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    Sony's going through with its Europe distribution plan of its new Xperia X smartphones. It recently added the Xperia XA Ultra, a camera-ful little phone, into that plan. We're now seeing that the Japanese manufacturer is setting that device into pre-order motion as well as UK site Unlocked Mobiles has the phone available for £298.98 with shipments starting June 27. Britons can get the Xperia XA direct from Sony for £239 with boxes out the door beginning June 20. Where's the £60 difference? An extra gig of RAM, a larger screen with better resolution and double the selfie cam ...

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    While entertainment and gaming gains, among others, continue to offset Sony’s ceaseless string of mobile misfortunes, not even a giant of this stature can afford to endlessly sustain an underperforming division. Drastic cuts need to be made, and the Xperia Z device family was the first to go, making room for a re-imagined X roster that includes both mid-range and high-end Androids. Meanwhile, speculation recently mounted that all other letters in Sony’s scattered alphabet soup of phones could exit the scene as well before long, including the semi-successful C and M lines. Whether or ...

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    LG Innotek has been working on plenty of goodies for smartphones recently. Market analysts think that the company's also working on one big goody for Apple and the rumored iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7 Pro (or Premium). Nomura Securities, as have KGI and Citi Research, believes that every 5.5-inch iPhone will feature a dual-camera module and that said module will be made by LG, not Sony. Why? Analyst Chris Chang explains: We think Sony may not be able to deliver its full share of dual cameras to Apple due to: (1) lower-than-expected yield, and (2) damage to its production facility from the ...

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    Still craving a Sony phone in the US? Still want the Xperia Z5 in 2016? Well, you can get a couple more $20 bills off the phone if you so desire it at Amazon, Best Buy or B&H. The Sony Xperia Z5 is now $499 at Amazon (and an extra 99 cents at the other places), down from its $599.99 it originally launched at and further off from the $539.99 it was recently at. It applies for all three color variants — black, white and gold — and you get warranty coverage as well. When paired with the Sony Smartband 2, the price goes up to $621.68. The bundling represents a 23 percent discount. ...

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    Sony recently decided that it would prove itself to be all that and more in mobile, so it doesn't necessarily surprise us that once comes the Xperia XA would come what we thought to be the Xperia C6 Ultra. Turns out, it's the Xperia XA Ultra. The phone builds upon the XA's MediaTek Helio P10 processor and an expandable 16GB of storage, but bumped the RAM up to 3GB to power a whole lot more elsewhere — for instance, a 21.5-megapixel main camera with hybrid autofocus tracking, but not the "intelligent" tracking as promoted on the Xperia X. There's also a six-inch, full HD display that ...

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    The Xperia is dead, long live the Xperia. And again. It still seems as though we're running through a transition period in Sony's mobile strategy like how one "runs" through a ball pit. While it has officially stated the Xperia Z series has reached its "culmination," we're fielding a rumor that a Z6 could be in the plot. Furthermore, we've also been talking about an Xperia C6 Ultra and an Xperia M Ultra following after. But, will those phones ever see consumers' hands or will they become history as the Xperia Z officially has? Who knows? What ePrice out of Taiwan does know is that the ...

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    The narrative we got from Sony was that the Xperia Z line had run its course and the new Xperia X series would take its place. Well, it appears that the last scintilla of doubt may have stayed in the building. Telefoonabonnement.nl has relayed to us a Geekbench result from a phone called the "Z6 Z6" which looks to have been heavily spoofed. Sure, this is super fishy stuff. But just because that we're looking at a "super mid-range" MediaTek MT6595 processor towing along 4GB of RAM and Android 4.4.2, that's not to say that the possibility isn't there for a Sony Xperia Z6 to exist. It isn't ...

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    KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has backtracked on his thoughts on the limited presence of dual cameras on the iPhone 7 Plus in a new investment note. Kuo had previously figured that only "high end configurations" of the iPhone would get an extra-wide camera port. But he now believes that every 5.5-inch iPhone will be endowed with dual cameras. Part of that conclusion is based off of the sales performance of the Huawei P9 with its two rear cameras: The initial market response to Huawei's (CN) new flagship dual-camera model, P9, has been better than expected, and we estimate shipments may reach ...

