Xperia X PerformanceWe have known for a while that Sony Mobile had no plans to bring the top-tier model in the Xperia X range – the Xperia X Performance – to the UK. This was confirmed earlier in the week, when pre-orders started through the Sony Mobile Store. The only two regions where the Xperia X Performance will not be available are Germany and the UK.

However, there might be a silver lining. Recombu has received a statement from Sony Mobile UK that whilst the Xperia X Performance will not be available through its online store, it might be available “in limited numbers via select distribution partners.” [read more…]

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Xperia X Ultra_2We know that Sony Mobile is planning to launch a new Xperia handset with front-facing flash. The device is said to sport a 6-inch 1080p display and hands-on pics were spotted last month. Then, more recently, benchmarks point to the device being powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755 chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage with a 21MP rear camera and 16MP front-facing camera.

The device is widely expected to be marketed as part of the Xperia C series given the use of front-facing flash. Some have tagged the handset as the Xperia C6 Ultra, but now Digi-wo is suggesting the handset could come to the market as the Xperia X Ultra instead. This would make sense, as in many respects, the phone already looks very similar to the Xperia XA. [read more…]

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Xperia X packagingSony Mobile is set to launch the Xperia X towards the end of this month and we may have just had a first look at the new packaging. The video below shows a demo Xperia X unit being unboxed. On the face of it, the packaging looks just like a normal white box. However, this hides some very colourful sides of the box which are revealed once the top cover is lifted off.

The colourful design is the same used in the Xperia X wallpaper (click here for a better idea of what to expect). We’ll bring you the retail unboxing as soon as it’s out, in the meantime you can check out the video below. [read more…]

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Android Marshmallow BetaSony Mobile has confirmed that a new update for those on Beta Marshmallow firmware will start to roll from next week. The Beta Marshmallow program is for select users of the Xperia Z2 (D6503), Z3 (D6603) and Z3 Compact (D5803). Sony says that altogether there are 1,500 fixes in this version including the much-awaited return of STAMINA mode and ULTRA STAMINA mode.

The update also includes improvements to memory handling, Wi-Fi connections and Bluetooth audio. We expect the new version to also include the latest security updates. Further information on the key improvements can be found in the changelog below. Overall, it looks like a great update, especially if Sony has managed to improve stability and battery life. We’ll let you know once the update starts to roll. [read more…]

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DevilCase DevilDock_12We have featured DevilCase a number of times on the blog, normally when looking at the company’s aluminium bumpers. DevilCase is a Taiwanese-based company that produces a variety of premium smartphone accessories. Today, we are reviewing the DevilCase ‘DevilDock’, which is a USB charging dock that is compatible with a number of Sony Xperia devices.

This is no ordinary charging dock though, it is crafted from precision-machined aluminium, with a weighty premium feel, it includes its own tools to use your own cable and has a non-slip base. The dock is available in various colours and can be used with or without a chunky case or bumper. Click through for our full thoughts below. [read more…]

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Xperia Weather 1.1.A.0.30_1Sony Mobile has added a new Beta update for the Xperia Weather application, moving the build number to version 1.1.A.0.30. The big new feature in this latest build is the inclusion of a widget transparency option within settings. You will now find a slider that allows you to set the exact level of transparency required.

In addition, the stable release of Xperia Weather moves to build number 1.1.A.0.22, which includes a number of features previously seen in the beta version. This includes new background images for the fog state and additional support for changing weather details such as humidity, UV index and wind speed. [read more…]

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Xperia X pre-ordersSony Mobile has officially kicked off pre-orders for the Xperia X family in Europe. The Sony Mobile Store has opened up pre-orders of the Xperia X, Xperia XA and Xperia X Performance (in select countries only) across various regions in Europe.

We have covered European pre-order pricing from third-party retailers before, but now you can see a list of the official Sony pricing below. The Xperia X will set you back £469 in the UK and starts from €599 in mainland Europe. The Xperia XA costs £239 in the UK and from €299 in mainland Europe. [read more…]

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Xperia XA promo videoSony Mobile has released a number of promotional videos for the Xperia X series today. Some of these we had already seen before, but there are some new ones too, including an advert for the Xperia XA.

