JDI develops Glass-based Fingerprint Sensor; shipments start this year

January 23, 2018

Japan Display Inc (JDI) – formed through the consolidation of Sony, Hitachi and Toshiba’s display panel businesses – has announced a move into the sensor segment, through the development of a transparent glass-based capacitive fingerprint sensor. JDI says that these new glass-based sensors will be able to replace the silicon-based fingerprint sensors currently found in […]

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Will you buy the next Xperia flagship if the headphone jack is dropped? [Poll]

January 22, 2018

There has been much debate following the possibility that Sony may ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack for its next flagship. While many of you are understandably upset by the rumour, other reaction is more grounded, with this potential move reflective of the industry overall. So, we wanted to put some numbers behind the reaction with […]

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Skate premium Xperia Theme released

January 22, 2018

Sony Mobile has released a new premium Xperia Theme called Skate. The theme which costs £1.39/€1.59/$1.99 on the Google Play Store uses some great artwork in our opinion, in what is an understated release. You can check out the theme here.

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New Sony Xperia hits the FCC; strong hint of no 3.5mm headphone jack

January 21, 2018

A new Sony Xperia device has landed at the FCC with ID PY7-21831A. There’s not normally much to find in these FCC documents, but it looks like this time might be different. A number of schematics images appear to strongly hint that this could be the first Sony Xperia device to drop the 3.5mm headphone […]

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Sony launched a Limited Edition Red DK60 USB Type-C Charging Dock in Japan

January 19, 2018

The lucky Japanese always get the good stuff. Sony Mobile released a red limited edition version of its DK60 USB Type-C Charging Dock. The red DK60 dock was available for free for the first 10,000 Xperia XZ Premium owners who had bought the ‘Rosso’ version of the handset. The dock comes with all the necessary […]

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‘my Xperia’ discontinued: Sony Mobile shutters another service

January 19, 2018

Sony Mobile launched its ‘my Xperia’ location tracking service for its phones back in 2013, but since then a lot has changed. The service, which is similar to Google’s ‘Find My Device’ allowed you to remotely lock and/or wipe your Xperia device. Given the similarities with Google’s service, it’s perhaps not a surprise to learn […]

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Xperia XA2 Dual has hybrid SIM tray; XA2 Ultra Dual has dedicated SD card slot

January 18, 2018

Sony Mobile’s upcoming Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra look like fantastic mid-range all-rounders. Sony has recently released the manuals for both devices, which confirms the status of the dual SIM versions of both devices. For those looking at the Xperia XA2 Dual, it will have a hybrid SIM tray which means you can only use […]

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Is Sony prepping a 4K OLED Xperia for 2018?

January 18, 2018

Rumours have circulated for over a year that Sony will introduce an Xperia device with OLED display panel. Initial rumours pointed to Sony releasing an OLED-equipped Sony Xperia in 2018, and recent job listings for a display engineer with OLED experience only adds fuel to those rumours. However, rather than just introduce an OLED panel, […]

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Sony CEO Kaz Hirai reaffirms commitment to smartphones

January 17, 2018

Sony Mobile’s appetite for its smartphone business is often questioned. Sony has plenty of loyal fans that want to see the company deliver great mobile products, but in recent years volumes have shrunk rather than grown. This has led to rumours, that Sony might just shutter its mobile operations if things don’t turn around. This […]

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Sony’s MWC 2018 press conference details confirmed

January 17, 2018

Mark your diaries folks, Sony Mobile has confirmed that its 2018 Mobile World Congress (MWC) press conference will take place at 08.30 CET on Monday 26 February 2018. The event will also be live-streamed on Sony Mobile’s official blog, so you don’t need to worry about missing out. We can’t be sure that Sony will […]

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New firmware released for Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1 and XZ1 Compact with Jan 2018 patches (47.1.A.12.34)

January 17, 2018

Sony Mobile has this morning updated its flagship devices, the Xperia XZ Premium, XZ1 and XZ1 Compact to build number 47.1.A.12.34 (from 47.1.A.8.49), adding 1 January 2018 Android security patches in the process. If you have updated to this firmware, please share any screenshots you have, and let us know your impressions in the comments […]

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Flashtool updated to support Xperia XZ Premium and XZ1 devices (0.9.24.2)

January 16, 2018

Long-term Sony Xperia users will be very familiar with Flashtool, it has been the da facto method of flashing firmware of Xperia devices to a different region. It has been around since the advent of Sony’s Android Xperia phones, but support was not added for any of the 2017 Xperia devices. However, Flashtool developer Androxyde […]

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Xperia XZ, XZs and X Performance get January 2018 security patches (41.3.A.2.58)

January 16, 2018

Sony Mobile has begun to roll out the 1 January 2018 Android security patch to the Xperia XZ, XZs and X Performance series of handsets. This sees the models move from build number 41.3.A.2.24 to version 41.3.A.2.58. If you have updated, please let us know your impressions in the comments below. It is not clear […]

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Competition: Win a Sony Xperia Case from Terrapin [Update]

January 15, 2018

We are once again partnering with Terrapin Accessories to give away 5 cases for your Sony Xperia smartphone. Terrapin Accessories has built its name offering good quality cases, with a keen eye on value, becoming one of the top-selling brands on Amazon globally. Five lucky winners can select any Xperia case of their choice from […]

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Xperia XA1 Ultra update rolling with Jan 2018 security patch (42.0.A.4.167)

January 15, 2018

Sony Mobile is pushing a firmware update to the Xperia XA1 Ultra today that moves the build number from 42.0.A.4.153 to version 42.0.A.4.167. The new update adds the 5 January 2018 Android security patches, but little else has changed. The Android version remains Android 7.0 Nougat. If you have updated please post your impressions in […]

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