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Four wild new Sony phones rumored for 2018 release

Four wild new Sony phones rumored for 2018 release

A new set of Sony phones might change the companys fortunes with full-body displays and under-screen fingerprint readers. That is, if these images prove to be indicative of actual products. While a surprising number of blogs are reporting the images you see here as photographic proof of the existence of these devices, we're not quite so ready to take these images at their word - not at first, anyway.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 tip has the iPhone X effect

Sony Xperia XZ2 tip has the iPhone X effect

Today we're having a peek at a set of leaked specifications for Sony's next flagship phone, and something rings familiar. What we're looking at here is a device that has a smaller body than a recent Xperia phone, but with a display that's bigger than an older Xperia with a similar-sized body. Almost like it fits right in the middle.

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Sony’s next Xperia flagship might disappoint

Sony’s next Xperia flagship might disappoint

In just a few weeks time, we will be changing our calendars and trying hard to remember to right the correct dates. Which means yet another round of “what will smartphone makers come up with next?”. The Galaxy S9 is almost pretty much a done deal, but it seems Sony will have something early as well. A snapshot of the specs of what is allegedly the next Xperia flagship is making rounds over the Internet and it might not turn out to be a great way for Sony to start 2018.

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Sony H3213 “Avenger” spotted on GFXbench with dual cameras

Sony H3213 “Avenger” spotted on GFXbench with dual cameras

Despite the strong trend of smartphones with dual cameras, there are still some major OEMs that refuse to give into the hype, including Google, HTC, and Sony. That, however, might soon be changing, with HTC practically teasing its return to dual cameras, which it had even before dual cameras became a thing. According to a GFXbench listing, Sony might also hop on board too, but not in the way you think. This so-called Sony H3213 “Avenger” is going to be a mid-range phone with two cameras on the front, not on the back.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium now available in stunning Red for the US

Sony Xperia XZ Premium now available in stunning Red for the US

With the arrival of new late 2017 flagships, it seems almost too easy to forget those that came a bit earlier. Especially when those early 2017 flagships aren’t as flashy as the new ones. As if to remind US buyers of just months old phones, Sony has somewhat silently made available a new Xperia XZ Premium variant in the US that is at least eye-catching in its color. Trying to somewhat buck the new trend of shiny glass backs and all-screen phones, Sony has added Red to its roster.

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Xperia Touch projector gets Android 7.1.1, still unaffordable

Xperia Touch projector gets Android 7.1.1, still unaffordable

It was just earlier this month that Sony launched its Android-powered, touch-enabled short throw projector, the Xperia Touch. Sony has been more or less consistent in keeping its smartphones up to date, but it wasn’t known how fast it would be when it comes to non-smartphones. Fortunately, it seems that it isn’t making any exceptions. It has just announced the rollout of Android 7.1.1 for the smart projector that, unfortunately, is still something you won’t and can’t easily buy.

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Xperia XA1 Plus available in the US, no fingerprint scanner of course

Xperia XA1 Plus available in the US, no fingerprint scanner of course

Sony is giving 2017 one last hurrah before calling it done, at least as far as smartphones go. It didn’t exactly lavish much attention on a relatively less known but totally new Xperia XA1 Plus, but no one’s going to blame them. This is pretty much yet another mid-range addition to Sony’s stable that bears all the design hallmarks of a Sony smartphone. And, unsurprisingly, bears its flaws specific to the US as well.

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Sony releases AOSP Android 8.0 for Xperia X line

Sony releases AOSP Android 8.0 for Xperia X line

Sony's Xperia smartphones aren't exactly the most popular nor the best selling Android smartphones in the market but they have one thing that no OEM, not even those close to Google, has. A comprehensive Open Devices Program that caters to power users, Android developers, and modders. Case in point is the AOSP version of Andriod 8.0 Oreo that Sony just made available for its 2016 and 2017 Xperia X flagship phones. This gives users and developers the green light to build vanilla and custom Oreo ROMs, ironically before some even get their official update.

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Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact pre-orders start now

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact pre-orders start now

If you in the market for a new high-end smartphone and haven’t yet decided what to get, then Sony just added one more for you to consider. Just a week after the Xperia XZ1 became available, Sony is putting the Xperia XZ1 Compact in pre-order. Considering what you’re getting for its price, this smaller flagship might actually be a better deal than either of Sony’s more expensive models.

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Sony’s next phone will be different (and weird too, I hope)

Sony’s next phone will be different (and weird too, I hope)

Sony's Xperia smartphone series will get a new design language in 2018 after nearly a half-decade with the same rectangle. The design language they use currently began roughly around the time the first Sony Xperia Z device was released - see our original Sony Xperia X Review from back in 2014 to see what I mean. Now, here in 2017, Sony's India-based managing director Kenichiro Hibi confirms that their industrial design will change come 2018.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium DxOMark score fails to impress

Sony Xperia XZ Premium DxOMark score fails to impress

You'd think that years, nay decades, of experience in the digital camera market, not to mention a head start in the smartphone camera market would give you a strong lead in the long run. Apparently not, as shown by the Xperia XZ Premium. Taken for a spin by DxOMark, Sony's 2017 premium flagship scores an unimpressive average of 83. While far from being the worst in DxOMark's re-testing phase, it is situated in the lower half of the list, which doesn't do favors for Sony's already floundering smartphone business.

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Xperia XZ1 now available in the US, no fingerprint scanner

Xperia XZ1 now available in the US, no fingerprint scanner

At IFA 2017 late last month, Sony unveiled its second attempt at putting out a flagship for the second half of the year. And this time, Sony almost gets the formula right. Well, almost. The Xperia XZ1 is now ready for purchase in the US, unlocked and from Amazon, and it rightly doesn’t carry the high price of the Xperia XZ Premium launched a few months back. Sadly, Sony continues to deprive its US customers with a feature that has become more or less standard on any smartphone, to the extent that even Apple has been criticized for removing it. Yes, it still doesn’t support a fingerprint sensor.

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