Sony has released an exciting new firmware update for Xperia 1 II (Mk2) owners, adding RAW support across all three of its rear camera lenses when using the Photo Pro app. Build version 58.0.A.3.88 is currently rolling out to select regions for the single SIM variant (XQ-AT51) including Russia, US and carriers including O2 UK and Orange in Europe. There is no update for the dual SIM variant (XQ-AT52) at the time of writing, though this should follow shortly.

Users can now select between three file formats for their images, this includes 1) RAW, 2) RAW & JPEG and 3) JPEG. It is worth noting that RAW (.DNG) images can only be stored to internal storage only, and with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Sony has likely chosen an internal-only storage option for RAW given the larger file sizes and speed needed to transfer files – users may have had a poor experience if using slow microSD memory cards. [read more…]

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Sony has been rolling out a number of firmware updates over the last week, which has moved the Android security patches to July 2020 for various handsets. The Xperia smartphones that have been updated with the July 2020 patches include the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 with build number 55.1.A.9.52. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ3 family have seen its build number move to version 52.1.A.3.49.

Sony’s 2020 super mid-ranger, the Xperia 10 II (Mark 2) is also updated to July 2020 patches, with new build number 59.0.A.6.24. Lastly, Sony’s 2020 budget handset, the Xperia L4 has seen its first update with build number 57.0.A.2.179, which moves the Android security patch from March 2020 to May 2020. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia 1 II (Mark 2) received its first update last week, but Sony has followed that up with another update just a week later. Sony has moved the build version from 58.0.A.3.31 to version number 58.0.A.3.39. Sony doesn’t include a changelog so it’s tricky to work out what’s changed, we guess it must be small performance enhancements and bug fixes. If you’ve downloaded the update, let us know if you’ve noticed any tangible changes. [read more…]

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Sony’s Album app for its Xperia smartphones has consistently been one of the best apps from its home stable of apps. Over some time we have seen Sony retire a number of its own apps, and its Album app could soon follow.

Frustratingly, Xperia 1 II owners have found that the Sony Album app was not preinstalled on their devices. Even worse, while users are able to download the app from the Google Play Store, it will not work once launched – the app is basically not supported, which is a real shame for fans of the app. We’re not sure why Sony decided to close access to one of its best apps, but perhaps it highlights a longer-term sign of the company moving support away from its own smartphone apps. [read more…]

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The Xperia 1 II (Mark 2) has now been out for a few days, so it’s a perfect time to ask new owners what their impression of Sony’s flagship has been so far. For those lucky owners, please let us know how you are finding the device so far in the comments below. What do you like, and what has you frustrated? If you have previously used a Sony Xperia device, how does the Xperia 1 II compare? Or, if you’re new to Xperia, is it living up to expectations?

Some of the consistent criticism we’ve seen on social media and through forums, is targeted on the Xperia 1 II’s front-facing selfie camera. People are complaining that videos through WhatsApp or other apps are making them look ‘cartoony’ with aggressive skin-smoothing effects. It’s unlikely a hardware issue, but more likely a software issue which is applying a bad filter – hopefully, an easy future software fix. [read more…]

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Sony is rolling the first firmware update for the Xperia 1 II, its newest flagship device. The update moves the build number to 58.0.A.3.31 and the latest June 2020 Android security patches. This update hit dual SIM devices (XQ-AT52) around a week ago, but is only rolling out to single SIM devices (XQ-AT51) today.

Some users are reporting that the update is adding Wi-Fi calling for them. There are no other big changes of note, users waiting for RAW and Night mode are likely going to have to wait for next month before these features are added. If you’ve updated, let us know if you’ve noticed any other changes in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony started to roll June 2020 Android security patches for a variety of recent devices earlier today. Last year’s flagship devices, the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 are seeing firmware update 55.1.A.9.21 release across a couple of regions so far (Russia, SEA), but availability should widen in the coming days.

