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Sony Xperia Ear wants to be your discreet personal assistant, from November onwards

Sony Xperia Ear wants to be your discreet personal assistant, from November onwards

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At Mobile World Congress early in 2016, Sony showed off a concept "smart product", a Bluetooth headset that wants to be your personal assistant. Sony has pushed forward with this concept, confirming that the Xperia Ear will be available to buy from November... >>

Sony Xperia X Compact: It's Compact, Jim, but not as we know it

Sony Xperia X Compact: It's Compact, Jim, but not as we know it

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Sony's journey away from the Xperia Z and into the Xperia X series is probably now complete with the launch of the flagship Xperia XZ and the Xperia X Compact.For those who missed the memo, Sony's story is that the X series runs from A to Z, with the... >>

Sony Xperia X Compact breaks cover, and you didn't expect that

Sony Xperia X Compact breaks cover, and you didn't expect that

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There's been a lot of talk about Sony Mobile recently. After the ditching of the Z series at MWC and the launch of a new X series, the question of where the next flagship will come from has been the subject of lots of speculation.We've spent plenty of... >>

Sony Xperia Nougat updates detailed: Xperia Z5 and a whole lot more

Sony Xperia Nougat updates detailed: Xperia Z5 and a whole lot more

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Google made the surprise move of releasing Android 7.0 Nougat to the Nexus masses on Monday, making this one of the earliest public updates in the Android programme. For those with Sony phones the question will always be when your update will arrive.... >>

Sony Xperia X review: Sony in a spin?
3.5 stars

Sony Xperia X review: Sony in a spin?

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Sony Mobile seems to be in something of a spin. Having launched the Xperia Z5 family - in regular, Compact and Premium guises - the next throw of the dice was the Xperia X family, amidst rumours that the top-end Z was no more.  However, the Xperia X... >>

Sony Xperia XA Ultra wants to be the ultimate selfie phone

Sony Xperia XA Ultra wants to be the ultimate selfie phone

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Sony has announced another addition to its Xperia X family, in the form of the 6-inch XA Ultra. The Xperia X family was announced at MWC 2016, bringing a range of refreshed designs into the mid-range of Sony's phones. The Xperia XA Ultra moves big, however,... >>

Sony Xperia X Performance: The Sony smartphone everyone should be talking about

Sony Xperia X Performance: The Sony smartphone everyone should be talking about

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You may have heard by now that Sony announced a new line of Xperia devices at Mobile World Congress, called the X series.The range has three smartphones within it comprising the Xperia X, Xperia XA and the Xperia X Performance. This latter model is the... >>

Sony Xperia XA: Edge-to-edge beauty

Sony Xperia XA: Edge-to-edge beauty

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Sony used Mobile World Congress to announce a new series of smartphones that will sit below the flagship Z line and above the mid-range M line.The Xperia X series features three handsets - the Xperia X, the Xperia XA and the Xperia X Performance. The... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Samsung S6 edge Plus: Which is better?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Samsung S6 edge Plus: Which is better?

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At the top of Sony's Xperia Z5 family is the Z5 Premium. It steals headlines with its 4K display, putting itself forward as part of the new breed, the next generation of super smartphones. It runs headlong into the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, Samsung's big-screened... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: First class all the way?
4.0 stars

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium review: First class all the way?

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The surprise of Sony's latest smartphone refresh is the Xperia Z5 Premium. It's a bold title for a device named to make a statement; it's a device that captured the imagination with its chrome mirrored finish and 4K display when we first saw it.But is... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 review: Flagship foibles
4.0 stars

Sony Xperia Z5 review: Flagship foibles

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Sony fell over its feet with the Xperia Z3+, a device that seemed to undo some of the great work laid down by the Xperia Z3 it replaced. With Sony seemingly sticking to unrelenting smartphone churn, however, the Z3+ is wiped away a mere four months after... >>

Sony SmartBand 2 review: Life tracking that misses a beat
3.5 stars

Sony SmartBand 2 review: Life tracking that misses a beat

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The latest addition to Sony's SmartWear range is the SmartBand 2, a fitness tracking band with an updated Sony Core unit - the main heart of the device which slips into the accompanying wristband - that now adds heart-rate monitoring to the party.In a... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium vs Xperia Z5 vs Xperia Z5 Compact: What's the difference?

