Sony Mobile has started to send out invites to its Mobile World Congress (MWC) press conference, which is being held at the Barcelona tradeshow on Monday 27th February at 8.30am CET. We can’t confirm whether the event will be live-streamed, but it was last year, so there’s a good chance it will be again.

We are expecting to see at least two new mid-range Xperia smartphones to be launched at the event. We have heard no word on a new flagship launch, so Sony might be holding this back until IFA in September. What would you like to see Sony announce at MWC? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is shaping up to launch at least two-midrange devices at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) tradeshow in Barcelona. We have already seen model numbers Sony G31XX and Sony G32XX leak, along with confirmation that they will run the MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757 chipset with Mali-T880 graphics. The Sony G31XX is expected to use a 720p display, while the Sony G32XX is expected to run a 1080p display.

Now it appears we have some more information on the Sony G32XX model, this time from an appearance on the AnTuTu benchmarking site. The listing appears to suggest that the Sony G3221 will have 4GB Ram, 64GB internal storage, 23MP rear camera and a 16MP front-facing camera. Benchmarking sites have been wrong in the past regarding specs for upcoming phones, so these may not be final specs. However, if the reality ends up being anywhere to close these specs, then it looks like Sony will have a very capable mid-range device to kick-off 2017. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile commenced its Android 7.0 Nougat rollout to the Xperia Z5 range yesterday, with build number 32.3.A.0.372. Well a day later, Sony is now seeding Nougat for the Xperia Z3+ and Z3+ Dual with the same firmware build.

Expect the update to be identical to the one rolling to Xperia Z5 users – if you are an Xperia Z3+ user and looking for impressions, you may want to hit our previous post to check out how Xperia Z5 owners have reacted to the update. We will include FTF firmware links for the update as soon as we can. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has commenced its Android 7.0 Nougat rollout for the Xperia Z5 series with build number 32.3.A.0.372, just a few days after the firmware was certified. The new update is currently live across select variants of the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium as of writing, but we expect it will shortly arrive on the Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet.

The new firmware version brings support for native Nougat features such as multi-windows and Sony is promising longer battery life, something that Z5 owners will be welcoming. Other additions include the addition of a self-timer button for the front camera and the latest Xperia Home launcher with Google Now integration. If you have updated your handset, please share some impressions and pictures in the comments below. We will stick up FTF firmware links shortly. [read more…]

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Sony is set to launch two new Xperia smartphones that will use the MediaTek Helio P20 MT6757 chipset, according to UAProf’s (user-agent profile) from Sony. The chipset combines a 2.3 GHz quad-core and 1.6 GHz quad-core and runs Mali-T880 graphics.

This new chip is set to adorn the Sony G3112 (G31XX), the model number of which has already leaked, as well as the Sony G3221 (G32XX). The UAProf highlights that the Sony G3112 will use a 720p display, whilst the Sony G3221 will use a 1080p display. There is little other detail revealed, but Sony is probably looking at MWC 2017 for a likely launch. [read more…]

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Android 7.0 Nougat may shortly be released for the Xperia Z5, Z4 Tablet and Z3+ series, as Nougat firmware build 32.3.A.0.372 has just been certified by the PTCRB. Whilst the PTCRB, a cellular certification company, stopped publishing public links of new Xperia devices – links for the older devices still remain accessible. It shows that Sony will look to move the build number from 32.2.A.5.11 to version 32.3.A.0.372. Hopefully, this means the actual consumer release is, at most, a matter of weeks away. We’ll let you know once it starts rolling. [read more…]

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Sony recently announced their first OLED television, with the fabulously designed A1 series. The use of OLED technology may also be extended to Xperia smartphones according to a report from Nikkan.co.jp.

The report suggests that Sony will launch a premium Xperia smartphone using an OLED display next year. This new display will be adopted in Sony’s flagship device, rather than the whole range according to the report. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile’s recent Xperia X Concept firmware introduced the PlayStation Remote Play application, after much request from the community. However, whilst the application was once again supported, Sony said that there was no support for the DUALSHOCK 4 PlayStation 4 controller.

If you are wondering why Sony did not include DS4 support, you can check out the comment below from the Sony developers. Basically, to support the controller requires a number of changes to code that is frequently changed in the AOSP. This means that if it were supported, new releases would take longer, which kind of goes against the principle of the Concept firmware. The good news is that Sony are looking for a workaround, but this may take some time. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile used a new form of metal called ALKALEIDO, when it created the Xperia XZ. This was the first time that the metal was used in a smartphone and Sony has given some further detail behind its creation.

Sony’s Shinji Kanada, who works in Sony’s mechanics department in Tokyo, says that the ALKALEIDO is a new form of aluminium that currently adorns the rear of the Xperia XZ. Sony worked with Kobe Steel to create the exact material it was looking for in terms of looks, strength etc. [read more…]

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Qualcomm has unveiled its latest premium tier chipset for mobile devices, the Snapdragon 835. The 64-bit chipset is the first to be manufactured using a 10nm process, leading to extreme power efficiency versus older chips – it is 50% more power efficient than the Snapdragon 801.

The Snapdragon 835 is 35 per cent smaller than its predecessor, the Snapdragon 820, consumes 25 per cent less power and 25 per cent faster 3D graphics. The chipset comes armed with a X16 LTE modem and interestingly it is the first to support Windows 10 plus Win32 apps. Devices shipping with this latest chip are expected to ship from the first half of 2017. There’s a good chance that this will include the next generation Xperia flagship. You can read more about the Snapdragon 835 at the source links below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has no plans to cancel the 3.5mm headphone jack from its Xperia devices according to a report from ePrice. While Apple has taken the lead in removing the headphone socket from the iPhone 7, there has been intensifying speculation that other Android manufacturers may follow suit.

Sony has made a point of promoting high-resolution audio in its Xperia smartphones and we would expect the company to continue to develop this experience. Removing the headphone jack would not tie in with trying to improve the overall audio experience, especially if it means the need to carry additional adapters/dongles to get your existing headphones to work. [read more…]

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Small update hits the Xperia XZ and X Performance (39.2.A.0.374)

January 2, 2017

Sony Mobile has released another small firmware update for the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Performance. This is now the second minor update since Nougat first hit these devices. The new update moves the build number from 39.2.A.0.361 to version 39.2.A.0.374. There does not seem to be any big changes in this latest version, the […]

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Xperia X Concept receives Android 7.1.1 update (38.3.A.0.41)

January 2, 2017

Sony Mobile has started 2017 with a bang by being the first manufacturer to release Android 7.1.1 on a non-Google smartphone. Sony Mobile’s Concept team has released Android 7.1.1 Nougat MR1 on the Xperia X in the form of build number 38.3.A.0.41. New features include a restart option on the power button menu and a […]

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Xperia Blog: Top stories and readership statistics from 2016

January 1, 2017

Happy New Year 2017 to all of our readers! We hope you enjoyed the celebrations last night. We want to take this moment to say thank you to all of our readers for visiting during the year. The smartphone industry is maturing and it is becoming even harder to wow consumers with mobile devices, we […]

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Sony Style Cover Touch SCTF10 for Xperia XZ Review

December 30, 2016

Sony created two official cases for the Xperia XZ, we have already reviewed the Style Cover Stand SCSF10 and today we are looking at the Style Cover Touch SCTF10. The Style Cover Touch case is quite unique in that it allows you to continue to use your phone via a see-through front cover. This means […]

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