Sony has been the only OEM that continues to roll out sub 5-inch Android devices with flagship internals. While the likes of the Xperia Z1 Compact and Z3 Compact have not particularly done well for the company, it has not deterred the Japanese OEM from working on another miniature new flagship handset: the Xperia X Compact.
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With Android 7.0 Nougat now officially rolling out to Nexus devices, manufacturers like Sony can start to plan ahead for which devices will be getting updated to the newest software.
Sony today provided a list of devices that it plans on updating to Android 7.0 Nougat. The announcement comes from the company just a day after Google released the final version of the OS for its Nexus devices.
The cracks are starting to show in the smartphone world, I believe. Under incredible pressure from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei/Honor, Meizu and Xiaomi, the old guard are having to change tack and try something different just to survive. So we had LG and its ill-fated detachable bottom module, and now Sony has abandoned its ‘three sizes’ strategy in favour of the same size but having three levels of specification, with the Xperia X the first to be available. Hmm…. While I applaud the choice of specs, I do think this ‘one (physical) size fits all’ strategy is potentially more confusing in the long run.
Earlier today, Sony announced that its X series of devices would be landing in the United States. And now there’s a new E series handset on the horizon, too.
With thousands (literally, if you include storage, finish and market variants) of smartphones running Android right now, picking a top 10 was never going to be easy. But we sorted through and went ahead anyway. By the way, absent from the top 10 are any of the multitude of Chinese designs (including Xiaomi) flooding the East and sub-continent – most simply never appear in Europe and the West in any quantity – and I don’t apologise for only picking smartphones here that I can personally vouch for in one way or another.
In an age where Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) is being used by most OEM’s to improve image quality of the camera in their devices, Sony has gone in a whole different direction — digital image stabilisation. For the upcoming Xperia X and Xperia X Performance, Sony has decided to ditch OIS in favour of SteadyShot — a technology that is based on digital stabilisation as opposed to physical.
In the early part of the year, Sony officially announced a new series of handsets under the X-brand, including the X Performance at the top of the pyramid.