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Sony Xperia X Compact now on sale for $499

Sony’s latest small phone is now up for sale directly from Amazon unlocked.

The list price on the Xperia X Compact is a somewhat-steep $ 499, but if it’s the phone for you and you want it right at launch you can now pull the trigger on one. At $ 499 the X Compact is a bit more palatable than the $ 699 Xperia XZ, though it still lands in an awkward pricing bracket — slightly  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia X Compact review: Size really does matter

Small phone lovers have something to get excited about with the latest in Sony’s Compact line.

The quick take

The Xperia X Compact gives you everything you need in terms of screen, performance, battery life — plus a few nice additions like stereo speakers, a slick software experience and Sony’s latest camera technology. But this isn’t simply a flagship-level phone in a smaller size: you’re getting a plastic phone that’s also missing a fingerprint sensor and  [Read More…]

The Xperia XZ gives me hope that Sony can turn things around in the U.S.

Quickly after the disappointing Xperia X series, the Xperia XZ gives a glimmer of positivity for the future.

Just a couple of months ago, I received a Sony Xperia X Performance for review. It was the first Sony phone I’ve used in well over a year, and I was excited to give it a try. Just a few days in, I was pained to write about it — it was a frustrating experience I hadn’t endured  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia X Compact hands-on

Sony’s fan-favorite ‘Compact’ line returns with what might be its most compelling installment yet.

If you want a flagship-class Android phone in a smaller form factor, Sony’s Compact series of phones is basically the only game in town. Unveiled at IFA 2016 in Berlin today, the Xperia X Compact is the series’ fourth addition, bringing the internals of the Xperia X down to a more manageable size. We’ve had an early look at the X Compact  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia XZ + X Compact specs

Sony’s late-2016 handsets are official — the Xperia XZ, a new flagship-tier phone with the latest Sony camera tech, and the Xperia X Compact, a trimmed down version in a 4.6-inch body. If you’re wondering how both phones stack up in terms of raw specs, we’ve got all the info you need down below.

Category Sony Xperia XZ Sony Xperia X Compact Colors Forest Blue, Mineral Black, Platinum Mist Blue, Universe Black, White Size 146 x  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia XZ review: Return of the flagship

Sony’s late-2016 flagship is the phone it needed six months ago, with some of the most important upgrades in years for an Xperia phone. But is it enough?

The more things change, the more they stay the same. With the apparently sunsetting of the Xperia Z line and the move to Xperia X, Sony appeared to have lost interest in the traditional spec-chasing high-end smartphone game. Yet here we are less than half a year later  [Read More…]

These are the Sony devices that will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat

Tough luck Xperia Z3 owners.

Sony has published the list of devices that will be updated to Android 7.0 Nougat, and right off the bat there’s a glaring omission. There’s no mention of phones in the Xperia C, Xperia M, or Xperia E lineups, which means that it is unlikely these devices will ever see the Nougat update. The Xperia Z3, which made its debut in September 2014, will also not be updated to the latest version of Android.

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Sony shifts focus in India, will only offer ‘premium’ Xperia phones

Sony will pivot to selling only “premium” Xperia phones in India. The Japanese giant said that it would “defocus” on certain markets earlier this year, opting to turn its attention toward the high-end segment rather than duke it out in the competitive budget category.

Vijay Singh Jaswal, head of Sony India’s Xperia business, revealed the new strategy in an interview with the Times of India:

Sony Mobile drove transformation in FY15 towards a profitable and sustainable  [Read More…]

Sony records $205 million profit in Q2 2016, mobile unit finally in the black

Sony has posted its financial results for the quarter ending in June, announcing a modest $ 205 million (¥21.2 billion) operating profit. That’s down from the $ 780 million (¥84.2 billion) recorded during the same period last year. One of the company’s image sensor factories was affected by an earthquake earlier this year, leading to an overall revenue decline of 11% to $ 15.6 billion (¥1.61 trillion).

Sony’s mobile unit saw a 33% decrease in sales,  [Read More…]

Sony Xperia XA Ultra comes to India for ₹29,990

Sony’s 6-inch Xperia XA Ultra has made its debut in India for ₹29,990, with the phone available for purchase starting July 27. The handset is powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 SoC, and offers 3GB of RAM along with 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot.

The front of the Xperia XA Ultra is dominated by a 6-inch Full HD display and a 16MP shooter, and at the back you’ll find a 21.5MP camera with  [Read More…]