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 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 II will launch in four colours (Black, Blue, Grey and Pink) with shipping from this month. However, we haven’t been able to find out exactly which region will be shipping that soon. [read more…]

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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 the build number to 59.0.A.8.21 and the patches from July 2020 to September 2020. There does not appear to be any other changes, but as always, if you’ve noticed anything different let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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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 huge number of leaks we have already seen. You won’t glean much from the pictures versus what’s already been shown, but the appearance on TENAA gives another element of credence for the handset being formally unveiled on Thursday 17 September. [read more…]

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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 August 2020 security patches. As of writing, there are no updates for the Xperia XZ2 Compact, although this may appear in the coming days.

We have also seen an update on the entry-level Xperia L4 with build number 57.0.A.2.242, seeing the security patches move from May 2020 to August 2020. The Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra models have seen new build number 50.2.A.3.77 appear, moving security patches from April 2020 to August 2020. [read more…]

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Flashtool has been an invaluable tool for Sony Xperia owners over the years, allowing users to change the firmware region of their devices. This can be most useful if you have a carrier branded device and you want to move to a generic version of firmware.

We just wanted to give you all a quick heads-up that Flashtool has been updated to version 0.9.30.0, which now adds support for the Xperia 1 II. This follows on from another recent update that also added support for the Xperia 10 II. The latest version can be downloaded from here. We recommend using the torrent method rather than Uploaded.to, it is both quicker and safer. [read more…]

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The Sony Xperia 5 II hasn’t had a great time when it comes to leaks recently – pretty much all parts of the phone have been revealed. Now Evan Blass (@evleaks) has leaked a new promotional video for the handset that confirms a number of the previous rumoured specifications.

The 3-minute video confirms that the 5G-enabled Xperia 5 II will sport a 120Hz refresh rate display (equivalent to 240Hz motion blur reduction), as well as a 240Hz touch pick-up rate. So this is a move away from the quasi 90Ghz motion blur reduction display of the Xperia 1 II. The phone will also carry some of the key camera chops from the Xperia 1 II, including the Photo Pro app and 120fps 4K HDR capture. Battery capacity will sit at 4000mAh, a sizeable increase over the original Xperia 5 (3140 mAh). [read more…]

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Evan Blass (@evleaks) is treating Sony Xperia fans after revealing a huge treasure trove of official marketing images for the Xperia 5 II. We have already seen renders of the device itself, but the images leaked including lifestyle images and highlight the camera, gaming and audio prowess of the phone. We’ve included a selection below for you to enjoy. Sony is expected to formally unveil the Xperia 5 II on 17 September 2020. [read more…]

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Evan Blass (@evleaks) has revealed a couple of new images of the Sony Xperia 5 II, which is expected to be formally introduced on 17 September. He had already revealed an image of the blue variant a few days ago, and he has now released high-resolution renders of the black and grey versions too. This is a similar colour palette that hit the original Xperia 5 last year – although the Xperia 5 also came in a red option too, which does not seem to be present with the Xperia 5 II.

The pictures give a clearer look of the mystery button that appears alongside the volume rocker, fingerprint sensor and dedicated camera shutter key. The Xperia 5 also had four buttons along the side, but in that case the power button was separated from the fingerprint sensor. Sony has integrated the fingerprint sensor and power button in the Xperia 1 II, like some of its earlier Xperia models, so we expect Sony is doing the same with the Xperia 5 II. [read more…]

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We have already seen a sneak peek of the Xperia 5II (Mark 2) in a recent leak, but now we got a much closer look and a near complete specification list of the device. Android Headlines has managed to leak the promotional video for the Xperia 5 II that shows the device across all angles. It confirms that, in terms of design, the Xperia 5 II will be very similar to its predecessor.

The main big changes include the welcome re-addition of the 3.5mm headphone jack, and a mysterious new button that sits close to the camera shutter key. This button is separate to the volume rocker, fingerprint sensor and dedicated camera key. It is most likely an app shortkey key, similar to the one Sony is using in the upcoming Xperia PRO. [read more…]

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Sony has confirmed that its next Xperia product announcement will take place at 8am BST/9am CEST on 17 September 2020. Sony traditionally announces new devices at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin each year, which takes place in early September. However, give the current pandemic, Sony has chosen to do an online-only event as it did earlier in the year for its MWC announcements. The event will be live-streamed at its official YouTube channel.

Sony is expected to announce the Xperia 5 II (Mark 2), of which we saw the first render yesterday. However, we may see other devices make an appearance too – if not anything else, then we should hear more details about the Xperia PRO that was announced earlier in the year and is still yet to make an appearance. What are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments below. [read more…]

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Xperia 5 II (Mark 2) render leaks; looks pretty much identical to Xperia 5

August 26, 2020

The IFA Berlin tradeshow is traditionally where Sony launches its new devices in the second half of the year. IFA is taking place from 3 – 5 September 2020, therefore it is not surprising to see the first renders leak of a new Xperia smartphone. Sony launched the Xperia 5 at IFA 2019, so it […]

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Sony Japan announces ‘Xperia 8 Lite’ – a SIM-free version of the Xperia 8

August 26, 2020

Sony Japan has announced the Xperia 8 Lite (J3273), which is basically a SIM-free version of the Xperia 8 model that launched last year. This move follows a number of other handsets that have gone SIM-free in Japan recently, including the Xperia 1 II, Xperia 1 and Xperia 5. We imagine that Sony has re-released […]

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Xperia 1 II and Xperia 10 series get August 2020 security patches

August 21, 2020

Sony has updated a few handsets recently including the Xperia 1 II (Mark 2) flagship which sees its build number move from 58.0.A.3.88 to version 58.0.A.3.132, and incudes the August 2020 Android security patches. Last year’s mid-range Xperia 10 and 10 Plus devices also have the August 2020 patches, with new build number 53.1.A.3.57. Strangely, […]

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New Xperia 1 II with 12GB RAM and Frosted Black colour to launch in Japan

August 20, 2020

Sony Japan has announced that it will release a SIM-free version of the Xperia 1 II, which will come with a boost in specs versus the international model. Up until now, the Xperia 1 II was available only through two carriers in Japan (NTT docomo and au by KDDI). The new variant with model number […]

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