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Xperia Z2 on sale in UAE through Etisalat

Etisalat is the largest carrier in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and up until now has not offered Sony’s recent Xperia smartphones. Both the Xperia Z and Xperia Z1 were sold through DU (the second service provider in UAE). Well it looks like Etisalat didn’t want to miss out on the action when it comes to the Xperia Z2, as they are currently have the handset on sale.

The handset can be picked up for no cost if you sign up to Etisalat’s new Postpaid smartphone plan. On an 18-month contract, you can get 300 flexi-minutes and a 10GB monthly data package for AED 400 (£65, €80, $109) per month with no upfront charge for the Xperia Z2. If you want it on a 12-month contract, you will need to pay AED 500 upfront for the handset and AED 250 per month. The handset is available now through all Etisalat outlets and authorised dealers.

Xperia Z2 Etisalat

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High-res audio and DSEE HX added to Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra

High-res audio and DSEE HX added to Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra

Sony Mobile has enhanced the audio capabilities of the Xperia XA2 and Xperia XA2 Ultra, by officially enabling high-resolution audio and DSEE HX in the latest firmware update (build number 50.1.A.13.83).

DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) upscales your existing audio to near high-resolution quality, while high-resolution audio requires the use of a compatible headset. Seems like a decent update for Xperia XA2 and XA2 Ultra owners.

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2014-10-28 12.20.29

By: Ingus Keivs


The Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact has started to ship to those that pre-ordered the tablet in the UK. Checking the Sony.co.uk website it appears all SKUs of the tablet are temporaily out of stock at the moment but we have been contacted by a number of people today that have already received their tablets. We would imagine that it will begin to roll across other retailers and throughout Europe over the next week.

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Xperia XZ1 family and XZ Premium get April 2019 patches (47.2.A.10.45)

Xperia XZ1 family and XZ Premium get April 2019 patches (47.2.A.10.45)


Sony Mobile is rolling out a new firmware update for the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium that moves the build number from 47.2.A.10.28 to version 47.2.A.10.45. The new update adds the 1 April 2019 Android security patches. We have not noticed any other changes. If you have updated, please let us know your impressions below.

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Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 range get April 2019 patches (52.0.A.8.25)

Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 range get April 2019 patches (52.0.A.8.25)


Sony Mobile has been rolling out a new firmware update for its flagship Xperia XZ3 and XZ2 family (Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact and XZ2 Premium), which moves the firmware number from 52.0.A.8.14 to build version 52.0.A.8.25. The latest update includes the 1 April 2019 Android security patches. There is little else that we have noticed has changed, but if you have updated to this build, please chime in with your experiences in the comments below.

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Android Pie rollout re-starts for Xperia XA2 family (50.2.A.0.352)

Android Pie rollout re-starts for Xperia XA2 family (50.2.A.0.352)


Just over a month ago, Sony Mobile commenced the Android 9 Pie rollout for the Xperia XA2, XA2 Plus and XA2 Ultra with build number 50.2.A.0.342. It was only out in one region (Russia), but was found to brick devices. Well now the Android Pie update has resumed with new build number 50.2.A.0.352. The update comes with the March 2019 Android security patch. If you have downloaded the new update please let us know your experiences in the comments below.

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Sony to halve smartphone workforce by 2020

Sony to halve smartphone workforce by 2020


Sony shall be chopping up to 50 % of its smartphone staff by 2020 so as to flip a revenue, in accordance to a report from Nikkei. The information places into context yesterday’s news round Sony merging its cell, imaging and TV divisions, in addition to closing its Beijing smartphone manufacturing unit.

The report says that up to 2,000 jobs out of a complete of 4,000 jobs shall be minimize throughout the subsequent yr, by March 2020. Sony is trying to take out fastened prices within the enterprise, in addition to reshaping its procurement capabilities. Nikkei says that Japanese staff shall be transferred to different divisions, whereas voluntary retirement shall be supplied in Europe and China.

As a results of the transfer, Sony Mobile will focus its gross sales to Europe and East Asia, whereas limiting gross sales to Southeast Asia, as we’ve already started to see. This transfer is due to smartphone gross sales falling sooner than anticipated, each for Sony and the trade itself. We simply surprise if Sony’s ever-shrinking smartphone enterprise shall be ready to compete once more – taking out useful resource solely makes the problem that rather more insurmountable.

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Sony restructures to hide mobile performance; closes smartphone factory

Sony restructures to hide mobile performance; closes smartphone factory


Sony has announced that it’ll mix its mobile enterprise with its imaging and TV companies ranging from 1 April 2019. The transfer will see the Imaging Products & Solutions (IP&S), Home Entertainment & Sound (HE&S) and Mobile Communications (MC) companies merge to mix one unit known as Electronics Products & Solutions (EP&S).

EP&S shall be headed up by Shigeki Ishizuka (presently accountable for imaging), with Ichiro Takagi serving as deputy (presently accountable for TV). So what does this imply in observe? Well it ought to guarantee even nearer ranges of collaboration between Sony’s divisions, enabling its smartphone enterprise to leverage the very best applied sciences from its imaging and TV secure.

However, on the flip aspect, it signifies that Sony will now masks the monetary and working efficiency of the mobile division making it simpler for the company to push again on these wanting Sony to shut it due to ever-mounting losses.

Jefferies’ analyst Atul Goyal just lately downgraded Sony on issues over the mobile division. “Sony’s unwillingness to exit Smartphones is a disappointment and a strategic mistake, in our view,” Goyal mentioned in a word final week.

