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All posts tagged "Sony"

  • 6 smartphone trends that need to be stopped right now

    Smartphones have evolved at an amazing pace, going from single-core Symbian devices with 2MP cameras to today's octacore, dual-camera-toting superphones. Despite this rapid evolution, we also see a few trends that really don't need to happen. We look at a few that just need to stop. Removing the headphone jack Okay, look... we get it. You prefer Bluetooth anyway. Or maybe you don't mind the switch to Lighting/USB Type-C wired accessories. Whatever the case may be, you can still use Bluetooth or USB Type-C/Lightning headphones if your phone has a 3.5mm jack. They are not mutually exclusive. Firms claim that it's one less...

  • Watch: all the new PlayStation reveals from Paris Games Week

    Paris Games Week has kicked off and, while it's not as massive as E3 and the like, it still plays host to some noteworthy reveals and trailers. Sony used the event to reveal a few new games, such as Spelunky 2 (coming first to PlayStation and PC) and Ghost of Tsushima. Check them out below.

  • That was quick: Sony Xperia XZ Premium gets Oreo update

    Sony's Xperia XZ Premium (review) wasn't perfect by any measure, but it's certainly one of the more exciting smartphones launched this year. Now, the Japanese company has announced that it's launching the Oreo update (Android 8.0) for the handset. So what should you expect? For starters, the device will be getting the 3D scanning tool, first seen on the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact. "It lets you scan your face, head, food or any object, rendering it as a 3D avatar or free-form image in less than 60 seconds, and makes it easy to share on social media with friends or 3D...

  • Sailfish X: would you spend €50 an alternative, incomplete mobile platform?

    Don't care for Android, iOS or the comatose Windows 10 Mobile? Then what about Sailfish X? Yep, the mobile platform, coming from former Nokia employees, is now available for the Sony Xperia X. Bringing Android app support, a Meego/BlackBerry 10-style multitasking screen and a dedicated screen for social media, it's certainly different, to say the least. However, there are a few caveats that only make Sailfish X a curiosity at this stage... For starters, platform holder Jolla is charging an eye-watering €49.90 for this particular flavour of operating system -- you can get full-fledged smartphones at that price. "The basic image of Sailfish OS...

  • 4 other companies that should release a pure Android phone

    Between the HMD/Nokia range, Lenovo's latest phones and the brand-new (but not really) Xiaomi Mi A1, our choices for pure Android smartphones have expanded nicely this year. Offering regular updates and a lightweight skin, it's not hard to see why these developments are such a big deal. Nevertheless, we'd love more options beyond Nokia, the Mi A1 and the Pixel range. So with that in mind, we look at a few companies we'd like to see offer stock Android. Samsung We've previously seen Samsung offer a Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, delivering speedy updates and none of the horrendous (at...

  • IFA 2017: 4 noteworthy smartphones you should know about

    The latest edition of IFA played host to more than a few decent smartphone reveals, although last year's event was pretty noteworthy as well. In any event, here are some of the better smartphones to be announced/revealed at IFA 2017. LG V30 The electronics firm used the preceding weeks to stoke the coals for the hype train, delivering a drip-feed of information. But the final product definitely seems to have garnered a positive reception. The V30 continues the media-focused trend of the V-series, packing features like smooth zooming on any subject in a frame, Graphy functionality for manual photography and (of course) manual video...

  • Sony reveals list of phones to get Android Oreo

    Last year saw LG first out of the gate with Android Nougat, but it looks like Sony might just get a head-start with Android Oreo. The company will preinstall the update on its new XZ1 and XZ1 Compact phones, set to launch internationally this month and in South Africa next month (well, not the Compact). But the Japanese firm has also revealed its list of older devices that will be getting Oreo. "We will make Android 8.0, Oreo available for: Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XZ, Xperia X Compact, Xperia XZ Premium, Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1, Xperia XA1 Ultra, Xperia Touch and Xperia XA1 Plus," the company wrote on its blog. In...

  • Sony’s brand-new Xperia XZ1, XA1 get launch dates, pricing for SA

    Sony has just announced the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XA1 at IFA 2017. And it seems like the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact are simply smaller versions of the XZ Premium (review). The two phones feature the same Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, IP68 resistance and 19MP main camera as the XZ Premium. In fact, the phones are also capable of 960fps super slow-motion video recording. The XZ1 packs a 5.2-inch full HD, HDR-capable screen while the XZ1 Compact delivers a 4.6-inch 720p display. In the battery department, you're looking at a 2700mAh battery for both handsets, despite the...

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium review: more than a one-trick pony?

    I've made no bones about my indifference towards Sony's smartphones over the last two years or so. The Z5 range was more of the same from the company (although the Premium and side-mounted fingerprint scanners were interesting), while the Xperia X (review) felt like an overpriced retread. Then the Xperia XZ Premium was revealed at MWC 2017, and you know what? I was actually excited again. Yeah yeah, the 4K HDR screen is pretty crazy on paper but I didn't care about that. No, it was the allure of the slowest slow motion recording around -- 960fps at 720p, compared to...

  • Take a look at our final XZ Premium slow-mo montage

    Our Sony Xperia XZ Premium review has finally gone live, and we're pretty happy with the flagship. There's the powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, a capable 19-megapixel main camera and water-resistant design. The phone's biggest selling point is the super slow-motion though, making for some crazy footage when you get it right. We wouldn't recommend you buy the phone solely for this reason (owing to technical hurdles), but this slow-mo montage is pretty lovely nonetheless. Check out the video below: