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.   
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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, …

Xperia XZ1 vs XZs vs XZ Premium: Sony flagship comparison

Staying true to its half-year upgrade cycle, Sony has announced its new top smartphone, the Xperia XZ1. If you were hoping for something brand new and revolutionary from Sony, just move on, because it isn’t here. Not this year. This year, we have yet another small refinement to the company’s flagships phone formula, resulting in a very minor upgrade over the XZs, which was released in the first half of the year. Still, the XZ1 is here, so we figured we could take a closer look at the few differences between Sony’s new flagship, the XZs, and, why not! – the XZ Premium big-screen …

40+ Awesome high-resolution wallpapers, perfect for your Galaxy S8/S7 edge, Pixel XL, LG G6, HTC U11, XZ Premium and others

It’s that time of the week again, folks! “Which time,” you may ask, and let me tell you – it’s the time of the week when we post our regular pick of awesome, high-def wallpapers! If you’ve been following our various columns on customization, then you should know by now that we like giving our home screens a fresh coat of paint every now and again. And by “every now and again”, we mean almost every week! This means doing a wallpaper rotation at the very least, and/or applying a custom set of icons in the case of Android users to really freshen things up.

However, …

Sony Xperia XZ Premium gets $100 price cut in the U.S.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium has a feature-set unlike any other flagship phone on the market. Its signature feature, the 4K display, delivers that extra clarity that one can only fully appreciate when using the phone for VR or when looking at it up close, but some people want that extra resolution. For all else, it’s a clean Android experience with a very good camera, and very decent battery life.

$100 off on Sony’s 4K flagship phone brings its price down to $700What’s not so great about the Xperia XZ Premium is its price and availability in the …

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is now the second phone to support Netflix HDR content

For a brief moment at the beginning of 2017, we all though HDR screens would be the next big smartphone marketing buzzword, promising the everyday consumer a future of vivid, magical colors previously unseen on a mobile screen, and so on. But while the feature itself is great and the list of phones supporting it is ever-growing, the everyday customer probably still doesn’t have an idea what HDR actually is.

This comes down to three different reasons: firstly, the term HDR is considerably more popular in the context of photography, where it essentially …

Sony Xperia XZ Premium now comes with a free 64 GB memory card

Available in the US since June, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is one of the newest high-end smartphones on the market, and it’s also among the most expensive models out there, costing $799.99 unlocked. If you’re not exactly sure you should spend that kind of money on an XZ Premium, maybe the offer that we’re presenting in this article will convince you.

Focus Camera (one of Sony’s authorized dealers in the US) is currently selling the new Xperia with a few extras in the box. More exactly, for $799, you’re getting the smartphone itself, plus a 64 GB Sony Class 10 UHS-1 …

Sony Xperia XZ and X Performance receive a new update, see what's included

A new update has started rolling out OTA (over the air) for Sony’s two 2016 flagships – the Xperia X Performance and Xperia XZ. The firmware upgrade contains the recently-released Android security update for the month of July and should bump the build number of both handsets to 41.2.A.7.35.

At the time of writing, the size of the patch isn’t known, but if its contents are similar to the one introduced on the Xperia X, it should weigh in at about 90-100MB. Currently, the patch is available to only a few regions, so you might have to …

Watch the Sony Xperia XZ Premium passing scratch and bend tests like the premium phone that it is

Officially released in the US last month, the Xperia XZ Premium is one of Sony’s most expensive smartphones to land stateside, as it’s being sold for $799.99 unlocked. At this price, one would expect the XZ Premium to be a very well made handset, and it looks like it is.

The durability test that you can watch below was made by JerryRigEverything – famous on YouTube for his non-bogus tests. As you can see in the video, the front and rear of the XZ Premium (including its cameras) are protected by Gorilla Glass 5 – this makes the phone as scratch-resistant as Apple’s and Samsung’s latest flagships. …

Sony Xperia XZ Premium tutorial: Here's how to enable constant 4K display resolution

Pssst. Pssst! Got a Sony Xperia XZ Premium?
If so, then you’re probably awed by its super-crisp 4K display… that’s actually downscaling content to Full HD 1080p by default. 
Yes, as per Sony, “4K (and 4K HDR with 4K HDR content) is used in the Album and Video apps and third party apps with 4K (and 4K HDR) content. Everything else, so homescreen, apps, menus, etc are shown in Full HD.”

A bummer, isn’t it? Having a 4K display on paper but not using it to its full potential… Well, lucky for all of you tinkerers out …