Last year’s mid-range Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus are receiving build number 52.1.A.3.20, with a focus on European carriers such as T-Mobile, EE, O2, Vodafone and Three. [read more…]

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Today is the eve of the launch of the Xperia 1 II flagship in Europe – the phone was due to be available from 18 June i.e. tomorrow. Therefore it is disappointing for us to hear from numerous irate Sony eStore customers across Europe who have been receiving emails saying that their orders will be delayed to 31 July 2020.

From what we have heard, the delay is only affecting those that ordered directly from the Sony Europe eStore, and not independent retailers such as Clove, or carriers such as O2 in the UK. If the delay is true, this is hugely disappointing news for those customers, who have already been waiting for months for the handset since the February reveal. [read more…]

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The colour purple has been a fan-favourite in Xperia smartphones ever since the Xperia Z, but it was an often used colour in Sony Ericsson phones of the past too. We saw a very vibrant purple used in last year’s Xperia 1, and Sony has re-thought the colour for its re-introduction in the Xperia 1 II.

Sony has married the mirrored chrome finish used in the Xperia Z5 Premium/XZ Premium with the colour purple to create what Sony is describing as a ‘mirror slate’ finish. This creates an almost transparent look, where the colour purple can only be seen under certain angles. It looks different depending on the angle, but not in an OTT way that certain manufacturers have chosen displaying the full array of rainbow colours. [read more…]

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US pre-orders for the Sony Xperia 1 II (Mark 2) flagship already opened up a while ago. The handset is available to pre-order at $1,199 across various retailers including B&H Photo and Video, Best Buy, Focus and Adorama. Sony is bundling the WF-1000XM3 Noise Canceling Wireless Earbuds with Xperia 1 II US pre-orders.

Amazon.com also opened pre-orders a while back, but up until now did not have a listing that included the promotion freebie. That has now changed, so if you’re in the United States and you were thinking of picking up the Xperia 1 II from Amazon.com, now would be the time to pre-order. The listing is now live offering the Xperia 1 II and WF-1000XM3 earbuds for $1,199. Once the order is placed, the earbuds will ship out at straight away, while the phone will be released on 24 July. Who in the US plans to pre-order? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia 1 II is due to hit many more regions across Europe and Asia from next week. If you’re interested in finding out some of the design decision behind the device then it’s worth checking out a comprehensive interview with the development team conducted by Engadget Japan.

The interview covers a number of areas giving insight on the camera, display, headphone jack, the colours used amongst other points. We’ve included some excerpts from the discussion below, revealing interesting titbits on why certain decisions were made, for example why choose a triple 12MP camera array rather than a bigger sensor? Or, why is super slow mo recording no longer available? All of these questions and more are answered below. Check out Engadget Japan for the full interview. [read more…]

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Xperia 1 II selling strongly in Europe; pre-order freebies downgraded

June 9, 2020

The Xperia 1 II, Sony’s 2020 flagship seems to be selling very well – at least in Europe. Sony was offering the device on pre-order in Europe, which was bundled with a free pair of Sony WH-1000XM3 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones across a number of retailers and carriers. Sony sold through its initial pre-order allocation […]

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Who plans to order a Sony Xperia 1 II (Mark 2)? [Poll]

June 8, 2020

There is a lot of excitement for Sony’s latest flagship device, the Xperia 1 II (Mark 2). Initial buzz for the device is strong, particularly for its camera capabilities. Even outside that though, the Xperia 1 II looks to be a solid all-rounder, ticking the box of many spec-sheet wishlists including 5G, wireless charging, headphone […]

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Xperia 10 II in teardown video

June 5, 2020

We have only seen Sony’s Xperia 10 II (Mark 2) super mid-ranger launch in a few regions so far, but if you’re one of those waiting for the handset, you might want to check out this disassembly video to appreciate how well made the device is. The teardown shows most parts of the phones including […]

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Sony opens Xperia eStore for Xperia 1 II pre-orders in Europe

June 4, 2020

Sony Mobile used to operate its own eShop that offered its full range of smartphones, tablets and accessories to customers in Europe. That store closed earlier in the year, when Sony started to fold all of its ‘Sony Mobile’ assets back to the ‘Sony’ parent company. Well, fast forward a few months, and Sony once […]

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