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    About a month back we came across a rumor discussing a possible follow-up to some of last year's weirder smartphone accessories, the Sony Cyber-shot “lens-style cameras” that affixed to existing smartphones to give them high-quality image sensors, big lenses, and optical zoom capabilities. The QX10 and QX100 models we have now give us a 10x zoom and 3.6x zoom, respectively, but word was that this year's edition would bump that figure up to something like 30x zoom. Now we've got some new evidence that might just support that idea. A new listing at the South Korean National Radio ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z3 is still very much an enigma; looking at the hardware specs that have leaked, it's difficult to appreciate how Sony intends to make the handset a meaningful improvement over the Xperia Z2. Maybe the most obvious changes have emerged in some of the leaked pics we've seen, and even then they've seen minor: stuff like how the Z3's edges appear to be much more rounded and lacking the Z2's metal accents. Today we get a closer look at that hardware, with the arrival of a couple new supposed Xperia Z3 shots. The edge shot here appears to be a perfect match for last week's leak, ...

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    Sony sure appears to be working on a new flagship-level Android, and if the rumors are to be trusted, this handset could arrive as the Xperia Z3. We've had more than a few chances to check out some hardware in one form or another, be that individual components, line-art sketches, or even a few in-the-flesh pics, but there's still an awful lot about the phone that's remained a mystery. A few specs have popped up along the way, like mention of a Snapdragon 801-AC SoC and another 20.7MP camera, but we haven't had a great sense of the device's capabilities. Today a new leak attempts to start ...

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    One of the things we dislike about Sony phones is that their sales are restricted to non-US markets for the most part, but it sounds like this could be changing in the future -- we did of course see what's probably the Xperia Z3 go through the FCC's certification process recently. Today the company's current flagship is available for purchase, as it looks like Xperia Z2 US sales are finally a go. Before we get into availability details, let's talk specifications (because that's what everyone cares about, right?). The Xperia Z2 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC clocked at 2.3 GHz, a ...

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    When it comes to small phones, Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact has reined supreme for most of 2014, with no real competitors in sight. Now that there's a new kid on the block, we decided to quickly compare the two through specs -- so here is LG G3 Beat vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. This one's pretty much a no-contest. It's pretty ridiculous how the Z1 Compact is able to massacre the G3 Beat in almost every spec, and it's mainly because one's a flagship-class phone while the other is clearly a midranger. In both our comparison with the Galaxy S5 mini and One mini 2, one thing remained consistent -- ...

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    Rumors about Sony's follow-up to the Xperia Z2 sure are moving along swiftly, and in just a few weeks we've gone from early talk about possible model numbers to images of actual hardware. Just how could soon could this presumptive Xperia Z3 be ready for release? One carrier leak suggested the possibility of a launch before the end of September, and today we check out some new evidence pointing to the phone arriving sooner rather than later, as the FCC publishes some Sony certification docs. The paperwork in question references Sony model PM-0800 as well as PM-0801, otherwise known as D6603 ...

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    Last week saw Google take the chopping block to its selection of Play edition devices for sale, pulling the HTC One, Sony Z Ultra, and the LG G Pad 8.3 from its listings. While that may be a sign that new, more modern GPe hardware is on its way, it was still a little shocking to see some of those models retired after just over half a year. If you're wishing you jumped at the chance to buy one when they were available, we've got just the deal for you, as retailer Expansys puts these former (and one still current) GPe models on sale, offering some decent savings in the process. Expansys has ...

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    Do you unlock the bootloader on your Android phone? Whether you're a developer or just a power user with a hankering for some custom ROM action, the bootloader is the gatekeeper to your phone's software. Problem is, OEMs and carriers have been resistant to the idea of selling wide-open handsets, and the vast majority of phones you'll find today ship with their bootloaders secured. In order to keep delivering devices in this locked-down manner while still offering a path to unlocking for devs, smartphone makers have started offering unlocking services that let them control the process and ...

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    Sony has been doing a great job in regaining some popularity with its Xperia line-up. Devices like the Sony Xperia Z2 and the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact have gained a lot of praise from our editorial team, and with the recent rumors of the Xperia Z3, the company doesn't seem to be ready to disappoint. If you're wondering exactly how big the next Sony flagship will be, well, the answer is pretty big. Leaked photos now show the Sony Xperia z3 being compared against the original Samsung Galaxy Note. Yes, the Galaxy Note is no longer the biggest phone in the market, but it does serve as a fair ...

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    Like many smartphones, Sony's Xperia Z2 does not support wireless charging out of the box. For proponents of the tech, that's a big deal, as lowering the bar of entry for wireless charging is often mentioned as being of paramount importance to helping it really catch on. But at least Sony was ready to give users the next best thing, and announced back in May its intention to release official Z2 accessories: a charging plate and wireless charging cover. Except now all of a sudden, near every trace of those products seems to have been wiped clear of Sony's site, leaving us wondering if the ...

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    We really like the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. It crams flagship specs into a pint-sized body, and that makes us miss the phone for the most part, so when it goes on sale for a ridiculous price we find it hard to pass up. Check below to see where and how you can get in on this Sony Xperia Z1 Compact deal. The phone features some impressive specs, as mentioned earlier. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2 GHz SoC makes up the brains, while the display is a 4.3-inch 720p unit. There's also a powerful 20.7 MP rear camera, while a 2 MP front-facer rounds out the camera. There are 2GB of RAM and ...

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    By the time you folks are reading this, I'm probably half-way to my destination at the Adriatic Sea. Taking a vacation for the first time in years was one of the most difficult decisions I had to recently take, but I'm leaving -- for a tad more than a week -- knowing that Pocketnow is in good hands with my dear colleagues I couldn't be more proud of. The Nokia Lumia 1020, with its camera grip case, is the main phone I'm packing, and you know why that is: pictures. I don't plan on taking a lot of pictures, but those that I do choose to take, I want them to be good, and the Lumia 1020 is my ...

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    Late last month, a couple images arrived of front panels for Sony smartphones that were supposed to be the upcoming Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact. And maybe they were, we noted at the time, but there just wasn't much to see, and certainly not much that screamed “Z3.” Well, today a whole new series of images has hit our desk, and not only do they appear to show the larger of those two handsets fully assembled and functional, but also provide enough new info to really start convincing us that this could be the Z3. The hardware – at least what we're able to make out – appears to be a match ...

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    New hardware destined for Verizon has found itself at the center of quite of stories we've brought you lately. For instance, there was that leak earlier this week that sure seemed to reveal Verizon's plans to train staff on an incoming Sony Xperia Z2. We've also been on the lookout for news of the start of Verizon LG G3 sales, as all three other major carriers have already announced their plans. There's still nothing official just yet, but today a series of Verizon rumors attempts to shed some light on what's just about to go down at big red. Word is that Verizon will announce the start of ...

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    Early last week we got to check out a couple components form unreleased Sony handsets, which sources claimed to belong to upcoming Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact models. It wasn't a lot to go on, but Sony did move quite swiftly from the Z1 to the Z2, so it's not crazy to think that we should already be talking about plans for the arrival of a Z3. Later, we saw a leak give us a little hardware insight into the Z3 Compact, but it didn't help us narrow down Sony's possible launch window any. Today, though, we finally start closing in on when this hardware might arrive, as a new carrier leak ...

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