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 …


Deal: Buy a Sony Xperia XZ1 flagship phone for just $549


Sony’s newest flagship smartphone, the Xperia XZ1, has been
available in the US
since September. Back then, the handset was offered for $699 – a price that may
have put some customers off. Now, for a limited time, the Sony Xperia XZ1 can
be bought for $549 – the lowest price we’ve seen to date.

 

Focus Camera is the place where the Xperia XZ1 is sold for
$549. This is the official US
version of the phone, so it comes with 1-year warranty and works on carriers
like AT&T and T-Mobile (but not on Verizon and Sprint). Focus Camera is even
throwing in a free $50 Gift Card that’s redeemable …

Sony Xperia XZ1 sequel to offer dual-camera setup, powerful Snapdragon 845 CPU

Sony Mobile is expected to unveil a new lineup of Xperia smartphones in Q1 2018. We’ve only known these unannounced devices by their model numbers, but they’ll certainly be launched under the Xperia brand: H8216, H8266, H8276, and H8296.

We’ve been reported about Sony’s upcoming Xperia smartphones, but now we have more details regarding one of them – specifically, the H8216. Since we’re not familiar with the names of these smartphones, we’re going to refer to the H8216 as the sequel to the Xperia XZ1 because it might be positioned in the same specs range.

A …

Deal: Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact now costs $505 (or $549 with a $50 Best Buy gift card included)


About a month after making its US debut, the Sony Xperia XZ1
Compact – one of the world’s first smartphones to run Android 8 Oreo out of the
box – is now almost $100 cheaper.

 

Amazon is currently offering the Xperia XZ1 Compact starting
at $504.99 – $95 off the phone’s launch price ($599.99). Only the black version
of the XZ1 Compact is available for $504.99, while the other three color
verstions – pink, blue, silver – cost $549.99.

 

Best Buy is discounting the Xperia XZ1 Compact, too, selling
the phone for $549.99, regardless of color. Best Buy is throwing in a $50 gift
card …

Deal: Sony Xperia XZ1, the first Android Oreo phone in the US, is now $100 off


Officially released in September as the first smartphone to
run Android 8 Oreo out of the box in the US, the Sony Xperia XZ1 was initially sold for
$699.99, then for $649. Now, the water-resistant handset can be bought for less than $600, US warranty
included.

 

Amazon is currently selling the Moonlit Blue version of the
Xperia XZ1 for $589, and the Black version for $579.90. If you want to
purchase the Venus Pink or Warm Silver models, you’ll have to pay $599.99.
Regardless of the version you’re getting, you’ll save at least $100 (compared
to the phone’s launch price).  

 

While …

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 XZ1 Compact Review


“It’s just the right size!” – that’s what my girlfriend exclaimed when I presented to her the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. Little did she know that behind its humble appearance was a tiny beast of a phone – one that had as much processing power as a top-of-the-line Android flagship. And there’s so much more to like about Sony’s latest pocket-friendly handset, but ultimately, is its price of $600 justified? Well, perhaps it is.

DesignUninspiring with its boxy look, but sturdy and practical.

So yes, as its name suggests, size is a key selling point for the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. …

Sony Xperia XZ1 is already $50 cheaper in the US


It’s not often that a flagship smartphone gets a price cut
shortly after its official launch, and yet this is exactly what happened with
the Sony Xperia XZ1. Available in the US since a few weeks ago, the
Xperia XZ1 can now be bought starting at $649 – $50 off its $699 launch
price.  

 

This lower price makes the Sony Xperia XZ1 only $50 more
expensive than the smaller (but still powerful) Xperia XZ1 Compact, which was
released last week for $599.

 

At the moment, only the black and blue versions of the
Xperia XZ1 are offered for $649. If you want to get the handset …

Sony Xperia XZ1 launches in the US as the first phone to run Android Oreo out of the box


Announced a few weeks back alongside the Xperia XZ1 Compact
and Xperia XA1 Plus, the Sony Xperia XZ1 is now available to buy in the US,
becoming the first among the three new Xperias to be released stateside.

 

Priced at $699.99 unlocked, the Xperia XZ1 succeeds the
Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ, offering a largely similar design, but improved
features. Perhaps the most noteworthy thing about the XZ1 is that it’s the world’s
first commercially available smartphone to run Android 8 Oreo out of the box. This means it’s got all
the latest software enhancements from Google, including adaptive …

Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact: are you happy the flagship Compact is back?

So, last year, it seemed like Sony had made the decision to kill off the flagship Compact series — you know, the 4.6-inched small top-tier phones they used to release together with each yearly flagship refresh. In 2015, we got the Xperia Z5 Compact, which had almost the same specs as the regular Z5, but in a smaller body. Then, in 2016, Sony took a turn and released an Xperia X Compact — same concept for size, but midrange hardware inside. “Is that the end for pocket-friendly flagships?” we asked.

Seems not. Xperia XZ1 Compact is here and shows that Sony is back …