Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia L1 with a new firmware update that moves the build number from 43.0.A.5.79 to version 43.0.A.6.49. The latest firmware gives the handset the 6 November 2017 Android security patch (from August 2017 previously). There appear to be few other changes noticed. The Android build remains on version 7.0. [read more…]

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Qualcomm has announced the Snapdragon 845, which will adorn most flagship Android smartphones in 2018. It will include an octa-core Kryo 385 CPU with a clock speed up to 2.8GHz in its four fastest cores. The chip will include Adreno 630 graphics, delivering a 30% improvement in performance versus the previous version.

It will also include an integrated Qualcomm Spectra 280 image signal processor (ISP) bring a premium camera experience with 16MP capture at 60 images per second. It will also capture 64x more HDR colour information for video capture and playback on 4K displays. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has begun to rollout a new firmware update for the Xperia X and Xperia X Compact, moving it from build number to 34.3.A.0.244 version 34.3.A.0.252. Sony has a great track record of getting security updates out faster than most other manufacturers. The same applies here, with these handsets receiving the 1 December 2017 Android security patch. If you have downloaded thee update let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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We have seen a number of new Sony Xperia smartphone model numbers being outed recently through their user-agent profiles (UAProf’s). Well today we have seen the Sony H81XX (H8116, H8166) UAProf’s unveiled, which highlight that these new premium smartphones will come with a 4K display (2160 x 3840). Other features confirmed include Android Oreo and Bluetooth 5.0.

Another model number with 1080p display that has been revealed is the Sony H82XX (H8216, H8266, H8276, H8296) – all of the UAProfs are linked to below. Given the model number, this looks like another premium device that likely sits just below the H81XX. Excited? [read more…]

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It looks like another Xperia smartphone might be in the works, as a Sony H8324 model number has been uncovered through its user-agent profile (UAProf). The Sony H83XX template number is likely to be a premium phone, but no other details are known at this stage, apart from the 1080 x 1920 (16:9) display resolution.

This follows on from the Sony mid-range Sony H4133 (H41XX) that appeared on GFXBench recently, which is rumoured to have a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 630 chipset, 3GB RAM, Android Oreo, a 23MP rear camera and 8MP selfie camera. We’ll bring you further details on both handsets when we have them. [read more…]

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A purported spec sheet for a Sony H8541 Xperia smartphone popped up on Reddit, which looks to have been snapped from someone’s screen in China. If true, the model number alone suggests we are looking at a premium device, although the specs themselves appear to belong very much to 2017, and not entirely different to the Xperia XZ Premium.

What is likely to be different, however, is the design. Assuming that Sony continues to use a 16:9 ratio display – we have seen no evidence so far that suggests Sony is moving to 18:9 – then it looks like the Sony H8541 will have some of the slimmest bezels yet seen on an Xperia device. This handset is rumoured to incorporate a 5.7-inch 4K display in a body with dimensions of 149 x 74 x 7.5 mm. [read more…]

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Sony recently filed a trademark application with the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office), for the “Dynamic Vibration System”. This trademark is believed to be a form of optical image stabilisation (OIS), which could be heading to Xperia smartphones as early as 2018. Adding OIS to its Xperia phones has been a much requested feature from Sony fans for years.

Sony has instead utilised software for a similar effect, which works surprisingly well, especially for videos. Despite this, we’re sure many of you are likely to be excited by the news. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. [read more…]

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Android 8.0.0 Oreo started to roll to the Xperia XZ and XZs at the end of last week through build number 41.3.A.0.401. The Xperia X Performance runs the same strand of firmware, and it started to receive the same update earlier today. The update is live on both the single SIM (F8131) and dual SIM (F8132) versions of the Xperia X Performance. If you have received the new firmware, let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has today begun to roll the Android 8.0.0 firmware update for the Xperia XZ and Xperia XZs. Sony has updated the building number from 41.2.A.7.76 to version 41.3.A.0.401. The same build number should hit the Xperia X Performance shortly. It’s good to see Sony get Oreo out on the Xperia XZ before the turn of the year. If you’ve updated let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a minor firmware update for the Xperia XA1 series of phones that adds the 6 November 2017 Android security patch. All handsets remain on Android 7.0, so we’re not seeing any major Android upgrades for these phones just yet.

The recently launched Xperia XA1 Plus sees its first firmware update, moving the build number from 48.0.A.1.66 to 48.0.A.1.99. The 5-inch Xperia XA1’s build number moves from 40.0.A.6.135 to version 40.0.A.6.162, while the 6-inch Xperia XA 1 Ultra’s build number moves from 42.0.A.4.101 to 42.0.A.4.133. We’re not sure whether these phones will get Android 7.1.1 anytime soon, or Sony may decide to skip it and move straight to Oreo. Let us know any changes you’ve noticed in this latest update. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact series, upgrading the build number from 47.1.A.2.374 to 47.1.A.5.51. This new firmware build now brings the Xperia XZ1 devices into the same software branch as the Xperia XZ Premium, which recently launched with the same build.

The latest Android 8.0.0 Oreo update adds the camera distortion fix option, which can be found in the camera settings, along with the latest 1 November Android security patch. It should start rolling out across all regions over the coming days, although timing will vary by region. [read more…]

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New Sony H3213 ‘Avenger’ model spotted in benchmark

November 14, 2017

Sony is planning new mid-range models for 2018, judging by new model numbers found in the GFXBench website and through UAProf’s (user-agent profiles). The Sony H3213 ‘Avenger’ model was spotted in GFXBench which looks like be a 6-inch 1080p device, running either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, 636 or 660 chipset. The benchmark points to a […]

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Xperia XZ Premium update fixes camera sensor issues (47.1.A.5.51)

November 9, 2017

Sony Mobile has updated firmware for the Xperia XZ Premium , moving it from build number 47.1.A.3.254 to version 47.1.A.5.51. This update includes a fix for the camera sensor issues that owners of the dual-SIM version were encountering, where the RGBC-IR and ToF (Laser AF) sensors were not working as they should. The new firmware […]

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Xperia X Compact receives November 2017 security patch (34.3.A.0.244) [Update: Xperia X too]

November 8, 2017

Sony Mobile has begun to roll out a new firmware update for the Xperia X Compact that moves the build number from 34.3.A.0.238 to version 34.3.A.0.244. The small change in build number denotes that Sony has included the latest 1 November 2017 Android security patch. The same firmware build is expected to hit the Xperia […]

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Upcoming Xperia R1 Plus to use new camera software?

November 7, 2017

Sony Mobile plans to launch the Xperia R1 and Xperia R1 Plus at the end of this week. These entry-level handsets will be exclusive to the Indian market, at least initially. Both models will sport a 5.2-inch 720p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset and 2620mAh battery. Camera duties will be served by a 13MP […]

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