Back in May 2016, Sony launched the Xperia X in the United States, but with an odd omission — the fingerprint scanner embedded in the power button was disabled. While the exact same Xperia X’s biometric feature worked perfectly fine in other countries, it was baffling why the Japanese phone maker would do such a thing. And it wasn’t the first time either, the Sony Xperia Z5 launched many months before also had it disabled. When pressed for an answer, the company suggested that “due to business decisions” they had to “leave it out”. While that answer was unconvincing, today we finally know that a patent issue might have been the reason.
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.
Sony today announced that it has started rolling out the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for its Xperia Z5 series of handsets, along with the Xperia Z4 Tablet and the Xperia Z3+.
More than four months after it unveiled the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, Sony today announced that it will be launching the handsets in the United States next month. The company will be selling the unlocked versions of the handset through Amazon, B&H and other retailers in the country for $599.99 and $499.99, respectively.
Sony today announced a new variant “warm, sophisticated pink” variant of the Xperia Z5. Aside from the color change, the pink variant of the Xperia Z5 is exactly the same as the original Z5 that was announced by Sony in September at IFA 2015.
With hundreds of smartphones running Android right now (at least), picking a top 10 was never going to be easy. But you won’t believe the devices that didn’t make the cut – the latest Nexus 5X, the HTC One (M9), to name but two. Also not here are announced devices that we haven’t played with yet – the extremely interesting Moto X Force, the LG V10 and the OnePlus X might otherwise all be contenders. Also 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 we don’t apologise for only picking smartphones that we can personally vouch for in one way or another.
At IFA in late August, Sony surprised everyone by unveiling the Xperia Z5 Premium — the world’s first smartphone with a 4K resolution display. However, it was soon revealed that the handset only takes advantage of the higher resolution display while displaying photos and videos and otherwise renders the UI at Full HD resolution to achieve a balance between performance and battery life.
Earlier this month at IFA, Sony unveiled the Xperia Z5 Premium — the world’s first smartphone with a 4K resolution display. However, hands-on of the device from different publications revealed that for some reason the UI on the Z5 Premium was running in Full HD resolution itself.
Earlier today, Apple unveiled the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at its ‘Hey Siri’ event. While the new iPhones look the same externally, they pack in some major upgrades under the hood.
Sony to reportedly launch the Xperia Z5 Compact Premium with a 4.6-inch 1080p display and 4GB RAM in Japan
Sony has never really shied away from launching special variants of its handsets for Japan — its home market. Now, if a report from CnBeta is to be believed, Sony is preparing to launch a Premium variant of the Xperia Z5 Compact in the country.