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Sony has announced three new flagship handsets in the Z5 family. There's the regular Z5, but it has been joined by the predicable Z5 Compact, and the less-than-expected Xperia Z5 Premium, which brings a shine to things, literally.  It's a threesome of... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the difference?

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Sony announced three new smartphones at IFA in Berlin, including the Xperia Z5 that succeeds the Xperia Z3+ in Europe and the Xperia Z4 in Japan. The Xperia Z3+ only graced us with its presence 3 months ago so the newly-launched Xperia Z5 is hot on its... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

Sony Xperia Z5 camera: Sample images and new tech explained

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The new Sony Z5 family might be a new generation of devices, but it's really about the camera. The switch to this new 23-megapixel camera is the first change since the introduction of Sony's 20.7-megapixel model on the Z1. The camera is probably the biggest... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: What's the difference?

Sony Xperia Z5 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: What's the difference?

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Samsung turned heads when it announced the Samsung Galaxy S6 earlier in 2015 and it was quickly heralded as one of the top Android phones of the year. Sony stumbled with the Xperia Z3+, an intermediary measure, but has now revealed its true flagship for... >>

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact: The plucky powerhouse is back (hands-on)

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For a number of years smartphone manufacturers have been slapping the word "mini" at the end of a handset name to denote the fact that something is smaller. Typically it mirrors the design of a flagship, carries practically the same name, but has the... >>

Underwhelmed by the Xperia Z3+? Sony's Xperia Z5 threesome will sate your smartphone desires

Underwhelmed by the Xperia Z3+? Sony's Xperia Z5 threesome will sate your smartphone desires

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If you thought the Xperia Z3+ was a bit of an underwhelming launch for 2015, then hold on to your hat. Sony has something else up its sleeves. Yes, the Xperia Z5 family has been announced, and it's heavily laced with tech treats to set you on a flagship... >>

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review: Beautifying the mid-range
4.0 stars

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua review: Beautifying the mid-range

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The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is one of the first waterproof smartphones to offer exposed ports, meaning no faffing around removing a flap to reveal the Micro-USB charging port. That, along with its flagship-mimicking design, saw this mid-ranger greeted with... >>

Sony Smart-B Trainer first run: Your Walkman sports coach

Sony Smart-B Trainer first run: Your Walkman sports coach

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Sony is no stranger to the wearable or music markets, it's been a player in both for years and its new device combines the two in a bid to help runners of every level, well, run. The Smart B-Trainer is a type of Walkman, but it has been designed for... >>

Sony to launch two flagship handsets at IFA 2015?

Sony to launch two flagship handsets at IFA 2015?

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Sony is reportedly getting ready to unveil two new smartphones. According to German website WinFuture, Sony plans to announce these upcoming, high-end smartphones - called Sony Xperia S70 and Sony Xperia S60 - before IFA 2015 in September. The phones... >>

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Power, performance, price
4.5 stars

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet review: Power, performance, price

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The latest tablet to roll off Sony's line is the Xperia Z4 Tablet. Announced before Sony confusingly launched a Z4 smartphone in Japan and the Z3+ in the rest of the world, the Z4 Tablet looks to deliver everything you could want from a modern Android... >>

Sony Xperia Z3+ review: Hot stuff (literally)
3.5 stars

Sony Xperia Z3+ review: Hot stuff (literally)

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Sony has been moulding its Xperia Z-series flagship smartphone line into the perfect model. Well, it more-or-less achieved that with the Z3 towards the end of 2014, so for the new Z3+ to arrive mid-2015 led us to believe we'd be getting more hot stuff.Only... >>

Sony SmartBand review: More life-logger than fitness tracker
3.5 stars

Sony SmartBand review: More life-logger than fitness tracker

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Sony is no stranger to wearables. In fact, it was one of the companies to kick things off by launching the Sony SmartWatch before smartwatch was even a widely used term.The SmartBand, which launched back in 2014, is a different take on the usual activity-tracking... >>

Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the story so far?

Sony Xperia Z3+: What's the story so far?

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Sony Mobile seems to be running headlong into a nomenclature nightmare. With the excellent Sony Xperia Z3 awaiting a replacement, plenty of names, specs and other details have been bandied around. With many expecting the Z3 replacement to be simply called... >>