Xperia LogoSony 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 successor that we saw pictures of recently. See the full specs of each below. [read more…]

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Sony BuildingSony 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 units. You have to go back five-and-a-half years to the summer of 2010 when it delivered the same volumes. For the full year, Sony delivered 24.9 million units, representing a year-on-year decline of 36 percent. [read more…]

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Xperia-UEFA-Champions-LeagueThe UEFA Champions League is probably the biggest club football (or soccer if you prefer) competition in the world. Sony has sponsored the competition for many years, but it started to promote the Xperia brand for the first time at the start of this season back in October 2015.

This week, we are at the semi-final stage of the competition and interestingly Sony has heavily promoted the upcoming Xperia X on the pitch-side digital billboards. The handset was seen in the match yesterday between Manchester City vs. Real Madrid and also in tonight’s game (Atletico Madrid vs. Bayern Munich). It’s great to see Sony build awareness of the device, even though it’s not due to hit the market for another month or so. [read more…]

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Xperia Z4 SoftBankJapanese carrier SoftBank has released Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Sony Xperia Z4 (402so). The update has landed with build number 32.1.D.0.284 and includes STAMINA battery mode, as seen in the recent NTT docomo Marshmallow update for the Xperia Z4/Z5 series. We should see STAMINA mode hit international models in due course, we will keep you updated. [read more…]

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Xperia Companion 1.1.24.0_1Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia Companion computer application to version 1.1.24.0 and brought various improvements. First of all, Sony has widened support to include compatibility with all Sony Xperia models back to the Xperia J. The newest version also allows users to back-up their Xperia device to a computer, along with a restore function.

Another new feature is the ability to transfer music to your Xperia device. The Settings menu now includes a new option allowing you to toggle whether the Xperia Companion app shows in the notification area once your computer starts. If you want to download the utility click here. [read more…]

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Xperia XThe Sony Xperia X (F5121) and Xperia X Dual (F5122) models have both appeared on the PTCRB website, highlighting that the handset is on track to launch next month. Build number 34.0.A.1.205 is the first firmware version to be certified for the handset, but we can’t say for sure whether this will be the launch firmware. We will keep you posted as the phone nears its launch. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Tablet ComapctAndroid 6.0.1 Marshmallow is finally rolling to the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact through build number 23.5.A.0.570. The update had already rolled to other members of the Sony Xperia Z2/Z3 range, but it was missing from the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact until now.

The update is live on both LTE (SGP621, SGP641) and Wi-Fi (SGP611, SGP612) variants of the tablet. We will include FTF firmware links to download shortly. In the meantime, let us know your impressions of Marshmallow in the comments below. [read more…]

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Xperia X on pre-orderPre-orders for the upcoming Xperia X and Xperia XA have now opened at Amazon.co.uk, priced at £279.99 and £549.99 respectively. Amazon UK has also given an indication on the release dates of both handsets, the Xperia X is due to land on 20 May 2016, whilst the Xperia XA will follow on 10 June. These dates tie in with Clove pre-orders, which has the Xperia X on 23 May and Xperia XA on 6 June.

However, it is the price of the Xperia X in particular that seems particularly ambitious. Remember this is not the Xperia X Performance that comes equipped with a Snapdragon 820 chipset and IP68 water certification. The Xperia X has a Snapdragon 650 chipset and no dust/water certification. For our previous look at the spec comparison click here. [read more…]

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Xperia Z5 Premium Pink Taiwan_6Sony Mobile Taiwan has confirmed that the Xperia Z5 Premium Pink has gone on sale in the country starting from today. The handset is available at retail through larger Sony Stores across the region with a recommended price point of NT$ 24,900 (£533, €684, $770).

The Pink Xperia Z5 Premium Pink is also available to order online through Yahoo Shopping Mall and momo Shop where it is slightly cheaper at NT$ 20,900 (£448, €574, $646). If you order quickly, Sony will also throw in a Hello Kitty case free of charge whilst stocks last. The largest carrier in Taiwan, Chunghwa Telecom, will also get this new colour variant from 3 May 2016. Other markets expected to get the Pink Xperia Z5 Premium include Hong Kong and Mainland China. [read more…]

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Pink Xperia Z5 Premium Hands-on_3Sony Mobile is expected to ship the pink Xperia Z5 Premium from Monday in Taiwan. Up until now we’d only seen the renders of the Xperia Z5 Premium Pink, but if you want to see some hands-on pictures you can check out a selection below. This new colour variant is similar to the gold model, in that it has an almost matte rear, as opposed to the glossy mirror effect seen in the Chrome Xperia Z Premium. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3_NPC91K_Android N_5Google and Sony Mobile announced the Xperia Z3 as the first non-Nexus device to receive the Android N Developer Preview earlier today. The preview is only available to two variants of the Xperia Z3 – the D6603 and D6653. You are able to install the update via Xperia Companion, however if you would like to use Flashtool instead, then the FTF firmware file is now available below.

We have also included a variety of the first user screenshots below, to show what you can look forward to. The update includes the Sony camera and other features such as double tap to wake. If you want to give it a try, then the FTF file for Android N Preview NPC91K is available below – it has a file size of 880MB. [read more…]

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Android N Developer Preview arrives on Xperia Z3

April 21, 2016

Sony Mobile and Google have released the Android N Developer Preview for selected variants of the Xperia Z3 (D6603 and D6653 only). This gives developers a chance to get Android N apps ready for the upcoming update. This includes new app features such as multi-window UI and direct reply notifications. If you want to find […]

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XperiFirm 4.9.0 adds default download folder option

April 21, 2016

XperiFirm, along with FlashTool, are two of the best third-party tools for Sony Xperia devices. XperiFirm developer Igor Eisberg has just released a new version (v4.9.0) which adds a new option allowing a user to set a default download folder. Previously, you were asked each time where you wanted to download your firmware files. There […]

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FM Radio removed in latest Concept update to fix Bluetooth issues (MMB29V.Z1.3571)

April 20, 2016

Sony Mobile has removed the FM radio from the latest Android Concept for Marshmallow release with build number MMB29V.Z1.3571. The reason behind this is that for some unknown issue it caused a conflict resulting in choppy audio over Bluetooth. The FM radio function is handled by the same chip which also deals with Bluetooth, hence […]

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STAMINA mode makes a return to Japanese Xperia Z4/Z5 models on Marshmallow

April 19, 2016

Sony Mobile and Japanese operator NTT docomo have released an Android Marshmallow update that sees the return of the STAMINA mode, as expected. The battery-saving mode was axed when Marshmallow first arrived, as Google’s native Doze feature does something very similar. The new firmware build number 32.1.F.1.38 is currently live on the Xperia Z5 (SO-01H), […]

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