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    With the already hugely successful Galaxy Note 7 unveiled early to get a head start on the iPhone 7 (or 6SE), LG feeling confident enough in the G5-similar sequel to the surprisingly popular V10 to give it its own special announcement event in San Francisco, and Apple of course not looking to share the spotlight with anyone else, you may view IFA 2016 as a tech sideshow of sorts. But let us assure you, that’s never been the case for one of Germany’s oldest trade fairs, and Europe’s biggest such gathering of high-profile consumer electronics exhibitors, and by no means is this ...

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    It’s never wise to assume a certain unreleased smartphone model will eventually see daylight just because it comes from a long line of beloved devices, especially when its makers are undergoing transitions, cutting expenses, and streamlining product portfolios. Still, even with the Xperia Z brand out the door, a renewed focus on premium designs and specifications, as well as zonal reorientations, it felt silly to doubt Sony’s ongoing commitment to high-end compact phones. Enter the Xperia X Compact at last, the timely IFA 2016-bound sequel for September 2015’s Z5 Compact, and the ...

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    While Android enthusiasts understandably celebrated the highly anticipated public rollout of a final, fully polished 7.0 Nougat build a couple of days ago, it’s important to remember this also marks the beginning of another major struggle. OEMs will now start over-promising and under-delivering, missing their own self-imposed deadlines, snubbing popular, relatively new devices, or worse yet, they’ll stay completely mum on the matter, never really issuing any sort of update roadmap, leaving us wondering, speculating and doubting everything. On that note, at least Sony is being forward ...

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    We have little idea what exactly Sony will throw at consumers this IFA around, but among the rumored wares is the so-called Xperia XR (nee F8331), benched and tracked to sport some high-end hardcore hardware. The XR make take the shape of one of the two new devices that Sony has submitted test documents to the FCC. Yes, one of them is a phone that has been tested for cellular low-band transmissions and is marked with WCDMA, GSM and LTE. The other device has a port layout (namely, Ethernet) that basically screams a gaming console. That second device might be the "PlayStation 4 Neo" that ...

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    It’s all about creating a lineup of devices. Sony retired the Xperia Z collection of devices, last year culminating in the ambitious Z Premium with a 4K display. Sony’s mission this year? Streamline. Focus on the features which “really” matter. No more fun experiments. However, this streamlining approach for the hardware hasn’t trimmed the price tags. Sony is still very much positioning the X line as premium offerings. Two letters lower in the alphabet, but that doesn’t mean the customer gets a price cut. We'll be taking an in-depth look at both the X and X Performance in this ...

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    While we’ve known for almost a month now that Sony intends to unveil… something the day before the official start of the IFA 2016 industrial exhibition in Berlin, Germany, and the company’s trade show appearance was a no-brainer ever since last September, the Japanese device manufacturer only comes out and dismisses all doubt today. You can officially save the September 1 date therefore, or at least reserve the 1 to 2pm CEST timeslot for whatever Xperia, PlayStation, Walkman, Bravia-branded goodies and so on that are definitely in the pipeline. “Definitely” might sound like a ...

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    Remember when the mid-range, jumbo-sized Sony Xperia C5 Ultra finally arrived stateside in GSM unlocked form, official warranty and 4G LTE speeds included, priced at $330, which almost felt like a reasonable ask? Time to ditch the “almost”, overlook the phablet’s now advanced age, as well as the fact it still hasn’t received a follow-up effort, and pull the trigger at a super-palatable $190 tag. You can choose between a silky white model on sale through B&H Photo Video, and a charcoal black flavor up for grabs at a massive 46 percent discount exclusively for Prime members on ...

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    Every manufacturer has an approach to tackling major Android point upgrades. Some (claim) to turn out a fast product while others take their time to iron out wrinkles... and then others never take their time. While you might have an idea of who the suspects we're talking about are, analytics firm Apteligent has compiled numbers up from thousands of apps to figure out which OEM's been paying the most mind to the Marshmallow update. Motorola is named the far-and-away leader in the US and India when it comes to non-Nexus devices. Add in Nexus makes and you'll see Moto trounce in the US. LG, ...

