Some of Sony's older wireless headphones, earbuds will receive Google Assistant support via OTA

Sony revealed a bunch of new wireless Bluetooth earbuds at CES 2018 just the other day, with a couple of these coming with built-in support for the Google Assistant, namely the WF-SP700N and WI-SP600N earbuds. Well, at least the support is there, but the actual Google Assistant will arrive at a later date with an software update.

That same software update will obviously transcend to some older Sony headphones and earbuds, as the company is on track to bring this trendy new Google Assistant functionality to its last-year tongue-twisters, the WF-1000X, WI-1000X, WH-1000XM2, WH-CH700N, …


Watch Sony's CES 2018 livestream right here

CES 2018 is already upon us: Sony already spilt the beans on a whole lot of three new budget devices – the Xperia L2, the Xperia XA2, and the Xperia XA2 Ultra – but that’s totally not it for today. LG, Samsung, BlackBerry, and Sony itself are also on today’s schedule.

Granted, Sony has already revealed three new devices, so we shouldn’t really collectively hold our breaths for another device. 
Or shouldn’t we? After all, this is Sony we’re talking about, and it never fails to surprise with an unexpected device launch …

Rumor: Sony's first Snapdragon 845 phones, Xperia XZ1 Premium and XZ1 Plus, will be unveiled at MWC 2018

If you’re waiting for Sony to announce new high-end
smartphones at CES 2018 later this month, you might be in for a disappointment.
According to Georgian website Vortex.ge, Sony plans to unveil its first
high-end handsets of the year a bit later, at MWC (February 26 – March 1). If that’s true, Sony’s CES 2018 press event will
likely bring us just mid-range and lower-end phones like the recently
leaked Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra, and L2.

 

Reportedly, Sony intends to showcase the following
smartphones at MWC 2018: Xperia XZ1 Premium, Xperia XZ1 Plus, and Xperia XZ1s – all
being upgrades …

(Update: possibly fake) Sony's next flagship could feature 4K HDR OLED screen, potent dual camera, Snapdragon 845

UPDATE: After further inspection, we’ve established that the screenshots below are possibly falsified. The information extracted from them most likely isn’t accurate.
A few hours ago, we reported on a leaked list that allegedly revealed all of the major 2018 Android smartphones that will sport the Snapdragon 845 chipset. One of the high-end handsets mentioned in the list was an intriguing Sony “Xperia XZ Pro-A” model that will supposedly break cover in June. 
The naming of the device certainly suggests that this …

Sony's mysterious 6-inch H4233 model is the Xperia XA2 Ultra, here's what to expect

The H4233 Sony smartphone model is actually next year’s Xperia XA2 Ultra, according to Slashleaks. A recent post on the tech leaks platform reveals that the information has been confirmed by NBTC AND SIRIM, the official regulatory agencies of Thailand and Malaysia. 
You might remember that the H4233 model was tested on benchmarking site GFXBench back in September. The listing supposedly revealed some of the most important specs of the device, including a 6-inch display with full HD (1080p) …

Benchmark confirms Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU for Sony's upcoming flagship

Sony is readying its new Xperia smartphones and a flagship can’t miss from the lineup. We know little about Sony’s upcoming Xperia flagship smartphone other than its codename, Sony H8266, and a few unconfirmed specs.

Aside from the flagship, Sony plans to unveil at least three other Xperia smartphones next year, which we only know by their codenames: H8216, H8276, and H8296.

Luckily, we now have confirmation that Sony’s flagship, the H8266, will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The smartphone has been recently spotted at Geekbench and the …

Two of Sony's Xperia phones of 2018 may look like this (thin bezels everywhere)


In a shift from its current design philosophy, in 2018, Sony
may release at least two Xperia smartphones that sport near-bezel-less
displays. As recently reported, one of these upcoming handsets could be a flagship
successor to this year’s Xperia XZ Premium.

 

Georgian* website Vortex.ge claims to have some details
about the design and features of Sony’s 2018 flagship smartphone, in addition to
info about the design of a second (non-flagship) Xperia.  

 

Reportedly, the renders that we’re seeing in this article
are based on Sony’s own design drafts. The handset with less …

Sony's new PlayStation VR headset is a little nicer than the last one

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When it came out in October 2016, the PlayStation VR did not exactly wow us: It looked nice and modern, but its tracking system and Move controllers left a lot to be desired. 

Now, Sony has a new version of the headset which improves on the original in several ways, but only fixes one of the bigger issues — and only for those that have an HDR-capable TV. 

The new model, unsexily called CUH-ZVR2, has a slightly updated design, integrated stereo headphone cables, and an updated Processor Unit with HDR passthrough, meaning you no longer have to disconnect the unit when you want to view HDR content on a TV.  Read more…

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Sony's new 3D Creator app won't be exclusive to the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact

Last week, Sony debuted its Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact handsets to mixed reactions — their top-tier specs and somewhat reasonable price were overshadowed by their derivative design and lack of unique features. Well, almost: the one standout feature is the 3D Creator app, which lets users scan three-dimensional objects using their device’s rear camera, and then use it in various cute and/or creepy ways.

But once you think about it, this app doesn’t seem to rely on any particular hardware feature of the XZ1 duo, whose chipset and camera are identical …

Official renders of Sony's Xperia XZ1 Compact reveal a plastic outer shell

After we saw the first official renders of Sony’s upcoming flagship Xperia XZ1, it was all but inevitable its downsized twin, the Xperia XZ1 Compact, would be next in line. So here we are today — Roland Quandt has now given us our first actual look at the device (CAD-based renders notwithstanding), presumably once again sourced from a premature Amazon listing.

And as expected from Sony, the design matches the bigger XZ1 pretty closely, but with a couple of important changes. Besides the smaller size and increased thickness, there’s one thing that …