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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Xperia C5 Ultra Display_1Users 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 hardware types being used. The good one on the black models show “Truly” in the ‘LCM Hardware’ line, whilst the white model has “Innolux” which is believed to be the worse model. [read more…]

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What's New 3.2.A.0.3_3Sony 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 news, the “What’s New” team has launched its own community on Google +, click here if you would like to join it. [read more…]

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Chromecast for Smartband Talk_1_resultSony 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. The extension is currently live on the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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Xperia T2 Ultra_19.4.A.0.180The 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. [read more…]

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Xperia Z3 Plus_28.0.A.8.251Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 Tablet in the form of build number 28.0.A.8.251. Unfortunately, for those that were hoping this would bring Android 5.1.1, you’ll be disappointed to learn that this firmware is still Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

The update is live in select regions for the Xperia Z3+ (Italy, Turkey, Vietnam), Xperia Z3+ Dual (China) and the Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE (Indonesia, Singapore). The firmware file is over 2GB in size, which shows Sony’s updates keep growing in size. [read more…]

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Xperia Z1_14.6.A.0.368Let the countdown begin – the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop firmware update has been certified by the PTCRB for the Sony Xperia Z1, Z Ultra and Z1 Compact in the form of build number 14.6.A.0.368. The build number has been certified across most variants for each handset: Xperia Z1 (C6902, C6903, C6943, C6906), Xperia Z Ultra (C6802, C6833, C6843, C6806) and Xperia Z1 Compact (D5503).

A software update page for Australian carrier Telstra confirms that this latest update will include a patch for the Stagefright exploit “including the recently released patch for CVE-2015-3864.” Telstra points to an end-September release, but we would expect the generic firmware versions to be released much sooner. We’ll let you know once the firmware starts to roll. [read more…]

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Xperia Z5 Press_3Sony Mobile’s social media channels inadvertently published a few press pictures of the upcoming Xperia Z5 flagship earlier today. The handset is due to be formally unveiled at IFA 2015 next Wednesday, but you can get a first glimpse of the handset below. The pictures match the leaks we have already seen to date and confirm that the latest Xperia flagship will have a 1/2.3-inch 23MP Exmor RS camera with six-lens system.

The pictures show a slightly rounded frame with the ‘XPERIA’ logo engraved into the side. Colours on show include gold, white and what looks like a dark turquoise. What we cannot tell for sure is whether some of these pictures relate to the larger rumoured Xperia Z5+, but all will become clear next week. Like what you see so far? [read more…]

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Sony Mobile confirms time of IFA press announcement in latest tease

August 26, 2015

Sony Mobile has confirmed that its press conference will take place at 16.45 CEST on Wednesday 2 September 2015 at the IFA tradeshow. In the latest tease, Sony says to join it for the “future of Xperia evolution” at that time. The picture tease has blanked out the phone being used in a selfie. We’ll […]

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Xperia C5 Ultra heading to India; launch details expected tomorrow

August 25, 2015

Sony Mobile India has hinted through its social media channels that the 6-inch Xperia C5 Ultra will soon be available in the country. Further launch details on pricing is expected tomorrow, although a price point of around Rs. 29,000 is likely.

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Sony Mobile teases new Xperia with “greater focus” to land next week

August 24, 2015

Not that there was any doubt, but Sony Mobile has confirmed that a new smartphone “with greater focus” will launch at IFA 2015 on 2 September 2015. We expect that Sony will launch a new Xperia flagship, along with a smaller ‘compact’ sibling. Sony is most likely to market these as the Xperia Z5 and […]

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Xperia Z5 dummy pictures leak

August 21, 2015

A new set of pictures allegedly showing a dummy unit of the Sony Xperia Z5 have appeared. The pictures show the dummy handset in a case but gives a better look of what to expect in Sony’s upcoming flagship. Check out the pictures below and let us know what you think of the design in […]

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