Sony Xperia 1 II smartphone features Zeiss II cameras, 5G, and a confusing name

Sony’s follow-up to last year’s Xperia 1 flagship phone has a similar design, display, and camera setup. But the new Sony Xperia 1 II sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and 5G modem, making it the company’s first 5G smartphone. The new model also has a bigger battery, more memory and storage, and support for higher-capacity […]

Sony has trouble meeting demand for smartphone camera sensors (due to rise of multi-camera phones)

Sony makes the camera image sensors used in many of the world’s smartphones. But a lot of modern phones don’t just have a camera on the back and another on the front anymore — they have multiple cameras to add support for things like depth-sensing, wide-angle shots or telephoto zoom photos. And it turns out […]

Sony’s next Xperia Compact phone could have bigger screen, smaller body

There was a time when smartphones with screens larger than four inches were considered extra large. Those days are long gone, and now it’s hard to find phones with screens as small as five inches or less. But Sony has been making “compact” editions of many of its top phones for years, and it looks like […]

Sony’s wearable neck speaker comes to the US for $250 for some reason

I can’t imagine there’s a huge market for speakers that you hang around your neck… but companies keep producing them, so what do I know? Anyway, now there’s another option in the North American market. Sony’s SRS-WS1 wireless neck speaker is now available in the US after first making a debut in Japan. The wearable speaker […]

Sony unveils Xperia 1 Professional Edition smartphone aimed at multimedia pros

The Sony Xperia 1 that launched this summer is a premium phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor triple rear cameras, and stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos audio, among other things. But its stand-out feature is the display: a 6.5 inch, 3840 x 1644 pixel HDR OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Now Sony […]

Sony’s 40th-anniversary walkman is a digital music player with (expensive) analog style

Before smartphones there were iPods and other portable media players. But before all of them, there was the Sony Walkman, a portable cassette player that let you take your music with you. Sony’s continued releasing Walkman-branded products in recent years, but for the most part they’re high-end digital music players… and the new 40th-anniversary Walkman […]

Multi-camera madness: Leaks point to 8-camera Sony smartphone, 6-camera Motorola model

The Nokia 9 PureView turned heads when it launched earlier this year, thanks to an unusual camera system that packed six cameras into a single phone (five on the back and one on the front). Now it looks like Sony may be planning to one-up Nokia… or maybe two-up. The company is said to be […]

Lilbits 367: Say hello to the Samsung Galaxy Home Mini (while you wait for the Galaxy Home)

It’s been close to a year since Samsung first spoke publicly about the Galaxy Home smart speaker with support for the company’s Bixby voice assistant… but you still can’t actually buy one yet. But it looks like the company is also developing a second, smaller model. The folks at CNET spotted an FCC listing for […]