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The Sony Xperia 1 ships on July 12 in the US, still costs way too much money

The Xperia 1 is Sony's new flagship smartphone. It was first shown off at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, and comes equipped with everything you'd expect from a high-end smartphone in 2019, all in an extremely-tall 2:1 design. Pre-orders already begun in the United States, and now it has a shipping date, and people in Europe can buy the phone too.

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Sony Xperia 2 leaks: It’s basically a smaller Xperia 1

Sony tried to marry its distinct industrial design with today's tall 2:1 screen ratios and thus birthed the Xperia 1 at MWC this year. While that phone was a refreshing new approach for the company, it was bound to fail with its $1,000 price tag attached. However, Sony is always iterating very quickly, pushing hardware updates almost every six months. And thus, new phones are bound to show up shortly after the current device's release. Now, some images and specs have leaked that give us a glimpse at the upcoming Sony Xperia 2.

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Sony Xperia XZ3 falls to $585 ($215 off) on Amazon

Sitting at about the six-month mark, Sony's late-2018 flagship XZ3 just got a nice discount over on Amazon. You pick up the incredibly capable phone for yourself for $585.22, a good $215 and change off the MSRP.

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[Update: OTA, 3a images] Android Q Beta 3 is now available, delivers plenty of new features

Following our previous expectations and just in time for developers in attendance at the ongoing I/O developer conference, Google has just pushed out downloads for Android Q Beta 3. OTAs don't seem to be pushing out via the traditional means just yet, but you can start sideloading the update on your Pixel now. Beta 3 also adds support for 15 other partner devices from 12 OEMs.

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Here are the Android Q Beta image links for third-party devices and some quirks to watch for

If you don't have a Pixel phone to get into that sweet, sweet Android Q Beta business, you've got more than a dozen third-party phones that can help you get there. But with each phone comes its own catches, so we'll patch you through to the resources you need from the OEMs.

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Amazon has the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium for $600 ($300 off)

Sony may not be doing so well in the smartphone business, likely due in part to how pricey its devices are. As we typically see with the Xperia line as time goes on, there's another sale on the XZ2 Premium over on Amazon. You can score yours for $599.99, $300 off the quite high MSRP.

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Sony’s smartphone shipments dropped 50% last year

It's no secret that Sony's mobile division has been struggling for years. Every quarter, the financials consistently show losses under the Mobile Communications section, and the Q4 2018 and FY2018 results are no different. That said, the mobile division is an outlier, as Sony as a whole is still profitable.

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Get a black Sony Xperia XZ2 for $450 ($50 off) from Amazon or Best Buy

Today is another day for phone deals. Right now, you can pick up a Sony Xperia XZ2 from either Amazon or Best for $449.99, a savings of $50. That's a really decent price for a Snapdragon 845 device.

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Sony's WH-1000XM3 Bluetooth ANC headphones are $276 ($74 off) on Rakuten with code

Sony's 1000XM3 headphones are arguably the best product at its price point right now. Discounts were sparse in the months following its initial release, but they're starting to go on sale more often now. ProElectronics via Rakuten is currently offering these for $276.21 a pop, around $74 off, with a coupon code.

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Sony Xperia XA2 Android 9 Pie rollout resumes after initially bricking devices

Sony's Xperia XA2 family of devices got its first taste of Android 9 Pie in February, but it didn't go as planned. The update bricked some units. The phones would reboot to a screen showing black and white lines, becoming inoperable. The rollout was quickly halted. Sony has evidently worked out the kinks, though, as Pie is once again landing on XA2 phones.

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