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Sony on Monday announced a new entry-level smartphone, called the Xperia L1. The company highlights a sharp display on a near edge-to-edge screen. The new device is being offered in Black, White, and Pink colour options.

The smartphone follows Sony’s design language of near bezel-less displays. The Xperia L1 features an almost edge to edge display. However, bezels on the top and bottom remain thick as was the case with the Xperia XZ Premium and Xperia XA1 Ultra smartphones that were launched at MWC last month. The smartphone features smooth rounded edges for ease of hold.

The Xperia L1 runs Android 7.0 Nougat and features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280) LCD display. The smartphone is powered by a 1.45GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737T SoC and Mali-T720 MP2 GPU, coupled with 2GB of RAM. The handset comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable via microSD card.
Optics on the Xperia L1 include a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel camera with 24mm wide-angle lens and f/2.2 aperture. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2 with aptX, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, and USB Type-C.

The dual-SIM Xperia L1 packs a 2620mAh battery with Sony’s STAMINA mode for battery saving. The smartphone measures 151x74x8.7mm and weighs 180 grams. Sony has also added Xperia Actions to the budget smartphone which adapts the device to your time and surrounding.

As of now, there has been no mention regarding the price of the Xperia L1, but according to AndroidHeadlines, the smartphone is expected to launch in select markets including Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America and Latin America in April.

 
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Sony India on Monday announced it was slashing the prices of two of its top-end smartphones in India. The Sony Xperia X Dual, which was launched back in May, is now priced at Rs. 38,990. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual on the other hand, which was launched in October last year, is now priced at Rs. 47,990.

To note, the Sony Xperia X was priced at Rs. 48,990 when it was launched in May, reflecting a Rs. 10,000 drop in price. The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Dual was launched at Rs. 62,990, but saw another price drop in the intervening period to Rs. 55,990, making the effecting price drop Rs. 8,000.

The Sony Xperia X Dual features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Triluminos display for mobile powered X-Reality for mobile engine; a 23-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor, predictive hybrid autofocus, and pulse LED flash; 13-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture; 3GB of RAM; 64GB inbuilt storage, expandable storage support up to 200GB via microSD card, and 4G LTE support. The Xperia X Dual packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor. It measures 142.7×69.4×7.9mm and weighs 153 grams.

The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium was the ‘world’s first smartphone featuring a 4K display’. Its 5.5-inch comes with a resolution of 2160×3840 pixels and an impressive pixel density of 806ppi. It is powered by a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, coupled with 3GB of RAM. Apart from the 23-megapixel rear camera, it bears a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It comes with with 16GB of built-in storage, with support for expandability via microSD card (up to 2TB). It bears a 3430mAh battery.

 

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A new Sony X series smartphone, the Xperia XR, has been spotted in leaked press renders. The alleged Sony Xperia XR can be seen in a host of leaked renders shot from different angles, showing the phone in all its glory.

Shared by phone tipster @Onleaks on Twitter, the leaked renders show Royal Blue colour of the alleged handset.

The front can be seen dominated by the display and maintains the design language of the recently unveiled Xperia X smartphones. The right panel is seen housing the power as well as volume rocker buttons. There is another physical button which is believed to be dedicated camera button or a side fingerprint scanner module. The rear panel apart from housing the primary camera also sport a dual-LED flash module. The bottom panel packs the USB Type-C port for charging. The tipster also claimed dimensions of the Xperia XR to be roughly 146.4×71.9×8.1mm. Unfortunately, there is no word when the Sony Xperia XR is likely to launch, but rumours suggest that the smartphone may be revealed at IFA next month.

Even if the leaked images come out to be true, the Xperia XR may or may not be unveiled in India. The Japanese company recently was claimed to defocus on markets including India. The move was followed by below satisfactory performance in markets such as China, India, and the US. Sony was reported to be expecting its smartphone business in these countries to grow only 0.3 percent in these markets, which explains its decision to “defocus” on these regions.

