Sony Xperia XZ Premium awarded Best New Smartphone at MWC 2017

Sony Xperia XZ Premium awarded Best New Smartphone at MWC 2017

The GSMA is a pan-European organization that hosts the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and as part of the MWC they also hold annual Global Mobile Awards or GloMo awarding the best tech companies in various categories. In 2017 they awarded statuettes to over 40 winners. We already told you that Samsung nabbed the Best Smartphone of 2016 prize, but now we learn that Sony has won the Best new smartphone award for their latest Xperia XZ

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Hands-on review: IFA 2015:

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium: Hands-on review: IFA 2015:

Come on, you’re only here for one reason: to see whether a phone really needs a 4K screen, or whether it’s just one of the world’s top producers of Ultra HD TVs is using the technology to create a splash on its smartphones. Of course it’s the latter. There’s very little reason to stick a display on a phone that packs that many pixels in (3840 x 2160, if you must know) as there’s no content out there which can truly

Sony Xperia XZ starts receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update

Sony Xperia XZ starts receiving the Android 7.0 Nougat update

Were receiving reports that the Sony Xperia XZ is receiving its serving of Android 7.0 Nougat update. A reader from India tipped us off (thanks, Vedant!) but checking with XDA it seems that the first wave includes Australia, the Netherlands, Russia and Turkey. The update is a hefty 1GB so connect to a nice Wi-Fi network and check for updates. Dont worry if you dont see anything yet, staggered roll-outs take a while to reach everyone.

Sony revises Xperia shipment forecasts for 2016 down to 17 million

Sony revises Xperia shipment forecasts for 2016 down to 17 million

Sonys mobile division started off well – it was making more per phone than any other Android maker. But the company will not reach its 20 million phones shipped forecast – it already cut it once by a million and now by two more. In total, Sonys forecast is that it will ship 17 million Xperia phones. The blame has been put on Europe. On the positive side, the forecast for operating income for the year remains unchanged as

Sony Xperia XZ hits US, Netherlands and Germany

Sony Xperia XZ hits US, Netherlands and Germany

The Sony Xperia XZ is now available to purchase at major retailers in the Netherlands, priced predictably at 699. Sony Mobile’s online store in the country, on the other hand, refers you to carrier websites, where you can opt for a contract deal. At the time of writing, the company’s other stores across Europe still have the smartphone in pre-order state. It may be worth investigating your local retailers, as there as at least one

Sony Xperia X Preview

Sony Xperia X Preview

For some time now, Sony has been mostly absent from the US market. While we’ve seen devices here and there, there have been issues with keeping launches aligned, and for the most part by the time an Xperia phone launches in the US it’s already on the verge of being irrelevant as the 6 month launch cycle of Xperia phones in the past meant that slipping by even a few months resulted

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

Introduction and design Sony Xperia Z5 Compact released in the US in February, albeit with minor changes. All of these are reflected in our new review. The Xperia Z5 Compact stands alone: Sony is the only Android manufacturer making a small high-end phone right now. That means that it could be the last stand for compacts. If the Z5 doesn’t deliver, it’s likely to be the last time we see top specs in a scaled-down

Sony Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact are getting official Marshmallow

Sony Xperia Z2, Z3 and Z3 Compact are getting official Marshmallow

Sony is delivering on its promise dating back to October last year to bring Android Marshmallow to the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. After a Beta build was released a month ago, users of the smartphones are starting to receive the official update. The firmware, carrying a build number 23.5.A.0.570, brings the OS version to the latest 6.0.1, and includes the February Android security patch as well as the latest camera

Sony Xperia X: Introducing New Smartphone

Sony Xperia X: Introducing New Smartphone

This week at Mobile World Congress 2016, Sony has introduced their new high-end Xperia X series smartphones. The new smartphones feature similar designs across the entire series and all sport 5” displays, but each is based on a different SoC and offers slightly different functionality. The Xperia X smartphones represent the company’s new lineup, but it does not seem that Sony plans

Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact coming on February 7

Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact coming on February 7

Sony Mobile has detailed its plans for the launch of the Xperia Z5 and its small form factor sibling Z5 Compact in the US. The smartphones are arriving stateside on February 7, and will be available through major online retailers. Amazon, Best Buy and B&H will be offering Sony’s flagships, with prices announced at a cent short of $600 for the Xperia Z5, and $100 less for the Z5 Compact. We’re talking unlocked devices, which can work

Sony Xperia Z3+: The Pros and Cons of Staying on Top

Sony Xperia Z3+: The Pros and Cons of Staying on Top

It’s getting harder and harder to excite customers with new smartphone features. Companies can shout from the rooftops that their latest models are faster and thinner, with better cameras and crisper screens, but can they convince us that this year’s top model is qualitatively better than last year’s? Can they give us adequate enough reasons to spend large amounts of money again and again and again? Even when it

Sony Xperia Z3+: First Impressions

Sony Xperia Z3+: First Impressions

The tech industry is often accused of driving forced obsolescence and it’s pretty much expected that smartphones – especially high-end ones – are phased out on a yearly basis. Even if there isn’t anything wrong with a device, manufacturers are under pressure to push something new out just to tempt buyers and drum up new sales. Sony might be one of the worst offenders in this regard, pushing out new flagships on a

Sony Xperia C3 Dual: Master of Selfies

Sony Xperia C3 Dual: Master of Selfies

An Oxford Dictionary blog post states that the word ‘selfie’ (derived from ‘self-portrait’) was selected as the Word of the Year 2013. Apparently, there was little to no argument about this decision. It shouldn’t be surprising, considering there is even a chartbusting pop song with that title. At the time of writing this review there are reports of a new $20 iPhone case that has a hairbrush extension on the side.

Sony Xperia Z3: The Pursuit of Refinement

Sony Xperia Z3: The Pursuit of Refinement

Should we be surprised that Sony is already refreshing its flagship smartphone? Only six months after the launch of the Xperia Z2 comes its successor, the Xperia Z3. Sony hopes this will help it gain traction in the notoriously fickle Android superphone market, and knows that there are customers who will only buy the latest and greatest model at any given point of time, for whom money is no object. As

Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium First Impressions

Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, Xperia Z5 Premium First Impressions

Sony unveiled its flagship smartphone lineup for 2015, and instead of the two variants that most were expecting, we got three – the Sony Xperia Z5, the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, and the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. At the pre-IFA launch event in Berlin on Wednesday, the Xperia Z5 Premium was mentioned almost as an afterthought as Sony President and CEO Kazuo Hirai took time to walk through the features of the Sony