Xperia 5 III brings incremental improvements over its predecessor

Sony changed the cadence of the launch for its Xperia 5 series. Normally the ‘compact’ flagship phone was announced in H2 with a late September/early October launch. However, Sony has today announced the Xperia 5 III (Mark 3) bringing its launch in line with its larger flagship sibling – the Xperia 1 III – as […]

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Android 11 starts to roll for Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 ahead of schedule

Sony has commenced the rollout for Android 11 on its 2019 flagship smartphone devices – the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5. The Android 11 update is arriving through new firmware build version 55.2.A.0.630, and is already available across a number of regions including Russia and South East Asia. The update was due to land from […]

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Xperia 5 II gets December 2020 security patches + Xperia 1/5 too

Sony is now rolling out December 2020 security patches to a number of its premium models including the Xperia 5 II, Xperia 1 and Xperia 5. The Xperia 5 II is seeing an update mainly to version 58.0.A.28.51, although there is another build version (58.0.A.28.60) that has been released in Asia. Both have December 2020 […]

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Sony confirms Android 11 Xperia rollout timeline

Sony has confirmed that its Android 11 firmware rollout will start from December 2020. The first phone to get the update will be the Xperia 1 II, this year’s current flagship. Sony has also confirmed that the Xperia 1 II will be updated at the same time to support slow motion video recordings in 4K […]

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Xperia 5 II and 10 series gets November 2020 security patches

Sony updated the Xperia 5 II (Mark 2) recently to add November 2020 Android security patches moving the build version to 58.0.A.28.25. We saw this build hit some of the Asian SKU’s a while back, and is now hitting some of the European models. The Xperia 10 II (Mark 2) has also seen an update, […]

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Firmware updates for Xperia 5 II (58.0.A.22.21) and Xperia 10 II (59.0.A.8.45) released

Sony has released firmware updates for a few of its 2020 smartphones. The recently released Xperia 5 II has been updated to build number 58.0.A.22.21, which adds October 2020 Android security patches. In addition, its budget Xperia L4 has seen an update to 57.0.A.2.258, which also adds October 2020 patches. Sony’s 2020 mid-range Xperia 10 […]

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Xperia 1 II, Xperia 10 II and Xperia 1/5 get October 2020 security patches

Sony has released new firmware for a number of devices which adds the October 2020 Android security patches. The 2020 handsets that have been updated include the Xperia 1 II through build number 58.0.A.3.194 and the Xperia 10 II with build number 59.0.A.8.33. There does not appear to be any other big changes to these […]

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Xperia 5 II in teardown video; highlights engineering effort to keep it cool

The Sony Xperia 5 II has only just started hitting customers hands, and the smartphone has already been disassembled. The video below shows the handset being torn down step-by-step, and makes you appreciate the clean engineering design that goes into its manufacture, particularly given the slim and relatively compact design. It shows the graphite film […]

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Xperia 5 II now shipping; official wallpaper available to download

The Xperia 5 II has now started to ship in some regions, with some lucky customers already receiving units. Browsing through the r/SonyXperia subreddit highlights a variety of owners who have received their Xperia 5 II over the last few days (see some links below). A number of retailers still have the handset on pre-order, […]

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Xperia 5 II announced for au by KDDI in Japan; SIM-free Xperia 10 II to launch

Since the Xperia 5 II was announced, there was no word which carrier would be picking up the handset in Japan. Well now we know that it will be picked up by au by KDDI (other carriers could follow suit) where it will have model number Xperia 5 II (SOG02). The handset will be available […]

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Sony Xperia 5 II (Mark 2) gets official with 120Hz display and 4000mAh battery

Sony has formally unveiled the Xperia 5 II (Mark 2), which had been heavily leaked in the weeks leading up to today’s launch. All of the leaks were spot on in terms of features and specifications, but what we didn’t know was pricing and availability. Sony confirmed in its press conference that the Xperia 5 […]

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August 2020 security patches roll for Xperia 1/5 and others including XZ2/XZ3 family

Sony has released new firmware updates for a number of handsets that brings August 2020 Android security patches with them. Updated models include the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 with build number 55.1.A.9.75. In addition, the Xperia XZ2 and XZ3 range has been updated to build number 52.1.A.3.74, which have moved from July 2020 to […]

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