Last month, Sony launched the Xperia XA Ultra in India priced at Rs. 29,990. The highlight of the selfie-focused smartphone was the 16-megapixel front facing camera with OIS and flash.

 

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Sony Mobile at a recent investor meet has reportedly confirmed that it will focus less on select markets like China, India, and the US where its performance has been less than satisfactory. Sony expects its smartphone business in these countries will grow only 0.3 percent in these markets, which explains its decision to “defocus” on these regions.

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Xperia Blog, which got access to presentations and other material that Sony shared at the inventory meet, adds that the company now has a regional strategy which means Sony will target only regions which are expected to have improved CAGR (compound annual growth rate) smartphone growth.

Apart from China, India, and the US, Sony is also said to shrink its smartphone business in Brazil. The report says that Sony Mobile will instead look to focus in East Asia (including Japan), Europe, and the Middle East.

“Sony expects to ‘preserve’ its Latin American business and other Asia Pacific regions,” points out the report.

One of the slides reads: “Sony’s priority is to focus on markets where Sony can leverage its strengths to ensure profitability improvements.” In another slide, the company notes, “Sony to maintain its core focus in the high value-added segment and develop its business through product differentiation, since players that can offer high value-added smartphones globally are limited.”

Sony’s presentation slide also hints that the company expects to face intensified competition in entry and mid-tier segments from Chinese and Indian smartphone players. Sony also points to “growth slowdown in emerging markets”.

Sony earlier this year introduced an all-new Xperia X series which replaced the earlier flagship Xperia Z series. The company in May was reported to have pulled the plug on the Xperia C and Xperia M series of smartphones. Sony’s move to kill its Xperia C-Series and Xperia M-Series smartphones seems to be in line with the slides, which suggest that Sony will focus on the high end segment of the market.

 

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Following its announcement from earlier this week, Sony has brought the Xperia XA Dual to India. The company at its launch event earlier this month had said that the Xperia XA Dual will be made available in the third week of June, and the company mostly appears to have kept its promise.

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The Sony Xperia XA Dual is now listed for purchase via Amazon India at Rs. 20,990. The smartphone will also be available via authorised Sony retailers across the country. The Sony Xperia X Dual (Review) was priced at Rs. 48,990, and became available in India from June 7 There is no word of the Sony Xperia X Performance Dual, which was launched alongside at MWC 2016.

Sony has already revealed launch offers for the Xperia XA Dual, specifically, Rs. 2,700 worth of free content in the form of a three-month subscription to Sony Liv, a three-month subscription to Hungama Play, and Kindle ebooks worth Rs. 1,000. The Xperia X Dual will come bundled with Gameloft games alongside free credits worth Rs. 780.

For specifications, Xperia XA Dual smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with company’s UI on top. It features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display powered by Mobile Bravia engine 2. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6755 coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. Like the Xperia X, the Xperia XA Dual also supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 200GB).

The Sony Xperia XA Dual sports a 13-megapixel camera with Exmor RS for mobile sensor, hybrid autofocus, and LED flash. It also houses an 8-megapixel front camera. It is backed by a 2300mAh battery, measures 143.6×66.8×7.9mm, and weighs 138 grams.

 

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Sony Xperia smartphones have in the past been reported to be affected by heating issues and it seems the problem is back, and haunting the company. A new video has surfaced showing the recently unveiled Sony Xperia X being compared with the Samsung Galaxy S7 when recording 1080p video.

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Damir Franc, a YouTube user, posted (via Xperia Blog) the video showing how quickly the Xperia X suffers from overheating issue when recording video at 1080p which leads to crashing of the camera app on the phone. The video shows both the Xperia X and Galaxy S7 recording 1080p videos at 60fps for several minutes. At 4 minutes, the Xperia X cuts down the features available to access and slows down as well. The same video shows the Xperia X camera app crashing at 9 minutes, citing the overheating issue with a pop-up message to the user. Notably, the video has now been pulled by the user.

