DxOMark camera review site recently changed its review protocols for mobile products to take account for new advances in technology including dual-camera setups, on-sensor phase detection for quicker autofocus and better low-light performance. Therefore, DxOMark has pretty much reset all of its scores for all new reviews.

DxOMark finally got round to reviewing the Xperia XZ Premium and has awarded it a score of 83, more than 10 points lower than the iPhone 8 Plus that was also reviewed today. DxOMark says that the Xperia XZ Premium does a good job of capturing still photos and video, but doesn’t break any new good, performing poorly on their new Zoom and Bokeh tests. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile India has announced launch details for the Xperia XA1 Plus. The device is set to hit retail stores and Sony Center from tomorrow, where it will be available for Rs. 24,990 (£284, €322, $385). The phone will be available in three colour options including Gold, Black and Blue.

The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus is a 5.5-inch 1080p device with 3430mAh battery and 23MP rear camera with 8MP selfie camera. The Xperia XA1 Plus is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20, 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Other features include Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and USB Type-C. The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus has dimensions of 155 x 75 x 8.7mm and weighs 190 grams. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has begun shipping its latest flagship, the Xperia XZ1, into the US market. The exact variant that Sony is selling in the United States is the Xperia XZ1 Dual (G8342), so users will benefit from dual SIM support. Sony continues to use a hybrid SIM tray with the Xperia XZ1 Dual, so if you want to use two SIM cards, then you cannot use a micro SD memory card in addition.

Sony is selling the Xperia XZ1 through Amazon.com for $699.99, with four colours available to choose from. This includes Black, Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink and Warm Silver, with all colours in stock at the time of posting. So, who is planning to stick an order in? Or, do you have your eye on another model (maybe the Xperia XZ1 Compact, or different brand altogether), we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released new firmware updates for some of its entry-level and mid-range devices, moving the Android security patch to 5 August 2017 in the process. There is no change to the Android version, which remains on Android 7.0 Nougat.

The Sony Xperia XA1 update moves the build number from 40.0.A.6.121 to 40.0.A.6.135, while the Xperia XA1 Ultra moves build number from 42.0.A.4.89 to version 42.0.A.4.101. Lastly, the budget Xperia L1 has seen a minor update, moving it from 43.0.A.5.72 to build number 43.0.A.5.79. Let us what changes you’ve noticed in the comments below. [read more…]

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Last year, it took until the very end of October before we saw any official Xperia model numbers related to next year’s models. However, this year, a number of ‘H’ denominated model numbers representing the 2018 Xperia range have been discovered through official UAProf‘s (user-agent profiles).

The first letter of Sony’s Xperia numbering scheme denotes the year of each model. So for example it was F in 2016, G in 2017, and H will be used for the 2018 models. Four model numbers have been outed altogether – the Sony H31XX and Sony H41XX have FHD displays, Bluetooth 5.0 and run Android 8.0 Oreo. So, these could very well be powered by the Snapdragon 630, 660 or 835 chipsets. [read more…]

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Sony’s 3D Creator application was one of the highlights of IFA. It will feature on the upcoming Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, but also confirmed to arrive on the Xperia XZ Premium in a future update. The app allows you to 3D scan a person’s face or objects to produce a surprisingly accurate 3D image, which can even be 3D printed.

It’s perhaps no surprise to see that 3D Creator app has been extracted from the Xperia XZ1 firmware and modified to work on a number of Sony Xperia handsets, running Android Marshmallow and above. If you’re looking to give the app a try yourself, then head over to the XDA source link below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia XZ Premium with a new firmware update that moves the build number from 45.0.A.7.120 to version 45.0.A.7.137. The new update brings the latest 1 September 2017 Android security patch, as seen in recent updates for other Xperia X series handsets.

However, what we’re more excited by is having some semblance of a changelog by Sony, once again. The Concept programmes were great in that Sony provided a detailed changelog of what had changed in each update. However, for the stable firmware releases, Sony does not include any detail as a matter of course. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the first and (currently) only smartphone packing a 4K HDR display. The HDR option has already been available on a few apps for the Xperia XZ Premium, including Amazon Video and Netflix, but today YouTube is also rolling out the HDR option for the handset.

We have received the option on our resident XZ Premium handset, giving options to choose HDR videos up to 4K resolution. It’s great to see a wider range of HDR content more easily attained, taking advantage of the tech inside Sony’s 4K flagship. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile is now rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia X and Xperia X Compact, which adds the 1 September Android security patch. The new firmware moves the build number from 34.3.A.0.217 to version 34.3.A.0.228 and is currently live across a number of regions. We will include FTF firmware links below shortly, but in the meantime, let us know your impressions of the update below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has begun to seed a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ, X Performance that moves the build number from 41.2.A.7.53 to 41.2.A.7.65. This latest update moves the Android security patches to 1 September 2017. The update is rolling to a few select regions right now, but expect availability to widen in the coming days, as well as including the Xperia XZs. If you’ve downloaded the update let us know any other changes you’ve noticed in the comments below. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia XZ Premium was the first smartphone to ship with a 4K HDR-enabled display. The HDR feature is limited to certain apps, including Amazon Prime and Netflix. Other manufacturers have also jumped on board with their own HDR displays recently, most notably with the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

While last week, Sony announced the Xperia XZ1 with its own HDR display. Netflix has updated its support page, confirming that the app now supports HDR playback on all of these devices, in its latest firmware. To stream Netflix in HDR you will need version 5.0 of the Netflix app for Android. The Xperia XZ1 is due to go on sale towards the end of the month. [read more…]

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Sony finally adds app shortcuts to latest Xperia Home Beta (10.2.A.3.47)

September 1, 2017

Sony Mobile has finally added application shortcuts to hits home launcher, in the latest beta of Xperia Home with build number 10.2.A.3.47. App shortcuts allow you to bring a context menu of app shortcuts when long pressing on a compatible app. So for example, the Google Drive app (as seen below) can show options for […]

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Sony’s 3D Creator app is coming to the XZ Premium

September 1, 2017

One of Sony’s newest Xperia features introduced at IFA 2017 is its new 3D Creator app. The app can be found in the newly announced Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact, but the good news for Xperia XZ Premium owners is that 3D Creator will also be heading their way once the phone receives its […]

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Xperia XA1 Plus brings bigger battery and fingerprint sensor to Sony’s mid-range

August 31, 2017

Sony announced the Xperia XA1 Plus mid-ranger at IFA earlier today, a 5.5-inch FHD device that will sit between the 5-inch Xperia XA1 and 6-inch Xperia XA1 Ultra. Despite the familiarity of the ‘XA1’ family name, the XA1 Plus is positioned differently to its other family members. First of all, the Xperia XA1 Plus is […]

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Xperia XZ1 Compact is Sony’s star of IFA 2017

August 31, 2017

We are delighted to see Sony launch a true Xperia ‘compact’ flagship once again. While the Xperia X Compact from last year was a good device with great performance and battery life, we know that many missed some of the flagship features such as water resistance (something that all previous Compact Xperia phones had). The […]

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