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Xperia XA3, XA3 Ultra, L3: Sony’s upcoming mid-range roster

Xperia XA3, XA3 Ultra, L3: Sony’s upcoming mid-range roster

Sony is perhaps known for its relatively expensive flagships (though it's no longer unique in that regard) but it also has phones on other tiers to satisfy fans with less expendable budgets. We don't have to go far from Sony's Xperia X line to see the Xperia XA3 and XA3 Ultra, the latest entry into the mid-range family. And if that's still too much, there's always the upcoming Xperia L3 for even more budget-constrained Sony fans.

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Sony Xperia Ear Duo will now tell you who’s calling

Sony Xperia Ear Duo will now tell you who’s calling

Smart assistants are great for hands-free voice control but they have their limits in different situations. Someone’s calling but can’t whip out your phone? Good luck knowing that even if you have a Bluetooth headset on. How about knowing the time when your watch isn’t available? Yeah, no dice. Sony, however, is trying to buck that trend with the latest update to its Xperia Ear Duo, making the smart earbuds really smart, whether you’re on Android or iOS.

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Xperia XZ3 leak points to some interesting changes

Xperia XZ3 leak points to some interesting changes

As the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover and that may exactly apply to the Sony Xperia XZ3. At least to some extent. With less than 24 hours before it is formally announced, we’re getting one last unofficial look at Sony’s late 2018 flagship. And if this is really what the Xperia XZ3 will be like, then it might actually be more interesting than we initially thought. Sadly, it might also disappoint us in one specific aspect which, in retrospect, isn’t that surprising at all.

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Xperia XZ3 will try to appeal to buyers through colors

Xperia XZ3 will try to appeal to buyers through colors

If you wanted a phone that was as much a fashion or art statement as it was a tech product, you would skip Sony’s Xperias. For years, the company has offered its phones in very professional and drab hues of black, gray, and everything in between. It occasionally did show signs of whimsy, with phlegmatic green and copper colors, but those have been far and few in between. It seems that the Xperia XZ3 will be one of those rare occasions as well, perhaps to help mask how the late 2018 flagship might come up short by this year’s standards.

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Xperia XZ3 to debut end of August with 48MP camera

Xperia XZ3 to debut end of August with 48MP camera

It initially seemed that the smartphone world would be slowly transitioning to triple cameras, in no small part thanks to the Huawei P20 Pro. For now, though, Huawei can continue basking in the limelight as the likes of Apple and Samsung stay with their dual cameras. One OEM, however, is going to do one better, and we almost mean that literally. Just like its predecessor, the Xperia XZ3 is coming next month with just one camera on its back but it’s going to be a doozy.

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Xperia XZ3 renders show an odd design change

Xperia XZ3 renders show an odd design change

Sony was once criticized for the stale design it has sported for years. Now it might be ironically be chided for changing things again and again. The Xperia XZ2, including Compact and Premium versions, is so far removed from its kin that it is barely recognizable as a Sony smartphone. The upcoming Xperia XZ3, however, may be changing things again to give it a more familiar face. At least familiar to Samsung Galaxy S users for the past two years.

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Xperia XA2 Plus mid-range phone packs Sony Hi-Res audio

Xperia XA2 Plus mid-range phone packs Sony Hi-Res audio

Sony has taken the wraps off its new Xperia XA2 Plus, a smartphone packing the company's Hi-Res audio technology, as well as an 18:9 display, 4K camera, and more. The company hawks the XA2 Plus as an "entertainment-focused" handset, one that falls within the mid-tier Xperia range. This marks the first time Sony has offered Hi-Res audio in its "super mid-range" Xperia lineup, the company says.

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Sony developing new Android launcher to replace Xperia Home

Sony developing new Android launcher to replace Xperia Home

Sony's Xperia line of smartphones may not be the hottest sellers on the Android market, but that doesn't stop the company from releasing new devices. While one could argue over the amount of effort they put in to improve their phones, Sony is finally making some changes to their software UI. Sony's existing Xperia Home launcher is being retired, it's been revealed, soon to be replaced by a new Home application.

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Xperia Ear Duo pre-order available now, launching this month

Xperia Ear Duo pre-order available now, launching this month

This is probably one of the longest waiting time between announcement and retail launch. Granted, Xperia Ear "Open Style", as the Xperia Ear Duo was initially called, was first shown off as a near-final prototype August last year. With the interest in ubiquitous smart assistants on the rise, perhaps Sony thought that now is the perfect time to bring the Xperia Ear Duo to the market. It doesn't hurt that the Apple AirPods also made two-piece earbuds more fashionable now.

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Sony Xperia XZ2 and Compact release: Coming to America

Sony Xperia XZ2 and Compact release: Coming to America

Both the Sony Xperia XZ2 and the Xperia XZ2 Compact were announced to be coming to the United States this month. These devices are Sony's big releases in the smartphone market this year, and both are not to be missed. These devices roll with Sony's newest "ambient flow" design language in their overall look and feel.

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Xperia phones have a hidden 120Hz screen mode you won’t want

Xperia phones have a hidden 120Hz screen mode you won’t want

The iPhone X and the Razer Phone have one thing in common despite being worlds apart. Both have the ability to run the screen at a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Apple markets this feature for responsiveness. Razer puts it at the service of fluid gaming visuals. Either way, it seems that it’s a rather niche feature that very few phone makers would bother with. It turns out, however, that Sony has had phones capable of that since 2016. You just can’t, and probably shouldn’t, enable it easily.

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Xperia XZ2 gets a Night Light feature after all

Xperia XZ2 gets a Night Light feature after all

Sony Xperia fans probably made a collective groan of disappointment when the company revealed it would be removing the one and only official Night Light mode available on any of its phones. The Sony customer rep also indicated that none of the Xperia line of phones have that feature. Of course, that was barely a month ago and probably didn’t take into account future models. Because apparently, the Xperia XZ2 does have a built-in feature to protect your eyes and your body from harmful blue light at night.

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