Sony-buildingSony Corporation reported its first quarter results earlier today for the three months to 30 June 2016. Unfortunately, the mobile division is still struggling. Sales during the first quarter fell by 34% year-on-year to 186 billion yen, however Sony was able to report a broadly breakeven operating profit position of 0.4 billion yen ($4m).

The drop in sales was due to reduction mid-range smartphone sales along with a decline in sales in unprofitable geographical areas. Regarding the latter, Sony is already implementing downsizing measures in regions such as USA, India and China. Sony says that this reduction has been partially offset by higher sales of premium smartphones. [read more…]

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Dxomark Xperia X Performance ReviewDxomark has put the Xperia X Performance through its labs and has awarded the handset with a Dxomark score of 88. This places the Xperia X Performance camera and video at the top of its rankings, alongside the HTC 10 and Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge.

Dxomark says that the Xperia X’s new predictive hybrid autofocus system “performs exceptionally well”, whilst white balance and low-light performance is very good. The handset also scored well on video, especially with video stabilisation utilising Sony’s Steady-shot intelligent active mode. Check out the full report at the source link below. [read more…]

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Xperia XA UltraThe Sony Xperia XA Ultra is now in stock across a number of markets including the United States, India, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In the USA, the Xperia XA Ultra is available from Amazon.com for $369.99 as well as a few other retailers.

In India, the Xperia XA Ultra is priced at Rs 29,990 through all Sony Center stores. Other regions where the handset is available includes Hong Kong where it is sold for HK$3,498, although the first batch of phones have sold out. The handset is also available in Taiwan for NT$12,900. You can check out an unboxing video of the handset below, along with a comparison against its smaller sibling, the Xperia XA. [read more…]

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IFA 2016 Sony XperiaSony has had a presence at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin for a number of years now and 2016 will be no exception. Sony has confirmed that this year’s press conference will take place on Thursday 1 September at 13:00 CEST. We are expecting at least one new Sony Xperia device to be announced in the form of the Sony F833X, which has leaked a couple of times recently showing a device with a slightly new design, dual-LED flash and USB Type-C. So mark your diaries folks.

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Sony Xperia F833X_1Recently, we caught the first pictures of the upcoming Sony Xperia flagship with model number F833X (F8331 and F8332). We have now landed on a couple of additional pictures of the same device from a listing on Njuškalo. For those that don’t know, Njuškalo is the largest classified ads website in Croatia.

The seller is listing the phone as a ‘new model of the Xperia X Performance’ and has posted several specifications including a 5.1-inch display, 23MP rear camera, 12 MP camera and 3GB RAM. He also says that it is made from a non-slippery metal housing. We’re not so sure that all of the specs are correct, for example we expect the handset to sport a 5.2-inch display and a 13MP front-facing camera. It will be interesting to see how far this user gets in trying to flog an unreleased handset. We don’t think it will be too long before Sony’s lawyers come knocking on the door. [read more…]

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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 F833X images leak – new design, dual-LED flash, USB Type-C

July 18, 2016

New 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 […]

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Xperia Beta Program to close

July 14, 2016

Sony 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 […]

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Sony releases Football and Tennis Xperia Themes with lockscreen analog clock

July 13, 2016

Sony 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 […]

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Update hits the Xperia Z5 and Z3 Plus devices with improved Bluetooth (32.2.A.0.253)

July 12, 2016

A 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 […]

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