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    It's a shame that the Brits, Scots and Welsh aren't going to be getting the Sony Xperia X Performance, isn't it? Well, it may not be a shame after all. The company has stated to Recombu that while the Sony Mobile Store won't be selling the device, the company will likely leverage its retail partners to do so in limited numbers starting from July. While that sucks for those who would want to participate in a pre-order promotion to potentially get a device for free, it does offer Xperia fans an in to the fun of the Snapdragon 820. The phone is coming out in France, Italy, the Netherlands, ...

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    Just five short months after the formal introduction of the massive Xperia C5 Ultra selfie powerhouse, Sony was already speculated to be working on a slightly smaller sequel. Renders ensued, showing an oddly asymmetrical design with a huge chin and virtually no vertical screen bezels in tow, but then a purported C6 Ultra variant cropped up in live pics, nicely slimming down all the borders. It remains unclear if both a Sony Xperia C6 Ultra and regular C6 are in the pipeline, although the former makes a comeback in the rumor mill today, as the Internet’s second most prolific mobile ...

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    The transition from Z to X is complete as Sony's new series of smartphones are heading to market in Europe today. Sony Mobile has opened pre-orders for the Xperia X, the lower-end Xperia XA and, in some markets, the top-tier Xperia X Performance. And it's doing so with some hullabaloo. For one, it's offering its SmartBand 2 at half-off with a valid pre-order. In the UK, it's a £50 discount while in most of Europe, it'll be around €55. Also, in France, the UK, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, buyers of each product (where applicable) can have their pre-orders completely reimbursed. ...

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    Well, it seems like we've found our new main vertical to cover here at Pocketnow and that's the smart contact lens. Seriously, first Samsung shows up at Korea's patent office with something people have been calling a "Gear Blink," then Sony's all up in the USPTO with a "contact lens and storage medium." Yep, putting on a contact lens to record pictures and video and store it in an extremely tiny disk of sorts. And yes, you blink to snap. And believe it or not, but Sony wants to figure out autofocus and OIS. You know, on a scale the size of your freaking cornea. All we can do for now, ...

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    Before you even think it, don’t go there. Just… don’t. We know it may feel like Apple is boldly swimming against the tide in trying to bring compact phones back in the spotlight, but Android manufacturers such as Sony never gave up on diminutive flagships. Granted, the Japanese OEM that continues to offset big mobile losses with a well-oiled gaming machine did recently decide to retire the high-end Xperia Z family, introducing instead three 5-inch X-series handhelds. If you feared that meant the end of unusually powerful sub-5-inchers, we now have proof a Z5 Compact sequel of sorts ...

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    Much like LG, Sony keeps bleeding money in the mobile tech segment while earning in many other departments more than enough to survive. Of course, LG washing machines and TVs have nothing on PlayStation hardware and software, though at the same time, there’s no Xperia on the horizon capable of the shipment numbers predicted for the modular G5 this year. All comparisons with rival companies aside, you have to applaud Sony for managing to triple (and then some) its operating income in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 over figures posted the previous 12 months, as well as boost earnings ...

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    Sony's revised smartphone strategy has brought us an upper mid-ranger and a lower mid-ranger this year. We've been teased for a while about what the end of the Xperia Z line will mean for the prospective buyer. The teasing continues, but if you live in the United Kingdom, you can act upon it. Amazon.co.uk has both the Xperia X and the Xperia XA up for pre-order with delivery beginning May 20. The Xperia X, as a reminder, runs on a Snapdragon 650 and has both a five-inch full HD display and a 23-megapixel main camera. As such, it gets a pretty devastating price tag of £499.99 ($720). The ...

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    Good news: your eyesight is now safe. We relayed rumors of the Sony Xperia X Premium getting the world's first mobile HDR display with some billion colors achievable and 1,300 nits of brightness to max things out. Well, Sony Mobile Taiwan has come out to ePrice to simply say that the missive is fake. Nothing more, nothing less. Oh, well. Source: ePrice (Google Translate) Via: juggly.cn

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    Sony smartphones may not dominate the market, and sometimes it's difficult to say just how enthusiastic the manufacturer is about selling them in the first place, but for users interested in getting access to cutting-edge software, Sony's emerged as a surprisingly forward-thinking OEM. For the past few years, the company's not been shy about making available early builds of new Android releases for a select group of handsets, and last summer we even saw that early access extend to the still-in-development Android M preview. This year Google surprised us all by releasing its Android N ...

