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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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    The Xperia Z5 Premium fingerprint scanner is a novelty; it's there for Xperia Z5-class Sony smartphones, embedded in the side-mounted power key on the Xperia Z5 Compact, Z5, and Z5 Premium, but how does it really perform in real life? Having a side-mounted fingerprint scanner can we awkward, or it can be the perfect placement. We’ve heard both sides of the story, but, in the end, its placement isn’t as relevant and important as its performance. We’ve been extensively testing the Xperia Z5 Premium for more than a week now, and we can say that the fingerprint scanner is a hit or miss. ...

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    What’s the best unlocked phone two Benjamins can buy nowadays stateside? The third-generation Motorola Moto G? Probably. The Asus ZenFone 2 Laser? It might be. The recently discounted Huawei P8 lite? Unlikely, but that’s also a solid contender. Speaking of budget champion title challengers, the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua costs $199.99 on Amazon with a valid US warranty, 16GB internal storage space, and LTE connectivity for free use on carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Cricket Wireless, and so on and so forth. Prior to this deal that’s by the way not advertised as a time-limited ...

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    Our coverage of the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium is ongoing with what the heck a 4K display really means and, of course, "dat unboxing." Really, the box wasn't anything special. But the device sure is. North American consumers have been looking longingly at this thing and wondering when they'll be able to pay up to $1,000 to get it. Fear not, those who don't have that kind of money to chuck! It's now available in single and dual-SIM unlocked formats on Amazon and Expansys. Both sites are pricing both types at just under $800, about a $150 premium (ha) over the Xperia Z5. Beware of long waits ...

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    Is having your own SoC the mark of a mature smartphone company? A growing number of manufacturers use their own chips in some, if not all of their handsets, and every so often we hear rumors about new players who might be interested in getting into the SoC game for themselves. One of those more recent reports concerned Sony, suggesting that the company might approach SoC production in an effort to increase its earnings potential. No sooner has that rumor gotten off the ground than Sony has stepped up to deny it. According to Sony CEO Kazuro Hirai, the company has no plans in the works to ...

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    There's been a lot of controversy surrounding Sony's Xperia Z5 Premium 4K capabilities; it quickly became a polarising topic, especially because of the fact that it isn't really clear how the Japanese smartphone manufacturer implemented 4K usage on its smartphone. There's no doubt about it, this is the world's first 4K smartphone, but would it have been better to label it "4K ready"? In this video we're explaining how 4K is achieved, and how the Xperia Z5 Premium 4K is behaving, what it is, what it is not, and what you should expect. All of this, in order to both shed light on the matter, ...

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    Forget mixed signals, Sony is reportedly as serious as it’s ever been about growing smartphone sales and profitability, despite recently closing e-shop in Europe, and posting a quarterly mobile loss for the umpteenth consecutive time. If the Xperia Z5 trio can’t put the Japanese tech giant’s Android business on the right track, even more could ride on the Z6, which believe it or not, may pack a processor developed in-house to compete against top-shelf Qualcomm Snapdragons and MediaTek Helios. How did Sony reach this ambitious, no doubt money, time and resource-consuming decision ...

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    When Sony announced the Xperia Z5 Premium, which is indeed the "world's first 4K smartphone", we were not quite sure what to believe, but we were definitely excited. As days and weeks passed, we soon learned (and later, from Sony, officially), that, while this is indeed a 4K screen, the Xperia Z5 Premium isn't a 4K smartphone for most of the time you're using it. Built on its predecessor, the Xperia Z3+ (Xperia Z4), the Xperia Z5 Premium doesn't bring a lot of improvements to the table. Yes, there's that 4K screen and the fingerprint scanner, but, aside from those (and the silver chrome ...

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    If you’ve been waiting with bated breath for Sony to bring at least one of the super-attractive three new Xperia Z5s stateside, you can keep waiting, buy from unauthorized third-party retailers sans a valid warranty, or settle for the old-at-heart Xperia Z3+. This “bad boy” is only five or six months old, but it decidedly looks like a yesteryear flagship, sporting Full HD screen resolution, and no fingerprint recognition method. Technically, Americans were supposed to receive an improved variant dubbed Xperia Z4v on Verizon with a Quad HD panel, but Big Red pulled the plug before the ...

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    Sony is definitely the king when it comes to smartphone cameras. The company doesn’t only manage to gain a ton of praise for its camera performance on its high-end Xperia smartphones, but every competing device that is praised for this is most likely using a Sony camera sensor. That said, the user interface is also important in helping the user enjoy the experience of taking a quick photo on the go, and Sony has just decided to do something about it. Sony has just pushed a major update to its camera application when it comes to the user experience. You’ll no longer have to dig within ...

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    Android might still eat iOS's lunch in terms of global usage share, but with the annual bean counts coming up in the tens of billions, you have to wonder how much money the iPhone makes for Apple. Well, at least for this past quarter, it seems like we've reached a high watermark. 94 percent. That figure according to Canaccord Genuity research. Samsung came in second place with a staggering 11 percent while Sony, HTC, BlackBerry and Lenovo ended up in the negatives and, thus, accounts for the mathematical discrepancy. Compare these numbers with the shipment report from this quarter: the ...

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