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    SONY's name once stood as the gold standard for consumer electronics, but these days Xperias face intense competition from companies like Samsung, who now occupies the number one position for Android manufacturers. Samsung didn't have much to improve over the Galaxy S6, unifying the design language with the Note 5, replacing the Micro SD card expansion slot, and increasing the battery capacity, but we also got water resistance and an improved camera. Sony on the other hand is taking a far more drastic step away from the Xperia Z of recent years. Claiming to focus on "what matters" to ...

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    The Sony brand has come to represent multi-media prowess from an entertainment juggernaut of a company. This year sees Sony offering phones that are a bit more modest, though maintaining premium price points. Why might a consumer be inclined to spend more on a phone? Camera performance is certainly one aspect which still sets high end phones apart from more budget friendly options. Based on the specs we should expect a solid photography and video solution here. Sony makes the actual camera sensors which are built into numerous competing phones. For the X Performance, they've included a ...

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    It might be costly for what it brings to the table, at $650 unlocked ($580, if you’re lucky), with just a 5-inch Full HD screen, 3GB RAM, 2,700 mAh battery and no fingerprint scanner stateside, but at least you now know the Sony Xperia X Performance will be among the world’s first smartphones to run Android 7.0. That’s if you hurry, have no problem tackling the typical bugs and general system instability of an OS pre-release beta version, and also happen to live in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Portugal or Netherlands. Xperia X ...

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    Smartphones come with a lot of expectations. Sony's move away from the Xperia Z, and some of the more outlandish specs delivered on the Z Premium, was advertised as an appeal to common sense smartphone computing. Sony was going to focus on what mattered, and that's how the Xperia X was born. This is an admirable goal, and we've praised many manufacturers which have taken a "back to basics" approach to manufacturing. Sony however faces an onslaught of competition from other top tier flagship devices, and from a new collection of budget busters aiming to deliver high end specs at mid-range ...

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    If there’s one thing mobile consumers have always commended Sony for, in (financial) sickness and health, that’s surely the company’s stubbornness to offer solid compact Xperia models when practically everyone else in the business was adopting larger and larger footprints. But Ultra-branded phablets have enjoyed their time in the spotlight too, starting with the ridiculously jumbo-sized 6.4-inch Z derivation back in 2013. Since then, these beasts mostly lean mid-range, fittingly priced at $400 tops generally. The Sony Xperia XA Ultra is the only supersized member of the new ...

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    Sony’s transition to an almost entirely “premium”-focused Xperia mobile device portfolio keeps on trucking, and despite lukewarm critical response for the Z-replacing X lineup, the first semi-encouraging financial results in years have been posted little over a week ago. Up next, we’ve known for a while a largely familiar but also different new flagship model is in the works, which reliable Twitter tipster @OnLeaks expects to debut in “early September”, likely during the IFA trade fair in Berlin, Germany. Pictured in the wild a couple of times already, the F8331 now has a ...

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    Taking a look at the top performer from Sony this year, we can't help but feel this is a bit of a repeat. The Xperia X Performance differs very little from its less expensive stablemates. Still, we've been waiting for this version of the Xperia to start testing camera and audio performance, but first, we have to get it out of the box. We'll have a lot to look at, as we produce a Real Camera Review, and compare this phone to similarly priced competitors. Until then here's our first impressions of the Xperia X Performance! Sony Xperia X Performance first impressions

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    Quantity or quality? Any mobile device manufacturer would probably take both if it could have them, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. And when it comes to picking one or the other, many experienced companies make the wrong decision. Sony is bold enough to go the fairly unpopular route of the two, contracting its smartphone business in several key regions, while looking to maximize high-end sales across Europe and Asia. Granted, the low to mid-end, budget-conscious Xperia E family is not dead yet, and even M5 and C5-series non-flagships may still get follow-up efforts by the end ...

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    One of the restraints that come with PC-powered virtual reality headsets is that you don't have much of a range in movement, thanks to some bulky cables tethering you to a zone about the size of queen mattress. Then again, with all the other junk in your room, you're probably better off with the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift than the PlayStation VR. PlayStation Asia has published an FAQ and pre-requisites page for its upcoming headset to go with the PlayStation 4. PlayStation VR relies on a camera peripheral that tracks users' movement within a certain zone and that zone is defined in the ...