Notably, a similar problem was reported for the Sony Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z4 smartphones last year. Sony had later acknowledged issue and promised a fix via software update. We can expect the company to do the same with the new Xperia X.
Coming back to the Sony Xperia X, the handset was recently launched in India. Priced at Rs. 48,990, the company only launched the dual-SIM variant of the Xperia X in India.
For specifications, the Xperia X Dual runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with company’s UI on top. It features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Triluminos display for mobile powered X-Reality for mobile engine; a 23-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor, predictive hybrid autofocus, and pulse LED flash; 13-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture; 3GB of RAM; 64GB inbuilt storage, expandable storage support up to 200GB via microSD card, and 4G LTE support. The Xperia X packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor. The Sony Xperia X measures 142.7×69.4×7.9mm and weighs 153 grams. It is backed by a 2620mAh battery.

 

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Sony India has kicked off pre-registrations for the Xperia X and Xperia XA smartphones. Interested consumers can sign up on the company’s India website to be the first ones to know about the details of the new Sony Xperia X and XA launch offers and price. The company is expected to announce the pricing of the Sony Xperia X and Sony Xperia XA smartphones near release.

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To recall, Sony at MWC 2016 introduced the all-new smartphone ‘X’ series with the launch of the Xperia X, Xperia XA, and the Xperia X Performance. It’s worth noting that Sony has not kicked off pre-registrations for the Sony Xperia X Performance indicating that it may launch that model later in the country, if at all. The Sony India website doesn’t indicate whether the handsets launching in India will support dual-SIM. The company had also launched dual-SIM variants of the models – the Xperia X Dual and Xperia XA Dual.

Back in February, the Xperia X and the Xperia XA went up for pre-orders via e-commerce retailers in the European region. While the Sony Xperia X was listed with a price tag of EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 45,000), the Xperia XA was listed for EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 22,500). We can expect the India pricing of these handsets to be around the European pricing.

Sony at its MWC event had announced that the Sony Xperia X and Sony Xperia XA (seen below) smartphones would be available in White, Graphite Black, Lime Gold and Rose Gold colours. They will go on sale from summer 2016.
Both Xperia X and XA smartphones run Android 6.0 Marshmallow with company’s UI on top. The Sony Xperia X features a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Triluminos display for mobile powered X-Reality for mobile engine; a 23-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor, predictive hybrid autofocus, and pulse LED flash; 13-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture; 3GB of RAM; 32GB inbuilt storage, expandable storage support up to 200GB via microSD card, and 4G LTE support. The Xperia X packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor. The Sony Xperia X measures 142.7×69.4×7.9mm and weighs 153 grams. It is backed by a 2620mAh battery. The handset’s dual-SIM version packs 64GB inbuilt storage.
The Sony Xperia XA features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display powered by Mobile Bravia engine 2. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6755 coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. Much like Xperia X and Xperia X Performance, the Xperia XA also supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 200GB). The Android 6.0 Marshmallow smartphone sports a 13-megapixel camera with Exmor RS for mobile sensor, hybrid autofocus, and LED flash. It also houses an 8-megapixel front camera. It is backed by a 2300mAh battery, measures 143.6×66.8×7.9mm, and weighs 138 grams.

 
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Uncharted 4 is just a day away but it seems that one eager retailer has already released the game to the public. Popular e-commerce website Flipkart has shipped the Sony published PS4-exclusive game early to a few lucky customers.

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The news of this first emerged on popular gaming forum IndianVideoGamer where a user who goes by the name of Nate Drake (quite fitting a handle since its the protagonist’s name in the Uncharted series) posted a picture claiming that he received Uncharted 4 early.

“I pre-ordered the game via Flipkart through COD [cash on delivery] on the 22nd of April. The game got shipped on the 8th of May from Bombay to my nearest hub, which is Vapi. It reached the nearest hub on the night of the eighth itself. The next morning – today morning at 10:22am, a delivery guy delivered the game to me,” he tells Gadgets 360.

