Posts tagged with: Xperia X
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    Some third-party retailers on the old continent started stocking it a little while ago, when US pre-orders also kicked off through Amazon, but it’s only now that you can call the Sony Xperia X Compact properly, officially and widely released in Europe. From Germany to the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Sweden and Poland, the diminutive Android powerhouse is up for grabs on Sony's e-store and shipping without delay in your choice of three paint jobs: white, universe black, or mist blue. Recommended retail pricing differs from region to region, depending first and foremost on ...

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    While several Android device manufacturers have named or at least strongly suggested names of phones and tablets due for official 7.0 UI makeovers… eventually, there’s no update deadline as far as a single non-Nexus product is concerned. And we’re not expecting any for a few more weeks. Possibly, even a month or two. Unless Sony miraculously pulls off “official Xperia Android N updates around October” for the X Performance and XZ, as this sketchy leaked roadmap appears to imply. The “Android N update strategy” presentation slide was purportedly revealed by one of the ...

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    Who doesn’t love unlocked Android smartphones, especially those sold through official, authorized and trustworthy channels with valid warranties and fast, free nationwide shipping? It pretty much goes without saying you’ll find plenty of compelling deals on such products from basically every OEM under the sun come Black Friday and Cyber Monday in a couple of months, but if you simply can’t wait that long, Amazon’s latest “48 hour Unlocked Event” has you covered. The fire sale’s protagonists are fairly popular even when they’re not massively marked down, as the 4GB RAM/64GB ...

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    With so many solid upper mid-range or even full-blown high-end phones from increasingly reliable OEMs like ZTE, Huawei or OnePlus sold for $400 tops stateside, valid warranties, LTE connectivity and all, it’s pretty hard to keep a straight face while calling a $450 Sony Xperia X listing a bargain. Sure, the Snapdragon 650-powered 5-incher was initially attached a $550 unlocked tag… just a few months ago, of which a number of authorized sellers shaved a measly 50 bucks off back in early July. A $100 discount is therefore… something, and BuyDig tries to further sweeten the deal with a ...

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    Knowing Sony’s intentions to further “contract” an already frail US mobile business while “maximizing” European sales, it sure was surprising to see the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact dated for their American releases off the bat, but not on the old continent. In case you missed the timetable, the 720p 4.6-incher is supposed to launch globally “from September 2016”, with the ETA narrowed down to the 25th stateside, whereas the Full HD 5.2-incher should begin its world invasion at some point the following month, officially debuting on US shores come October 23. Meanwhile, ...

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    Sony’s “new crown jewel” has arrived surprisingly soon after the ambitiously named but overpriced and underwhelming Xperia X Performance, barely increasing the screen size by 0.2 inches, and thus signaling it’s not meant to complement the 5-incher as the Galaxy Note 7 does for the S7. It wants to replace it, and ideally make you forget all about it, launching on October 23 stateside at an as-yet unannounced price point. The missing piece of the Xperia XZ puzzle is clearly the most important one, with plenty of significant upgrades in tow to perhaps warrant a $500 purchase. Not a ...

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    While most Android OEMs have entirely given up on half-decent sub-5-inch (some, even sub-5.5-inch) smartphones, and Apple paused 4-inch iPhone evolution for a few years as it focused solely on iPhablets, Sony remains committed to its age-old strategy of releasing flagships in more sizes than anyone. Even as it undergoes a mobile business restructuring, looking to streamline the money-bleeding Xperia portfolio, this unrelenting Japanese tech giant has a pocket-friendly X Compact to hook you up with. And fret not, it’s nearly as powerful as its largely underwhelming 5-inch “standard” ...

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    Well, that escalated quickly. Just 24 hours ago, we had no idea Sony was even planning an Xperia Z5 Compact sequel of sorts. Branded differently, of course, as the Z line reached its “culmination” a few months back. Now, not only do we have official confirmation from one of the company’s European divisions the Xperia X Compact is real, but we also know how it looks (part of it, at least), and some key specifications are pretty much etched in stone, courtesy of a reputable tech publication with a solid track record of such leaks. Exactly like the Z5 Compact and Z3 Compact, the X ...

