Category: Sony

Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium Announced: 4K display, dual camera with ISO of 51,200

The Sony Xperia XZ2 was announced at MWC in February this year, and it has only just become available to buy. However, this has not stopped Sony from launching another version, the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium. The design remains mostly identical to the XZ2 which includes the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, but almost all the other specifications have been improved. The XZ2 Premium will have a decent bump in its RAM to 6GB, and the battery is now a healthy 3540mAh. You will need that larger battery to power the new display which is now a 5.8-inch 4K...

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4K TV Tech: IPS vs VA vs PLS LCD Panels

While many affluent enthusiasts are migrating to OLED based TVs for your average consumer, they are a bit too pricey, even if the prices are dropping. So, if like me, you can’t quite afford OLED, you may be curious about the different panels available within the LCD / LED range.  In fact, most consumers probably won’t even know there are different types of panel. In the PC gaming industry, it feels like everyone is familiar with the differences between IPS and TN based displays, with IPS being more expensive and offering better image reproduction but suffering from response times....

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Sony Xperia Ear Duo Hands On Review #MWC2018

Most people are talking about the latest and greatest phones that have been launched at MWC that are running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 including the Sony Xperia XZ2. However, one of the stand out products for me is the  Sony Xperia Ear Duo which is an entirely wire-free pair of headphones that buck the trend of noise cancellation in favour of actually letting the noise in. The earphones have an open design which will allow environmental sounds around you to be heard. This may sound like the complete opposite of what you want in a pair of earphones, but...

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Sony Mid-Range Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra Announced at CES 2018

CES doesn’t get much love from mobile phones; many companies prefer to wait a month until the mobile-centric MWC. However, Sony has announced their new mid-range devices the Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra. The Xperia XA2 comes with one of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 630 chipsets and 3GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch, 1080p display and comes with Android 8.0 The XA2 Ultra follows the familiar trend of a larger format version device, but this also bumps up the specification too. It uses the same Snapdragon 630 chipset as the regular XA2 but instead pairs it with 4GB of RAM, either 32GB...

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Sony PlayStation 4.5 specifications leaked

We have already posted about the rumours of an updated PS4 that will be designed to cope with VR and native 4k Now, documents leaked to gaming site Bomb have put more meat on the bones of what is claimed to be known internally at Sony as Project Neo. The AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) at the heart of the PlayStation 4 will be replaced in the PlayStation 4.5: its 8 Jaguar-based CPU cores will be boosted from 1.6GHz to 2.1GHz, while the GPU hardware will be doubled from 18 CUs running at 800MHz to 36 CUs. The new model...

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Sony PlayStation 4.5 rumoured for VR and 4K in October

Sony is reportedly planning to launch a higher-specification PlayStation 4 console ahead of the PlayStation VR release prior to Christmas. The revised console is said to have an improved GPU and be able to run content — including, possibly, games — at Ultra High Definition resolution, and is intended to boost performance for Sony's upcoming PlayStation VR headset previously dubbed Project Morpheus. The represents a very unusual move from a console maker as they typically want to create a stable platform, with any improvement being focussed on aesthetics, reducing power draw, noise and cutting manufacturing cost. It is likely...

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Sony PlayStation VR Headset Launches October for £350. Cheaper than Oculus Rift and HTC Vive

This year is definitely about Virtual reality in the tech industry. We already have Oculus Rift, owned by Facebook, due to release this quarter, and the HTC Vive due out in May. Now Sony are launching their version which will land in October 2016 for £350/$400/€400. PS VR, originally called Project Morpheus, is Sony's answer to the current rush of virtual reality hardware heading to the gaming market. It's exclusive to the PlayStation 4 console, and with 36 million PS4 consoles sold it has a pretty good chance of success compared to the competing products. Apparently there are more...

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Sony Announce Mid-Range Xperia X and XA Phones

Sony released the new Z5 later on in the year last year, so it is no surprise they haven’t announced a new flagship yet this year at the Mobile World Conference. Instead they have announced a new line of Xperia X smartphones, the Xperia X and Xperia XA. The new Xperia X models are heavily camera focused, Sony have put their engineers behind their Alpha mirrorless cameras. Apparently the new phones will focus rapidly and accurately by predicting subject motion to eliminate any blur. The lower-end of the two devices is the Xperia XA, which has a 5-inch 720p...

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IFA 2015: Sony Xperia Z5 Announced. First 4k Phone

Sony has had a bit of a tough time with their mobile division in recent years. It has generally not been very successful even though the Xperia have always been excellently reviewed and the Z3C was universally loved for its excellent battery life and reasonable price. Sony have just announced the Xperia Z5 which hopefully will have more commercial success than its predecessors. This year the phone comes in 3 versions which should hopefully suit everyone's requirements and budget, the Z5 Premium, the Z5 and the Z5 Compact. As with the Z3 the fundamental differences between devices is screen...

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Sony accidentally leaks Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony has an event planned at the Mobile World Congress on March the 3rd where we will see some new products launched, but it appears they have accidentally leaked the Xperia Z4 themselves. According to an appearance on the official Xperia Lounge application, the tablet is (predictably) called the Xperia Z4 Tablet and features a 2K display, along with an “ultra fast processor.” The post has since been pulled, but not before the folks at Xperia Blog managed to snag a screenshot showing off a side view of the tablet, pictured below. There wasn't much else revealed outside of...

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Sony sells VAIO PC business

It is a sad day for some, Sony has finally sold its VAIO PC and laptop arm to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), with the final deal set to be done by the end of March 2014. Sony says there has been a drop in demand for its PCs and had little to show at CES this year. The company says it's no longer designing and developing PC products, while manufacturing and sales will wrap up after the company's final VAIO range goes on sale globally. Sony will now be shifting its focus to smartphones and tablets which have seen...

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Sony Xperia SP 4G LTE now on T-Mobile PAYG for £249.99

If you are looking for a new phone that is not going to break the bank and does not tie you into a 24 month contract then the new Sony Xperia SP could be just for you. T-Mobile has this brand new 4G capable phone for just £249.99. This price puts the phone is direct competition with the Google Nexus 4, however, while it is newer, it isn't necessarily a better phone as it only has a Dual core, 1500 MHz Snapdragon CPU compared to the Nexus 4s quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon. However Sony has included a 2370 mAH...

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