Sony has upped their game when it comes to their mid-range smartphone offering, as its newly announced Xperia 10 II (Mark 2) sports both an OLED display and is IP65/68 water resistant for the first time. It’s nice to see some of these previous flagship features trickle down into the ‘super’ mid-range.

The Sony Xperia 10 II (Mark 2) continues the design aesthetic seen in last year’s Xperia 10 and has a 6-inch 21:9 OLED display with FHD resolution (1080 x 2520), with Corning Gorilla Glass 6. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset, 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage with microSD memory card support. [read more…]

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Sony has unveiled its 2020 smartphone flagship in the form of the Xperia 1 II (Mark 2). As the name suggests, Sony has taken what made the Xperia 1 great and made some very worthwhile improvements.

Key new features over the Xperia 1 includes 5G (sub 6GHz) support, the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack, 360 Reality Audio, Qi wireless charging, stereo front-facing speakers, new ZEISS camera lenses, a 90Hz-equivalent display and a bigger 4000mAh battery. [read more…]

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Sony has teased a new professional smartphone aimed at photographers/videographers called the Xperia PRO. Don’t confuse this with the keyboard-equipped Xperia pro of yester-year, this new Xperia PRO is meant to be Sony’s best of the best in 2020.

The Xperia PRO is in many respects a more souped-up Xperia 1 II. Many of the core specifications are the same, but there are some key differences. The Xperia PRO will feature a HDMI micro connector (Type D) to allow direct camera connectivity. Sony used to include micro HDMI in some of its older Xperia models, such as the Xperia arc and Xperia S, so it’s great to see HDMI functionality return. [read more…]

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Sony was due to announce its latest Xperia smartphones at its MWC video reveal tomorrow morning, however it looks like everything has been revealed ahead of time. XDA writer Max Weinbach who has a good reputation for previous leaks, has just revealed full details of both Sony phones due to be announced – meet the Xperia 1 II and Xperia 10 II.

Now, we’re not exactly sure on the nomenclature – is it Xperia 1 II, or Xperia 1ii, or Xperia 1 Mark II (or Xperia 1 Mark 2). We won’t know for sure until tomorrow, but it’s an interesting change in direction for Sony. Is Sony adopting the language it uses for its cameras (for example, RX100 II, RX100 III etc), it sure looks like it and suggests that the smartphones are coming from one-Sony, a holistic view, as has been promised for many years. [read more…]

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Sony has introduced its first 2020 smartphone, in the form of the entry-level Sony Xperia L4. As you’ll see from the headline, one of the most notable new ‘features’ as an Xperia fan, is that this is the first Xperia smartphone with a notch. We thought that by now we had ridden out this fad, given that we’ve seen phones with notches since 2017.

We know the notch isn’t going to be loved by the Xperia faithful, who may feel Sony has already lost some of its core customers by pandering to current smartphone trends, but it’s worth remembering this is only their budget phone. If we saw a notch appear on their new flagship that could be another matter… [read more…]

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Sony has been collapsing all of its Sony Mobile properties into the parent company for a while now. Sony has already announced that ‘Sony Mobile Communications AB’ will close, and we’ve seen that the Sony Mobile Talk Forums will also close, with users redirected to the generic Sony support forums.

In what appears to be the final step, the sonymobile.com website is no more – it now redirects to Sony.com, or your region’s equivalent. The Sony Mobile website was a dedicated showcase for Sony’s Android smartphones for over 10 years, so it’s a shame to see it go. However, the writing has been on the wall for a while, as Sony has deemphasised the importance of its mobile products in the face of dwindling sales. [read more…]

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Sony has officially pulled out of making an appearance at the MWC 2020 trade show, which is being held at the end of this month in Barcelona. Sony’s exit follows a number of other manufacturers including LG, ZTE, Ericsson, Nvidia and Amazon, who will also not be attending due to the increasing health risks around coronavirus.

However, Sony still plans to reveal new products through a video press conference via the Sony Xperia YouTube channel. This will take place at the same time of 8.30am (CET) on 24 February 2020. So nothing should change from an Xperia fans point of view, we’ll still see exactly what Sony has up its sleeves for its 2020 range of Xperia smartphones. Read the full statement on Sony’s MWC exit below. [read more…]

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Sony’s design heritage is unquestioned, the company has picked up a number of design awards over the years, including for its Xperia smartphones. This year is no different as Sony has won a 2020 iF Design Award for the Xperia 1, the company’s flagship smartphone from last year. Other recent winners include the Xperia XZ3 and the Xperia XZ1, which won a Gold award.

Sony’s design language from the Xperia 1/Xperia 5 is likely to continue to be refined in its 2020 models that will be announced at MWC later this month. [read more…]

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Sony has published its fiscal Q3 FY20 results, relating to the last calendar quarter of 2019. Sony has finally stem the quarterly decline it saw in Xperia shipments over the prior year, it reported Xperia shipments during the quarter was 1.3 million units. This makes it the highest selling quarter during calendar 2019, although given the decline we’ve seen over the last couple of years, this bounce is all relative against some very weak numbers.

It is also positive to see Sony keep its full year Xperia forecast of 3.5 million units in tact – Sony had previously revised numbers down in both of the last consecutive quarters. This means it only expects to ship 700k Xperia smartphones during its last fiscal quarter (3 months to March 2020). This expected fall is not a surprise given no new hardware launches are likely until the end of the quarter at the earliest – Sony is set to announce its new smartphones at MWC towards the end of February. [read more…]

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Sony’s 2019 mid-rangers, the Xperia 10 and 10 Plus have received a new firmware update that moves the build number from 53.0.A.14.28 to version 53.0.A.14.47. This is a minor update that adds the 1 January 2020 Android security patch. It’s only a small update, with no other changes noted. If you’ve updated please let us know your impressions below. [read more…]

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Sony is rolling out 1 January 2020 Android security patches to the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 smartphones. Both phones have received new firmware that moves the build number from 55.1.A.0.748 to version 55.1.A.3.49. Sony does not include any changelogs, which remains a frustration, but there do not look like there are any other changes. If you have updated, please let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony’s 2020 MWC press conference set for 24 February; new Xperia devices inbound

January 15, 2020

Time to mark your diaries, Sony has confirmed that its 2020 MWC press conference will be taking place at 8.30am (CET) on 24 February. A livestream will also be available on the Sony Xperia YouTube channel. Sony has always used MWC to announce new Xperia smarpthones, and this year will be no different. We have […]

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New Xperia smartphone renders leak; 21:9 design maintained

January 6, 2020

The first leak for a 2020 Xperia device has arrived. The pictures you see below show the first CAD renders of the device, coming from Steve Hemmerstoffer of @OnLeaks fame – a reliable source of new smartphone renders for a number of years now. The pictures show a design that continues on from Sony’s 2019 […]

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Sony Mobile Talk support forum to close

January 6, 2020

Sony has been slowly folding a lot of its mobile division and properties into the wider Sony business. The same fate is now befalling the Sony Mobile Talk forum, which has been an invaluable support forum for Xperia owners for a number of years. A notice on the forum says that the “forum will be […]

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Android 10 arrives on the Xperia XZ2 / XZ3 series

January 6, 2020

Sony has a nice surprise for Xperia XZ2 family and XZ3 owners so early in the New Year. Android 10 is now rolling for the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium and XZ3 through build number 52.1.A.0.532 (from 52.0.A.11.32). This update also brings the 1 December 2019 Android security patch (from 1 November 2019 previously). […]

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