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    Knowing Sony’s spotty track record in terms of timely US expansions of its chiefly Asian and European-focused Xperia handhelds, it was only natural to fear the surprising new X, X Performance and XA might never pursue their American dream. But while we still have no idea exactly when are the “mid-rangers” supposed to start selling stateside and for how much, pre-registration pages on the Japanese OEM’s US website suggest a happy ending is in store. At least as far as the Sony Xperia X and X Performance are concerned, with no hints of XA availability outside select European and ...

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    When Sony brought its Xperia Z5 Premium to IFA last year, our jaws dropped a bit as we heard the manufacturer describe the hardware: a 4K screen … on a smartphone? It sounded like the sort of spec that landed somewhere between genius and madness, but as we learned when reviewing the phone, this early stab at mobile 4K wasn't quite all it was cracked up to be. This year at MWC, Sony's back with another P-word variant of its latest Android, only instead of Premium, the label of the day is Performance: will the Xperia X Performance live up to its promise, or will we be looking at another ...

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    No Xperia Z6? No problem. Although we weren't holding out hope that Sony would bring the next entry in its flagship lineup to MWC this year, we also didn't have a great sense for what we would be getting going in to the expo. Then right at the last minute, some leaks had it looking increasingly likely that there'd be new phones on the agenda, and earlier today Sony proved those suspicions correct, launching the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, and Xperia XA. Now we're bringing you our first hands-on look with this new hardware, as we check out both the Xperia X and the ...

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    Well, this pretty much came out of nowhere. Not truly, as Sony timidly teased its MWC 2016 presence a while back, then a few leaks tackled a couple of prospective non-flagship phones. Still, we weren’t expecting very flashy new products from the financially struggling Japanese OEM, since the Xperia Z6 definitely needs more time and behind-the-scenes work. But at least the Xperia X Performance sounds quite remarkable for a “super premium mid-ranger”, as it was billed on the Barcelona stage, pairing a 5-inch Full HD display with, get this, a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor. Sure ...

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    You probably don’t remember this, but Sony announced with relatively little fanfare it was going to swing by Barcelona for MWC 2016 more than a month ago. The reason you have no memory of the conference “teaser” is it contained absolutely no hints regarding what was coming, and the ensuing buildup, well, never took place. It’s crystal clear the Xperia Z6 will sit on the sidelines a while longer, whereas the Xperia C6 may or may not be real, and it may or may not go official just six months after the C5 Ultra. Adding to the intrigue and mystery, Evan Blass, aka @evleaks, has a new ...

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    Back in September we saw the release of the Xperia Z5 and its premium 4K model, the Xperia Z5 Premium. While these are both pretty excellent phones they just haven’t seemed to catch the attention of consumers like flagships from other OEMs. This year Sony is going to have to be able to compete with the likes of Samsung with their Galaxy S7/edge and LG with their G5, both which are much anticipated and receiving a lot of buzz.  There is A LOT that Samsung and LG are doing right! Sony has some pretty large shoes to fill! They could so easily become buried. IF Sony decides to release the ...

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    Sony may not be a market leader when it comes to finished smartphones, but the company still manages to play a role in bringing some of the most popular phones around to market. Just as companies like Samsung don't only make their own phones, but also build the electronics that make their way into competitors' handsets, Sony's got a solid business developing components that make it into phones like the Nexus 6P, Galaxy S6, and LG G4. And while the jury's still out as to whether or not we're going to see any new Sony handsets at MWC next week, we've got at least one new Sony product to look ...

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    Unlike most other Android device manufacturers, Sony tends to work simultaneously on software updates for a host of phones, thus stalling the rollout’s start and refusing to give new flagships preferential treatment. The upside is made obvious in a recent tweet from the company’s British Xperia arm, as the Z5 “series”, Z4 Tablet and Z3+ might all receive over-the-air Marshmallow goodies beginning March 7. Granted, we still expect small gaps between deliveries of 6.0 enhancement packages for those products, as well as traditional distribution in so-called waves. But chances are the ...

