Xperia X Performance 0.6 secondOne of Sony’s big marketing points around its latest Xperia X series of smartphones is the ability to grab a perfect camera shot in just 0.6 seconds. This is the time that Sony says the camera can go straight from standby to capture, with its quick start up and speedy hybrid autofocus. This feature is the highlight in the latest Taiwanese promo video below, showing a few different scenarios in which the actor efficiently snaps pictures with ease and one-handed too. For those that own the phone, does Sony’s claims of quick capture hold true? We’d love to hear your experiences below. [read more…]

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Xperia X Performance CloveThe Sony Xperia X Performance is now officially available in the United Kingdom. The handset is in stock through retailer Clove for £549.99 plus postage. This is a limited launch so don’t expect it to appear across a wide range of retailers. Clove says that they “don’t know when this UK run will sell out, or guarantee if Sony will restock once depleted.”

However, we’ve spotted that Amazon.co.uk will also be selling the Xperia Performance for £599.99. The handset is on pre-order for now, so there is a chance that the price moves lower and closer to Clove’s retail price. Amazon UK expects to get stock on 3 August 2016. The Xperia X Performance is only available in Black in both retailers. [read more…]

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Xperia X Performance US_thumbSony Mobile has launched the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA into the USA. The handsets are available through various retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, B&H Photo and Reagan Wireless. The Xperia X Performance costs $699.99 including a free 128GB microSD memory card, whilst the Xperia XA costs $279.99 with a free microSD memory card.

Whilst the handsets have already been available in the US market, most of this has been international stock. By buying through the above retailers, you will get handsets with official US warranty. All four colours are available for each handset (Lime Gold, Rose Gold, Black and White). You can find links of where to buy each handset below. [read more…]

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Xperia M5 Android MarshmallowSony Mobile is currently seeding Android Marshmallow firmware for the Xperia M5, in the form of build number 30.2.A.0.100. This follows on from the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow release for the Xperia M4 Aqua earlier today.

So far the latest build has only arrived on the E5603 Xperia M5 variant, but we expect it to hit all variants, including the Xperia M5 Dual shortly. We will upload the FTF firmware files shortly, but do let us know your impressions in the meantime. [read more…]

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Xperia M4 Aqua MarshmallowSony Mobile has begun to roll the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow firmware update for the Xperia M4 Aqua and M4 Aqua Dual. New build number 26.3.A.0.131 has currently been released across select regions for most of the Xperia M4 Aqua variants.

We are hoping that Sony has included adoptable storage as part of the build, so once you have downloaded, please confirm either way in the comments below. We will include FTF firmware links below in due course, in the meantime, please also let us know your overall impressions. [read more…]

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Android Marshmallow_MOB30M.Z1.3633_3Sony Mobile has updated the Concept for Android Marshmallow for Xperia Z3 devices to build number MOB30M.Z1.3633. This latest release includes a new Sony Low Battery Mode, which replaces Google’s Battery saver. The mode allows you to turn off certain features of the handset once the battery charge goes below a certain level (20%).

Other additions include a new Home Launcher (10.0.A.0.64), which fixes some crash issues and a new version of the inTouch reporting tool (1.7.6), with mostly back-end improvements. This latest firmware also includes the latest Google 1 July 2016 security updates, camera bug fixes (improved video recording) and Wi-Fi fixes (will now connect to a known router even if screen is off). This build will hit all Xperia Concept users over the next few days. [read more…]

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Sony F8331 rumourNew images have leaked of what is purported to be the Sony F833X handset. Model numbers F8331 and F8332 were revealed recently, that were shown to have specifications very similar to the Xperia X Performance. The leaked pictures from GSM Arena reveal a few more details including the fact that this will be the first Sony Xperia handset to sport a dual-LED flash and a USB Type-C port for charging.

The design of the new phone has been changed too, and interestingly, is very similar to the ‘tube’ concept that was leaked in April 2015. The design features curved sides and a flat top & bottom. The front looks very similar to current Xperia phones with front-facing stereo speakers. So, what do you think of the new design? Is Sony on the right track? We’d love to hear your thoughts below. [read more…]

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Xperia Beta ProgramSony Mobile has confirmed that the Xperia Beta Program will close. There will be no more planned beta firmware releases, the last firmware that rolled was build number 23.5.A.1.238. Sony confirmed that there will be new commercial firmware release that will hit all Xperia Z2/Z3 owners “in the coming weeks” – anyone on the beta program will be updated to this new firmware automatically. There is no word whether the program will be resurrected at some point, but for now it looks like no more beta firmware builds are planned.

Thanks Niek and Pro Sony!

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Sony Xperia  lockscreen analog clockSony Mobile has recently launched new Xperia Themes centred around football (soccer) and tennis. The bright themes look great and even include a styled keyboard. However, a nice new addition with these themes is the addition of a lockscreen analogue clock, depicting either a football or tennis ball, which is a nice touch. However, the latter feature is only available on Xperia Z2 models and above, running at least Android 5.1 Lollipop. Have a look at the pictures below and let us know which one is your favourite. [read more…]

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Xperia-Z5-Family-shotA new firmware update is now rolling for the Sony Xperia Z5/Z3+ series of handsets which moves the build number from 32.2.A.0.224 to version 32.2.A.0.253. The update includes a number of bug fixes as well as improved handling of Bluetooth devices. We will include FTF firmware links below in due course, but if you have installed the new updated let us know your impressions below. [read more…]

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Marshmallow for M4 Aqua on the wayIt looks like the PTCRB has just certified Android Marshmallow for the Xperia M4 Aqua and M4 Aqua Dual. A new update with build number 26.3.A.0.131 has appeared on the PTCRB page, which compares to current build 26.1.A.3.111 (Android 5.0 Lollipop).

The move from ‘26.1’ to ‘26.3’ based firmware is very likely to indicate that this is the long-awaited Marshmallow build. We hope that the update includes adoptable storage, as it is a phone that really needs it, especially the 8GB variants. We’ll let you know once it starts to roll, it shouldn’t be too much longer now. [read more…]

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New Sony Xperia flagship to launch in H2 2016; model number F833X revealed

July 11, 2016

Sony Mobile is set to launch a new high-end Xperia smartphone during the second half of the year, as we have caught wind of a new model number. The Sony F8331 (F833X) model number has been revealed on the GFXBench benchmarking site, sporting a higher model designation than that of the Xperia X Performance (F813X). […]

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 announced; 10 percent faster than the 820

July 11, 2016

Qualcomm has unveiled its latest high-end chipset in the form of the Snapdragon 821 (MSM8996 Pro). The latest chipset includes a Qualcomm Kryo quad-core CPU with a clock speed of 2.4GHz. Qualcomm’s latest chip has faster speeds (a 10% performance over the 820) and improved power savings. Qualcomm says that the Snapdragon 821 will not […]

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Xperia X receives first price cut in United States, just days after launch

July 6, 2016

Sony Mobile has cut the price of the Xperia X by $50 in the United States just 10 days after launch. The handset launched on 26 June for $549.99, but you can now pick it up for $499.99 across a number of retailers including Amazon.com, Best Buy and B&H. Sony has been criticised for the […]

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Xperia X Performance in camera shootout against OnePlus 3, Galaxy S7 and iPhone 6s

July 5, 2016

If you want to get an idea of how Sony’s new flagship, the Xperia X Performance, performs against its biggest rivals on the camera front, then check out some comparison shots below. They come courtesy of Manila Shaker, who has compared the Xperia X Performance against the Samsung Galaxy S7, OnePlus 3 and Apple iPhone […]

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