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    Sony had a hit on its hands, at least in some internet communities, with the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. In a rare move, there was finally a "mini" device, but with flagship specifications to compete with the other high-end phones on the market. It may look to continue with the lineup through the Xperia Z3 Compact, which was recently in the rumor mill. Today, a batch of alleged Xperia Z3 Compact specs has leaked alongside a screenshot from the phone. The device will allegedly have the model number D580x, with the "x" denoting different numbers based on variant. This lines up with Sony's ...

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    The close of June marks an end to the latest season of smartphone shindigs: WWDC and Google I/O are behind us, and we've still got a couple months to go until IFA. What's a smartphone fan to do in the interim? Pocketnow's got plenty of news, reviews, and features coming out over the next few weeks to keep even the most fickle smartphone user interested, but this year we thought we'd spice things up even more with a special month-long event. A couple weeks back we brought you our latest smartphone giveaway, as Huawei helped us award a lucky Pocketnow reader a new Ascend Mate2 4G LTE. That ...

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    If you look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini vs Sony Xperia Z1 Compact spec comparison sheet below, you'll immediately realize that, while both "mini" phones, they're in different leagues. While Samsung is packing a lot of features (both software and hardware) in the S5 mini, the phone that borrows the flagship's name doesn't pack specifications that are worthy of a flagship. The general mentality OEMs have used in the past was to release "mini" (smaller) versions of their flagships, which weren't only smaller in size, but also lower-specced. However, Sony managed to adopt a mentality which ...

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    Sony's Xperia Z2 still feels like a very new phone, probably attributable to the casual pace at which Sony's been making the hardware available in additional markets, following initial sales in Taiwan this past March. But as the Z2 crawls onto shelves in new locales, is Sony already quite far along in crafting its successor? We've had a couple opportunities to talk about a possible Xperia Z3 in recent months, looking at some purported component shots and being made aware of a model number that just might be the Z3's. Today we either get a big break or lose the trail a little, as a couple ...

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    One of the hottest phones you can't buy very easily right now (in the US, at least) is the LG G3. Though we've heard of an alleged July 17 launch date on Verizon, details surrounding a launch on other carriers' networks have been scarce. A new report states that the LG G3 T-Mobile release will be soon before Verizon's expected date, and also details plans for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra. First up is the LG G3. It'll allegedly land on shelves on July 16, just one day before Verizon will possibly get its hands on it. In case you've been living in a cave and need a recap ...

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    When did Sony become the manufacturer to compete against when it comes to delivering timely Android platform updates to its smartphone lineup? Lately it's felt like Motorola had the upper hand in that department, quickly getting Google's latest releases out to its near-stock handsets, but Sony might be raising the bar even higher this week, as it distributes Android 4.4.4 updates to a number of its smartphones. Granted, Android 4.4.4 isn't a big update itself, but it only even started rolling out for Nexus models a week ago, so to see an OEM ready so soon with updates of its own is pretty ...

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    Summer can be expensive: all those tankfuls of gas for road trips to the beach, tickets to the latest blockbuster movie, and you probably don't even want to look at what that A/C is costing you to keep cool. If you're trying to keep a handle on spending, though, that doesn't mean you have to pass up on some of the hottest smartphones and their accessories, and today we've spotted a couple solid deals that should help your summer dollar stretch a little farther. Apple's iPhone pricing has been notorious for its resistance to discounts. That's not to say that we don't see them, but while ...

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    Google's in-house Nexus brand of affordable developer smartphones has garnered a small, dedicated group of enthusiasts since the first handset, the HTC-made Nexus One, launched in early 2010. Since then, Google has partnered with Samsung and LG two times each to make the Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 5, all of which have been fan favorite Android handsets each year. The venture was never about making money or inflating profits. Instead, it was about sticking it to the U.S. wireless providers and letting consumers choose their phone first, then choose a provider – something ...

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    As we mentioned earlier, Sony has been doing a very good job in launching some very compelling products to the market. Sadly most of these products are focused on the Asian and European markets instead of the US, but that doesn't mean that the company isn't pushing the bar in design and innovation. We're just a couple of months away from IFA in Berlin, and if you're wondering what we might see, the rumors have begun. If you all remember, the previous leaks of a model number D6503 all pointed to what we now know as the Sony Xperia Z2, and now we get a codename D6653, which clearly points to ...

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    If we had to compare today's Sony Xperia offerings with what Sony-Ericsson offered years ago, I'm sure we can all agree that this is a far better company. The Japanese giant has become much more aggressive about its smartphone line-up both in hardware and in software, and even though it continues to be slow in the US market, its Asian offerings are great. Those of you that were wondering what's so hot about the Sony Xperia Z2a that was announced a couple of days ago, the answer is a lot as back then we only had reports, and the official launch didn't make the specs official. Even though ...

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    Last year at IFA, we saw Sony announce its Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 pair of “lens-style cameras,” external add-on cameras that can either clip on to smartphones (and later, tablets) or be used remotely, communicating with their companion apps over WiFi and giving photography buffs the sort of large sensors, quality lenses, and high-performance optical zooms that are all too often unavailable on phones. For as powerful as both cameras sounded, they were kind of a hard sell, targeting neither the prosumer camera enthusiast nor the mobile hot-shot for whom traveling light and sparse is ...

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    Sony is quite famous lately for its Xperia line-up, and specially the Sony Xperia Z2 that we just reviewed. The company has done a marvelous job in improving on all the things we missed on the Z1 with this new smartphone, though not all is fun and games. The fact that you can't really buy this phone in the US unless you go for it unlocked is quite unfortunate, though Sony seems to be hard-at-work to change that. We've seen some leaked images lately that point to the Sony Xperia Z2 being launched in Verizon lately, though its hard to even call these leaks, as most of these have come ...

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    Ever since Sony posted a render of an Xperia Z2 with a Verizon Wireless logo, the hype has been intense for the device. While we still don't know if it's coming or not, images of the phone certainly have us thinking it's on the way. Today, we're getting a lot more information about the device, including the model number, codename, and release timeframe. The reason for the delay of the Verizon model compared to the regular GSM one is allegedly due to the fact that an LTE-Advanced model must make its way through testing, and then the Verizon certification process (something that is infamous ...

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    We're always hearing about some new trick to enhance camera sensor performance; sometimes it's a simple as larger pixels (to take a page from HTC's playbook), or better isolating pixels from each other, like with Samsung's ISOCELL tech. Now Sony's got a new sensor that's making waves, using a curved CMOS element to more naturally and effectively gather light. The problem with flat sensors like we have now is that not every point along their surface is equidistant from the lens – the center of the sensor is going to be slightly closer than the edges. As a result, we need larger lenses to ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z2a will most probably see the light of day next month in Taiwan, according to reports, but there is still no information on whether we'll see a wider, maybe even global roll-out of the device. When compared spec-to-spec with the flagship Xperia Z2, the Xperia Z2a has a lot in common with its bigger brother, but, at the same time, it's also different in some aspects. What the Xperia Z2a and the Z2 have in common are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, the 20.7MP camera with the Exmor RS sensor, and, of course, the water and ...

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