Sony announces its new Xperia X range of smartphones

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The hits just keep on coming, with Sony announcing its new X-series of smartphones that will launch globally sometime in the summer, slotting in just beneath the Z-series. Sony  unveiled the Xperia XA, Xperia X, and the Xperia X Performance earlier today, with all three handsets sporting 5-inch displays. Join us after the break for the rundown and specifications. Read more

Here are the press events going down at MWC 2016

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This coming week is MWC 2016, and we’ll have a lot of stuff published on the site for you as the biggest companies in the mobile industry reveal what’s coming this year. If you’re someone who likes seeing things for yourself, select events will be streamed live from Barcelona.

Check out the list below with all of the events going down at MWC 2016.

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Sony announces new Exmor RS camera sensor for release later this year

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Sony is one of a small handful of camera sensor manufacturers in the world and whatever label may be on the outside of your smartphone, there are decent odds the camera sensor is actually a Sony unit. Despite being a leader in the field, Sony is not resting on their laurels. Ahead of MWC 2016, the company has announced a new model in their Exmor RS line of camera sensors, the IMX318, to be released in May 2016, likely in conjunction with the Sony Xperia Z6 launch. Read more

Sony expands its ‘Xperia Beta Program’ to new regions, adds Xperia Z2 support

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Sony just expanded its ‘Xperia Beta Program.’ In case you don’t know, it’s designed for users to test the latest version of Android on Sony devices before the official public rollout. The program will help Sony discover bugs and issues that may be embedded in the operating system. This ultimately spotts the issues so that Sony can fix what needs to be fixed before rolling the update out to the public.

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Sony will skip Android 5.1 and roll out a direct Marshmallow update for the Xperia M4 Aqua

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If you cast your mind back to June 2015, you may recall that Sony detailed a list of devices scheduled to receive the Android 5.1 update. Sadly for Xperia M4 Aqua owners, the handset appeared to be missing from the lineup. However, in October, a leaked roadmap surfaced disclosing that the M4 Aqua would, instead, make a leap directly from Android 5.0 to Android 6.0, but poor credibility of the source guaranteed we took the information with a hefty pinch of salt. Today, though, the Japanese company confirmed that it will be doing just that.

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Sony will distribute its dual-lens camera technology to several “major smartphone players” later this year

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One of Sony’s most profitable areas is its image sensor sector. The company has provided camera units for a large number of high-profile flagship smartphones for various manufacturers, including HTC, LG and even Samsung over the course of the past 5-years. That’s why it comes as no surprise to learn that the firm’s brand new deep-focus dual-lens camera technology will be making its way to several products from “major smartphone players” later this year.

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