In addition, Amir Anvarzadeh, strategist at Asymmetric Advisors mentioned: “By hiding the mobile-related losses, they’d take the stress off from shareholders to shut the division down. Nevertheless, the losses are certain to rise additional.

Sony have hit again although, with spokesperson Takashi Iida saying: “Through extra cooperation amongst our divisions, we are able to create new worth by higher using the mixed belongings and personnel in our electronics space. More interplay amongst staff can even lead to the event and progress of our workers.” He additionally mentioned that they are going to proceed to disclose outcomes for the mobile division “for the foreseeable future.”

Apparently Sony will present extra data on what it intends to disclose on 26 April 2019, when it releases full 12 months outcomes. However, there’s a good likelihood that this may now not embody transparency on models offered for instance. Given how a lot the smartphone enterprise has shrunk over latest years, this information doesn’t come as a specific shock, nevertheless it means it is going to develop into even tougher to assess how Sony’s mobile enterprise is faring.

The final set of outcomes from Sony Mobile have been horrendous, and that is seemingly the explanation behind stories citing that Sony shall be closing its smartphone factory in Shanghai so as to save prices. Production will cease by the top of the month, leaving solely its plant in Thailand. Sony will proceed to outsource to different producers.

In different information, Sony additionally announced that Kazuo (Kaz) Hirai shall be retiring from his position of Sony Chairman. Despite the transfer, Kaz will proceed to act as a Senior Advisor to the company.

Current CEO Kenichiro Yoshida had this to say on the information: “Hirai-san and I’ve been engaged on administration reforms collectively since December 2013. While he shall be retiring from each Chairman and our Board of Directors, we glance ahead to his persevering with high-level help to Sony’s administration that encompasses a breadth of numerous companies.

Kaz mirrored on his time on the company: “Since passing the baton of CEO to Yoshida-san final April, as Chairman of Sony, I’ve had the chance to each guarantee a clean transition and supply help to Sony’s administration. I’m assured that everybody at Sony is absolutely aligned beneath Yoshida-san’s sturdy management, and are prepared to construct an excellent brighter future for Sony. As such, I’ve determined to depart from Sony, which has been part of my life for the previous 35 years. I would really like to prolong my warmest gratitude to all our staff and stakeholders who’ve supported me all through this journey.

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Xperia XZ1 range and XZ Premium gets March 2019 patches (47.2.A.10.28)

Xperia XZ1 range and XZ Premium gets March 2019 patches (47.2.A.10.28)


Sony Mobile is rolling out a brand new firmware replace for the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XZ Premium that has moved the construct quantity from 47.2.A.8.24 to model 47.2.A.10.28. The newest replace provides the 1 March 2019 Android security patches for these telephones, however there are few different modifications. If you’ve up to date, please tell us your impressions under.

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Xperia XZ3 camera reviewed by DxOMark; receives score of 79

Xperia XZ3 camera reviewed by DxOMark; receives score of 79


Imaging specialists DxOMark have lastly put the Sony Xperia XZ3 camera via its paces, giving the phone a score of 79 overall. For context, that is under that achieved by the Xperia XZ Premium (83), and above that of the Xperia XA2 Ultra (75). It is similar score achieved by the price range Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018).

DxOMark locations emphasis on camera smartphones which have further rear cameras, for options comparable to bokeh and zoom with a telephoto lens, due to this fact that is the place the picture half of the score is basically affected. It scored 27 for zoom and 25 for bokeh, which affetcs the weighting for the general score for the camera (76). On the video aspect, the Xperia XZ3 scored a decent 85.

In explicit, the Xperia XZ3 is available in for criticism in its dynamic vary, with brilliant photographs exhibiting low distinction. They additionally pointed to slower autofocus in low mild in comparison with the competitors. Overall, they are saying that the Xperia XZ3 is succesful of good photographs in good mild, however is preventing one-arm behind its again given the single-lens setup. DxOMark concludes that the “XZ3 is tough to recommend when looking at the performance of some of its direct rivals in the high-end bracket of the market.”

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Xperia XZ3 wins 2019 iF Design Award

Xperia XZ3 wins 2019 iF Design Award


Sony has a historical past of profitable awards for design, and that’s no completely different for its Xperia smartphones. Last 12 months noticed 4 Xperia merchandise choose up iF Design Awards, together with a Gold Award for the Xperia XZ1. This 12 months, Sony is as soon as once more not empty-handed, because the Xperia XZ3 has won a 2019 iF Design Award. It’s very a lot a worthy winner. The Xperia XZ3 was the primary Sony phone to make use of an OLED show, and got here with a seamless design interesting to the mass market together with using a 3D curved show.

Obviously, Sony’s design decisions in 2018 left a number of the core Xperia fanbase alienated because it moved away from the OmniBalance design of older telephones. However, it seems to be just like the extra angular and boxy designs of outdated are again for 2019 (albeit taller!), so we’ll have to attend and see how these designs are perceived over the approaching 12 months.



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Xperia XZs gets March 2019 security patches (41.3.A.2.234)

Xperia XZs gets March 2019 security patches (41.3.A.2.234)


A fast heads-up for Xperia XZs homeowners – Sony Mobile is now rolling out the most recent 1 March 2019 Android security patches. The replace strikes the construct quantity from 41.3.A.2.223 to model 41.3.A.2.234. There doesn’t seem like another adjustments, however tell us your impressions within the feedback beneath.

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