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26 new devices from Oppo, Xiaomi, and Samsung now officially support ARCore

26 new devices from Oppo, Xiaomi, and Samsung now officially support ARCore

Mixed reality experiences continue to play their roles in helping us understand concepts, tell stories, market products, or in just letting us hang out with a virtual Pomeranian for a hot second. For Android phones, that means having Google certify that your phone supports its ARCore APIs. We've got our first batch of new supported devices for 2021 right here.

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Sony Xperia 1 III appears in renders with new shortcut button and slightly smaller design

Sony Xperia 1 III appears in renders with new shortcut button and slightly smaller design

Sony's smartphones have historically not been popular, but that hasn't stopped the company from... not really changing anything. The company's main flagship phone for 2021 is due for release soon, and now we have our first good look at it, thanks to a series of leaked renders.

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Android 11 update starts rolling out for Sony Xperia 10 II right on schedule

Android 11 update starts rolling out for Sony Xperia 10 II right on schedule

Sony has managed to keep the schedule it promised at the end of November, and an update delivering Android 11 to the Xperia 10 II has started rolling out. The "super mid-range" phone was announced in February 2020 and released in certain markets beginning in May, running Android 10.

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Sony's latest smartphone strategy: Charge $2,500 and call it a 'camera accessory'

Sony's latest smartphone strategy: Charge $2,500 and call it a 'camera accessory'

Sony has long made interesting smartphone design decisions — tending to prioritize features that, while earning the company a small but fervent following, have failed to make much headway in the market at large. With the new Xperia Pro, it's leaning hard into that approach: the phone is an unabashedly niche $2,500 accessory for professional photographers and videographers, and you can buy one today.

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Renders suggest the Sony Xperia Compact series could be resurrected

Renders suggest the Sony Xperia Compact series could be resurrected

Why is it so hard to find a good smartphone that's not also huge? The last Compact-branded phone we got to see from Sony was about three years ago, and its more recent smallish flagship has a 6.1” screen — thus can’t really be labeled "compact." Now a recent leak suggests that Sony is actually working on a new 5.5-inch phone, marking the resurrection of the Xperia Compact lineup.

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Here's our first look at the Sony Xperia 10 III

Here's our first look at the Sony Xperia 10 III

Sony is reportedly preparing to release its third Xperia 10-branded phone, appropriately named Xperia 10 III, in the next few weeks. Steve Hemmerstoffer, who also goes by OnLeaks, has shared a few renderings of this upcoming Sony mid-ranger, along with a brief spec overview.

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Sony Xperia 5 II owners are getting a major update with Android 11

Sony Xperia 5 II owners are getting a major update with Android 11

Sony's latest compact flagship may not be a phone we'd recommend to most people, but current owners of the Xperia 5 II are already in for a major upgrade. Last year, the company shared its estimated Android 11 update timeline and now Sony is rolling out Google's newest OS to the Xperia 5 II right on schedule.

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Grab a pair of refurbished Sony WF-SP800N true wireless earbuds with ANC for just $60 on eBay

Grab a pair of refurbished Sony WF-SP800N true wireless earbuds with ANC for just $60 on eBay

There's no shortage of true wireless earbuds on the market, but for those into fitness, the Sony WF-SP800N is a great option. When we reviewed them last year, our own Taylor thought they were priced reasonably at $200. At $59.99 for a refurbished pair after a coupon code, a purchase is pretty much a no-brainer.

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Sony releases Android 11 update for Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 early

Sony releases Android 11 update for Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 early

When it comes to update roadmaps, manufacturers seem to miss their target rollout dates more often than not, so it's always a nice surprise when an update shows up early. Sony is now sending out the Android 11 update for the Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 in some markets, earlier than the February date originally given (and even ahead of the newer Xperia 5 II).

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Sony Xperia 5 II review: A decent phone you shouldn't buy

Sony Xperia 5 II review: A decent phone you shouldn't buy

Premium Sony phones like the Xperia 5 II are hard to review. They're made for a very specific demographic — one so specific as to comprise roughly zero percent of the market. They're made for people who want both niche features like a physical shutter button and features that used to be common but now aren't, like headphone jacks, expandable storage, and displays without notches or hole-punches.

And that's fine! If you're a member of that subset of a subset of consumers, you'll probably like the Xperia 5 II very much. But the phone costs $950, which, after a barn burner of a year for very competent phones that cost $800, $700, $600, and less, is a bitter pill to swallow.

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