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    While US-based fans of Xperia gear in general and the exquisite Z5 trio in particular continue to be altogether ignored by Sony, which doesn’t even list the phones as “coming soon” on its local e-store, Europeans can easily purchase the Compact already, and pre-order both the Premium and standard models. In one decidedly spoiled country on the old continent, the 5.2-inch Xperia Z5 has officially gone on sale a week or so premature, shipping now from retailer Carphone Warehouse. Brits have therefore no reason to wait for Sony to kick off deliveries, especially since the SIM-free ...

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    Apparently, one short official statement on the matter of 4K content displaying, upscaling and downscaling for energy efficiency purposes on the groundbreaking Xperia Z5 Premium wasn’t enough for Sony to put all speculation to rest. Or perhaps the Japanese device manufacturer feels recent controversies are reducing their new flagship’s wow factor. As such, a marketing boost might be needed, and answering a few 4K-related questions could build some fresh hype. Unless prospective buyers will interpret the company’s latest blog post as a desperate attempt to excuse a few seriously ...

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    Back in the middle of June, Verizon announced the Sony Xperia Z4v, a quad HD version of the Z4 that would be an exclusive for the carrier. It was supposed to arrive sometime this summer... and it never did. Was this guy still happening, or did the launch of the new Xperia Z5 models end up scaring Verizon off? Earlier this week, some motion over at Sony's site briefly seemed to hint that the Xperia Z4v could nearly be ready to arrive, but it's still very unclear where everyone's intentions lie. A few days back, Sony added the Xperia Z4v to its listing of phones intended for the US market, ...

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    The ink was barely dry on the Xperia Z5 Premium, Z5 and Z5 Compact press announcements when the first whispers regarding an even beefier Z5 Ultra turned to rumbles. It felt a little premature to already look towards the “next big thing”, but then again, this gargantuan 4K 6.4-incher might be very close to R&D completion if it’s indeed headed for an MWC 2016 debut in February. That’s by no means a guarantee right now, particularly after unearthing an IFA interview with Sony Mobile Art Director Rikke Gertsen. She obviously refrains from going into specifics as far as Z5 sequels ...

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    Although it’s still without a US release date, the remarkable Xperia Z5 smartphone family has slowly begun its European rollout. You might be surprised to hear Sony chose to put the smallest, cheapest, lowest-end member of the trio up for grabs first, while the 5.2-inch Full HD Z5 is available on pre-order from Rome to Stockholm, and London to Warsaw, and the 5.5-inch 4K Z5 Premium is “coming soon.” At 4.6 inches and 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution, the Xperia Z5 Compact may feel modest at a first glance, but it’s actually a “true” flagship device in an easily pocketable body. As ...

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    Whether a 4K display on a smartphone is useful, just gimmick, or proof of concept, or on the contrary, is up to you to decide. What we do know is that the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is the world's first phone to pack a crazy resolution of 3840x2160 on a 5.5-inch display, for an even crazier pixel density of beyond 800PPI. Sony's already pushing its fresh Xperia Z5 line-up in recent ads, but there's more to the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium resolution than just the numbers on paper. As it turns out, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium will barely use its native 4K resolution. As a matter of fact, the phone ...

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    Sony's shriveled its direct sales business substantially with the closure of its US and Canadian Online Stores. The company's american smartphone business has chilled substantially. Outlet stores across the continent have also closed as the Japanese OEM goes to favor its distributor and retailer network to sell its products. For a while longer, however, Europeans could still access their region's Sony Online Store to purchase cameras and TVs. At least, they could until today. The Online Store for Sony Europe no longer provides you with the option to buy direct from Sony, which also removes ...

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    Earlier this week, Sony found itself receiving some negative attention for what it had been telling users about just what they should (and shouldn't) be doing with their so-called “waterproof” smartphones. While the company once seemed ready to challenge users to push their handsets to the limit, the new language it adopted explicitly advised against activities Sony itself once encouraged, like snapping underwater photos. Was Sony trying to protect itself in case that waterproofing failed? And just how how much water exposure can its phones really endure? In a new statement, Sony now ...

