Greatest pre-order gift ever? Austrian telecom bundles free PS4 Slim with Xperia XZ Premium

If you thought Samsung offered some great pre-order gifts for the Galaxy S8, you’ll be amazed at what Sony is giving away for early adopters of the Xperia XZ Premium. 
The company’s e-stores in Europe recently started taking orders for the 2017 Sony flagship, bundling a set of premium headphones to people who reserve their unit before May 31st.
Apparently, high-end headphones are not a cool enough gift for Austria’s “3” telecom, so the carrier’s pre-order bonus for the XZ Premium is a free Playstation …

Xperia XZ Premium pre-orders now taken by Sony in Europe, high-end headphones offered as gift to early adopters

Several Sony e-stores in Europe are now officially taking pre-orders for the company’s 2017 flagship – the Xperia XZ Premium. While some third-party retailers already had pre-order listings on their websites for the last couple of months, what’s interesting to note here is that we have an official MSRP for the device alongside additional information regarding the gifts for early adopters. 
For example, purchasing an XZ Premium in the UK will cost you £649, and if you reserve your unit before the end of the month, you’ll be able to …

Sony's Xperia X Concept gets the "one more thing" treatment, new release available

Sony called it quits on the Xperia X Concept, as the Japanese company announced that it would no longer release any new builds starting May. Well, it looks like the handset maker had a change of heart and released a new Xperia X Concept build, probably the last one.

The bonus release that’s already available for download to Xperia X owners includes a couple of important new features and an Easter egg. If you’ve previously installed a Xperia X Concept build, the new one should be pushed OTA to your smartphone, and you’ll be glad to know that it contains the latest Xperia Home launcher.

The …

Sony's $199 Xperia L1 goes on sale at Amazon and B&H Photo

Sony has a new smartphone up for grabs in America – the Xperia L1. It’s a budget device with a $199 price tag that’s sold completely unlocked at Amazon and B&H Photo. The phone is compatible with GSM carriers, such as AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, and Cricket Wireless.

Unfortunately, the handset doesn’t strike us as particularly impressive for the price. It has a 5-inch 720p-resolution display and it’s powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. These features aren’t bad, but you can grab a Nexus 5X or look around for other …

Sony Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra now available in Europe

The Xperia XA1 and XA1 Ultra are two of the smartphones that Sony unveiled back in February at Mobile World Congress. The Japanese company promised to bring the devices to market in the Q2, but an exact release date hasn’t been given at that time.

Although previous rumors claimed the Xperia XA1 might arrive in some European countries sometime in April, it appears that it took Sony an extra two weeks to make both phones available on the market.

Sony fans can get the mid-range Xperia XA1 for around €280 outright, whereas the larger Xperia XA1 Ultra costs €100 …

Deal: Sony Xperia XZs is already $79 cheaper at Amazon

Officially released in the US last month, the Sony Xperia XZs is a pretty expensive unlocked smartphone, normally costing $699. Fortunately, the handset can already be purchased at a lower price if you’re getting it from Amazon.

Right now, Amazon is selling the Xperia XZs in black for $619.90 – that’s $79 off. You can also get the blue and silver versions of the smartphone, but these aren’t much cheaper than at launch, currently costing $683.90 and $684.90, respectively. All three models are available via Amazon Prime, and come with US warranty.

Being a …

Sony Xperia XZs Review

Sony is dishing out flagships like there’s no tomorrow. Last year, the Japanese OEM was probably the most prolific top-of-the-line manufacturer of them all. And this year, at MWC, Sony decided to update its flagship line once more. The result were two new phones – the adequately refreshed Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the less-novelty Xperia XZs.

Leaving the XZ Premium aside, let’s dive into the XZs and see what’s what with the device.

In terms of hardware, little has changed from the XZ. The new phone uses almost exactly the same body design, and almost the same internals …

First Sony Xperia XZ Premium benchmark results show great promise

The Xperia XZ Premium is the Sony’s first smartphone equipped with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the same CPU that’s inside Samsung’s flagships, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

However, unlike Samsung’s smartphone, the Xperia XZ Premium is not yet available for purchase, though, it can be pre-ordered in many countries across the globe. As we reported a few days ago, Sony Xperia XZ Premium is likely to make its debut on the market at the end of May or early June.

If you’ve been wondering how powerful the Xperia XZ Premium really is in comparison …

Deal: Get the Sony Xperia X for just $250 from B&H

Perhaps the best thing about smartphones’ frantic release pace is the fact that, while everyone’s raving about the newest and latest, previous generation devices that are by no means obsolete get some great price cuts. Such is the case here: all the newest Xperias have either been newly-released, or are just around the corner, and meanwhile last year’s Xperia X is now selling for just $250, which is $100 less than its normall asking price.

The deal comes courtesy of B&H, and comes in all three of the phone’s color options: Graphite Black, Lime Gold, …

Sony Xperia XZ Premium arrives in the UK earlier than expected

Despite the fact that all of our previous reports claimed Sony Xperia XZ Premium would hit the shelves in Europe in early June, it looks like the flagship smartphone will be available much earlier in the UK.

At least one UK retailer announced that it would be able to secure Xperia XZ Premium stock and plans to sell it later this month. According to Unlocked-mobile, the flagship will be available for purchase in the week commencing May 22.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium is already available for pre-order in the UK, and customers who buy one now are also getting a …