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    For a growing and quite vocal segment of smartphone users, hardware that offers a fingerprint scanner is somewhat of a necessity. The need to keep both our phones and the data on them safe is as important as ever, and especially as more and more of us turn to our phones to make mobile payments, strong authentication is either something we seek out or service providers outright demand we use. With more and more flagship devices offering integrated hardware fingerprint scanners, cumbersome PINs and pattern unlocks have fallen out of style, and the discerning shopper demands a fast, reliable ...

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    It's been four months now since Sony gave us its latest smartphone flagships, introducing the Xperia Z5 series back at IFA 2015. And after getting to know the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and Xperia Z5 Premium with that first-of-its-kind 4K display, we've seen sales of these handsets come to markets around the globe – just not here in the US. Sure, you've been able to import international versions of the phones, and our northern neighbors in Canada have had some luck getting their hands on these phones, but so far Sony's passed the States by. Now that's finally ready to change, as Sony ...

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    With manufacturers scrambling as they are to capture a segment of the about-to-explode internet-of-things market, are we handing out the “smart” label a little too casually? Open your door over Bluetooth? Boom: smartlock. Checking just how chilled your veggies are over WiFi? Watch out, now: you got a smartfridge. And when we start installing light bulbs that can not just be remotely controlled, but also change colors on a whim, we're only too eager to start calling them smartlights. But there's a big difference between tech that can connect to things like smartphones and tablets and ...

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    Sony's not given us a ton to work with when it comes to predicting the company's smartphone strategy in 2016. We'll see an Xperia Z6 at some point, sure, but are we going two-a-year again and will also get a Z7? And what about mid-rangers, especially with rumors pointing to a pretty stark lineup? CES didn't bring much in the way of news, and yesterday's announcement only gave us a new color for the existing Z5; what else could be coming? Now a new leak attempts to shine some light on that question, depicting a possible Xperia C6 handset. The phone we see here is clearly a Sony model, and ...

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    Tired of this played out color yet? Even with the real genuine article? Don't worry. Smartphone industry underdog Sony, as we expected, has kept its rose and gold separate and we mean real separate. Like, months apart. Sony has announced a new color for the Xperia Z5: "a warm, sophisticated pink." Designer Rikke Gertsen Constein called upon influences "from nature and Japan's own Sakura cherry blossom right through to the colours in the sky during a beautiful sunset." Now, take yourself away from your cynicism for a second: color-wise, it's a cooler pink than most other pinks out on ...

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    It seems like each year we're coming away from CES seeing fewer and fewer new smartphones (or at least, those from the major brands we know you look forward to the most). And while we still got to check some great stuff like the Nextbit Robin at this year's show, manufacturers like Sony kinda let us down. That's fine, though, as Sony's sure to bring out its latest models in the near future. We'd been thinking we might get to check out some of those at MWC next month, but now we're wondering if the next Sony Xperia could be here even sooner than we hoped, as the company teases what sure ...

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    Hurr durr, it's that joke that every tech YouTuber's making on Twitter, right? But even though Sony isn't really shredding the pipes at CES this year, at least on the mobile end, it's at least trying to impress all of us with some impressive video quality — and it's all coming out of 12 Xperia Z5 Compacts. Those handsets were arranged in a special 3D-printed rig for 360° video and was sent to the Rise Ski & Snowboard Festival in Les Deux Alpes, France to shoot some magic. And since the Xperia Z5 Compact can shoot 4K, Sony decided to do some marketing at call it "48K." YouTube calls ...

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    What would we do without rumors, guesswork, conjecture, gossip, and speculation? I’ll be the first to admit my work would be a lot trickier if I were to report merely hard facts, the occasional product launch, earnings call, and tedious press statements from companies. How about you? Can you imagine just seeing the Galaxy S7 debut sans any background information, checking its reviews, then switching off the interwebs rumor bonanza until the “next big thing” goes official? Who would ever want to live in a world like that? Instead, we’re going to find ourselves debating every little ...

