New Sony Xperia model numbers revealed (H84XX and H94XX) with FHD+ resolutions

August 9, 2018

Sony Mobile will launch new Xperia hardware at the IFA tradeshow at the end of this month, that much is likely. We could be looking at least two new device launches judging by UAProfs (user-agent profiles) that have been unveiled, highlighting new model numbers. The first is the H84XX (H8416) and the second is the […]

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Xperia XZ2 Premium first update adds Bokeh and Monochrome camera options

August 9, 2018

Sony Mobile has released the first firmware update for the Xperia XZ2 Premium, moving it to build number 51.1.A.12.27. The update finally brings new camera options for Sony’s first dual-camera Xperia, including Bokeh and Monochrome modes. You will find these new modes by launching the camera and pressing the function key just below the shutter […]

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Xperia XZ2 gets August 2018 security updates (51.1.A.11.26)

August 8, 2018

Sony Mobile has updated the Xperia XZ2 moving the build number from 51.1.A.4.265 to version 51.1.A.11.26. This latest update includes the 1 August 2018 Android security patches. The Xperia XZ2 Compact has not been updated at the time of writing, but it should follow shortly. If you have updated do let us know of your […]

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Xperia XZ1 and XZ Premium get August 2018 security patches (47.1.A.12.270)

August 7, 2018

Sony Mobile is rolling a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XZ1 moving the build number from 47.1.A.12.235 to version 47.1.A.12.270, and adding the 1 August 2018 security patches in the process. So far, the update for the Xperia XZ1 Compact is not live, but it should be following shortly. We […]

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Android 9 Pie formally released today; will hit Xperia XZ2 by “end of this fall”

August 6, 2018

Google has unveiled that Android 9 ‘P’ stands for ‘Pie’ – so who guessed right? Today marks the public release of Android 9 Pie, and it is currently rolling to Google Pixel devices, as well as the Essential Phone (kudos to the Essential team for getting Pie released on the same day as Pixel phones). […]

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Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra get July 2018 security patches (50.1.A.10.51)

August 4, 2018

If you own the Xperia XA2 or the Xperia XA2 Ultra then you’ll be glad to hear that there is a new firmware released moving the build number from 50.1.A.10.40 to version 50.1.A.10.51. The latest update includes the 1 July 2018 Android security patch. Some users reported Bluetooth problems on the last update, but initial […]

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Xperia XA2 certified to use on Verizon

August 2, 2018

Sony Mobile has always had difficulties cracking the US market, particularly since its Xperia phones have mostly been sold unlocked, rather than via carriers. Sony’s smartphones will largely work on AT&T and T-Mobile (although that doesn’t necessarily mean VoLTE is supported), but if you are Verizon then you have typically been out of luck. However, […]

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Sony’s Q1 FY2019 results point to bleak mobile prospects

July 31, 2018

Sony reported its fiscal first quarter results for FY2019 earlier today (3 months to 30 June 2018), and unfortunately for us Xperia fans, prospects aren’t looking great for its mobile division. Sony Mobile only shipped 2.0 million phones during the quarter, versus 3.4 million in the same period last year. This the lowest number ever […]

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Xperia XZ3 leaked in new renders

July 24, 2018

Sony is expected to announce the Xperia XZ3 at the IFA tradeshow at the end of August. Now we may have the first glimpse of the handset courtesy of @OnLeaks, who has a track record of getting hold of factory CAD images, and has now published some 3D computer renders in conjunction with @CompareRaja. The […]

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Sony announces 48MP CMOS camera sensor for smartphones

July 23, 2018

Sony has announced the IMX586 CMOS camera sensor for smartphones, which features the industry’s highest 48 Effective Megapixels, and world’s first with an ultra-compact pixel size of 0.8 μm. The sensor is a 1/2-type (8.0 mm diagonal) and uses the Quad Bayer colour filter array, where adjacent 2×2 pixels come in the same colour, making […]

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Xperia XZ2 Premium heading to the UK after all, and other parts of Europe

July 20, 2018

For a long time, it was unclear whether the Xperia XZ2 Premium would be heading to Europe. However, is now confirmed that the Xperia XZ2 Premium will arrive in the UK in limited quantities in late September, according to retailer Clove. They are currently taking pre-orders for £799 in both Chrome Black & Chrome Silver […]

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Xperia X and XZ series get July 2018 security patches

July 18, 2018

Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia X and XZ series that updates the phones with July 2018 Android security patches. The Xperia X and X Compact sees their build number from 34.4.A.2.85 to version 34.4.A.2.97. The Xperia XZ and XZs have seen their build numbers move from 41.3.A.2.149 to […]

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Sony’s IFA 2018 press conference is on 30 August

July 17, 2018

Mark your diaries Xperia fans, Sony Mobile will be holding a press conference at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin on Thursday 30 August at 1pm CEST. Sony has used the IFA tradeshow to unveil new hardware every year over the last few years. We are expecting Sony to unveil at least one new phone, the […]

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Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact get July 2018 security patches (51.1.A.4.265)

July 13, 2018

Sony Mobile is currently rolling out a new firmware update for its flagship Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact devices. The new firmware moves the build from 51.1.A.4.225 to version number 51.1.A.4.265, which includes the July 2018 Android security patches. If you have updated to the latest version, let us know if you’ve noticed any […]

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Xperia XA2 Plus announced with 6-inch 2:1 display and hi-res audio

July 11, 2018

Sony Mobile has quietly announced a new smartphone for its ‘super-midrange – the Xperia XA2 Plus. The new phone sports a 6.0-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2160) display with 2:1 ratio, and is the first Xperia in this class to support high-resolution audio (yes, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack thankfully!) The design looks like similar […]

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