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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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    Say the word “tablet” today and you probably picture something like this. Even back in 2011 –the origin year for today's deep dive into nostalgia– the word conjured up a big slab, not an oversized eyeglass case. But the latter is just what we got with the Sony Tablet P, a bizarre foldable mobile device that better resembled a palmtop computer than any "tablet" I'd ever seen. It was weird – but that's just why I liked it. The Sony Tablet P was the first review device I ever requested (and the first of many I never received). Three years later, thanks to eBay, I finally got the ...

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    The simple fact that Sony has committed to continue building smartphones is already great news for the industry. Most of the smartphones we use carry a Sony image sensor for photography, and the company has also pioneered in waterproofing without compromising looks. The only problem with the company lately is that it seems to be off to a slow start with smartphone flagships, and it seems the trend will continue. Today we land the UAProfs for a Sony E66XX (E6603, E6633, E6653, E6683) and a Sony E58XX (E5803, E5823), and the data goes as far as to reveal that both devices will be running the ...

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    We started off the week hearing about an experiment Sony was conducting over in Sweden, where the company was recruiting Xperia Z3 users to help the company evaluate its “new Android concept,” what sure sounded like an attempt to rethink the custom user interface found on the company's Xperia smartphones and tablets. While the general idea sounded promising, we were sorely lacking for details, not really knowing what sort of direction Sony was hoping to take here. Today Sony spells out just what it's doing, while giving us a peek at the new software. Fans of near-stock Android, we've ...

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    The amount of horror stories with Android 5.0 Lollipop is significant enough to have many waiting eagerly for Android 5.1. Surely this newer version is still no Android M when it comes to benefits, but it kills a ton of bugs that reduce the glory that Lollipop deserves. Sony has had a positive track record with software updates, and the trend continues. Sony has just announced that Android 5.1 has just reached the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 family. This means that devices like the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 tablet should receive the update ...

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    Sony unveiled the Xperia Z4 (Z3+) and called it a day, officially stating that the Xperia Z3 is still a flagship, but those hunting for specs can now upgrade to the new kid on the block. Its American version (slightly further upgraded), the Xperia Z4v, should be coming soon (how soon, we don't know) to Verizon, but, if this report is true, the company is preparing two high-end Sony smartphones. We should reportedly expect the Xperia S60 and Xperia S70 before IFA, according to the report, that cites information from retailers who can only share the fact that both of these upcoming high-end ...

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    Companies making smartphones have lots of opportunities to help their handsets stand out from the pack, and we're well used to seeing brands deploy style cues that help make their phones easily recognizable, whether the woven back of a Motorola Droid or the bright polycarbonate of a Lumia handset. For Android OEMs, that ability for a company to give its phones a tell-tale look extends well beyond hardware, and the majority of manufacturers out there also outfit their phones with a customized user interface – their own Android skin. Some companies have been far more successful than others ...

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    The North American Sony Xperia Z3+/Z4, dubbed Sony Xperia Z4v, should be coming to Verizon soon. It is a special version of the phone which has a higher resolution screen (Quad HD versus Full HD), as well as wireless charging support. According to the initial information, as well as the one we heard a couple of days ago, August 13 was the day to circle in your calendar if you wanted to get this water and dustproof smartphone. Sadly, that is no longer the case. Despite displaying the August 13 date on the aforementioned microsite, Burson-Marsteller, the PR agency for Sony's North American ...

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    Three weeks back, Verizon helped introduce Sony's latest Android, the Xperia Z4v. And while most of the world is looking to the Xperia Z4 or Z3+ while shopping for their next Sony phone, Verizon's option is a handset unto itself, launching with a high-res quad HD display. But while we knew the smartphone was due to land sometime this summer, we were at a loss for any specifics, especially concerning release dates and pricing. Well, the pricing issue remains to be addressed, but today we get some resolution on the other front, as Sony confirms an August 13 release date. While this info ...

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    The rise of video games as streaming performances has positively exploded in recent years, with the publication of gaming vids on services like YouTube and Twitch reaching new heights of popularity – success that led Amazon to announce plans to purchase Twitch for nearly a billion dollars last year. And while much of that content is focused on PC and console gaming, mobile gaming is just as popular in its own right, and now Sony is offering owners of its Xperia devices the chance to easily stream some gaming video from their own hardware, releasing a new live screen streaming app. ...

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    We just shared with you some official word from Sony about its continued dedication to the smartphone market, and how we shouldn't expect the company to pack up shop or sell things off – ever. That's great news for Sony's fans (and honestly, for the market in general), leaving them only to wonder what's next from the manufacturer. Well, even though the world only just got the Xperia Z4/Z3+, rumors are already suggesting that the company's next big handset could be just around the corner, as talk of the Xperia Z5 returns. Early rumors about the Xperia Z5 were active all the way back in ...

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    Is there a future for Sony in smartphones? While never a company that was competing on the same level as a Samsung or even an LG, Sony remains an electronics giant, and over the years it's kept up its dedication to smartphones, tablets, and even smartwatches, in one way or another. But earlier this year we heard rumors that the company could be shifting around its priorities, and Sony Mobile with its Xperia line could end up on the chopping block, sold off to the highest bidder. In the months since we've seen plenty of progress on the smartphone front from Sony, including the launch of the ...

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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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