Sony’s Xperia XZ and X Compact are the Latest Likely Overpriced, Hard to Get Phones You Kind of Wanted But Won’t Buy

Sony arrived at IFA again this year to unveil a couple of new phones. Press in attendance are bored because trade shows are dying, so they are hyping the sh*t out of them as if Sony has done something truly great here that should have been done long ago. As someone watching from afar, and who has long been a Sony fan (especially the Compact line), all I see is the same, which means a couple of nice looking phones without next-gen specs or original design in similar packages that will likely be overpriced and hard to get when they arrive in the US.

Hey, good morning, by the way! It’s almost the weekend!  (more…)

Sony Xperia X Lineup Available for Pre-Order in US

Late last month, Sony announced a new lineup of devices for the US, the Xperia X family. Included in this lineup is the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance, Xperia XA, and Xperia XA Ultra. Each has a different list of specs, and to align with that fact, each has a very different price tag.

The most expensive of the range is the Xperia X Performance, listed at $699 unlocked. It features a 5″ Full HD display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB of RAM, 2,700mAh battery, 23MP rear-facing camera, and fingerprint reader.  (more…)

Sony Xperia X Arrives in US on June 26 for $550, X Performance a Month Later at $700

Sony’s new Xperia X line, the series of phones that was introduced back in February at MWC as a replacement for the Xperia Z line, is officially inching closer to a launch here in the US. Sony, probably as an announcement timed to fit nicely into the blast of Computex announcements, told US press today that the Xperia X series will get here just as the summer is kicking off.

The Xperia X is up for pre-order today for $550 at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo, and will arrive on June 26. If you want the Xperia X Performance ($699) or the Xperia XA ($279), you can pre-order either on June 19 before they hit stores on July 17. If the Xperia XA Ultra ($369) is the phone for of your dreams, July 24 is your day.  (more…)

Google Lists More Places to Find Android TV, Changes for Android N

Google did not spend too much time detailing changes for the Android TV platform during its opening I/O keynote yesterday, but following the event, plenty of information was posted to the company’s official blog. Not only did Google explain where potential Android TV users could find the platform in new 2016 TV and set-top hardware from various companies, but also explained a few changes we will see once Android N hits the platform.  (more…)