This early release was then confirmed by Sony itself.

“Flipkart has admitted to their fault saying it was a bug in their system that led to 20 units going out. We had earlier got a written confirmation from all the big retailers that nothing should go out before embargo date & time i.e. May 10, 12am,” a spokesperson for Sony explained. “We are taking this up very seriously with them to ensure (no matter how small the quantities) that it doesn’t happen in future. They have written to us ensuring that they are putting in their best efforts to rectify even the ones that have gone out for delivery.”

Sony is typically known for shipping its games out to retailers just on time to meet release date. The fact that Flipkart shipped it out early is cause for concern. Especially in a market like India that’s struggling for validation. Moves like this do little to instil confidence amongst game publishers.

We’ve reached out to Flipkart and will update this story if we hear from the company.

Looking to pick up Uncharted 4? Worried about running into a spoiler with multiple copies out in the wild? Check out our spoiler-free guide of everything you need to know about the game before it’s out on May 10.

 
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Soon after their launch at MWC 2016, the price of the Xperia X and Xperia XA had been revealed by listings on Amazon Germany. Soon after, official pre-orders also began. However, the pricing of the Xperia X Performance – the third phone Sony had unveiled at its MWC event and its flagship for 2016 – remained a mystery.

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The Japanese giant this week however has started taking pre-orders for the Sony Xperia X Performance in France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden. The smartphone has been priced at EUR 699 (roughly Rs. 53,500), and will be available from early July.

All three of the Xperia X smartphones unveiled at MWC 2016 feature similar specifications. All three run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and come in single and dual-SIM models. The Sony Xperia X Performance bears a 5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Triluminos display; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC; a 23-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS sensor, predictive hybrid autofocus, and pulse LED flash; 13-megapixel front camera with an f/2.0 aperture; 3GB of RAM; 32GB inbuilt storage, expandable storage support up to 200GB via microSD card, and 4G LTE support.

The Sony Xperia X Performance measures 143.7×70.4×8.7mm and weighs 164 grams. It packs a 2700mAh battery. Sony says that the predictive hybrid autofocus feature in the Xperia X Performance has been developed in close collaboration with the company’s Alpha camera engineers. The feature lets users choose subject and then predict its motion.

To recall, the Sony Xperia X has been priced as low as EUR 599 (roughly Rs. 45,800) in some countries, and will become available later this month. The Sony Xperia XA on the other hand has been priced as low as EUR 299 (roughly Rs. 23,000) in some countries, and will go on sale in late-June.

 

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A new Sony Xperia smartphone dubbed Xperia M Ultra has been rumoured to launch soon.

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The smartphone was leaked by a tipster on Weibo, and is claimed to feature an impressive 16-megapixel front-facing camera.

According to tipster HQ Vision, the Sony Xperia M Ultra features a 6-inch full-HD Triluminos display and will pack the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC under the hood. Other specifications tipped include 23-megapixel dual-rear camera; fingerprint scanner; USB Type-C, 4280mAh battery with Quick Charging 3.0 support; 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of inbuilt storage.

We’d like to remind readers however, all these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt as Sony has not mentioned anything about the upcoming device beyond teasing how good it will be, and the legitimacy of the leaks remains questionable.

The Japanese smartphone giant has so far launched the Xperia C5 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra smartphones in its Xperia Ultra range of phones.

A recent leak claimed Sony may be planning to launch its first smartphone featuring a High Dynamic Range (HDR) supported display. The rumoured smartphone was said to be Sony’s next X-series smartphone the Xperia X Premium, which actually would be the successor to the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. The report added that Sony Xperia X Premium would offer 1,000 nits of brightness which could go up to a maximum brightness of 1,300 nits. Some of the other features said to be present in the Xperia X Premium included support for displaying 1.07 billion colours.

 

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