Deal: Save $70 on the unlocked Sony Xperia XZ at B&H

Although it’s not really a good idea to go on a shopping spree just a few weeks before Black Friday, there may be some good deals out there that won’t available anymore at the end of the month.

If you’re looking for a mid-range smartphone that costs less than $350, the Xperia XZ is a solid choice if you don’t want to wait until next week for better deals on other brands.

Sony Xperia XZ (F8331) is now on sale at B&H for $70 off, so you’ll be paying $305. An almost 20% discount on the last year flagship is decent enough, especially that it brings the …


New Sony Xperia XZ Premium update fixes camera sensor issues, adds November security patch

The Xperia XZ Premium is the first Sony smartphone to have received the Android 8.0 Oreo update, but other devices are expected to follow soon. However, the update contained a fix for a known camera issue that brought another problem with the camera.

Although it addressed the Xperia XZ Premium camera distortion issues, Android 8.0 Oreo broke the camera sensor’s functionality, which meant that the RGBC-IR and ToF (Laser AF) features were not working within the parameters.

In other words, most of the pictures captured with the Xperia XZ Premium were blurry …

Alluring red Sony Xperia XZ Premium now available in the US


Launched in Japan last month, the red version of Sony’s
Xperia XZ Premium can now be bought in the US, where Amazon is selling it
unlocked alongside the phone’s other three color variants (black, chrome, and
pink – all available since June).

 

It doesn’t look like the red (or rosso) Xperia XZ Premium that’s sold
in the US
comes with Android 8 Oreo out of the box, instead running Android 7 Nougat. In
any case, the handset should receive an Oreo update pretty soon.

 

Alluring color aside, Sony’s new red smartphone doesn’t
differ from the other color variants of the Xperia XZ Premium. …

Deal: Unlocked Sony Xperia XZ drops to just $315 on Amazon and B&H

Last month, one of Sony’s older flagship smartphones, namely the Xperia XZ was on sale at Amazon for $400. Considering the phone was launched in the United States last year for $700, we thought that was a pretty good deal for Sony fans.

One month later, Amazon and B&H have decided the Xperia XZ must be put on sale once again, but for an even lower price. Starting this weekend, Sony Xperia XZ can be had for just $315 at either of the two US retailers.

The unlocked model comes with US warranty, but it will only work on GSM carriers in the country (so no …

Stunning in Red: "Rosso" Sony Xperia XZ Premium might soon be available near you

The Xperia XZ Premium is getting a stylish new color variant. Sony refers to the hue as “Rosso”, which means “red” in Italian. 
A red XZ Premium was actually first spotted back in May when it appeared on Chinese website Weibo. Sony gave no indication that such a version was coming at the time, and made things official less than seven days ago.
Last week, Docomo, Japan’s largest carrier, confirmed that it will start selling the Rosso XZ Premium on October 27th, leading some to believe …

Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium and XZs are getting a camera distortion fix


Four of Sony’s recent high-end smartphones – the Xperia XZ1,
XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, and Xperia XZs – feature rear cameras with lenses that
are a bit wider than on most smartphones. While this means you can capture more
of your surroundings in just one shot, it also means photos can exhibit some
visible perspective distortion.   

 

Plenty of Sony fans have been complaining about the
distortions that the new Xperia cameras are producing, and, thankfully, Sony
now has a fix for the problem. 
The fix comes in the form of a software update,
and includes a “Correction for …

Sony Xperia XZ Premium starts receiving Android 8.0 Oreo update

Sony has just announced it has kicked off the roll-out of Android 8.0 Oreo and the first smartphone to receive the update is the Xperia XZ Premium. Last week, the company confirmed the Oreo will be pushed to the Xperia XZ Premium starting December, but it looks like that timeframe was only available for Japan.

So, even though the roll-out of Android Oreo for Xperia XZ Premium begins today, this is a phased process, which means timing and availability will vary by market and/or carrier.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Xperia XZ Premium Rosso, which was …

Sony Xperia XZ Premium to receive Android 8.0 Oreo update in December

Sony Mobile is one of the important smartphone companies that have yet to announce any details about its Android 8.0 Oreo plans. Well, perhaps the reason was the fact that the Japanese handset wasn’t ready to commit to any Oreo updates.

The good news is the situation has slightly changed, as Sony Mobile Japan recently confirmed that the Xperia XZ Premium smartphone will receive the highly-anticipated Android 8.0 Oreo update starting December.

Obviously, there’s a high chance that the update will arrive in other parts of the world well ahead of the Japanese …

Sony Xperia XZ, X Performance receive new update, here's what's new

A new OTA update is rolling out to the Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance. After installation, the patch should bump the software version of the two models to 41.2.A.7.65, as they both feature the same Snapdragon 820 chipset.
The new firmware brings the September batch of fixes for security vulnerabilities found on the Android platform. We have to commend Sony for pushing out the update in a timely manner, as currently only Nexus, Pixel, and some Nokia devices have it installed.   
The …

Deal: Sony Xperia XZ (US variant) now costs $399

If you only have $400 to spend on a high-end unlocked smartphone, perhaps you’ll want to know that Sony’s Xperia XZ now costs $399.99 – brand new – at Amazon and Best Buy. We’re talking about the official US variant of the phone, which obviously comes with warranty (unlike the international model).

$399.99 is the lowest price of the US Xperia XZ we’ve seen thus far, and Amazon is even adding a 64 GB microSD card for free. As a reminder, the handset was initially released for $699.99 in the US (back in October), so it’s not among Sony’s newest devices. Nevertheless, …