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Sony XPERIA Z5 officially announced

Sony is among the many manufacturers in attendance at the IFA 2015 trade show happening as we speak. At its press event, the Japanese device maker has made its new flagship official – the Sony XPERIA Z5.

Sony XPERIA Z5 now official

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Just like the international Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus and its Japanese-exclusive counterpart, the Sony XPERIA Z4, the Sony XPERIA Z5 features Sony’s OmniBalance design. Like other XPERIA handsets, the metal frame houses a number of physical buttons. These include the camera shutter key, the volume rocker, and the power button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner. Like other Sony flagship before it, the Sony XPERIA Z5 is IP65/68. This simply means that the device is waterproof.

Most of today’s flagships come with Quad HD displays (resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels). Sadly, this is not the case with the Sony XPERIA Z5. Like its predecessor, it comes with a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (Full HD). Its screen has a pixel density of 423 ppi.

A lot of Sony XPERIA Z3 Plus/Z4 owners were disappointed with their smartphones, mainly because the smartphone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 2 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, and an Adreno 430 GPU caused the device to overheat and crash. This is the same CPU under the hood of the Sony XPERIA Z5. It also comes with 3 GB of RAM. We’re hoping Sony has addressed the overheating issues of the CPU, before its new flagship is launched.

In the photography department, the Sony XPERIA Z5 comes with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with an Exmor R sensor and a wide-angle 25 mm lens for better selfies. Here’s where it gets more exciting. It’s main camera is a 23-megapixel rear-facing camera with Sony’s 1/2.3″ Exmor RS sensor. Sony boasts that this camera offers the world’s fastest autofocus (a mere 0.03 seconds). Other features include 5x Clear Image Zoom, up to ISO12800 for photos and ISO3200 for videos, improved Steady Shot features, and 4K video recording.

The Sony XPERIA Z5 comes with 32 GB of internal storage. If you need more storage space, it also comes with a microSD card slot. To keep the lights on, the smartphone sports a 2,900 mAh battery, which Sony claims can last up to two days. It runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box with Sony’s XPERIA UI slapped on top.

Sony is yet to announce pricing and availability, but we’re sure to get an announcement from the Japanese firm in the weeks to come.

Want to know when the Sony XPERIA Z5 will be available in the UK? Keep it here at Phones LTD for further updates.

Metal-clad Huawei Mate S with Force Touch makes official debut

At IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany, Huawei lifted the lid on a new phablet – the Huawei Mate S. It is a high-end device, with one variant sporting a Force Touch screen.

Huawei Mate S

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The Huawei Mate S comes with a 5.5-inch 2.5D screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (FHD). Although it isn’t a QHD type (1440 x 2560 pixels), a variant of the phablet comes with Force Touch tech, which means the screen can distinguish a soft tap from a hard tap. This allows the device to react accordingly, depending on the tap. The device offers an exceptional screen-to-body ratio.

Like a number of smartphones available in the market, the Huawei Mate S comes with a fingerprint scanner.

Under the hood is Huawei’s Hisilicon Kirin 935 64-bit octa-core processor with four cores clocked at 2.2 GHz and four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, coupled with 3 GB of RAM.

The Huawei Mate S’s camera combo consists of a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and OIS (optical image stabilisation) and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera that also comes with front-facing LED flash. This will allow its users to snap the best selfies in even the poorest light conditions. Manual mode is also available, allowing users to manually adjust ISO, exposure, exposure time, white balance, focus, grid, flash-assisted focusing.

The Huawei Mate S comes with three built-in directional microphones, which allows users to enjoy more from clear recording with minimal background noise. There are also a number of recording modes to choose from. These include interview mode (180° recording), meeting mode (all-direction recording), and a regular mode. The smartphone also comes with two stereo speakers found on the bottom of the device.

The phablet measures 149.8 mm x 75.3 mm x 7.2 mm and weighs in at 156 g. This includes the battery.

It runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with Huawei’s Emotion 3.1 UI.

Huawei will launch the Mate S on the 15th of September in more than 30 countries. The UK is included in this list.

Vmall.eu will be putting up the device for pre-order on the 8th of September. The titanium grey or mystique champagne colour options with 32 GB of internal storage will cost the equivalent of £473, while the “prestige” gold or coral pink colour options with 64 GB of internal storage will cost around £510. It is yet to be determined how much the version with Force Touch and 128 GB of internal storage will set buyers back.

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Sony XPERIA Z5 series with

We have recently been treated to a number of leaks concerning Sony’s upcoming XPERIA Z5 series (XPERIA Z5, XPERIA Z5 Compact, and XPERIA Z5 Plus). Now, the Japanese device maker has teased that a new smartphone with “greater focus” is coming soon. Could this be the rumoured XPERIA Z5 series, expected to make its official debut this year?

Mystery XPERIA smartphone with “Greater Focus”

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We’ve known for quite some time now that Sony will be present at the IFA 2015 trade show, which kicks off in early September in Berlin, Germany. Now, Sony XPERIA GB has announced that its press event at IFA 2015 will take place on the 2nd of September.