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    Recently introduced products on Amazon sometimes have the craziest of discounts applied to them. Kinda like how that Moto G4 got a pre-order discount of a sort and then a discount on top of that discount. Like it's some layer cake or something. If you want a product like that, though, let's be honest: you're not going to complain. So, if you want some huge phone that can take huge selfies, have a look at the Sony Xperia XA Ultra. Yes, we realize that we wrote a piece about it this week. Yes, it's already being discounted on Amazon by some $57.77 or 16 percent to $312.22. But no, you're ...

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    When a company compares its phones to the competition, it would probably do best to leave out any point that could be considered a "con". Samsung Deutschland are pretty aware of that, but we'd figure to go through its latest video of a "battery test" anyways. In comparing the performance of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge with that of the Huawei P9, iPhone 6s, HTC 10, Sony Xperia X and LG G5, Samsung decided to have each run a lightweight video constantly for as long as they can with the screen on. Each device had no Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and cellular connectivity, started from 100% and ...

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    Confirmed reports of Sony looking to dispense with its long-lived, once leading-edge but no longer successful and profitable battery business sounded like bad news not just for the conglomerate’s components and semiconductors departments. Other flagging divisions, including mobile communications, aka smartphones, could be in danger, as Sony stops relying on perennially prosperous gaming, home entertainment and pictures branches to offset financial losses posted by Xperias quarter after quarter. Only for the first time in years, the restructured, condensed, non-Z-focused mobile device ...

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    Although ranked close to the top 100 on the 2015 Fortune Global 500 list, and widely recognized as one of the world’s leading electronic products manufacturers, as well as an entertainment and gaming juggernaut, Sony’s had its trouble reaping profits from certain business segments and sub-segments of late. The mobile communications division, including long-struggling Xperia smartphones, and the ambiguously named devices department, consisting of semiconductors and components, in particular performed poorly last year. While Android handhelds are offered one potential final chance, ...

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    If you want optically-stabilized selfies and a huge phone to help you steady your outstretched arms all at once, why not consider the Xperia XA Ultra from Sony? Why not? Well, it wasn't available in the US. Until today. Best Buy, B&H and Reagan Wireless have the phone for $369.99. Amazon has it at $354.40. The phone is available in White, Graphite Black and Lime Green and, like its Xperia X cohorts, will come with a 64GB microSD card. At Reagan Wireless, you'll also get a SOL Republic Relays headset with a leather carrying pouch. As of this post, the "Add to Cart" buttons for Best Buy ...

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    Samsung, Huawei, Acer, and now Sony. This fall’s consumer electronics-centric IFA trade show is shaping up to be as jam-packed and memorable for us mobile hardware junkies as CES back in January and February’s MWC. In keeping with tradition, all major product announcements will likely take place ahead of the Berlin-set expo’s actual start on September 2, presumably including the oft-rumored Sony F8331 debut a day earlier. The company that’s looking to further contract its US smartphone business while maximizing European sales has just confirmed the pre-IFA press conference shall ...

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    If you're familiar with this leak, it's because this one's pretty much looking like the last one. New pictures are up on Xperian.ir of what's assumed to be the Sony F8331, a to-be-named device in the Xperia X series. As with a photo leak from a week ago, the front and back of the device are shown, but this time with the device's screen off. Other eye-catching aspects like the sharper corners, the two-part back designed for optimized antenna reception, the vertically-oriented dual LED module and the body's inky black color remain in view. We may see this device debut in September at IFA ...

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    Bargain? Steal? Hot deal? It feels like a stretch to attach any of those descriptions to the first ever big Sony Xperia X Performance US discount. Even calling the savings big is a bit of an overstatement, although $120 can buy you more than a few (thousand) Pokémon GO coins. The thing is the X Performance started off so overpriced that it needs a couple extra markdowns of this degree to finally provide a competitive bang for your buck. Still, if for whatever reason you’re dead set against the frequently reduced Samsung Galaxy S7, or the off-the-bat inexpensive OnePlus 3 or ZTE Axon 7, ...

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