Sony has today published its FY16 expectations for the Group and segments. These forecasts were delayed by a month, following the Kumamoto earthquakes in Japan which affected Sony’s operations in the region.
What we are most interested in is the mobile segment estimates and despite a huge fall in smartphone volumes last year, Sony is not expecting any bounce back in FY16.
Sony Mobile officially took the wraps off the Xperia E5 earlier today – the launch marks the company’s first budget release of 2016. Well it would be if it weren’t for the fact that, whilst the company went guns blazing about the Xperia E5 on social media, it shortly after pulled all details. As any company should know by now, once something hits the internet it cannot be wiped.
See all of the images that were accidentally released earlier than expected below. Plus you can see the blurb on how Sony introduced the model on social media. Note the talk about “available around the clock”, which probably highlights the strong battery life. Hopefully, Sony will launch official details shortly. [read more…]
We have already seen the Sony F3311 model number appear previously. It was caught on the GFXBench benchmarking website with a 720p display, MediaTek 6735 chipset, 1.5GB RAM, 16MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.
The same model number has now been found circulating on an official Russian Customs report. Interestingly, the document cites the handset as the “F3311/Xperia E5”. It’s unclear how Sony will market its budget range – it would not fit comfortably under the Xperia X umbrella, which captures the mid/high end range. So we could see a new addition to the Xperia E series, but it would most likely see a limited launch biased towards developing countries. [read more…]
Sony Mobile is pushing a new small firmware update to the Xperia Z2 and Z3 family, which moves the build number from 23.5.A.0.570 to version 23.5.A.0.575. This appears to be a marginal update, with no noticeable changes – we don’t get STAMINA mode for example, which was recently released on Beta Marshmallow firmware. The update is out on most devices in the Xperia Z2 and Z3 series, we will shortly include FTF firmware files below. In the meantime, let us know of any changes that you’ve noticed below. [read more…]
We’re back reviewing another couple of aluminium bumpers from Taiwanese-based specialist DevilCase. We previously reviewed the Sony Xperia Z5 bumper and now we’re rounding up the series by reviewing the DevilCase Aluminium Bumpers for the Xperia Z5 Premium and Xperia Z5 Compact.
DevilCase bumpers are available to buy from the company’s Taiwanese site, and they ship worldwide. However, it is probably easier to buy through Amazon.com for those in the US and through Amazon.co.uk for those in Europe. In the US, the Xperia Z5 Compact bumper costs $54, whilst the Z5 Premium bumper is $57. In the UK, both DevilCase bumpers cost £36.99. Click through for our full thoughts. [read more…]
Sony has invested in a company called Cogitai to focus on next-generation artificial intelligence (AI). Cogitai was only founded last year, but has some of the brightest brains in the business with the aim to develop technology “that empowers machines to learn continually from interaction with the real world, enabling everyday things that sense and act to get smarter, more skilled, and more knowledgeable with experience”.
Sony, of course, has a long pedigree in this area such as the AIBO robot dog that first appeared in 1999. Existing Sony AI technologies include Augmented Reality within the Xperia “AR Effect” app and activity recognition used in the Lifelog app. More recent developments include the Xperia Agent, which responds to user’s voice and provides useful information. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the Concept Marshmallow program, moving it to build number MMB29X.Z1.3587. This new software updates the camera to the latest internal version, although we didn’t notice any external changes in the UI, so there may be some back-end updates. Sony has also provided a fix for the battery indicator showing % when charging. This version also includes the latest InTouch 1.3.1 version. The update should be rolling to all on the Concept firmware now. [read more…]
Who would have thought that the first Sony Xperia device to feature optical image stabilisation would be a mid-ranger? Well that’s what we have with Sony’s unexpected announcement of the Xperia XA Ultra. The Xperia XA Ultra is similar to the Xperia XA, but sports a larger 6-inch display FHD (1080p) display, 16MP Exmor R front-facing camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and a front-facing flash.
This is the same device that we saw leaked numerous times as a possible Xperia ‘C’ series successor, potentially the Xperia C6 Ultra. However, more recently, it was rumoured that the device would be named as an Xperia X series model, which made more sense given how similar it was in design to the Xperia XA. In that respect, the naming is very apt. It also confirms recent reports that the Xperia ‘C’ and ‘M’ names are being binned for future devices. [read more…]
Many have commented that the upcoming Xperia XA looks like the true premium device, over the Xperia X and X Performance. This is mainly down to the design, which has almost bezel free sides. Both the Xperia X and X Performance have thicker bezels and a number of readers have wondered why this would be the case, given that these are the more expensive devices.
Well according to Sony’s Chief Art Director Daisuke Ishii the reason for the difference in side bezels is due to the need to fit the fingerprint sensor power button in the Xperia X and X Performance. This sensor requires a certain amount of thickness, which limits how thin the bezels can be. The Xperia XA has no such restriction and therefore Sony was able to provide a near bezel-free display. Would you sacrifice the fingerprint sensor for thinner bezels? Or does it not bother you much? We’d love to hear your thoughts below. [read more…]
Word coming out from the Asian tech media is that not only has Sony ended the Xperia Z series, apparently the Xperia C and Xperia M series have also been cancelled. This means that Sony may exclusively use the Xperia X as a single brand to push all future handsets. This would tie in with our recent report that the rumoured ‘Xperia C6 Ultra’ may in fact arrive as the ‘Xperia X Ultra’.
Sony Mobile presentations appear to show that the Xperia X series marks Sony’s ‘Chapter 3’. Chapter 1 was between 2010-12 and was about the “open OS for web communication”, with the key highlight being the Sony Android phone that started it all – the Xperia X10. Chapter 2 took place between 2013-15 and was about the “best of Sony” highlighted by the Xperia Z series. [read more…]
Sony Mobile has released a new Beta Marshmallow update, which brings back STAMINA battery mode, as expected. The update moves the Android 6.0.1 build number to version 23.5.A.1.151 for select users of the Xperia Z2 (D6503), Z3 (D6603) and Z3 Compact (D5803).
To activate the new Stamina battery mode you will need to go to Settings > Battery > Stamina mode. You can then customize and set the battery level percentage for automatic activation. We would hope to see STAMINA hit the official software at some point soon. [read more…]