Sony has released new firmware for a number of devices which adds the October 2020 Android security patches. The 2020 handsets that have been updated include the Xperia 1 II through build number 58.0.A.3.194 and the Xperia 10 II with build number 59.0.A.8.33. There does not appear to be any other big changes to these handsets, outside of the update in security patch.

2019 devices including the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 have also seen the same security October 2020 patch through build number 55.1.A.9.127. Lastly, we have also seen an update for the Xperia XZ3 which has seen September 2020 security patches through build number 52.1.A.3.92. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia 5 II has only just started hitting customers hands, and the smartphone has already been disassembled. The video below shows the handset being torn down step-by-step, and makes you appreciate the clean engineering design that goes into its manufacture, particularly given the slim and relatively compact design.

It shows the graphite film that covers the battery and cameras to help transfer heat and keep the components cool. Sony also uses thermal pads throughout the frame and copper tape for the same purpose. The Xperia 5 II only uses liberal amounts of adhesive compared to other smartphones, so it should be a relatively easy phone to fix if problems are encountered. Check out the video below. [read more…]

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Sony is set to launch a new colour option for the Xperia 1 II (Mark 2) called ‘Mirror Lake Green’ next week in Taiwan. The handset will also get a RAM boost as well, moving from 8GB to 12GB. Other specs remain the same including 256GB of UFS storage. There’s no details on pricing, but all is expected to be unveiled on 20 October 2020.

It is unclear whether this option will make an appearance outside of Taiwan. The news follows a similar 12GB RAM variant of the Xperia 1 II that will launch in Japan at the end of October 2020. This particular model also came in a new colour (Frosted Black), versus the more glossy black found in the standard Xperia 1 II model globally. [read more…]

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The Xperia 5 II has now started to ship in some regions, with some lucky customers already receiving units. Browsing through the r/SonyXperia subreddit highlights a variety of owners who have received their Xperia 5 II over the last few days (see some links below).

A number of retailers still have the handset on pre-order, but in Europe we’ve noticed various listings change from ‘pre-order’ to ‘in stock’. Checking Sony’s official European eStore shows the handset in stock, along with other retailers such as Carphone Warehouse in the UK. Amazon UK still lists the handset for pre-order with a release date of Saturday 17 October. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia 5 II is expected to release in the next few weeks, and the first unboxing has arrived. Sony’s official European YouTube channel has a quick unboxing video, and we’ve also included some pics courtesy of Marco Kao. Sony is using the same packaging that it has done over the last few years, so no surprises there.

There’s not too much in the box, just the 18W power delivery charger (UCH32), USB Type-C charging cable (USB24) and MH750 earphones. The Xperia 5 II is expected to be released in mid-October in Asia and Europe, and early December in the United States. [read more…]

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Sony is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia 1 II flagship with build number 58.0.A.3.170. This moves the Android security patches from August 2020 to September 2020 – given that we’re now in October, this September patch has arrived a bit later than expected.

It doesn’t look like there are any other changes – Sony doesn’t include a changelog so it’s never easy to get a proper idea of changes. If you’ve updated and noticed any differences, please let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Europe has opened up pre-orders for the Xperia 5 II (Mark 2) on its official online store. The phone costs £799 in the UK and €899 in mainland in Europe. To sweeten the deal, Sony is offering a freebie headphone (or equivalent) in each market. We have listed all the countries where pre-orders are open, including which freebie is being offering. The phone will be released on 19 October 2020.

The UK gets Sony WH-H910N noise cancelling over-ear headphones, while most of mainland Europe gets the Sony WF-1000XM3 noise cancelling in-ear headphones. Scandinavians score the best deal, with Sony offering the Sony WH-1000XM3 noise cancelling over-ear headphones. [read more…]

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Since the Xperia 5 II was announced, there was no word which carrier would be picking up the handset in Japan. Well now we know that it will be picked up by au by KDDI (other carriers could follow suit) where it will have model number Xperia 5 II (SOG02). The handset will be available in four colours (black, blue, pink and grey) when it releases in late October 2020. It is available to pre-order now at the au Online Shop.

In other Japan-related Sony Xperia news, the SIM-free Xperia 10 II has been announced for a variety of MVNO companies including nuro mobile, mineo, IIJmio and Simseller. Both black and white models are available, when it releases on 1 October 2020. The phone will be priced at 39,800 yen (tax excluded). [read more…]

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Sony has published a series of videos on the upcoming Xperia 5 II, which gives a closer developer look at key aspects of the phone including design, photography, videography, audio and gaming. If you are considering the phone, then you can check out the videos below. The handset is due to be released in the coming weeks. [read more…]

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Sony Ericsson’s pedigree of early Android smartphone launches really set the scene of why so many fans were loyal to the brand. Back in 2010, manufacturers were delivering Android phones in all shapes and sizes, partly why the smartphone space was so interesting. This compares to now where many phones look the same, save for the inclusion of a notch, hole punch or varying bezel sizes.

Sony Ericsson had released the Xperia 10 to great fanfare in 2010, a flagship Android device that was as good as anything else on the market. Then in 2011, it had a stellar year delivering some classic smartphones including the iconic Xperia arc, the Xperia PRO with physical keyboard, the slim candybar Xperia ray and durable Xperia active. However, one of the biggest launches was the Xperia PLAY – Sony’s answer of bringing mobile gaming to smartphones i.e. the PlayStation Phone as it was known by some. [read more…]

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We have seen a huge number of renders for the Xperia 5 II over the last few weeks, as the phone was heavily leaked. Now that the phone was formally revealed earlier today, we have now caught sight of the first hands-on photos of the device. It shows you what the handset will look like in the flesh across all four colours (Black, Blue, Grey and Pink). Check out a selection of pics below and hit the source links for more information. Do you like what you see? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony Xperia 5 II (Mark 2) gets official with 120Hz display and 4000mAh battery

September 17, 2020

Sony has formally unveiled the Xperia 5 II (Mark 2), which had been heavily leaked in the weeks leading up to today’s launch. All of the leaks were spot on in terms of features and specifications, but what we didn’t know was pricing and availability. Sony confirmed in its press conference that the Xperia 5 […]

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Xperia 1/5 and Xperia 10 II receive September 2020 security patches

September 15, 2020

Sony is rolling out September 2020 Android security patches for a number of devices including the Xperia 1, Xperia 5 and Xperia 10 II (Mark 2). The Xperia 1 and 5 have received an update that moves the build number to version 55.1.A.9.101, and patches from August to September 2020. The Xperia 10 II moves […]

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Xperia 5 II makes an appearance on TENAA

September 15, 2020

Sony is set to unveil the Xperia 5 II (Mark 2) in two days’ time on 17 September 2020. Ahead of the formal release, the Xperia 5 II with model number XQ-AS72 has been certified by the Chinese regulatory firm TENAA. It shows a few handset images from a variety of angles and confirms the […]

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August 2020 security patches roll for Xperia 1/5 and others including XZ2/XZ3 family

September 10, 2020

Sony has released new firmware updates for a number of handsets that brings August 2020 Android security patches with them. Updated models include the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 with build number 55.1.A.9.75. In addition, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ3 range has been updated to build number 52.1.A.3.74, which have moved from July 2020 to […]

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