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    It’s never wise to assume a certain unreleased smartphone model will eventually see daylight just because it comes from a long line of beloved devices, especially when its makers are undergoing transitions, cutting expenses, and streamlining product portfolios. Still, even with the Xperia Z brand out the door, a renewed focus on premium designs and specifications, as well as zonal reorientations, it felt silly to doubt Sony’s ongoing commitment to high-end compact phones. Enter the Xperia X Compact at last, the timely IFA 2016-bound sequel for September 2015’s Z5 Compact, and the ...

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    While Android enthusiasts understandably celebrated the highly anticipated public rollout of a final, fully polished 7.0 Nougat build a couple of days ago, it’s important to remember this also marks the beginning of another major struggle. OEMs will now start over-promising and under-delivering, missing their own self-imposed deadlines, snubbing popular, relatively new devices, or worse yet, they’ll stay completely mum on the matter, never really issuing any sort of update roadmap, leaving us wondering, speculating and doubting everything. On that note, at least Sony is being forward ...

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    It’s all about creating a lineup of devices. Sony retired the Xperia Z collection of devices, last year culminating in the ambitious Z Premium with a 4K display. Sony’s mission this year? Streamline. Focus on the features which “really” matter. No more fun experiments. However, this streamlining approach for the hardware hasn’t trimmed the price tags. Sony is still very much positioning the X line as premium offerings. Two letters lower in the alphabet, but that doesn’t mean the customer gets a price cut. We'll be taking an in-depth look at both the X and X Performance in this ...

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    It might be costly for what it brings to the table, at $650 unlocked ($580, if you’re lucky), with just a 5-inch Full HD screen, 3GB RAM, 2,700 mAh battery and no fingerprint scanner stateside, but at least you now know the Sony Xperia X Performance will be among the world’s first smartphones to run Android 7.0. That’s if you hurry, have no problem tackling the typical bugs and general system instability of an OS pre-release beta version, and also happen to live in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Portugal or Netherlands. Xperia X ...

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    If there’s one thing mobile consumers have always commended Sony for, in (financial) sickness and health, that’s surely the company’s stubbornness to offer solid compact Xperia models when practically everyone else in the business was adopting larger and larger footprints. But Ultra-branded phablets have enjoyed their time in the spotlight too, starting with the ridiculously jumbo-sized 6.4-inch Z derivation back in 2013. Since then, these beasts mostly lean mid-range, fittingly priced at $400 tops generally. The Sony Xperia XA Ultra is the only supersized member of the new ...

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    Sony’s transition to an almost entirely “premium”-focused Xperia mobile device portfolio keeps on trucking, and despite lukewarm critical response for the Z-replacing X lineup, the first semi-encouraging financial results in years have been posted little over a week ago. Up next, we’ve known for a while a largely familiar but also different new flagship model is in the works, which reliable Twitter tipster @OnLeaks expects to debut in “early September”, likely during the IFA trade fair in Berlin, Germany. Pictured in the wild a couple of times already, the F8331 now has a ...

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    Quantity or quality? Any mobile device manufacturer would probably take both if it could have them, but it’s not always as easy as it sounds. And when it comes to picking one or the other, many experienced companies make the wrong decision. Sony is bold enough to go the fairly unpopular route of the two, contracting its smartphone business in several key regions, while looking to maximize high-end sales across Europe and Asia. Granted, the low to mid-end, budget-conscious Xperia E family is not dead yet, and even M5 and C5-series non-flagships may still get follow-up efforts by the end ...

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    When a company compares its phones to the competition, it would probably do best to leave out any point that could be considered a "con". Samsung Deutschland are pretty aware of that, but we'd figure to go through its latest video of a "battery test" anyways. In comparing the performance of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge with that of the Huawei P9, iPhone 6s, HTC 10, Sony Xperia X and LG G5, Samsung decided to have each run a lightweight video constantly for as long as they can with the screen on. Each device had no Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and cellular connectivity, started from 100% and ...

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    Confirmed reports of Sony looking to dispense with its long-lived, once leading-edge but no longer successful and profitable battery business sounded like bad news not just for the conglomerate’s components and semiconductors departments. Other flagging divisions, including mobile communications, aka smartphones, could be in danger, as Sony stops relying on perennially prosperous gaming, home entertainment and pictures branches to offset financial losses posted by Xperias quarter after quarter. Only for the first time in years, the restructured, condensed, non-Z-focused mobile device ...