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    Sony just brought last year's Xperia Z5 to US shoppers, as multiple retailers opened sales one week ago. And while we're always happy to see Sony bringing its far-too-hard-to-come-by phones to more and more consumers, the Z5's US debut felt a little wrong in more ways than one. First, we're looking at a phone that launched all the way back at the end last summer – so even if sales are only starting now, the hardware's not exactly fresh. And for the US market, Sony even downgraded that hardware, killing off the phone's fingerprint scanner. Finally, despite all these compromises, the phone ...

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    With the original HTC One (M7), the manufacturer introduced us to the “UltraPixel,” some branding it came up with for a camera sensor that traded high megapixel count for physically larger individual pixels, capturing more light and designed to produce higher quality images. Now with the new One M10 just around the corner, we've heard reports of UltraPixel making its return to the phone's main camera, though now in the form of a much higher-res 12MP sensor. Can we still expect the same big pixels as before, just with a lot more of them? Or is the UltraPixel branding more fluid, and HTC ...

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    There are plenty of reasons you might want to be critical of Sony's smartphone game, from the slow-to-evolve design language of its handsets, to a hard-to-predict launch schedule, to a failure to make its phones widely available in some popular markets. But the one thing it's hard to complain about is the degree to which Sony goes out of its way to connect users with in-development software, giving them early access to new Android builds before they're ready for mass distribution. We've seen that with the company's Concept for Android program, and that spirit continues with the new Xperia ...

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    Back in October, when Android 6.0 was barely making its way over-the-air to “pure Google” Nexus devices, Sony vowed to update a whopping 14 Xperia phones and tablets to sweet Marshmallow… eventually. Between then and now however, only a small fraction of Z3 and Z3 Compact owners worldwide got a sample of Doze battery life enhancements and Now on Tap cards as part of a “Concept” beta program. Impatient fans are naturally wondering if the old plan is still on, fearing a few of the products initially announced as headed for 6.0 bumps may ultimately receive the upgrade axe. NTT ...

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    Technically, Sony’s three new flagship Android phones, including the Xperia Z5 Premium, have been up for grabs stateside for several months now for people who were in a hurry and didn’t care about warranties. But official sales, through sanctioned retailers, with manufacturer coverage for first-year hardware malfunctions, are only underway today, at least as far as the “standard” Z5 and Z5 Compact go. The bad news is fingerprint scanners are indeed missing, a controversial decision justified merely on cryptic “business” basis. On the bright side, Best Buy realized very early ...

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    Someday, our favorite smartphones will be left behind by the tide of progress, no long tapped to receive the latest platform updates and doomed to live out the rest of their days on increasingly feature-poor, insecure software: it's just the way of the world, as planned obsolescence pushes us towards newer and fancier hardware. But for the time being, there's still plenty of life left in our favorite flagships, and Android users are experiencing a surge in availability of (admittedly overdue) Android 6.0 Marshmallow updates. We just told you about the LG G4 bringing Marshmallow to T-Mobile ...

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    Like Samsung, Sony is yet to update a single Lollipop-powered device to Marshmallow outside of “Concept” beta programs, although we were ready to wager at one point a number of 6.0 rollouts would begin by the end of January for Xperia flagships. Meanwhile, the Japanese hardware manufacturer reconsidered the direct leap plan from Android 5.0 to build M for a couple of lower-end handhelds, but the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua isn’t a part of the group ultimately due for transitional 5.1 Lollipop promotions too. Instead, the waterproof 5-incher will continue to sit tight on ancient 5.0, waiting ...

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    Who will be the dual-camera king of the hill and who will that king end up serving? While Sony's own mobile hardware sales have sloughed, it's still making money making cameras for many companies including Apple — that company has reportedly been looking for dual-camera system vendors from Taiwan, Korea and Japan. During the company's most recent earnings call, one analyst asked about how OEMs will adopt the technology over the next couple of years. CFO Kenichiro Yoshida responded with an expectation that Sony's own paired camera product would come onto the market sometime next year with ...

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    For every device comes its time to go. For these two Android Wear smartwatches, they've had their time around. The original Moto 360 from Motorola is now nearly 18 months old while the Sony Smartwatch 3 is about a month younger. The Google Store has determined that it's about time that the two were discontinued from sale on its virtual shelves. The ever-popular Moto 360 went through sales that took the price down from $250 to $100. The Smartwatch 3 received nowhere near the attention as Motorola's creation did, but given how far it has gone as Sony's overall mobile sales have fallen, it's ...

