Here it is folks, your first look at the Xperia XZ2 Compact, due to be announced at MWC 2018 next week. The picture below shows the Xperia XZ2 Compact next to a Xperia Z5 Compact. The new design shows the curved bottom, which ties in with Sony’s earlier tease. The image comes from a comment by ‘Grisha’ in our earlier post today about Sony’s MWC video tease.

In the comments, Grisha says that the picture is of a prototype, and may not represent the final version. Grisha goes on to confirm that there is no 3.5mm headphone jack, and that the fingerprint sensor is located on the rear of the device, much like the Xperia XA2 series. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a new beta version of its Album app with build number 9.1.A.0.12, which introduces a number of big changes. First of all, Sony has updated the design of the icon that looks much more striking and bold, compared to the previous version. We also now have full app shortcut support in the app, allowing you to go straight to your videos, folders or the Xperia camera.

Finally, Sony has added support for Amazon Prime Photos, with 15GB of storage offered to Sony Xperia customers for 1 year. This is available in select countries in Japan, North America, and widely available in Europe. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a first video teaser for its upcoming smartphone launch at MWC 2018, which takes place a week today in Barcelona. Very little can be gleaned from the 23-second teaser, which seems to highlight a curved design – perhaps harking back to the design of the Xperia arc, or could Sony be indicating a curved display?

Anyway, Sony is expected to launch two new flagship models next week – the Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. We’ll keep you posted as the launch nears. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile introduced a ‘Night Light’ mode in its Concept software around a year ago, which worked really well. Frustratingly, Sony has not adopted this feature in its main software branch for any of its Xperia devices, despite abandoning its Concept software a while back.

It may not be widely known, but Sony does have an option on the Xperia XA1 family of phones (Xperia XA1, XA1 Ultra and XA1 Plus) to reduce the blue light, through the “Good night actions” function in the Xperia Actions feature. This is not as fully featured as the previous ‘Night Light’ mode, but it’s helpful nonetheless. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile may have had a change of heart on the design of its latest flagship, according to documents submitted to the FCC. A letter dated 7 February 2018 from Sony Mobile, has requested the FCC to remove all grants for the device with FCC ID PY7-00718V. The reason for the dismal of these grants is due to a “design change”.

We can’t be sure exactly which device this refers to, or why there has been a change of heart. It may be due to a rethink of the headphone jack, or 18.9 display – but, maybe this is all wishful thinking by us. It’s also not clear whether the device has been cancelled due to the dismissal of these grants, or whether it is delayed. This all adds a bit of mystery to Sony’s upcoming devices, to be revealed at MWC at the end of the month, and we’re eager to see what Sony has in store for us. [read more…]

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The upcoming Sony Xperia flagship with model number H82XX will have a 18:9 (2:1) display with resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels, according to a leak from the AnTuTu benchmark. This appears to go against a now-deleted UAProf (user-agent profile) for this model that we had seen previously, that appeared to confirm it would have a traditional FHD 16.9 display resolution (1080 x 1920).

An earlier benchmark confirmed that the Sony H82XX would utilise Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset with Adreno 630 GPU, and this AnTuTu benchmark confirms this. Other specs highlighted include 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. [read more…]

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A few days ago, Sony Mobile started to roll a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ Premium that introduced patches for the ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ CPU vulnerabilities. The same firmware is now rolling for the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, moving the build number from 47.1.A.12.34 to version 47.1.A.12.75. This includes the 1 February 2018 Android security patch.

Other changes include a new version of Xperia Home (11.2.A.0.6), with new UI for app shortcuts. Sony has also changed icon for the Clock app. If you’ve updated, let us know your impressions below. [read more…]

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5G will be heading to 2019 mobile devices thanks to Qualcomm. The company has announced the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G NR (‘5G New Radio’) modem family will be available to a wide range of OEMS in 2019, eighteen altogether, including Sony Mobile. The press release confirms that the new modem will be heading to new devices from these OEMs, which Qualcomm says will enable “low latency, extreme capacity and fiber-like connectivity to the cloud”. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ Premium, moving the build number from 47.1.A.12.34 to version 47.1.A.12.75. This Android 8.0.0 update includes the 1 February 2018 Android security patches, which means that the handset is now patched with fixes for the ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ CPU vulnerabilities.

At the time of writing, the update is only live on dual SIM variants, but availability should widen to the single SIM variant shortly. Let us know your impressions below if you’ve already upgraded. [read more…]

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Sony Mobile has released a new Xperia Theme called Carnival. The theme has been launched to celebrate the infamous Rio de Janeiro Carnival, which is currently taking place in Brazil until 18 February 2018. To get your own piece of the greatest party on Earth, you can download the theme from the Google Play Store. [read more…]

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It looks like we will definitely see new flagship(s) at MWC 2018 later this month. Mobile phone operator Three Ireland says that the Xperia XZ2 will be “coming soon” in a tweet to a customer. The news is hardly surprising, but it 1) confirms at least one new flagship device will be announced at MWC, and 2) makes it extremely likely that the ‘XZ2’ will be the new name for Sony’s 2018 premium range. [read more…]

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Android Oreo rolls out to Xperia X and X Compact (34.4.A.0.364)

February 5, 2018

Sony Mobile has begun rolling out the Android 8.0 Oreo firmware update for the Xperia X and Xperia X Compact. The new update will move you from build number 34.3.A.0.252 to version 34.4.A.0.364. If you have updated then please let us know your impressions below, and share some screenshots for the wider community. We will […]

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Sony ships 4 million Xperia units in Q3 FY17; lowers full year estimates again

February 2, 2018

Sony reported its third quarter results for the three months ending 31 December 2017, and once again it was not pretty reading for the mobile division. Sony trimmed full year expectations once again, now expecting to ship 14 million units for FY 2017 (year ending 31 March 2018). This is a decrease of 1.5 million […]

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Kaz Hirai steps down as Sony CEO, moves to Chairman role

February 2, 2018

In a surprising move, Sony has announced that Kazuo Hirai will be stepping down from his role as CEO (Chief Executive Officer) on 1 April 2018. Kaz has acted as CEO since 2012 and has been widely credited for turning around Sony’s finances with his ‘One Sony’ strategy. He won’t be leaving the company though, […]

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Sony Mobile’s official Xperia Android upgrade policy outlined

February 1, 2018

One of the most frequent questions we receive, by far, is on firmware updates: “When will my phone be updated to Android XYZ”? Sony Mobile is one of the best manufacturers out there when it comes to providing new Android updates, at least for its flagship devices, while also keeping them up to date with […]

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