Firmware updates for Xperia 5 II (58.0.A.22.21) and Xperia 10 II (59.0.A.8.45) released

November 10, 2020

Sony has released firmware updates for a few of its 2020 smartphones. The recently released Xperia 5 II has been updated to build number 58.0.A.22.21, which adds October 2020 Android security patches. In addition, its budget Xperia L4 has seen an update to 57.0.A.2.258, which also adds October 2020 patches. Sony’s 2020 mid-range Xperia 10 […]

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Sony considered a VAIO Android smartphone judging by leaked prototype

November 10, 2020

Back in the early days of Sony Ericsson’s Android adventure, it decided to launch its new smartphones under the ‘Xperia’ brand. The Xperia brand was the umbrella that was used for all of its smartphones, regardless of shape/size and form factor. The models that came with the keyboard carried the ‘Pro’ moniker, but they all […]

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Sony Xperia shipments stabilise in Q2 FY20

October 28, 2020

Sony has released its fiscal second quarter results for FY2020, which includes the performance for the three months ending 30 September 2020. Sony shipped 600,000 smartphones during this quarter, and the good news is that this is the same number of phones shipped at this point last year. Whilst in the context of other manufacturers […]

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Xperia 1 II, Xperia 10 II and Xperia 1/5 get October 2020 security patches

October 20, 2020

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 […]

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Xperia 5 II in teardown video; highlights engineering effort to keep it cool

October 18, 2020

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 […]

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New ‘Mirror Lake Green’ Xperia 1 II coming to Taiwan; upgraded RAM too

October 16, 2020

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 […]

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Xperia 5 II now shipping; official wallpaper available to download

October 14, 2020

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, […]

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Xperia 5 II gets unboxed

October 2, 2020

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, […]

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Xperia 1 II gets September 2020 security patches (58.0.A.3.170)

October 1, 2020

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 […]

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Xperia 5 II pre-orders with freebies open at Sony eStore Europe; shipping from 19 October

October 1, 2020

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 […]

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Xperia 5 II announced for au by KDDI in Japan; SIM-free Xperia 10 II to launch

September 27, 2020

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 […]

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Sony releases several Xperia 5 II masterclass promo videos

September 24, 2020

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 […]

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Xperia PLAY 2: New images show what might have been

September 23, 2020

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 […]

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Xperia 5 II: First hands-on photos

September 17, 2020

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 […]

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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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