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    Are screen borders a thing device manufacturers should really be looking to eliminate altogether or a necessary evil, given without them, it’d be pretty hard to handle a smartphone or tablet, and keep the risk of accidental touch interaction at a minimum? Tricky question to answer right away, but perhaps we can reach an all-satisfying compromise. What if OEMs shave off the lateral bezels, and retain the top and bottom ones to guarantee decent grip? Sounds like a good idea in theory, though in reality, the execution greatly depends on the thickness of the two horizontal “edges.” Sony ...

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    USB type-C is here in full force, offering convenient reversible cables, high power throughput for fast charging, and maybe even the dream of a brighter, more prosperous tomorrow. Or at least, it would, if we weren't still just a bit sore about having to buy a bunch of new accessories to support it. If your latest smartphone (or hell, even laptop) purchase has brought you into the world of USB type-C connectivity, you've probably already started arming yourself with all manner of cables, but that's just part of the solution. Now Sony's announcing a new USB type-C accessory that looks ...

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    Another financial report from a tech giant, another classic good news/bad news scenario. This time, it’s Sony that’s trying to retain an optimistic outlook on the mobile hardware industry, encouraged by the strong recent box-office performance of its game and network services division, as well as the pictures department. PlayStation 4 unit sales were the main growth driver for the Japanese conglomerate between October and December 2015, although it also certainly helped that Spectre and Hotel Transylvania 2 didn’t lampoon any dictators with a strong hacking fan base. On the not so ...

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    When's the last time a new mobile gadget had you really excited? Were you awed by the sheer size of the iPad Pro? Rendered speechless by the 4K screen on the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium? Whatever that piece of hardware was, though, there's a good chance we're talking about a 2015 model. After all, so far this year we've yet to see much in the way of high-profile launches, and while CES brought us lots of cool stuff to check out, some of the season's biggest devices have been holding back for MWC. With the expo getting ready to let loose upon Barcelona in just a few more weeks, we're taking a ...

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    A couple weeks back we got what sounded like good – if not just a few months later than we'd like – news: Sony was just about to bring some of its latest flagship hardware to the US as it prepared to start sales of the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact. Better late than never, though, right? Well, if these were the same Z5 and Z5 Compact as we'd seen elsewhere, perhaps we could learn to be happy that we were getting them at all, but it wasn't long before a new wrinkle developed in this tale, as we got word that Sony had altered the construction of its phones and removed one of their most ...

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    Android users know all too well the pain of waiting (and waiting, and waiting, and waiting) for the most recent version of the platform to arrive for their phone. Sure, those lucky Nexus owners get their updates straight away, but for the rest of us, we're subject to both OEM and carrier delays. That's why it was such great news when in October of last year, Sony invited owners of the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact to get a super-early taste of Android 6.0 Marshmallow through the manufacturer's “Concept for Android” program. Originally set to wrap up in December, Sony ultimately extended the ...

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    In case anyone still cares, the “super mid-range” Sony Xperia M5 should at long last spread across the old continent in the next few weeks. Unveiled way back in August, the Full HD 5-incher rapidly launched in a handful of emerging European and Asian countries, then… nothing. Granted, a US expansion always felt improbable, considering even the Xperia Z5 is yet to debut on American shores, but it’s hard to explain exactly what took Sony so long to bring the M5 to markets like Poland or the Netherlands. Now, both the company’s regional departments expect the exquisite camera phone ...

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    It’s no secret Sony’s mobile business is intensely struggling, and with such controversial decisions as launching the Xperia Z5 late stateside and with no fingerprint scanner in tow, or restricting the use of that eye-popping “Premium” 4K screen, there likely is no happy ending in sight. But could the company have gotten so desperate to succeed that the Xperia Z6 will go global a mere couple of weeks after Z5’s long overdue US expansion? We highly doubt it, though something is clearly going down on the Xperia release front next month. Specifically, on February 22, starting at ...

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