There are design videos for each of the Xperia X, XA and X Performance . The Xperia X camera is also highlighted in one video, showing off the predictive hybrid autofocus, the 0.6 second quick launch to capture image and predictive shutter speed. The last two videos cover the 2-day battery life of the Xperia X range. Check them all out below. [read more…]

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Music Beta 9.1.9.A.1.0_1Sony Mobile has updated the Music Beta to build number 9.1.9.A.1.0 to include a couple of neat features. The first change is that Sony now allows you to manually fetch album art for your music tracks. Prior to this, the main option was to “update while you play”. To do this, simply long press on a track item (or click the three dots) and press “Edit music info”. Then click “Download” underneath the section entitled “Download music info”.

The second change is that Genre support has been improved in that you are now able to edit the genre for a particular track. You can change this under the “Edit music info” setting as described above. At the moment, there is no way to change the genre of a whole album. Music Beta users can download the update from the Google Play Store or you can use the APK below. [read more…]

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James Bond 007 L'Exposition Xperia Theme_1_resultSony Mobile has released its second James Bond Xperia Theme to celebrate the 007 L’Exposition which is currently taking place in Paris. The James Bond exhibition has been touring the world for the last four years and is now being held at La Grande Halle de La Villette in Paris until 4 September 2016.

The exhibition centres on 50 years of Bond Style, presenting over 500 original objects including an Aston Martin, suits, gadgets, sketches, photos of shootings, Ian Fleming’s originals and exclusive pieces from Spectre. The simple and elegant James Bond Expo Paris Xperia Theme can be downloaded from Google Play Store right now. [read more…]

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Xperia Home Launcher_10.0.A.0.40_6Sony Mobile has launched a new beta programme for another one of its apps – this time it is for the humble home launcher. By joining the Xperia Home Open Beta you will be able to test the latest launchers from Sony. As part of the launch, Sony is distributing a new Xperia Home with build number 10.0.A.0.40. There is very little change over the last version (10.0.A.0.30) that we’ve noticed.

Sony is testing a new way of distributing updates with this beta. Now, updates will be delivered through the built-in Xperia Software Update software (Settings > About phone > Software update). When you click on this maintenance release, you will notice the circle pane continues to try and load – this is natural and is because there is no release notes attached to this particular update. [read more…]

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Xperia X System Dump now available – what ports are you looking forward to?

April 29, 2016

Now that we’re under a month before the release of the Sony Xperia X, it was a matter of time before the system dump was leaked and that time has come. The full Xperia X system dump is available to download from the single SIM model (F5121) with firmware build number 34.0.A.1.264. It shouldn’t be […]

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Sony Netherlands opens Xperia X pre-orders; bundles free Sony MDR-XB650BT wireless headphones

April 29, 2016

Pre-orders for the Sony Xperia X are already live across third-party retailers, as previously reported. However, we have been waiting for Sony Mobile to open up their own pre-orders across Europe, particularly as some offers have been promised. Whilst we still await Sony to open its own pre-orders across most European regions, it looks like […]

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New Sony F3216 and F3311 model numbers revealed by benchmark

April 29, 2016

Sony may have some new handsets on the horizon targeting the lower mid-range. Two new model numbers have been revealed by the GFXBench benchmark, outing the Sony F3216 and F3311. Both devices are armed with MediaTek chipsets and one of them has a 16MP front-facing camera, which probably means this is the Xperia C series […]

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Sony shipped 3.4 million units in Q4 FY15; the last time it was this low was Summer 2010

April 28, 2016

Sony has released its full year results for the 12 months to 31 March 2016. There aren’t too many surprises on the mobile front, as the company has delivered on its revised expectations set back in January. The results do, however confirm that Sony Xperia shipments plunged 57 percent in Q4 FY15 to 3.4 million […]

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