Sony Xperia Z5 Family Gets Priced in Europe, Comparable to iPhone

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The Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium have officially been unveiled at IFA 2015 and give us a real glimpse at what may be a transforming Sony Mobile. While the design is the same body we’ve seen the latest few years, thanks to improved materials and subtle changes, Sony has been able to introduce three very elegantly designed phones. Alongside their premium finishes comes some very refined specs.

While it might be too early to judge the phone, instead of opting for large numbers, Sony has instead focused on the smaller details to make sure each Xperia Z5 is world class. With a world class phone comes a world class price. After the jump, we reveal their price and show how they compare to the market leader iPhone.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Shown Off In Official Video

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Earlier today, Sony took the wraps off the Xperia Z5 Premium. As the name suggests, this high-end smartphone is targeted at those who want a bit more out of their smartphone experience. In turn, Sony has incorporated a 4K display, Hi-Res Audio, and a 23-megapixel camera with fast auto-focus that can capture a photo in just 0.03 seconds – a world first according to Sony.If you want to know more about the Xperia Z5 Premium, you can do that by reading our more in depth piece. However, if you want to see the new flagship phone in action, Sony has put together a video, showcasing the best it has to offer.

That video awaits you after the jump.

Meet the Flagship Sony Xperia Z5 & Xperia Z5 Compact

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The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium isn’t the only big news (and I mean that literally, seeing how it offers a 5.5-inch 4K display) to come out of IFA 2015. Likely to be far better sellers, due to their more practical sizes and likely lower price point, Sony also announced the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact. As near identical devices, the biggest differentiator between the two new flagship smartphones is their 5.2-inch and 4.6-inch displays. After the jump, we’ve got all the details you can handle.

Sony Xperia Z5 Premium With 5.5-inch 4K Display Announced

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After what seemed like an endless amount of leaks, the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium has officially been revealed at IFA 2015. Once again, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai took to stage to reveal their latest flagship products and at the center of this new smartphone is a 5.5-inch 4K display with a 23-megapixel rear-camera that can shoot in 4K as well. Better yet, tapping into the Bravia engine, the Xperia Z5 Premium will upscale your previous HD content to near 4K quality, ensuring a constant quality across all of your media.

More details after the jump.

Benchmark Specs for Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact Revealed

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We’re now hours away from the Sony IFA 2015 announcement where the company will take center stage and reveal their latest flagship products. Trouble is, we’ve already seen all of them in a series of leaks, including a handful of photos that made their way to the web a few hours ago. The latest reveal is a series of benchmark specs for the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact. Perhaps more interesting is the reveal of an 5-megapixel front-facing camera (think selfies) versus a previously reported 8-megapixels.

I’d previously written on why it made little sense for Sony’s flagship smartphones to offer a lower quality front-facing camera than their mid-tier Xperia C5 Ultra and M5 under the assumption that the camera would be 8-megapixels. This lower quality reveal only strengthens that thought process. After the jump, the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact benchmark specs await you.

Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact & Z5 Premium Photos Leak Prior to IFA Reveal

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Hot on the heels of some specs about the Xperia Z5 family leaking alongside a video preview which was likely destined to be released post announced, a series of new photos have leaked, showcasing the new flagship smartphones. Specifically, the Sony Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact, and Z5 Premium (previously thought to be called the Xperia Z5+) have been photographed, showcasing the new sleep power button and side fingerprint scanner. Those photos can be found after the jump.

Official PS4 Firmware 3.0 Feature List Revealed

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The official PS4 firmware 3.0 feature list has been announced by Sony. Just last week, a screenshot from the beta program revealed some great new features coming to PS4 like direct YouTube streaming. Now thanks to the official list which Sony says is not final, we have a lot more details to talk about like PlayStation Plus cloud storage raising from 1GB to 10GB. Seeing how a free Dropbox account gives you more, it’s about time Sony raises this cap.

Details after the jump.

Meet the Crowdfunded Sony Wena Wrist Smartwatch

Sony_Wena_Overview_02In early summer, we reported on First Flight, an internal crowdfunding platform by Sony that was meant to help surface creative ideas at the company. If backed successfully by consumers, Sony could more easily gauge demand for a product and throw the might of the company behind it while being more risk-averse. The first product to arise from First Flight is Wena Wrist, a new simpler take on the smartwatch. According to Sony, Wena stands for

 wear electronics naturally 

If you’d like to know more about these two new watches, naturally you’ll find the information after the jump.

Sony Walkman ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’ Edition Revealed

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has just been released and is set to do big business for Sony. Having once been a PlayStation exclusive franchise, The Phantom Pain is the last entry under mastermind Hideo Kojima. In many parts of the world, especially Asia, PS3 and PS4 are the only way to experience the game where PlayStation sales and mindshare dominates Xbox. To help drum up further attention and excitement over MGS5, Sony is releasing two limited edition Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Walkmans upon the world. This is on top of the already released Xperia J1 Compact MGS5 edition.

Details after the jump.

Sony Xperia Z5 Series to Offer 5MP Front-Facing Camera & Why That’s Odd

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On the eve of the Xperia Z5 family debut, thanks to a massive leak, we’ve been able to learn quite a bit about the three flagship phones. Shown off in a video that was sanctioned by Sony and slipped out too early, we’ve also learned a lot of the specs that makeup the Z5 family.

With camera technology quickly helping differentiate one phone from another, the Xperia Z5 is sure to make a splash with its 23-megapixel rear-facing with 5x Clear Image Zoom and 4K video. To go along with the megapixel count, Sony is also offering a 30 milliseconds autofocus that will help keep your photos in focus. For comparison, the Xperia M5 offers a 250 milliseconds autofocus.

Powering the front-facing camera is a 8-megapixel sensor which is where things start to get strange. Lets talk after the jump.