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Sony Xperia XA Ultra also get its price knocked down

Sony Xperia XA Ultra also get its price knocked down

Fastest price cut ever. Barely two weeks in the US market (not counting the pre-order period), the Xperia XA Ultra is already getting a price reduction in the market. And a considerable some to boot. This seems to be Sony's new pattern, launching a smartphone with an inexplicably high price tag, only to pull down the numbers immediately afterwards. While late adopters will probably not complain, it does paint a rather suspicious picture of Sony's smartphones. Which is somewhat unfortunate given how the Xperia XA Ultra might not be that bad for what it was designed to do: make taking wefies/groufies better.

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Sony Xperia X Performance Review

Sony Xperia X Performance Review

Sony's newest smartphone delivers a fantastic camera and hardware that's worth the cash. Early reviews of this device have been mixed, for reasons from the device having an "underwhelming camera" to the device having an "awkward volume control placement." We'll take a look at both design and camera quality below. Especially the camera - a feature that's been given a massive kick in the pants in all major smartphones over the past couple of years due to Sony's own camera sensor innovation.

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PlayStation VR play area details, FAQ surface ahead of October launch

PlayStation VR play area details, FAQ surface ahead of October launch

We're being treated to some new details about Sony's PlayStation VR today, which will be hitting stores later this year. PlayStation VR is being targeted toward existing PlayStation 4 owners who want a less expensive alternative to VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the Vive, as the PS VR will only require the PS4 and the PlayStation Camera instead of a powerful PC.

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Sony Xperia X Performance climbs to #1 (or 3) in DxOMark

Sony Xperia X Performance climbs to #1 (or 3) in DxOMark

HTC and Sony seem to have some things in common as far as smartphones go. Both have put out strong looking 2016 flagships that, on paper, looked commendable. Both, however, seem to have problems backing that up with solid sales numbers. On a positive note, both also happen to be at the very top of DxOMark's smartphone camera list. The digital photography benchmark site has given the Xperia X Performance a glowing score of 88, so far the highest in the list, rubbing shoulders with the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

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Sony is ditching part of its battery business

Sony is ditching part of its battery business

Sony is planning to ditch its battery business, the company announced today. According to Sony Corporation, it has entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Murata Manufacturing that it (Sony Group) will transfer its battery business to the latter company. The two companies hope to have binding agreements in place by mid-October, says Sony, and if all goes as planned the transfer will be finalized by the end of March 2017.

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Sony Xperia F8331 leaks, tipped to be the Xperia XR

Sony Xperia F8331 leaks, tipped to be the Xperia XR

A new photo of an unannounced Sony phone that has been rumored in the past has leaked. We are talking about the image of the Xperia F8331 at the top of this story, which is tipped to launch as the Xperia XR smartphone. The leaked image comes with a new rumor that the smartphone might launch at IFA 2016.

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Sony Xperia XA Ultra now also available in the US

Sony Xperia XA Ultra now also available in the US

Sony continues its push to have its latest smartphones in the US, despite all odds and in the face of increasingly fierce competition in the smartphone market. After making the Xperia X Performance flagship and the Xperia X available to buyers, it is now unleashing the Xperia XA Ultra and its ultra large physique to consumers. Like the smaller Xperia XA, it features a near borderless, at least at the sides, screen. Its real selling point, however, is the 16 megapixel camera that graces its face.

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PlayStation Plus game lineup for August detailed

PlayStation Plus game lineup for August detailed

Sony has revealed the list of free games coming for PlayStation Plus subscribers next month. There are six games total, with the two PlayStation 4 offerings being comprised of Tricky Towers and Rebel Galaxy. There are a couple PlayStation 3 titles, as well, and two for the PlayStation Vita, with one of those titles, Ultratron, also being available for the PS3 and PS4 as well.

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Unannounced Sony Xperia F833X being sold in Croatia

Unannounced Sony Xperia F833X being sold in Croatia

It isn't unusual to see an almost endless supply of prototypes getting leaked over the Internet, and Sony is no exception. In fact, at one point in time it was considered to be hopeless in keeping things under wraps. What is, unusual, however, is a prototype, or a test model, being sold weeks, maybe even months, before the real deal goes out the door. And yet that is exactly what a daring, perhaps reckless, person is doing with the Xperia F833X, believed to be the upcoming new Xperia X Performance, selling the device in the Croatian equivalent of Craigslist.

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PlayStation Vue will soon have NFL Network and RedZone

PlayStation Vue will soon have NFL Network and RedZone

PlayStation Vue is adding a couple new sports options for football fans: NFL RedZone and NFL Network. Sony announced the two upcoming channels in a statement today, saying they will be made available to subscribers nationwide soon. It isn’t clear what channel tier the channels will be made available under, or whether it will be made available as an add-on channel option. There will also be a couple perks for subscribers, including access to Watch NFL Network on the NFL’s website.

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PlayStation 4 was top selling U.S. console in June

PlayStation 4 was top selling U.S. console in June

Sony’s PlayStation 4 was the top selling game console in the United States in June, according to NPD Group, the same honor it had in May and months before it. Microsoft, meanwhile, has bragged that the Xbox One hit 1.2 billion gaming hours in June, a milestone of its own representing a doubling of gaming hours versus the same month last year. Finally, for its part, Nintendo says it saw sales across the 3DS family of devices jump in June versus the month before, as well as high game performance.

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PlayStation Vue: the downsides

PlayStation Vue: the downsides

I've previously reviewed Sony's livestreaming television service PlayStation Vue, and as I said at the time, it's largely a great service. I still use Vue and still enjoy it, but as with all things in life, there are some aspects I'm not terribly fond of and they tend to surface over time. That's not to say any of them are deal breakers, not personally, anyway. But there are some downsides that may be more than an annoyance for some prospective subscribers, and it's best to know about them ahead of time.

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