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    Samsung, Huawei, Acer, and now Sony. This fall’s consumer electronics-centric IFA trade show is shaping up to be as jam-packed and memorable for us mobile hardware junkies as CES back in January and February’s MWC. In keeping with tradition, all major product announcements will likely take place ahead of the Berlin-set expo’s actual start on September 2, presumably including the oft-rumored Sony F8331 debut a day earlier. The company that’s looking to further contract its US smartphone business while maximizing European sales has just confirmed the pre-IFA press conference shall ...

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    If you're familiar with this leak, it's because this one's pretty much looking like the last one. New pictures are up on Xperian.ir of what's assumed to be the Sony F8331, a to-be-named device in the Xperia X series. As with a photo leak from a week ago, the front and back of the device are shown, but this time with the device's screen off. Other eye-catching aspects like the sharper corners, the two-part back designed for optimized antenna reception, the vertically-oriented dual LED module and the body's inky black color remain in view. We may see this device debut in September at IFA ...

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    Bargain? Steal? Hot deal? It feels like a stretch to attach any of those descriptions to the first ever big Sony Xperia X Performance US discount. Even calling the savings big is a bit of an overstatement, although $120 can buy you more than a few (thousand) Pokémon GO coins. The thing is the X Performance started off so overpriced that it needs a couple extra markdowns of this degree to finally provide a competitive bang for your buck. Still, if for whatever reason you’re dead set against the frequently reduced Samsung Galaxy S7, or the off-the-bat inexpensive OnePlus 3 or ZTE Axon 7, ...

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    They say old habits die hard, and as much as Sony would like to transition to a whole new flagship Xperia look to help “maximize” European sales, it might take a while until the Z line will be completely forgotten by both its designers and customers. Case in point, the Xperia X and X Performance have replaced the glass backs of the Z5 and Z5 Premium with metal ones, also adding smooth curves into the equation, yet still borrowing plenty of things from their defunct predecessors. Already, a slightly beefed-up F8331 variant is reportedly in the works, and alongside minor improvements ...

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    Sony might only say it is changing strategy, but is it really? The company has focused less on the countries it has traditionally focused less on and has said that the Xperia X line was supposed to represent the best in software features from Sony — not just about the specs. Chalk this one up to either someone faking a Sony device on GFXBench or someone just stuck. A device named the "Sony F8331" got picked up with some decent points — namely a Snapdragon 820, a full HD, 5.1-inch screen and 3GB of RAM with Android 6.0.1 within. There seems to be a 21-megapixel rear camera and a ...

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    Normally, we’d not only be surprised to see a top-tier Android smartphone manufacturer mark down a flagship model mere weeks after its commercial debut. We’d also be psyched to get in on the unusual deal of a lifetime. The thing is, while opinions are split regarding the appeal and quality of the Xperia X and X Performance, everyone seems to agree the two 5-inchers started off at least slightly overpriced. Hence, the best case scenario is the non-Performance X now provides decent bang for your buck following a nationwide $50 reduction. By no means would we call the Snapdragon 650/3GB ...

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    Sony hasn't necessarily re-invented anything with the Xperia X, and that's mainly because instead of following the trend of the Xperia Z lineup, it seems the X was more of a re-boot with a few steps back. It's not a bad phone by any means, on the contrary, and we do know that Sony does have a following in many regions. If you've been waiting for it to reach the US, we've got news. Pre-orders have just begun in the US for the full Sony Xperia X lineup, meaning the Xperia X, X Performance, XA, and XA Ultra. When it comes to the price tags, the Xperia X will retail for $549.99, the Xperia XA ...

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    We've shared our first impressions. We've talked a little about some of the things we like about the this phone, and a few things we didn't, but now it's time to share our full review. The X is a tricky phone to pin down. Sony's mission here is to trim the fat, walking away from some of the more outlandish hardware specs and feature creeping our phones are experiencing. Instead we see Sony engineers trying to scale back and refine specifically those hardware elements which they believe truly affect consumer use. We've scaled back to a mid-range tier processor, using the Qualcomm 650. Most ...

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