Sony’s new 2021 mid-range champion was announced earlier today in the form of the Xperia 10 III (Mark 3). The Mark 2 was a good all-rounder and Sony has built on that by adding a faster chipset, 5G connectivity, a bigger battery (+25% over last year’s model) and camera improvements.

The Xperia 10 III will be armed with the QualComm Snapdragon 690 5G chipset, 6GB RAM and 128GB of UFS internal storage. This compares to the Xperia 10 II (Mark 2) that had a Snapdragon 665 chipset, 4GB RAM and eMMS storage. The Mark 3 will once again support external microSD memory cards. [read more…]

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Sony changed the cadence of the launch for its Xperia 5 series. Normally the ‘compact’ flagship phone was announced in H2 with a late September/early October launch. However, Sony has today announced the Xperia 5 III (Mark 3) bringing its launch in line with its larger flagship sibling – the Xperia 1 III – as well as the mid-range Xperia 10 III.

Given the shorter-time frame between models it is perhaps unsurprising to see that there aren’t huge differences between the Xperia 5 II (Mark 2) and Xperia 5 III (Mark 3). The design is very similar with marginal differences to dimensions (157 x 68 x 8.2 mm vs. 158 x 68 x 8.0 mm for the Xperia 5 II) and weight (169 grams vs. 163 grams for the Xperia 5 II) – this change has allowed for a bigger battery versus the older model. [read more…]

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Sony has today unveiled its latest flagship, the Xperia 1 III (Mark 3). Sony has kept the design largely intact from the Xperia 1 II (Mark 2) but brings a number of improvements across the camera, display, audio and battery life.

One of the big new camera features in the Xperia 1 III is the introduction of a variable telephoto lens in its triple camera setup. The optical telephoto module (with Dual PDAF sensors) has two focal lengths (70mm and 105mm) using a folded periscope lens design which allows users to capture moving objects with fast AF (autofocus) at a distance. Sony also uses what it calls a new AI super resolution zoom, adding detail and definition to images without comprising the precision of photos. [read more…]

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Sony will announce a new range of Xperia devices on 14 April 2021 i.e. next week. To keep us tided over until then, Sony has just released a ‘prelude trailer’ to build the hype for the event. The video doesn’t give too much away but highlights the breadth of technology within Sony from its Alpha cameras to the PlayStation 5. Check out the video below. [read more…]

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Sony has finally unveiled when we will hear about its new range of Xperia smartphones for 2021. Mark your diaries, as the reveal will take place on 14 April at 8.30am BST/9.30am CEST/1.30pm EST/4.30pm JST. There will be a livestream on the Sony Xperia YouTube channel at that time.

In a normal year, Sony would use MWC in late February/early March to announce its new phones. However, MWC is not taking place until late June this year due to the pandemic, so Sony is holding its own event like so many other manufacturers at the moment. [read more…]

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LG is reportedly considering abandoning the mobile market, following steep losses over a number of years and the lack of mindshare in the smartphone space. Sony hasn’t fared much better when it comes to selling smartphones – it has exited a number of regions, and does very little marketing to promote its wares – but, it has done a good job of cutting costs in order to target profitability.

LG has carried a similar ethos to Sony in that it has tried to offer good all-round smartphones, with decent cameras, battery life and performance. LG phones, particularly their V series, were some of the best phones for audiophiles with class-leading DACs. LG was also one of the few manufacturers to keep the 3.5mm headphone jacks in place, even in flagship devices. Remember, LG was also one of the first to make wide-angle cameras popular. [read more…]

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Sony released its results for its Q3 FY2020 fiscal period, which represents the three months to the end of December 2020. After a small respite in Q2 FY20, which saw Xperia smartphone shipments stabilse, the company once again experienced a reduction in units sold in the latest quarter. Sony shipped 1.0 million Xperia smartphones during the quarter, representing a fall of 23% over the same period in the prior year.

