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Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact (both sans fingerprint scanner) now available in the U.S.

A quick heads up that the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, as promised, are now available in the U.S. unlocked. As you’ll recall from our Xperia Z5 review, these are 5.2- and 4.6-inch phones, respectively, at 1080p and 720p resolution. Both are powered by Snapdragon 810 processors and feature Sony’s excellent 23-megapixel Exmor camera systems.

Missing form the U.S. models, however, are fingerprint readers, which are becoming more important as phones and apps update to Android  [Read More…]

Sony Smartwatch 3, original Moto 360 no longer available at Google Store

Both the original Moto 360 and Sony Smartwatch 3 are no longer being sold at the Google Store. The listings for both products are still live, but the ‘Buy now’ box is greyed out with a message indicating that the watch is no longer available. Motorola has already announced, and released, a successor to its original Moto 360, and the newer version is available in your choice of configurations from the Google Store. As for the Smartwatch  [Read More…]

Sony posts $1 billion profit, but mobile sales take a tumble

Sony has posted its Q3 2015 earnings, and while the manufacturer has done significantly better from Q2 2015 on account of strong PlayStation sales, mobile sales have fallen 14.7 percent. Overall, Sony made ¥2.58 trillion ($ 21.5 billion) in revenue, with an operating profit of ¥202.1 billion ($ 1.69 billion). Net profit was at ¥120.1 billion ($ 1 billion), 33 percent higher than Q2 2015.

The PlayStation division saw a sales increase of 10.5 percent, bringing  [Read More…]

Here’s how to bring Sony credentials to the Xperia Z5 with an unlocked bootloader

Sony has always made it pretty easy to unlock the bootloader of their Xperia devices to allow custom recovery and ROMs to be installed, but the act of doing so came at a cost. During the process of unlocking the bootloader, Sony’s DRM protected features were lost because the unlocking process deleted the keys to unlock the DRM.

Among those features lost at the cost of an unlocked bootloader included Sony’s X-Reality feature, noiseless camera algorithm, and audio noise cancelling  [Read More…]

New report claims Samsung and Sony are not doing enough to combat child labor

A new investigation has claimed that companies including Samsung and Sony are not doing enough to tackle child labor. It’s reported by charity Amnesty that cobalt, a component used to make lithium-ion batteries in smartphones, is being mined by children as young as seven. This isn’t the first time tech giants have come under fire due to working conditions for those in the supply chains.

Children’s charity UNICEF estimates that approximately 40,000 children currently work in  [Read More…]

Sony to hold its Mobile World Congress 2016 press event on Feb. 22

We are still over a month away from the 2016 edition of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, but companies are already busy preparing for the event. Sony has sent out invites to members of the media to attend their press event at the trade show, which will be held on Monday, Feb. 22. at 8:30 a.m. CET (2:30 a.m. Eastern time).

Aside from the invite, Sony did not offer any hints about  [Read More…]

Sony announces its plans for the Xperia Z5 and Z5 compact in the US

Sony fans rejoice! The tech giant is finally announcing plans to bring two of its current flagship devices to the United States. You may remember that Sony announced the Z5, Z5 Premium and Z5 compact way back in September at IFA in Berlin but nary a peep about US availability. Until now.

Sony has announced that beginning February 7, you’ll be able to pick up the Sony Xperia Z5 and Sony Xperia Z5 compact. The phones will be sold unlocked  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact coming to the U.S. on February 7

Sony has announced that both the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will launch in the U.S. next month. Priced at $ 599.99 and $ 499.99 respectively, the two smartphones will be available unlocked and will support GSM networks.

There are those who have already picked them up unofficially at stores stocking international units. We’ve checked various outlets and have been unable to spot any official listings as-of-yet, though we’ll be sure to update you all once  [Read More…]

The Sony Xperia Z5 is now available in pink

If the standard color options of the Xperia Z5 aren’t to your liking, you can now get the phone in a “sophisticated pink” variant. The latest hue will offer the same frosted glass panel as the standard variants, with Sony set to commence sales from February.

Sony’s lead art director Rikke Gertsen Constein said that the shade of pink used in the Z5 is “strong and modern:”

We researched many places in which the most beautiful  [Read More…]

Five things Sony needs to do in 2016

Sony is capable of making some truly great devices. But there’s still work to do.

In years gone, and still to some extent, the Sony Xperia Z line of high-end Android phones has been an object of gadget lust. If you were looking for high-end, there’s every chance you’d find it with a Sony badge on.

The trouble is it feels like the Japanese giant has procrastinated somewhat. Updates have been regular, but incremental, and there’s  [Read More…]