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    The mobile world is still divided as to whether or not Sony dropped the ball by axing the Xperia Z family and replacing it with the Xperia X roster, but while we wait for the top-shelf X Performance to actually start selling, we might get an extra robust pair of Android mid-rangers from the Japanese OEM. These are mid-rangers by Samsung-redefined 2016 standards, mind you, and in certain ways, the Xperia C6 Ultra and M Ultra could even eclipse the Galaxy A9, A9 Pro, and looming Galaxy C7. Namely, as far as camera performance and battery capacity go, with a Chinese tipster claiming the Sony ...

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    With last year's Xperia Z5 Premium, Sony pushed smartphone display limits by bringing the first-ever 4K panel to a phone. It was one hell of a bold move, but maybe one that was a bit ahead of its time – and certainly, we haven't seen 4K return to any of this year's Sony models. But while the world may not be quite ready for such face-melting resolutions on pocket-sized smartphones, that's not to say that Sony's done with bleeding-edge display tech for its mobile lineup just yet, and a new rumor claims that the manufacturer's got something pretty special in mind for an upcoming Xperia X ...

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    It’s almost impossible to be a major Android device manufacturer and not get flak at some point from disgruntled owners of this phone and that tablet. Either you roll out software updates with great delays (the most common complaint), or you give priority to a newer product over an older, more popular one. Following a habitually late and timid start to Marshmallow promotions however, Sony kicked the upgrading machine into high gear recently, making it very difficult for the OEM’s fans to show any sort of dissatisfaction. The Xperia Z5 family was of course the first to receive official ...

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    The planet's tectonic plates have taken a large share of the world's attention this week and mobile technology-related firms have had to respond to these events. Japan Major earthquakes struck the southern Japanese island of Kyushu on Thursday and Saturday, just north of the city of Kumamoto. As of this post, rescue missions are continuing and growing in difficulty as time passes. But the business impacts of this tremor may make impact some 5,700 miles away in Cupertino. It comes to Apple's major CMOS imaging sensor provider, Sony, which shut down its Kumamoto plant on Friday and has kept ...

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    Who said public outrage in the form of online complaints, e-petitions and impassioned forum posts doesn’t pay off? Just last month, Amazon yielded to the will of the masses, reconsidering its controversial stance on Fire OS encryption. Meanwhile, HTC appears to be strongly reevaluating its flagship release policy for India and other emerging markets, with Sony finally persuaded by Xperia fans of Stamina mode benefits. It’s not every day that you see a community of Android enthusiasts coming together to support a piece of proprietary “bloat”, especially when Google offers an ...

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    If you had any interest in Sony's latest phones, you had a delightful surprise sent to your inbox this morning as the company said that some "exclusive" pre-order offers are coming soon to Xperia X, Xperia XA and Xperia Ear — a Bluetooth earbud — buyers. Will it be a big enough splash to really put a dividing line in lineage between the Z and the X series? And whatever happened to the Xperia X Performance? We'll have to see what they are. Sony is also taking the opportunity to promote the Xperia X's SmartCapture technology — it can apparently lock onto a moving item and predict how ...

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    A number of US mobile employees recently got the pink slip from Sony, as the company continues to bleed money on an unfocused, unsuccessful Xperia strategy, and in quite the ironic twist, one of the proposed solutions to its financial conundrums seems to be… pink phones. Not rose gold, mind you, but rather a “stunning” pink, “perfectly complementing” the name tag of the Xperia Z5 Premium, with a glossy finish, as well as a “deep, rich tone” that give the controversial 4K 5.5-incher “an expression of light.” That’s a lot of marketing jargon and propaganda to justify the ...

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    The news that a trio of older Xperia flagships was finally treated to official, fully polished Android 6.0 updates no doubt pleasantly surprised the vast majority of Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact owners. But there were probably also a few users who deemed the rollout a bit of a bittersweet scenario. Namely, beta testers of early Marshmallow builds, which appeared doomed to have their special support wrapped up. Only Sony isn’t ready to give up on the successful continuation of its Concept for Android program, just confirming it still has “several” beta releases in the pipeline for you. Ergo, ...

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