While it is concerning that the company’s unit sales continues on a downward trend, it is encouraging that despite this, the company’s financials are actually doing okay. While volumes were down nearly a quarter, revenues were almost level with last year at 111.1 billion yen (Q3 FY19: 113.5 billion yen), down by only 2 percent. [read more…]

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A quick heads-up, Sony is now selling the Pink version of the Xperia 5 II in selected European countries. The Pink Xperia 5 II is on sale in Germany, Italy and Spain through the official Sony eStore for €899 and is available right now.

Customers who order this colour, will also receive the Sony WF-1000XM3 Noise Canceling Headphones bundled free of charge. The Pink Xperia 5 II is one of our favourite colours, and had up until now been an Asian exclusive. So it’s great to see it make its way to Europe. The links to purchase are below. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia 1 II (Mark 2) was a pretty wonderful phone in many areas. It marked a return to form in many areas – reintroducing a boxier design that many fans were used to, as well as a number of features (headphone jack, wireless charging, stereo speakers) that made it a well-rounded flagship.

Well it looks like the first CAD renders of its successor, the Xperia 1 III (Mark 3) have just been unveiled by Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) through Voice. Steve had already provided a couple of other 2021 Xperia leaks, and we’re not even into February yet! While the new phone might look very similar to last year’s model, it appears that there will be a few crucial upgrades. [read more…]

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Sony finally unveiled the Xperia PRO for the United States yesterday with a whopping $2,500 price tag. Sony said that that the Xperia PRO would not be heading to Europe, but nothing was said about other regions. Now we have confirmation that the Xperia PRO will be landing in Japan on 10 February for 227,091 yen (£1591, €1801, $2183) excluding tax.

The version heading to Japan will be SIM-free with model number XQ-AQ52, while the US version has model number XQ-AQ62, which probably highlights differences in the bands that each device supports. The Xperia PRO will have 12GB RAM, 512GB internal storage and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset. [read more…]

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Right on cue, Sony is now seeding the Android 11 firmware update for the Xperia 10 II (Mark 2). The update arrives with build number 59.1.A.0.485 with December 2020 Android security patches. At the time of writing, the update is only released in South East Asia (SEA), but availability should widen in the coming days.

It has been great to see Sony hit the release windows for Android 11 that it set itself. We still long for the days where Sony provides even a basic changelog. However, you will see native Android 11 additions in this firmware including media controls in quick settings, conversations in the notification shade, chat bubbles, native screen recorder, temporary permissions, notification history, smart device control and more. If you have updated on your Xperia 10 II, please let us know your impressions below. [read more…]

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Sony announces Xperia PRO in US for $2,499

January 26, 2021

Sony has finally launched the Xperia PRO for the US market. This follows news last week that the firmware was released highlighting its imminent launch. One big missing point since the phone was announced last February was the price point, and it’s not going to be cheap. Sony has priced the handset at $2,499, which […]

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2021 budget Xperia revealed in new renders

January 24, 2021

Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) has followed up on his recent CAD leak of what will likely be the Xperia 10 III (Mark 3), with renders of a new device. Steve categorises this device as a new Xperia Compact model, however this model will not be a flagship device according to our sources. Xperia Compact devices were […]

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Xperia PRO finally nears release, as firmware hits servers

January 21, 2021

The Sony Xperia PRO was announced at the same time as the Xperia 1 II (Mark 2) back in February last year. Sony targeted the handset towards videography and photography content professionals – while the handset carried mostly the same specs as the Xperia 1 II, it came with a number of extras. This included […]

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Android 11 rolls to Xperia 5 II (58.1.A.1.178)

January 20, 2021

Sony has commenced the Android 11 firmware rollout for the Xperia 5 II (Mark 2). Sony has once again hit its release schedule promise – it was targeting the Xperia 5 II Android 11 update “from the end of January 2021”. Build number 58.1.A.1.178 has started to seed to the handset with a limited regional […]

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