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    In just a few short days, Pocketnow's CES crew will pack up their bags, hop on their flights, and start converging upon Las Vegas. We won't be the only ones headed out to the American Southwest, and companies from all over the world will similarly be flocking to Nevada to show off their latest hardware, services, and everything that goes with that. As we look forward to soaking it all in for ourselves, we thought we'd take a quick look around at the early announcements, the hottest rumors, and maybe even a long-shot or two as we share with you what's worth looking forward to from CES 2016. ...

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    Update: We'll see you next week at CES 2016 in Las Vegas! That's if we remember to do the podcast in the first place... The stretch between Christmas/Hanukkah and New Year's is a farce. Even with CES 2016 looming on the horizon and PR pitches landing like buzzword-filled mortars at every compass point, getting any kind of work done with a belly full of holiday food and the crackling anticipation of New Year's Eve is just impossible. So for this final episode of the year, we're turning the wheel over to you, listeners and viewers, by taking any questions you want via email and ...

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    In case you were still unclear regarding the two “main” models purportedly due to enrich the Sony Xperia smartphone family in 2016, it doesn’t look like the product roster will be simplified or streamlined very soon after all, as a Z6 Lite is coming alongside a standard Z6, Z6 Plus, Z6 Ultra, Z6 Compact and, possibly, a Z6 Mini too. That would easily exceed this year’s Z-series variety madness, where the Z3+, aka Z4, first entered the picture, followed by a Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium. Of course, none of the above looming handhelds is confirmed right now, and at least the Z6 ...

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    Wow. Such yuneeq. Very metale. Fone. I'm basically just using this as an excuse to attack every manufacturer going with the same and the same and the same after so many years of sticking with these aluminium chassis or even slapping a couple panes of Gorilla Glass onto them. It's what we praise as "beautiful fit-and-finish" with great "feel in hand." Every. Single. Time. And we're not just talking about the iPhone and HTC, here; even when the build poses a risk to its own integrity — OnePlus X, you're a real special case — we will love it until every corner of the slab shatters in ...

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    How long ago was it that 720p screen on smartphone were cutting edge, or dual-core SoCs? So many of the components building up our phones have been evolving so quickly that it's easy to take them for granted, but for as many parts that push new limits on a regular basis, batteries have been slow to offer improvements. Sure, the tech surrounding batteries has gotten a bit better, bringing us wireless and extra-fast charging, but the batteries themselves haven't been nearly so quick to evolve. And while it could still be a while before we have something appreciably better than the ...

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    It’s no big secret Samsung continues to dominate global smartphone sales despite recent profit dips, and Apple follows in second as far as shipments go, with the lion’s share of net financial gains. Meanwhile, Huawei has reportedly consolidated its last spot on the podium even before the Nexus 6P launched, and according to Digitimes Research, Lenovo and LG wrapped up the top five between July and September. Typically, that’s where most quarterly market reports end, only some occasionally going until the tenth position. But things often get mighty interesting as you descend down the ...

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    While Sony has been letting a select group of beta testers try out near-stock Android 6.0 builds on the aging Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact for a couple of months now, the newer Z5-series and Z4 should ultimately be given priority for actual official updates. When will over-the-air rollouts begin? It’s hard to say precisely, with the Japanese device manufacturer staying as secretive as always, but based on recent Wi-Fi certifications for domestic versions of the Xperia Z5, Z5 Premium, and Z4, January seems like a safe bet. The three phones have essentially received technical approval on all ...

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    Every chance they got these past few months, Sony’s higher-ups refuted rampant smartphone retirement rumors, as well as recent whispers of the company possibly looking into in-house mobile chip production. At the same time, caution appeared to characterize the Xperia family’s expansion during 2015, particularly in the year’s latter stages, which is by no means surprising given the sorry state of Sony’s financial affairs. Going forward, you should probably expect less and less Xperia models, though brand dilution may not be the worst comeback strategy. Granted, it seems coerced ...

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    Technically, none of the 14 Xperia devices Sony promised to bring to Android 6.0 eventually has been properly and officially updated yet. But if you own a Z3 or Z3 Compact, and don’t cringe at the thought of unpolished, experimental software, chances are Marshmallow holds no secrets from you. As part of a “Concept” trial, the Japanese hardware manufacturer so enamored with UI skins before allowed a limited batch of beta testers to get early insight into a surprisingly close to stock 6.0 user experience. Although Marshmallow source code was published by Google more than two months ...

