According to a report from Bloomberg, smartphone users may see a major upgrade in smartphone battery technology over the next couple of years. In the world of mobile devices, while displays are getting more pixels and processors are getting faster, battery tech has fallen behind. It seems that the only way to see decent battery life from devices would be to throw in large amounts of capacity, or just don’t use your phone all that much. However, thanks to an investment of $7.5 million from an unnamed smartphone maker, the UK’s Intelligent Energy is working to change all of this. (more…)
Sony’s latest flagship phones, the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, are now available for purchase, officially, in the US. After being announced back in September, these phones looked like potential winners from Sony, but as is always the case, their availability has made them a tough option to even consider at this point. What I mean is that Sony always does this (delaying their phones to the US for months) and it’s really too bad, because they can make a good phone, a really good phone. (more…)
Mobile World Congress (MWC) kicks off in just over a month in Barcelona. We already know that LG is hosting an event and that Samsung will likely do the same to unveil the Galaxy S7. But what about the others in the game? HTC? Sony? This morning, Sony confirmed that it has plans of some sort set aside for the big mobile conference through an invite sent to specific news outlets. (more…)
Yesterday, Sony announced that its current flagships, the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact, would be coming to the US on February 7. We assumed that these unlocked GSM versions of the phones they released elsewhere months ago were exactly the same as when originally introduced. Boy were we wrong. According to The Verge, who received a clarification later yesterday afternoon from Sony, each phone will be missing fingerprint sensors. (more…)
After releasing months ago in Europe, Sony has decided to release each Stateside as GSM unlocked phones, so there isn’t a carrier tie-in here. If you want them, well, you’ll have to pay full price. Before you know the prices, prepare from price points well above that of the Nexus 5X and Moto X Pure Edition. Ready? The Xperia Z5 will run $599 unlocked, while the Z5 Compact will drop in at $499. (more…)
Sony is hosting just about the last of the CES Press Day events and the whole show kicks off right now (5PM Pacific). We, honestly, have no expectations for this event, but there could be a sprinkling of mobile here and there.
We’ll see TVs and maybe some new Walkman or audio products and a camera or two and maybe even a tablet or phone. OK, the tablet and phone seem unlikely, but you just never know. Maybe some VR?
Whatever they show, you can watch its unveiling at the live stream below. (more…)
I have the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact sitting right here, next to the mouse on my desk, not more than a half-arm’s distance away from my hand. I am giddy about that. I am more giddy about that than I have been with any other phone released this year. I don’t know that Nexus review units of the 5X and 6P will even garner this much giddiness from my brain. That sounds crazy, I know it. I also know that few will share this joy because times are different and this phone is impossible to buy. I do not care, though. Ahhh, Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, welcome to your new home. (more…)
Sony may struggle mightily in the US and is still relatively unknown here as a smartphone maker, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t always still watching their every move. We constantly keep an eye on Sony because they often times create really great phones, still respect the fact that some of us want smaller phones with flagship specs, and do cool things for their customers, like let them beta test big new versions of Android ahead of time. (more…)