Xperia Z5Sony Mobile has officially unveiled the newest member of its flagship Z series in the form of the Xperia Z5 (E6603, E6633, E6653, E6683). The key differences in Sony’s latest flagship is the inclusion of a fingerprint sensor, located on the side of the phone, along with a 23MP Exmor RS rear camera capable of 0.03 second autofocus.

The Sony Xperia Z5 will feature a 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920 resolution IPS display and be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset (2.0 GHz octa-core processor and Adreno 430 GPU). Other specs include 32GB internal storage, 3GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC. [read more…]

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ifa-teaser-2015Want to see what Sony Mobile will officially unveil at IFA 2015, then you can check out the livestream below. The Sony IFA 2015 press conference kicks off at 15.15 BST (16.15 CEST) and all will be revealed. We expect Sony to officially unveil its three new flagships (Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia 5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium), but will there be any other surprises? We’ll know for sure very soon. [read more…]

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Xperia Z5 FamilyWe are now just a few hours away from Sony’s IFA 2015 press conference and before we get to the official details, we can reveal that Sony’s new flagship models will indeed carry the “Xperia Z5” series name. This has been revealed by a marketing poster for the Xperia Z5 family – confirming the name for all three handsets as the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium.

The poster also confirms exactly which colours will be available for each handset. The Sony Xperia Z5 will be available in Gold, Teal, Black and White. The Xperia Z5 Compact will be available in Pink, Yellow, Black and White, whilst the Xperia Z5 Premium will be available in Chrome, Black and Gold. We’ll bring you official details of each handset later today. [read more…]

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Minnie Mouse Xperia Theme_1_resultSony Mobile has released a new premium Disney-based Xperia Theme in the form of “Minnie Mouse”. Sony already has Mickey Mouse Xperia Themes, so it was only fair that one was launched for Minnie Mouse too. You can check out some screenshots of the new theme below, if you’re interested it will cost you £1.99/€1.99/$1.99 in the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Sony-Xperia-LogoWe have already seen much of Sony’s new Xperia flagship devices, due to be announced tomorrow as IFA 2015 kicks off. Now the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact have both appeared in the GFXBench benchmark confirming some of the specifications already rumoured.

The benchmark points to the Xperia Z5 having a 5.1-inch 1080p display, with the Xperia Z5 Compact sporting a 4.5-inch 720p display. We believe these rounded down numbers may relate to the display real estate excluding the on-screen buttons as we expect the Xperia Z5 to have a 5.2-inch display with the Xperia Z5 Compact at 4.6-inches. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia Z5 family_1Sony Mobile will unveil its new Xperia flagship devices tomorrow. These are widely expected to be the Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium. We have already seen various leaks and now a day before the full reveal, we have attached some new hands-on pictures of all three devices.

The leak comes courtesy of Dutch site nu.nl, who published the pictures a day early. We’re not entirely sure whether what we are seeing is a new colour for the Xperia Z5 series or whether these are pre-production samples. However, we get a more detailed look including the ‘XPERIA’ logo etched into the side frame of all of the models, confirmation again of the 23MP camera and a closer look at the fingerprint sensor/power button. We’ll bring official details of all three handsets tomorrow. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia Theme PortalSony Mobile has released a new ‘Theme Portal’ website to showcases the best Xperia Themes, both from first and third-party developers. All of the themes are verified to be compatible with Sony Xperia devices and include Google Play Store links. If you are a budding theme designer looking to get your theme included in the Theme Portal, then you can submit your theme promotion via the source link below. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia signature power buttonMost Sony Xperia devices that have appeared since 2013 have used the company’s signature power button – a chrome button that distinctly showed it was an Xperia device. Having first appeared in the older Xperia Z series, the power button has been used by Sony across all of its handsets including the lower and mid-tiers. Back in January 2013, we thought that the button will only appear across one year. However, it has lived on much longer than we first believed.

However, it looks like that time might soon be coming to an end. The leaks of the newest Xperia Z5 series, to be announced at IFA tomorrow, shows that the button has now been removed in place of a fingerprint sensor. Question marks remain how attractive this will be and whether this actually breaks up some the clean design curves, but it is likely that this may be the last time we see the button on Xperia flagships. [read more…]

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Sony Wena_1Sony Japan has developed a new product in its “First Flight” crowdfunding platform in the form of the Wena Wrist smartwatch. The Wena watch takes a different approach versus other smartwatches, fusing all of the main technology into its wrist band with an analogue watch face.

The Wena wrist includes NFC, as well as other features expected of a smartwatch, including notifications of incoming emails, SMS and fitness logging (steps and calories burned). Notifications are received through LED indicator lights on the band or vibrations. Interestingly, Sony has also made sure the phone is waterproof too. Several versions of the watch are available with prices starting from 34,800 yen going up to 69,800 yen. [read more…]

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Xperia Z5 Premium_1All of the Sony Xperia Z5 information leaked earlier today came from a French hands-on video (presumably to go live next Wednesday on the announcement of the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium). That video is now available for you to watch.

In addition to what we have already seen, it shows off the Chrome-coloured Xperia Z3 Premium and the software interface, including the camera where the 23MP output is once again confirmed. The video is low resolution, but that doesn’t detract from what’s on show here. We don’t speak French, so if anyone can help dissect the salient points from the 2 minute 50 second video, please feel free to help translate in the comments below. [read more…]

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Xperia Z5 Leak_1Sony Mobile will launch three new Xperia handsets next week which include the Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and the Xperia Z5 Premium according to PhoneArena.

The same source provided a picture of the upcoming flagship in gold (see below), which shows Sony’s new fingerprint sensor as seen in previous leaks. If you look carefully, you will notice some of the other models in the background, including the teal-coloured version we leaked earlier in the week. [read more…]

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Is Sony using two different screens for the Xperia C5 Ultra?

August 28, 2015

Users in Hong Kong are reporting that Sony Mobile may be using two different displays in the Xperia C5 Ultra. There appears to be tangible differences to the displays used in the white Xperia C5 Ultra’s versus the black models. By entering the service menu of the phones (*#*#7378423#*#*), it shows there are two different […]

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What’s New update (3.2.A.0.3) improves tablet portrait layout

August 28, 2015

Sony Mobile has updated the “What’s New” application to build number 3.2.A.0.3, which adds a new welcome screen, improves the portrait layout for tablets and brings user interface enhancements. Sony appears to now have opted for less transparency on the slide out menu with a lighter background compared the dark UI used previously. In related […]

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Chromecast for Smartband Talk released to control your media

August 28, 2015

Sony Mobile has released a Chromecast extension app for the SmartBand Talk SWR30 that will allow users to control their media. Think of the extension as a remote control for Chromecast, it will mainly allow you to pause and resume playback. To use the app, the main SmartBand Talk app will need to be installed. […]

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Android 5.1 Lollipop certified for Xperia C3 and T2 Ultra (19.4.A.0.180)

August 28, 2015

The Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware update for the Xperia C3 and Xperia T2 Ultra has been certified by the PTCRB. Build number 19.4.A.0.180 has been certified for all variants of both handsets, including the dual-SIM versions. This compares to current build number 19.3.A.0.472. We will keep you posted once the Android 5.1 update is released.

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