Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia X and XZ series that updates the phones with July 2018 Android security patches. The Xperia X and X Compact sees their build number from 34.4.A.2.85 to version 34.4.A.2.97.

The Xperia XZ and XZs have seen their build numbers move from 41.3.A.2.149 to version 41.3.A.2.157. The Xperia X Performance is expected to move to the same build numbers as the XZ series, but has not been updated at the time of writing. Let us know if you’ve noticed any changes in the comments below. [read more…]

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Mark your diaries Xperia fans, Sony Mobile will be holding a press conference at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin on Thursday 30 August at 1pm CEST. Sony has used the IFA tradeshow to unveil new hardware every year over the last few years. We are expecting Sony to unveil at least one new phone, the Xperia XZ3 and maybe a ‘compact’ version too. We’ll bring you any credible rumours of the new devices ahead of the event. What would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is currently rolling out a new firmware update for its flagship Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact devices. The new firmware moves the build from 51.1.A.4.225 to version number 51.1.A.4.265, which includes the July 2018 Android security patches. If you have updated to the latest version, let us know if you’ve noticed any other changes in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has quietly announced a new smartphone for its ‘super-midrange – the Xperia XA2 Plus. The new phone sports a 6.0-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2160) display with 2:1 ratio, and is the first Xperia in this class to support high-resolution audio (yes, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack thankfully!)

The design looks like similar to the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra models, but closes the bezel at the top and bottom to fit the 2:1 display. It certainly looks quite striking with its diamond-cut anodised aluminium frame and metallic finishing, and perhaps even more attractive than the flagship XZ2 models. It also features Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for extra protection.

Camera duties are taken care of by a 23MP rear camera with 4K movie recording and a front-facing 8MP selfie camera with 8MP 120-degree wide-angle lens. The fingerprint sensor is on the rear, as with all other 2018 Xperia models. [read more…]

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The Xperia XZ2 Premium is now available to pre-order in the US through Amazon.com. The device is available to pre-order for $999.99, and is only available in Chrome Black – we’re not sure if the Chrome Silver option will be added later.

Pre-orders will be bundled with the Xperia Ear Duo True Wireless Headset, which is good to see, however it’s still a hefty price to pay overall. So, who plans to pre-order? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has formally announced that the Xperia XZ2 Premium will launch in Taiwan on 18 July 2018 for NT$ 28,990 Yuan (£719, €812, $955). The handset will be available in Chrome Black and Chrome Silver colours, and if you pre-order, Sony will include a free Sony SBH90C 2-way Style USB Audio & Bluetooth Headset.

Customers who place a NT$ 2,000 ($65) deposit will also get a 64GB microSD memory card for free. In addition, during August, owners will be able to claim a free Sony WCH20 Wireless Charging Dock through an online registration process. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact to new firmware build number 47.1.A.12.235 (from 47.1.A.12.205), which adds July 2018 Android security patches. The update is currently rolling to all handsets, including the dual SIM variants. If you’ve noticed other changes, please let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Image specialists DxoMark has put the Xperia XA2 Ultra’s camera through its paces. The last Xperia smartphone to be rated by DxoMark was the Xperia XZ Premium, which scored 83. It’s no surprise to Sony’s latest mid-ranger not score as highly – DxoMark gave it an overall score of 75 – with DxoMark stating that it “produces acceptable images without excelling, generally capturing good exposures and attractive colors, but has some inconsistencies.

You can read the full report at the source link below. We’re still keen to see how DxoMark has scored the Xperia XZ2, and whether it can challenge the leaders of the pack. We’ll let you know once new reviews pop up. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has published a new infographic highlighting the pedigree the Xperia brand has had in innovating in mobile. Sony highlights the number of world-firsts that were seen on an Xperia smartphone before anywhere else. For example, the Xperia Z saw the highest level of water resistance seen on a mobile at the time in 2013. Since then, we’ve seen the first 4K display with the Xperia Z5 Premium, while the Xperia XZ2 brought the first 4K HDR video recording in a smartphone. We really hope Sony continues to innovate in the mobile space as we move forward. What features would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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If you’re not in the spirit for the World Cup so far, then maybe you should check out Sony Mobile’s Football 2018 Xperia Theme. As well as featuring custom football icons, the lock screen features a centre circle that animates revealing 32 flags. You can check it out by heading to the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has announced that the Xperia XZ2 Premium will be heading to the USA, with a launch date of 30 July. We also have the first confirmation of pricing and it won’t be cheap – Xperia XZ2 Premium pre-orders will cost $999.99 when they open on 9 July.

Pre-orders will open at Best Buy and Amazon, however they latter will have a great pre-order offer available, which will include a freebie of Xperia Ear Duo wireless headphones. What do you think about the Xperia XZ2 Premium pricing? Do our US readers plan to pick up the phone? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Is Sony Mobile about to close ops in Middle East, Turkey and Africa? [Update]

June 27, 2018

Is this the beginning of the end? Sony Mobile could be about to close their operations in a number of regions, according to a tweet from Evan Blass (@evleaks). Evan says that Sony Mobile will shut down its “operations and offices” in Middle East, Africa and Turkey by October. If true, this will be a […]

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Unexpected update arrives on the Xperia C4 and C5 Ultra

June 26, 2018

A new firmware update has unexpectedly arrived on the Xperia C4 and C5 Ultra, updating each phone with 5 March 2018 Android security patches. The last update these handsets received was back in January this year. The Xperia C4 update moves it to build number 27.3.A.0.173 (the dual SIM version gets 27.3.B.0.173). The Xperia C5 […]

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Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra receive June 2018 security patches (50.1.A.10.40)

June 25, 2018

Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra mid-range smartphones with a new firmware update that moves the build number from 50.1.A.5.59 to version 50.1.A.10.40. These models were previously on March 2018 security patches, which have now been updated to June 2018 security patches. No other changes have been noticed. But if you’ve […]

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Flashtool updated to support Xperia XZ2 and XA2 devices (0.9.25.0)

June 22, 2018

Flashtool is one of the most useful pieces of third-party software to help upgrade/downgrade or change regional firmware for Sony Xperia devices. Developer Androxyde has updated the utility to version 0.9.25.0 which adds support for 2018 Sony Xperia handsets, including the Xperia XZ2 and XA2 range. A word of warning if you already have existing […]

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