sony Xperia C5 Ultra in the works, and super-slim bezels were just part of the news. If you thought it was too hard to believe for Sony to take this approach on a future smartphone, we've now got photos to prove it. There's a very interesting story in Brazil over some new leaks of the Sony Xperia C5 Ultra. It turns out that the device was in its certification process with ...

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    Early last week we first got word of a new project Sony was getting underway, recruiting Xperia Z3 users to help it test some new smartphone software. It sure sounded like the company was interested in trying out something new for the UI of its phones, and just a few days later we saw official confirmation arrive, as Sony described the Concept for Android project that would bring its phones a near-stock Android experience while still retaining Sony apps and Sony-exclusive features. It all sounded pretty promising … except the test was only open to Z3 users in Sweden, and even then, only ...

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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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