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    A couple of months back, when the underwhelming Xperia Z3+/Z4 was still fresh in our memory, and we couldn’t even dare to dream of 4K smartphones, a gripping publicity slogan popped up on posters linking the next 007 movie and a then unannounced, questionable Z5 device. As it turns out, there was nothing fishy about the Z5, and the ultra-high-res Android handheld is indeed marketed as “Made for Bond.” The first in a planned series of action-packed adverts stressing that point has debuted, and in just 60 seconds, it manages to get us (more) excited for “Spectre”, and highlight a ...

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    While plenty of smartphones these days offer varying degrees of water resistance, there's probably no manufacturer more strongly associated with the construction of waterproof phones than Sony. Hell, remember back when Sony built an underwater “showroom,” only accessible by divers? The ability of its phones to operate even when soaking when has long been a focus of Sony advertising campaigns, so it's understandable that Sony's facing some backlash this week as attention is drawn to a support page where Sony doesn't appear to place much faith in its phones' water resistance, advising ...

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    While it was certainly not surprising to see Samsung go for Apple’s jugular on the heels of Cupertino’s iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and iPad Pro announcements, an underdog at the title of heavyweight mobile champion also gathered the courage to poke the bear. No doubt enlivened by the warm public reception of the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and especially Z5 Premium, Sony took to Twitter to highlight a few key differences between its Android trio and Apple’s iOS duo. First, the Japanese device manufacturer ridiculed an overly pompous claim made by the world’s most profitable tech company as it ...

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    Sony brought an entire smorgasbord of Android smartphones to Berlin’s IFA 2015 last week, and rumor has it the Xperia Z5 family might get another addition in the form of a Snapdragon 820-powered Ultra model next year. But first, the Japanese device manufacturer should once again spoil its domestic fans by exclusively giving them the Xperia Z5 Compact Premium. Yes, really. Confusing name aside, this beefed-up 4.6-incher will no doubt make power users who like their handhelds easy to handle drool all over the place, which is why it’s sad to hear an eventual Western launch is a long shot. ...

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    Last week's Sony launches brought us a very nice spread of new flagship-level Xperia Z models, and beyond the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact that we'd long been expecting, some last-minute rumors ended up accurately predicting the arrival of the Xperia Z5 Premium with its 4K screen. That all ended up coming together to bring users a lot of new Sony options, but it's not quite everything we might have expected; earlier this summer there was talk of an Xperia Z5 Ultra that didn't ultimately end up finding a place in Sony's new lineup. Lest you think that the Premium somehow replaced the Ultra, a ...

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    It might as well have been a bar. Or a dance club. Full of EDM, feathers and psychotic playhouses. Really, when you walk into the Messe Berlin around this time of year, you should expect and receive everything. Buzzed-about wearables from Huawei and Samsung made their ways to the fray. Sony wore its Xperia lineage with its sixth coat of paint. ZTE splashed more of its truer colors onto the newest Axon smartphone. And then the trunk of the show irreparably branches into something else. We'll enjoy the climb as we head inside Mobilegeeks.de's tech.lounge at IFA 2015 and join hosts Sascha ...

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    It looks like Sony may have taken notice of the general public outrage caused by pricing the company’s newest trio of flagship handhelds at or above Apple iPhone 6s levels in Europe. The Xperia Z5 Premium, Z5 and Z5 Compact, listed as coming soon to the UK via the Sony Mobile e-shop, are already cheaper than just a few days back. Specifically, the smaller, least gifted member of the family now commands a tag of £429 SIM-free, which is a whopping £120 off the original ask. Converted in currency our non-British readers might be more familiar with, that’s $655, down from $840. ...

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    It may not have a 4K screen, nor even a 1080p one for that matter, but if you still yearn for a day when phones didn't feel like tiny tablets, when one-handed operation was a joy, the 4.6-inch 720p screen on the new Sony Xperia Z5 Compact may just be exactly what you need. We just put the phone head-to-head with its big brother the Z5, and now we're spending a little one-on-one time with the baby of the Z5 family, with our own Z5 Compact hands-on. Admittedly, the Z5 Compact isn't entirely the dream of a flagship phone, simply scaled down to a smaller package. Sony makes a few cuts, and ...

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    For a certain type of smartphone user, Sony's something of a savior: in a world where all too often carrying a phone that dares deliver a screen size south of five inches means living with sub-par hardware, Sony and its Xperia Compact phones have managed to not skimp on flagship-level components. This week at IFA, we saw Sony introduce its latest hot rod in a tiny package, the Xperia Z5 Compact, and on the show floor in Berlin we've tracked the handset down to bring you a close-up look. Sure, the Z5 Compact doesn't get anything like a 4K display, but at just 4.6 inches diagonal, even the ...