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    With the year winding down, we're spending more and more time wondering about what to expect from some of our favorite smartphone manufacturers as they prepare for 2016. CES is just a few weeks away, and will give us our first taste of that new hardware from many of these firms. Which of those companies are going to have something ready to go right out of the gate, though, and which might keep us waiting a little longer? We recently found ourselves talking about Sony's plans for the show, and whether or not its CES press conference invite might be hinting at the launch of a new handset. ...

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    According to one of its designers, Sony may be loosening up on its smartphone development cycle just a tiny bit. Rumors have gone contrary to this spooling down for a while, even as Sony has been making plays for Toshiba's camera unit and figuring out what it really wants to do in mobile. In the end, we may end up remaining on pace for a six-month-or-so update. A screenshot from a T-Mobile presentation in Poland places two new Sony Xperia models for introduction in Q2 of 2016. Also on tap throughout the first quarter: four new Samsung Galaxy phones, two new Lumias and another HTC One. Four ...

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    The ink has dried on an agreement between Sony and Toshiba. The two companies have been in talks about the former purchasing the latter's semiconductor factories — factories that also produce CMOS camera sensors for many clients, including smartphone makers. Now we know the finalized numbers on the table and the timeline moving ahead. Sony will pay ¥19 billion or roughly $154 million for the facilities, equipment and other assets from Toshiba's operations located in Oita, Japan and will be under the control of Sony Semiconductor Corporation, a subsidiary. Sony intends to run the ...

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    We spent quite some time thinking before sitting down to build this review: what’s the reason behind the Xperia Z5’s existence, since it packs the exact same internals as the Z3+/Z4 before it? Aside from the fingerprint scanner embedded in the side-mounted button and a slightly improved camera (on paper), we couldn’t find any. Well, maybe a better take on the Snapdragon 810, which managed to heat up the Z3+/Z4 pretty badly (it manages, to a certain degree, to do the same inside the Z5 Premium too. More on this later). Luckily, this isn’t the Xperia Z5 review, as we’re looking at ...

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    It sometime still feels like IFA was only yesterday, but we've come a long way since those late days of summer, and with winter within sight, it's just about time to start lining up events for CES 2016 in early January. Pocketnow will be on the ground with coverage of all the new products the trade show has to offer, and today we're thinking about what might be in store from Sony, as the manufacturer sends out a press invite that teases – among other things – at what just might be the launch of a new smartphone. At least, from the imagery here, Sony's very much implying that Xperia ...

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    In a perfect world, our phones would never crash: our apps would never hang, interfaces would never lag, and there'd never be the need to restart our phones in the hopes that a fresh boot would get things working nicely once again. As smartphone users are only all too aware, that's simply not the world we live in, and for as much as developers do to keep mobile platforms stable, sometimes “have you tried turning it off and on again?” really is the best advice. But stock Android lacks a convenient “restart” feature; sure, you can power a device down and then start it back up again, ...

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    How much longer can Sony avoid the world’s second largest smartphone market with its 4K resolution pioneer? Even if US carriers were entirely to blame for Xperia Z5 Premium’s local scarcity (and they probably are), there’s no logical justification why the 5.5-inch beast isn’t available unlocked directly from the device maker yet. Rubbing salt into the wounds of Android power users stateside, Sony has joined forces with Bell to roll out the Z5 Premium up north. Canada’s number three mobile operator sells the handheld both on and off-contract, at $300 and $750 respectively. ...

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    Although not a Black Friday deal per se, the unofficial launch of the upper mid-range Xperia C5 Ultra stateside is definitely worth the attention of Android-loving bargain hunters. Unavailable from Sony or American mobile carriers, the 6-incher is up for grabs through a third-party Amazon merchant called DeltaMobiles at just $330. Massive yet surprisingly stylish, the C5 Ultra is so much more than a selfie-centric phone, even if it sports an arguably amazing 13MP autofocus and LED Flash front-facing camera. Around the back, you get a similarly well-equipped snapper, the IPS LCD panel touts ...

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