Sony says that XPERIA fans should “get ready for a smartphone with a greater focus,” adding that “all will become clear on 02.09.2015.”

Sony also includes a photo in the tweet, showing a blurred out smartphone. Initially, we thought the photo showed the regular sized XPERIA Z5. However, judging from the size of the smartphone compared to the hand, it is likely that the photo is showing the smaller XPERIA Z5 Compact. It’s either that or the hand model used has really large hands, making the Z5 look smaller. Whatever the case, it shows that the smartphone’s camera can easily focus on an object even at night or in poor light conditions.

To recap, past rumours have claimed that the XPERIA Z5 will sport a 5.5-inch screen, while the XPERIA Z5 Compact will come with a 4.7-inch screen.

Going back to the teaser, it’s clear that Sony’s upcoming XPERIA smartphone will come with some type of advanced autofocus system. Sadly, this special autofocus feature is yet to be determined, but we’re sure to find out more in the next few days.

We are also hoping that Sony’s upcoming XPERIA Z5 series will come with the Sony IMX240 sensor, which is used by the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Lastly, we hope that the new smartphones will offer updated camera software.

For now, this is all just speculation, so take it with a pinch of salt. Fortunately, IFA 2015 is just a few days away, so we won’t have to wait very long to find out which rumours are accurate and which rumours were simply rumours, so stay tuned.

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Check out these new leaked images of the Talkman and Cityman

Microsoft is rumoured to be cooking up two new high-end smartphones – the Talkman and Cityman (code names). The Talkman is said to be the Lumia 940 or the Lumia 950. The Cityman is said to be the Lumia 940 XL or the Lumia 950 XL. Regardless of what the software giant plans on calling the two, new leaked images allegedly show the two devices.

Talkman and Cityman

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New images (see above) have surfaced online that claim to show the unannounced Microsoft Lumia Talkman and Microsoft Lumia Cityman. German-speaking DrWindows is responsible for leaking the topmost image, showing a photo of the Cityman connected to what seems to be a Continuum docking station. The Continuum docking station allows users to display whatever is shown on the smartphone’s screen onto a bigger screen such as a PC screen.

Evan Blass (popularly known as @evleaks on Twitter) is responsible for leaking the remaining two images. The two look like press renders of the Talkman and Cityman. Different angles are shown – front, back, and side.

Previously leaked specs

The Microsoft Lumia Talkman is said to sport a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). It will come with 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for added storage space. Under the hood will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core (six cores) processor with four ARM Cortex-A53, two ARM Cortex-A57 cores, and an Adreno 418 GPU, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. Its camera combo consists of a 20-megapixel rear-facing PureView camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie-centric camera. It will run Windows 10 Mobile out of the box.

Meanwhile, the Microsoft Lumia Cityman is said to sport a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). It will come with 32 GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot for added storage space. Under the hood will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core (eight cores) processor with four cores clocked at 2 GHz, four cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, and an Adreno 430 GPU, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. Its camera combo consists of a 20-megapixel rear-facing PureView camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie-centric camera. To keep the lights on, it is said to come with a 3,300 mAh battery on board.

According to past reports, Microsoft will lift the lid on the Lumia Talkman and the Lumia Cityman on the 19th of October.

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BlackBerry Venice hands-on photos leaked

BlackBerry is rumoured to be cooking up a new high-end slider. The difference between this new smartphone and everything else made by the Canadian phone maker is that it runs Android and not BlackBerry 10 OS. It is such a unique concept that it has intrigued both Android and BlackBerry fans alike. We’ve seen photos and videos that have leaked the device, but these photos and videos are rather blurry or are of low-quality. Fortunately, newly leaked hands-on photos of the said device are of high-quality, which means we can take a better look at the unannounced device.

BlackBerry Venice hands-on photos

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Vietnamese-speaking Techrum is the site responsible for this latest leak. It shows the BlackBerry Venice in a number of angles. One of the photos show where the SIM card slot and the microSD card slot will be located. Normally, smartphones’ SIM card slots and microSD card slots are located on their sides or inside the device next to the battery, but the Venice will have them atop the device.

When it comes to software, past reports claim that the BlackBerry Venice will run Android 5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box with BlackBerry OS 10 working as a skin (UI) slapped on top. They also claim that there will be two versions of the smartphone – one that runs Android and one that runs BlackBerry 10 OS.

When it comes to specs, we’ve learned that the BlackBerry Venice will sport an 18-megapixel rear-facing camera with OIS and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that will make it perfect for snapping selfies. Under the hood will be a hexa-core (six cores) Snapdragon 808 CPU with an Adreno 418 GPU for graphics made by Qualcomm, coupled with 3 GB of RAM. Lastly, it is said to sport a 5.4-inch screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD). Its screen is said to be curved on the edges, just like the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Its slide houses a physical QWERTY keyboard, which reminds us of the Blackberry handsets of old.

So when is BlackBerry planning to launch the BlackBerry Venice slider? We’ve learned from past reports that the device will be launched in the US via all the four major carriers sometime in November. We still don’t know whether or not BlackBerry plans to release the Venice in the UK, but we’re guessing it will.

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