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    Admit it: when you first heard those rumors about Sony bringing a smartphone with a 4K display to IFA this year, you had your doubts. Granted, we've known manufacturers have been able to produce such screens, but for someone to actually build a phone around one, and so soon? Well, this was a believe-it-when-you-see-it moment for a lot of us, and at IFA this week, we sure saw it: the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. Now come with us and take a look for yourself as we go hands-on with the world's first 4K UHD smartphone. Even if Sony didn't explicitly call this phone “Premium,” that's a word we'd ...

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    Following Samsung's decision to introduce the Note 5 and GS6 edge+ back in mid-August, IFA this year has felt largely like Sony's place to shine, and the company has stepped up to give us some of the biggest devices to launch at the trade show in the form of the new Xperia Z5 series. A trip to Berlin wouldn't be complete without checking in on this hardware, and we start our hands-on treatment off with a look at the Xperia Z5 itself. If the Xperia Z4 came off as a hold-over, or left you feeling uninspired, the Xperia Z5 seeks to set you straight. With some notable hardware improvements, ...

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    Sony just launched its latest Xperia-series smartphones, and from the Z5 Compact to the Z5 Premium, they're all running Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoCs. The choice of the 810 is sensible enough – it's one of the top performers out there on the market right now – but Sony's struggled with the chip in the past, notably on the Xperia Z4/Z3+. When we saw those models arrive just a few months back, they were followed by reports of problematic overheating, rendering the phone unusable in certain situations – and shooting with the phone's camera found itself near the top of that list. ...

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    Based solely on their top-shelf specifications and premium designs, the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and especially the Z5 Premium look like Sony’s best chances in a long time to turn a mobile profit. But to build a resurgence of sorts, the financially and creatively struggling Japanese device manufacturer obviously needs the support of carriers and retailers. Sony mentioned nothing of the Z5 trio’s eventual US rollout upon announcing the handhelds in Berlin at IFA, merely claiming global bows are scheduled for October. Unfortunately, T-Mobile has already confirmed to at least one media ...

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    Sony is one of the few, if not only companies, that knows how to give users a one-handed friendly flagship solution. Sony's Xperia Z Compact variants have garnered a lot of praise from our review team, even if the regular trend today is for smartphones to grow in dimensions. Those of you interested in a non-compromise smartphone experience that won't stretch your hand should definitely consider the new Sony Xperia Z5 Compact that was announced today. Here's the full spec sheet to help you decide. [table] Component,Description Screen size,4.6 inches Screen type,LCD IPS TRILUMINOS Display ...

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    Lately the trend of premium flagships has become some what of a norm. We see companies like Apple, HTC and Samsung launching an extra flagship with a few extra tricks up its sleeve, even though in most cases this is just phablet size. Sony has decided to do away with the whole "Plus" concept, and has decided to introduce a new Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. No, this is not just a larger version of the Xperia Z5, but instead a more feature packed device. We could bore you with the details on the spec sheet down bellow, so let's just say this phone "had us at 4K display." [table] ...

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    Even though Sony has spent the last few months disappointing many with the way it handled its Xperia Z4 launch, it seems the Japanese giant is out to fix that. The company not only confirmed that it cares deeply about its Xperia brand, but it has managed to prove that today with the launch of the Sony Xperia Z5 Series. We know many of you are very interested in getting details on just how powerful these phones are, so here's the rundown for the flagship, Sony Xperia Z5. [table] Component,Description Screen size,5.2 inches Screen type,LCD IPS TRILUMINOS Display Resolution,1920 x 1080 Pixel ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z5 may be the company's latest headliner, and the Xperia Z5 Premium may push new limits with its 4K display, but for fans of smartphones that buck the trend of "all flagships must be phablets," maybe the most exciting device that's been on our radar is the Xperia Z5 Compact. Today at IFA in Berlin, Sony drew back the curtain on its latest Z-series Compact model, sharing a phone with only a 4.6-inch 720p display, yet powered by a flagship-level Snapdragon 810 SoC. That's the same SoC as the Z5 and Z5 Premium, and while the Z5 Compact doesn't score the same 3GB of RAM, is ...

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