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The Sony Xperia XA has just been made official by the Japanese OEM and from what we know so far, it's going to be a mid-range device. The phone looks beautiful thanks to the metal build and color options (Black, White and Lime Gold), but it isn't a slouch under the hood either. The Mediatek Helio P10 SoC will power the device, supported by 3GB of RAM and managed by Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The in-built memory is nothing to write home about as it's limited to 16GB, but fortunately, there is a micro-SD card slot on the XA Ultra.


What we found a bit strange is Sony's use of only a 2,700mAh battery to power the giant 6-inch Full HD bezel less display sported by the Ultra. Considering the screen size and the demanding SoC, the battery seems insufficient. However, Sony doesn't agree and has even gone on to declare that the Ultra will last for two consecutive days after a full charge. It does support quick charging and according to Sony, charging the smartphone for only ten minutes will be sufficient to use it for the next five and a half hours.


The highlight of the device is its front camera, which is rumored to be the best in class sensor from Sony. The 16-megapixel "selfie" cam has optical image stabilization, gesture shutter and even a flash for snapping selfies in dark surroundings. Not to be outdone, the rear camera with hybrid autofocus comprises of a beastly 21.5-megapixel sensor. If you are excited about the Xperia XA Ultra, it is due to be launched in July, but no details about the price of the device have been made public yet. Stay tuned to know more.


Author: Saikat Kar (Tech-journalist and enthusiast)





This year in February, Sony decided to introduce the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, and Xperia XA. At the same time they also phased out the Z series. Now, we are expecting another member to join the brand new series. This is about Xperia X Premium, which will be the next device to take the place of Z5 Premium. This smartphone was the very first device with capability to display media in 4K format. Apparently the display screen will be the point of differentiation for Xperia X Premium as well.


It will sport an HDR display, which will be a first for smartphones (but it is gradually becoming a norm in TVs). That would mean that the device will be able to display 1.07 billion colors, in comparison to the 16.8 million color depth of various other smartphones.


The Xperia X Premium will also come with 120Hz refresh rate, 2,000:1 contrast ratio, and the display panel will be the brightest among all the available smarphones. It will package 1,000 nits of "white brightness" and could extend upto 1,300 nits, which more than two times of what Samsung Galaxy S7 can achieve (539 nits).


The next smartphone would be powered by the Snapdragon 820 SoC from Qualcomm, backed by 3GB of RAM. A USB Type-C connector will also be there. But, there are very few news about the actual launch date of this device.

 





Sony is updating the Xperia M5 and M5 Dual this month with a security patch and an upgrade to Android 5.1 Lollipop. E5603, E5606 and E5653 are the three versions of the M5 that are going to receive the updates. Similarly, E5633 and E5663 are the two versions of the M5 Dual that qualifies for the OTA update package. It should be noted though, that there is confusion in regard to whether or not the Xperia M5 Dual E5643 is excluded by Sony. All information was provided by XperiaBlog and reports suggest that the news is authentic.


If you have the M5 Dual, expect to see the build number to be changed to 30.1.B.1.33 after the update and if you have the single-SIM M5, it will show 30.1.A.1.33 post installation. According to Sony, the new updates will solve a number of issues on the two smartphones and will improve other aspects. Better control of volume and silent-mode with overall improvements is one of the elements that were highlighted by Sony, along with the newly added ability to control the M5's camera with the Sony SmartWatch 3.


If you are new to installing OTA updates, follow these steps.

  • 1. Go to Settings and navigate to About Phone.
  • 2. Find System Updates and select Check for Update from there.
  • 3. After the system finds the update, Download it.
  • 4. Once the download finishes, Restart and Install.
  • 5. The device will now reboot into ROM installation mode and you should see the prompt Installing System Update.
  • 6. Just wait and the rest will finish automatically. Your smartphone should sport Android 5.1 Lollipop now.


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The US variants of the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will be made available in the next month and they won't feature a fingerprint sensor. The suitable placement of the sensor in an elongated power button on the side of the phone was one of the major factors contributing to its popularity. But, it won't be made available in the US versions of these devices.


As per Sony it was a business decision to discard the sensor and to us it surely seems like a completely unexpected move. Certainly it won't contribute to the success of these devices in North america. We hope Sony has a rock solid reason behind this.


Sony's primary concern right now is to get things moving in the US, considering the plethora of problems the Xperia Z4v had during its US launch and problems that made Verizon ditch the device completely. Sony had to release the same device after few months under the Xperia Z3+ brand on Amazon and B&H. But it seems like Sony is on the verge of another botched up product launch.


There is a major unanswered question: why would Sony get rid of one of most popular feature from a flagship device? We'd have wait and watch to check out how the story will unfold and how would Sony tackle the any kind of adverse situation.


 




Sony has released five teasers on Instagram within a span of only two days that hint an upcoming Xperia device to be revealed on the 12th of this month. What is interesting is the fact that they have also stressed on the device's availability in pink. When we say "stressed" what we mean is that every one of the teasers had a pink image in them; ranging from spilling pink nail polish and pink flowers to pink balloons and pink paint! In light of the recent rumors, the mobile world is expecting a pink variant of Sony's current flagship aka the Xperia Z5, but nothing is official yet.


Apart from the more popular theory about a pink Z5 being introduced on January 12, there is another rumor which theorizes the introduction of a new phone altogether. The Xperia C series is supposedly a new range of upcoming Sony phones that had been leaked a while ago. According to rumors, the Xperia C line will come in a Rose-Gold color variant, allegedly inspired by the iPhone series last year. Many tech theorists are of the opinion that the Sony Xperia C series is what the teasers are about and the Japanese company will be unveiling this new line of smartphones on January 12.


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