Sony has commenced the rollout for Android 11 on its 2019 flagship smartphone devices – the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5. The Android 11 update is arriving through new firmware build version 55.2.A.0.630, and is already available across a number of regions including Russia and South East Asia. The update was due to land from February 2021 according to Sony’s initial Android 11 roadmap, so it’s great to see an early rollout.

As per usual with Sony, there is no changelog included with the rollout. What we do know is that the firmware rolls with the same December 2020 security patches compared to the prior Android 10 firmware (build number 55.1.A.12.28). From initial reports, we also know that Sony has not included the new Photography Pro app, as seen in the 2020 flagship devices. The stock camera app also uses the older interface, so no refresh here. If you’ve updated, please let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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The CES tradeshow is not normally where Sony reveals the latest updates to its mobile smartphone portfolio, but it’s always interesting to hear the big new tech and innovations coming from Sony in 2021 whether that be for televisions, audio or other devices.

Like most things at the moment, Sony’s 2021 CES press conference will be taking place remotely. Sony has set up a dedicated digital event platform called ‘Sony Square’ where attendees can watch the whole press conference. The event takes place later today (11 January) from 5pm Eastern Standard Time (US)/10pm GMT. [read more…]

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Sony had a redemption of sorts when it came to its 2020 flagship devices, the Xperia 1 II and Xperia 5 II. Sony brought tangible improvements over its predecessors including most notably, the return of the 3.5mm headphone jack, bigger batteries and new ZEISS camera lenses. The Xperia 1 II also added wireless charging, and while this didn’t make it to the Xperia 5 II, the latter did get a 120Hz refresh rate display. Both phones also brought 5G for the first time for Xperia devices.

Sony’s mid-range offering was also well served with the Xperia 10 II, bringing OLED and IP65/68 water resistance to this class of devices for the first time. The phone offered a decent spec list, but was perhaps a tad overpriced vs the competition – a common criticism when it comes to Xperia smartphones. [read more…]

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Seasonal Greetings from Xperia Blog

by XB on 24th December 2020

in News

We wanted to wish all of our readers a wonderful and restful break over Christmas and New Year. Those interested in Xperia smartphones seem to be a smaller and smaller crowd each year, but we’ll still keep kicking around for those that still love Sony’s offerings, and wants to keep abreast of key news.

All of this has taken a back seat in 2020 to the pandemic, which has no doubt had an impact on everyone reading this in some way or another. It has certainly been an unforgettable year, and not for all of the right reasons. We’re all hoping for a better and brighter 2021. In the meantime, we wish all of our readers a peaceful holiday season. Please take care and have a fun time with your friends and families. [read more…]

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Sony is now rolling out December 2020 security patches to a number of its premium models including the Xperia 5 II, Xperia 1 and Xperia 5. The Xperia 5 II is seeing an update mainly to version 58.0.A.28.51, although there is another build version (58.0.A.28.60) that has been released in Asia. Both have December 2020 security patches.

The Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 have seen updates that move the build number to version 55.1.A.12.28. This moves the security patches from October 2020 to December 2020. No other changes have been noticed. [read more…]

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Sony has commenced the Android 11 rollout for its flagship Xperia 1 II device. It has only launched on the Taiwanese variant so far (XQ-AT52), but it signals a wider regional release is likely imminent. The OTA update is 933.9MB in size and moves the build number from 58.0.A.3.224 to version 58.1.A.0.921, keeping the November 2020 Android security patch from the earlier firmware.

In terms of changes, apart from the move to Android 11, there are a number of new features, which we’ve detailed below. For those that remained hopeful, there is no 120Hz display option for the Xperia 1 II. For those that have received the update, please let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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Sony has confirmed that its Android 11 firmware rollout will start from December 2020. The first phone to get the update will be the Xperia 1 II, this year’s current flagship. Sony has also confirmed that the Xperia 1 II will be updated at the same time to support slow motion video recordings in 4K HDR at 120 fps (frames per second).

Both the Xperia 5 II and Xperia 10 II will see the Android 11 update from the end of January 2021, while last year’s Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 models will be updated from February 2021. There is no new news about any other models, so don’t expect Android 11 on any other Sony Xperia devices, including last year’s mid-range Xperia 10 and 10 Plus models. [read more…]

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Sony updated the Xperia 5 II (Mark 2) recently to add November 2020 Android security patches moving the build version to 58.0.A.28.25. We saw this build hit some of the Asian SKU’s a while back, and is now hitting some of the European models.

The Xperia 10 II (Mark 2) has also seen an update, albeit for one region only (SEA), which has seen the build number move from 59.0.A.8.45 to 59.0.A.10.5. We’re not sure what has changed in this new version, but it maintains the November 2020 security patches of the previous version. [read more…]

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Sony is pushing out the November 2020 Android security patch for its flagship Xperia 1 II (Mark 2). The new update arrives with build number 58.0.A.3.224 in the form of a 108.6MB OTA update. As usual, frustratingly there is no changelog so we cannot say definitively if there are other changes. If you’ve updated please let know your impressions below.

In addition, last year’s budget Xperia L3 has also received a firmware update in the form of build number 54.0.A.6.61. This updates the security patches to 5 October 2020 (from 5 July). [read more…]

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If you were to ask Sony Xperia fans to pick one iconic colour that has adorned their smartphone stable over the last decade, there is a good chance that Purple would be high up on that list. We’ve not seen the colour used in more recent Xperia phones, but the good news is that it will make a return in its latest Xperia 5 II. The bad news is that the Purple Xperia 5 II is exclusive to NTT docomo in Japan.

Overall, the Xperia 5 II (Mark 2) is available in four colours (Black/Blue/Grey/Pink), although not all colours are available in every region. For example, you won’t find a Pink Xperia 5 II in Europe, it’s mainly present in Asia. We’d love the Purple Xperia 5 II to hit more regions, although the chances look slim. If that changes we’ll keep you posted. [read more…]

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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 II has seen a firmware update that moves the build number to 59.0.A.8.45, adding the November 2020 Android security patches. Sony does not include a changelog unfortunately, so there’s little firm way of knowing if there have been other small bug fixes or improvements. If you’ve updated to these new builds, do let us know your impressions in the comments below. [read more…]

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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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