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Sony Xperia 1 IV smartphone has an optical zoom camera with 85-125mm continuous zoom

Plenty of modern smartphones have telephoto cameras that let you get closer to the action. But most have a fixed focal length, which means that you have only a few choices for zoom level before you start relying on digital zoom. The new Sony Xperia 1 IV is different. One of the three cameras on the […]

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Lilbits: PineNote, Sony LinkBuds, and Intel’s foundry business

Pine64 is a company which develops hardware aimed at open source software enthusiasts and then encourages independent developers to create the software that will run on it. So far that approach has generated results with a series of affordable laptops, smartphones, and a tablet. The company’s most recent product is a $399 E Ink tablet […]

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Sony Xperia 5 III is now available in the US for $1000 (Flagship phone specs and an adjustable telephoto camera)

The Sony Xperia 5 III is a flagship-class smartphone with a high quality display, a speedy processor, and three rear cameras featuring Sony Exmor image sensors. The telephoto camera also has an adjustable focal length, making the Sony Xperia 5 III one of the first smartphones with that feature. Sony introduced the phone last April, […]

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Lilbits: WiFi Game Boy Cartridge, Framework modular laptop in Europe, and more

Folks have been hacking the Game Boy for decades, but surprisingly up until now one thing that nobody seems to have done is create a WiFi Game Boy cartridge that allows Nintendo’s original handheld game console to connect to the internet wirelessly. Well, now we can scratch that off the list, because a hacker created […]

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Sony’s $1800 Xperia PRO-I is a high-end camera that’s also a smartphone, I guess

Sony makes high-end cameras. Sony also makes smartphones. So it’s no surprise that the company also makes the cameras used in many smartphones, including Google’s highly-rated Pixel smartphones. Up until recently, Sony’s own phones weren’t really known for stand-out camera capabilities though. But earlier this year the company changed that by introducing the Sony Xperia […]

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Sony’s wearable speakers are back, they’re cheaper, and… maybe they make more sense in 2021?

Wireless headphones are getting better all the time. Wireless earbuds too. And then there’s another, weird category – wireless, wearable speakers. They’re basically neckbands with speakers that point upward, allowing you to listen to music, podcasts, or just about anything else without sticking anything over or in your ears. Sony launched a pair a few […]

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Sony Xperia 10 II will be able to run Sailfish OS soon

The Sony Xperia 10 II is a smartphone with a 6 inch, 2520 x 1080 pixel OLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. Originally released in early 2020, like most Sony smartphones, it originally shipped with Google Android. But like a handful of other Sony devices, you’ll soon […]

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Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III smartphones feature variable telephoto lenses

Sony makes high-end cameras. Sony makes high-end smartphones. And Sony makes the smartphone camera image sensors found in many of the best phones for snapping photos, including Google’s Pixel series. But Sony’s smartphones have historically been… just fine for taking pictures, although things have started to look up recently. So it’s interesting to note that […]