sony-xperia-xz-dual-hybrid-sim-tray-thumbThe user guide for the Sony Xperia XZ and Xperia XZ Dual is now available for all to download (see links below). We are able to confirm that the Xperia XZ Dual will operate a hybrid SIM card slot, as has been seen for all dual-SIM Xperia models launched this year.

What this means is that Xperia XZ Dual owners who plan to use two SIM cards will not be able to utilise a microSD card. A memory card is supported, but to do so, you will have to give up one of your SIM card slots. [read more…]

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sony-smartwatch_3-thumbSony Mobile is rolling a new firmware update for the SmartWatch 3, which moves the build number to M1D63X and Android Wear version 1.5.0.3269884. We haven’t noticed any big changes in this Android 6.0.1 update, but it does include the latest 5 September 2016 Android security patches. Let us know in the comments below if you’ve noticed any other changes. [read more…]

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xperia-xz-taiwanThe Sony Xperia XZ Dual is now available to buy in Taiwan, ahead of schedule. The handset was due to launch in early October, but goes on sale today. The recommended retail price is NT$ 22,900 and is available in Forest Blue, Mineral Black and Platinum. The handset’s availability is expected to widen over the coming week.

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xperia-x-compact-hk-priceSony Mobile has priced up the Xperia XZ Dual and X Compact in Hong Kong and confirmed that the handsets will launch on 7 October 2016. The Xperia XZ Dual will cost HK$ 5,698, with the Xperia X Compact costing HK$ 4,198. If you pre-order the handset you will get a few freebies including an Xperia branded rucksack and water bottle. We’ll bring news as the handsets launch into other regions too, including any pre-order offers. [read more…]

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sony-xperia-xz-dual-india-launchSony Mobile announced the Xperia XZ Dual for the Indian market earlier today, where it will be released on 10 October 2016.

Pre-orders for the Xperia XZ Dual will open on 1 October and cost MRP Rs. 51,990. Free goodies if you pre-order include a Smartband Talk SWR30 worth Rs. 8,990. Pre-orders will be taken exclusively through Amazon.in and through Sony Center Stores. Click here for further details. The Xperia XZ Dual has 64GB of internal storage versus 32GB for the single SIM model. [read more…]

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xperia-x-compact-thumbSony is now selling the Xperia X Compact across Europe via the Sony Mobile Store. The handset was already on sale across some European markets through select distribution channels, but now it is available more widely.

The Sony Xperia X Compact is available in all three colours (Mist Blue, Universe Black and White) across all Sony Mobile Store sites. In the UK the handset costs £379, while in Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Czech Republic it costs €449. In Sweden the Xperia X Compact will set you back SEK 4,290 and in Poland it is 1,999 Zloty. [read more…]

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Do you use a lanyard on your phone?

by XB on 26th September 2016

in Accessories

sony-xperia-lanyardOne of the features we miss the most on Sony’s 2016 range of Xperia devices is the humble lanyard hole. Sony supported the use of the lanyard throughout all of the Xperia Z range since 2013, straight through to the Z5 family last year. It also supported the lanyard across a number of other mid-range Xperia handsets over the years.

It is a simple, but very useful, feature that is not natively supported by many smartphone manufacturers these days. Sony was one of the last to support the lanyard in 2015, so it was a shame to see its removal with the Xperia X series. [read more…]

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sony-xperia-x-compact-in-stock-usa_thumbA quick head-up to let our US readers know that the Sony Xperia X Compact is now showing as in stock through Amazon.com. All three colours of the handset are available to order for $499.99, including Mist Blue, Universe Black and White. Let us know if you’ve stuck an order in below, and if not, what’s stopped you – price, specs or something else entirely? Please do chime in below. [read more…]

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sony-xperia-xz-usa-amazon-pre-order_thumbSony Mobile USA finally announced launch details for the Xperia XZ earlier in the week, but up until now the handset was not available to pre-order. Well that now changes, as Amazon.com has the handset up for pre-order for $699.99 across all three colours (Forest Blue, Mineral Black and Platinum). The Xperia XZ will be released on 2 October 2016.

At the time of writing, there does not appear to be any kind of credit promotion like there was for Xperia X Compact pre-orders, where Amazon offered $50 back. The Xperia X Compact is still on pre-order for $499.99, but that $50 promotion appears to have ended. The handset is due to be released tomorrow in the USA. [read more…]

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android-nougat-sony-xperiaSony Slovakia held a press conference earlier today and also let slip when its Xperia devices would receive the update to Android 7.0 Nougat. According to a Sony slide, the Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance will be the first devices to receive the Android N update in October 2016. The Xperia X and X Compact are expected to follow in November 2016.

We should then see the 2015 Xperia Z series be updated around December 2016. This will include updates for the Xperia Z5 family, the Xperia Z3+ as well as the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Finally, the Xperia XA and XA Ultra will be updated in ‘early 2017’, which could mean any time up until March 2017. [read more…]

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nougat-xperia-beta-program_5We previously reported that Sony Mobile was planning an Xperia Beta Program for Sony Xperia X Performance owners. This would allow select Xperia X Performance owners a first look at Sony’s pre-release version of Android 7.0 Nougat.

Well, registration for the Xperia Beta Program for X Performance owners has opened today. Sony Mobile has updated the “Xperia Beta Program” app in the Google Play Store to take account for this – previously, the app was designed for Xperia Z3/Z3 Compact owners in the Beta Program. Sony is notifying users of the Beta Program’s existence through the Xperia Lounge app. [read more…]

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Xperia XZ USA fingerprint scanner omission likely to be a software limitation only

September 23, 2016

Sony Mobile has so far introduced seven Xperia models that support a fingerprint scanner. This includes last year’s Xperia Z5 series (Z5, Z5 Compact, Z5 Premium) and this year’s Xperia X series (X, X Performance, X Compact and XZ). What all of these handsets have in common is that none of the equivalent models launched […]

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Three new “Xperia Tips” ideas coming soon; chosen by community

September 23, 2016

Sony Mobile launched a new app earlier in the year called “Xperia Tips”. The app was designed to get the most out of your phone, based on your usage patterns. The app first featured in Sony’s Concept firmware releases and is also included in all 2016 Sony Xperia devices. These tips may seem quite basic […]

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Dear Sony, single-SIM Xperia owners would like double storage too

September 22, 2016

For some reason (don’t ask us why), Sony has offered double the internal storage on dual-SIM versions of key Xperia devices launched this year, versus their single SIM counterparts. Everybody likes to have as much storage as possible, so when the dual SIM variants of the Xperia X, X Performance and upcoming XZ carry 64GB, […]

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Xperia XZ priced in USA, launches on 2 October

September 22, 2016

Sony Mobile has confirmed that it will launch the unlocked Xperia XZ for $699, with a release date of 2 October 2016. The handset will be offered in three colours (Forest Blue, Mineral Black and Platinum) through Amazon, Best Buy and other participating retailers. We have already reported on the Xperia X Compact being up […]

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