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Sony Xperia XA1 arrives in the U.S. on May 1 but preorders start now

Sony Xperia XA1 arrives in the U.S. on May 1 but preorders start now

The Sony Xperia XA1 will be available in the United States starting on May 1, but ahead of that launch date comes preorders through a couple online retailers. The Xperia XA1 will be offered in a few colors -- white, black, pink and gold -- and will be sold unlocked for use at any supported carrier. This handset features an edge-to-edge 5-inch display, a fairly substantial 23-megapixel rear camera, and (much) more.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium getting Bronze Pink option in June

Sony Xperia XZ Premium getting Bronze Pink option in June

Most phone manufacturers would wait until a phone is released to begin offering different color variants, but not Sony. Instead, Sony has announced a third color for its Xperia XZ Premium before we even have a solid launch date. So, if the standard choices of Deepsea Black and Luminous Chrome aren't doing it for you, you won't necessarily have to wait until after launch to get something different.

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Xperia XA1 also goes into pre-order in the UK

Xperia XA1 also goes into pre-order in the UK

On the heels of Sony kicking off the pre-order period for the Xperia XZ Premium in the UK, retailer Clove has also put up the pre-sale pages for the Xperia XA1. The smallest and least “equipped” of the four Xperia smartphones announced at MWC 2017, the Xperia XA1 is, by no means, an underdog. The specs definitely match many of the mid-range models this time of year but, this time, it appears that Sony may have gotten its pricing right.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium up for pre-order in the UK at this price

Sony Xperia XZ Premium up for pre-order in the UK at this price

The Xperia XZ Premium is set to be Sony’s premium, pun totally intended, smartphone for 2017. But even though the company unveiled the smartphone early at MWC 2017 last month, it’s going to take a while before it actually ships to would-be owners. Continuing that theme of being an early bird, Sony has started pre-orders for the Xperia XZ Premium in the UK, giving a glimpse of how much it will cost you when it actually ships in 3 months.

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LG G6 vs. Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs. Huawei P10 Plus – MWC 2017 Mobile Showdown

LG G6 vs. Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs. Huawei P10 Plus – MWC 2017 Mobile Showdown

As the dust of MWC 2017 settles, we take stock of all the announcements, teasers, and devices that rained down in Barcelona. We definitely have enough interesting smartphones, high-end or otherwise, that makes Samsung’s relative absence almost negligible. LG’s return to essentials with the G6, Sony’s hybrid of two generations of flagships with the Xperia XZ Premium, and Huawei’s unyielding commitment to Leica lenses with the P10 Plus.

Of course, the question always boils down to “which is the best smartphone of 2017”. And, of course, the answer is never straightforward. While we wait to spend more quality time with each of these three, we take a quick recap of what make each one your best smartphone of 2017.

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Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium is so close to being great

Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium is so close to being great

Sony revealed a new set of smartphones this year at Mobile World Congress 2017 that should have taken the show by storm. But for the lack of a set of specifications - specifications that matter in the war for premium leader in the United States - and in general around the world. One of these specs is a fingerprint reader, which the USA version of this device does not have (likely software limitation only).

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Jolla plans to put Sailfish OS on Sony Xperia phones

Jolla plans to put Sailfish OS on Sony Xperia phones

Jolla isn’t dead, or at least that’s the sentiment it’s trying to air at MWC 2017. The Finnish company, rising from the ashes of the old Nokia, may no longer be making and selling devices, but it’s also doing more than just licensing its Sailfish OS. At the world’s biggest mobile event, Jolla announced that it will be officially supporting Sony’s Xperia smartphones, at least those under its Open Devices Program, potentially expanding the number of Sailfish OS users in one go.

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Xperia XZ Premium and XZs release details: 4K phone, powerful cameras

Xperia XZ Premium and XZs release details: 4K phone, powerful cameras

Two new smartphones have been added to Sony's pack with the Sony Xperia XZs and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. The lesser of these two devices rolls with a 1080p 5.2-inch display while the more extravagant ramps up right past 2K with a 5.5-inch 4K HDR panel. Both devices have TRILUMINOS Display for mobile technology as well as X-Reality for mobile picture engine technology and Dynamic Contrast Enhancement - all Sony branding that means that this display is made by and guaranteed to be top-notch by Sony.

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Huawei Honor 8, Sony Xperia Z5, Z3+, Z4 Tablet Android Nougat update released

Huawei Honor 8, Sony Xperia Z5, Z3+, Z4 Tablet Android Nougat update released

Just yesterday, Google updated its developer dashboard to indicate the spread of Android versions across the market. It inevitably revealed the rather snail-paced rollout of Android Nougat, be it 7.0 or 7.1.1, to devices. Seemingly making up for lost time, two manufacturers are kicking off the rollout of Android Nougat for devices, with a little twist. Sony is actually re-releasing its Nougat update to the Xperia Z5, Z3+ and Z4 Tablet, while the Honor 8 is getting the update via a shiny new EMUI 5.0.

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Sony G3121 shown off in leaked video, could be Xperia XA2

Sony G3121 shown off in leaked video, could be Xperia XA2

Sony might have as many as five new smartphones to show off at MWC 2017 in less than a month, which will probably make for a rather confusing parade. But before things do get confusing, we could be seeing some last-minute leaks about some of these models, like this particular G3121 making its way through a video hands-on. Still formally unnamed, this mid-range smartphone could very well be the successor of last year’s Xperia XA.

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Sony to reveal not one but five Xperia models at MWC 2017

Sony to reveal not one but five Xperia models at MWC 2017

We’ll let that title sink in for a while. Sony, who has been struggling in the smartphone market for years, doesn’t just have one, not even just two smartphones ready for next month. According to this latest leak coming from Japan, the OEM will actually announce five, yes five, Android smartphones at MWC 2017 in Barcelona next month. Of course, it doesn’t say when those would be made available or what name they’ll take, but it’s still a rather big drop for a smartphone maker whose devices aren’t exactly selling like pancakes.

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Android Nougat update underway for Xperia Z5 line, Xperia Z3 Plus

Android Nougat update underway for Xperia Z5 line, Xperia Z3 Plus

Slowly but surely, Sony has been knocking out its Android Nougat updates. What began with the Xperia XZ and X Performance has now moved on to the Z5 family and the Xperia Z3 Plus. Sony has started the Nougat roll out to those phones, so if you don't see an OTA notification yet, you may want to manually check for updates.

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