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The Xperia lineup from Sony has made quite a buzz by the essence of its unique physicality and design. Over the years, Sony’s take on smartphones maintained the boxy and squared-off design. During the course of this year, we saw many innovations to smartphones like bezel-less displays and gaming smartphones with outstanding battery life. But Sony maintained its less ergonomic feel with its all-glass boxy design. despite of these features, can the Sony Xperia XZ2 live up to its predecessors? This is our ultimate question in reviewing this device. Design The Sony Xperia XZ2 has a 5.7″, 18:9 Full HD+ display with HDR compatibility. It’s quite a lot to take it in but as you can see, the XZ2 doesn’t follow the notch trend and we’re very happy to see that. The display resolution is 1080 x 2160, with good viewing angles and excellent color reproduction – this is the…

Sony continues to push the boundaries of technology to create smartphones that cater to the ever growing demands of today’s fast-paced lifestyle. As such, the company has recently launched its newest flagship in the Philippines, the Xperia XZ2. Built to be an entertainment powerhouse, the Xperia XZ2 features a 5.7-inch FHD+ HDR display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and Sony’s BRAVIA TV Technology for a more cinematic viewing experience. It also comes with a dynamic vibration system, which takes your content to a whole new level. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage expandable with a microSD card. The Xperia XZ2 has been equipped with a 19MP MotionEye Rear Camera that’s capable of 8x digital zoom, 960fps super slow motion recording, 4K HDR recording, and also features the BIONZ image processing engine. This is complimented by a 5MP…

Apart from the new Xperia XZ2, Sony also announced the arrival of its newest wireless stereo headset, the Xperia Ear Duo – touted to offer a new and immersive listening experience. The Xperia Ear Duo features a design that doesn’t block the ear canal, so you can hear both your music and the environment simultaneously.  It can even intelligently adjust its volume to match your surroundings. This is all thanks to a spatial acoustic conductor, developed in-house by Sony’s R & D, which allows the sound to be transmitted directly in the ear. The device is also compatible with voice assistants such as Siri and Google, and you can have always-on updates depending on thanks to its Daily Assist feature which uses multiple sensors to know where you are and what you’re doing. Best of all, the Xperia Ear Duo features a carrying case that can also charge the headset…

Sony is reinforcing its mid-range lineup, by announcing the availability and local pricing of its ultimate “dual selfie” smartphone, the Xperia XA2 Ultra, which features a huge 6-inch Full HD display and dual front cameras. At the core of the XA2 Ultra is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, along with 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage with microSD card support. At the rear is a 23MP rear camera that comes with features like SteadyShot, Hybrid Autofocus, and 5x Clear Image Zoom. It can also record 4K and 120fps slow-motion videos. At the front is a dual camera system that utilizes a 16MP main sensor with OIS, along with an 8MP secondary shooter with a wide-angle lens. The device runs on Sony’s custom skin on top of Android Oreo, and packs a 3,580mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive Charging and Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility. The Sony Xperia XA2…

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is one of the Japanese tech giant’s entries into the high-end segment. It sports a stunning 4K display, a Snapdragon 835, and a camera that’s not only touted to offer great photos, but specializes in video recording as well. I wanted to find out why this phone was dubbed as best new smartphone at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Berlin, so I took it for a spin with our own tests, and here’s what I think. Sony Xperia XZ Premium Specs: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core Processor 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of Internal Storage Expandable via MicroSD Card 5.5-inch 4K Triluminos Display with HDR, Gorilla Glass 5 19MP Motion Eye Rear Camera, 1/2.3″ Exmor RS, f/2.0, SteadyShot, Anti-Distortion shutter, Predictive Capture, 4K Video Recording, 720p at 960fps Slow Motion 13MP Front Camera, 1/3.06″ Exmor RS, f/2.4 1Gbps LTE USB Type-C Android 7.1 Nougat 3,230mAh…

Apart from the high-end XZ1, Sony also launched its newest mid-range device into the Philippine market, the Sony Xperia XA1 Plus. The Xperia XA1 Plus has a 5.5-inch Full HD display, and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with microSD card support. The Xperia XA1 Plus is equipped with a 23MP rear camera with Hybrid Autofocus, 5x Clear Image Zoom, and Steadyshot, while the 8MP Exmor R front camera lets you take beautiful looking selfies no matter what the condition. Other features include NFC, LTE Cat 4/6, Bluetooth 4.2, aptX support for better audio, and a USB Type-C interface. The XA1 Plus packs a 3430mAh battery with QNOVO adaptive charging, as well as Sony’s pump express+ 2.0 quick charging technology. It runs on Android Nougat out of the box. Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Specs:…

After making its debut at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona, the Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra has finally arrived in Philippine shores! The XA1 Ultra sports a 6-inch Full HD Borderless, Edge-to-Edge Display covered with 2.5D Glass, and is powered by a MediaTek Helio P20 Octa-Core Processor. There’s also 4GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of built-in storage. For imaging, the XA1 Ultra boasts a 23MP main camera that is able to capture subjects with amazing speed and accuracy, thanks to Hybrid Autofocus combined with the quick launch and capture feature. There’s also a 16MP selfie shooter with OIS. It runs on Android Nougat out of the box and packs a 2700mAh battery. The Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra comes in Rainbow White, Black, Pink, and Gold for an SRP of PhP21,990. There’s also a full range of accessories available for a perfect match. Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Specs MediaTek Helio…

Last month, we witnessed the launched of the world’s largest Full HD smartphone. It has 6.4-inch Full HD Display in an ultra-slim design–the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the first smartphone ever to incorporate a Full HD TRILUMINOS Display powered by Sony’s latest X-Reality for mobile devices to deliver the best viewing experience. It uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz processor. It also delivers HD Voice to provide an ultimate entertainment experience. And or course, with an awesome battery performance, you will be able to maximize its usage and enjoy it more than you want. The only waterproof Full HD smartphone The Xperia phones are known to be water proof phones. This feature is also present in the Xperia Ultra Z. During the launch, it was submerged into the water right and it impressively lasted underwater for more than 30 minutes. You don’t need to put a water…

Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW5nJDiaWf4 Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for. 1) The game is Tenchu-inspired If you’ve played any of the Tenchu games in previous game consoles, you know that the use of the grappling hook to set-up a one-slash-stealth kills from above is a hallmark of the series. Zipping to rooftops and treetops will be the go-to move in this game to get rid of sentries. And yes, those ever-so glorious decapitations and dismemberments with the stealth kill are present. 2) Casual or hardcore can play From…

Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade. For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game. And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League. The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases). PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile…

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