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Sep 5, 2015

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Premium with 1080p Display, 4GB of RAM Headed to Japan

A few days ago Sony unveiled the Xperia Z5 Compact, alongside the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium, on the grounds at IFA 2015 in Berlin.

The smallest of the three phones launched by the Japanese company, the Xperia Z5 Compact features a 4.6-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720p) resolution and features scratch-resistant glass and oleophobic coating. Well, just a few days after Sony introduced the phone, it has become apparent that another version of the phone is being prepped for Sony’s domestic market, Japan (as seen at Android Authority). It’s not unusual to see exclusive versions of international phones being released in the country as Japan has a different consumer base altogether.

What will the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Premium be all about?
The phone will go on sale as the Xperia Z5 Compact Premium and will be available via Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. Unlike the Xperia Z5 Compact, the Premium version will feature a better, 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) on a 4.6-inch display. The device will take advantage of the same Snapdragon 810 which is powering all the members of the Xperia Z5 family. However, we are spotting a major difference in the RAM department. Apparently, the Xperia Z5 Compact features only 2GB of RAM while the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium have 3GB of RAM onboard.

By contrast, the Xperia Z5 Compact Premium will have 4GB of RAM, which is a bit odd, considering that even the 4K-screened Xperia Z5 Premium doesn’t have that much RAM storage onboard. We’re also told the phone will be sustained by a 2,700 mAh battery. The rest of the specifications are said to be the same. Even so, we’re yet to see an official confirmation from Sony or the Japanese carrier DoCoMo, so take the information with a pinch of salt. It’s not uncommon for Sony to release several versions of its flagships. For example, the Xperia Z3+ was launched with a 1080p display, yet shortly afterwards Sony said it would launch a version of the phone with QHD display under US carrier, Verizon.

If the report turns out to be true, the Xperia Z5 Compact Premium would make for quite a phone, don’t you think?

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Premium might be coming to Japan
Image credits to Android Authority

Sony Xperia Z5 Series Seems Plagued by the Same Snapdragon 810 Overheating Issues

Sony was one of the major device manufacturers who came to IFA 2015 hell-bent to impress the crowd. So the Japanese company unveiled not one, but three smartphones including the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact and Xperia Z5 Premium.

The three models are built on a common blueprint and once again Sony chose to rely on the controversial Snapdragon 810 platform to power its new devices. But the thing is, the previous Xperia Z3+ flagship also came with a Snapdragon 810 on the inside and soon after the device began shipping out to customers, we started hearing reports of overheating. Sony tried to do some damage control and rolled out a software update meant to minimize the troubles, which didn’t turn out to be working too well. So even before the Xperia Z5 family went live, we were saying that Sony better have come up with a solution to prevent the Snapdragon 810 from doing what it knows best.

Sony Xperia Z5 camera app shuts down due to overheating
But the folks at Phone Arena who got to play a little with the new devices captured the image above. The phones exhibited on the grounds at IFA 2015 might be non-final prototype models, but even so it seems they aren’t Snapdragon 810 problem free. As you can see, the unpleasant “Camera will now turn off temporarily to cool down” message has popped up on the display during some fugitive, preliminary testing. It’s worth mentioning that the camera wasn’t used to record demanding 4K video that can cause the phone to run hot.

Apparently, the Xperia Z5 was running very hot, although reportedly not as hot as some earlier Xperia models. At this stage, it seems that Qualcomm and Sony haven’t yet managed to resolve the problem concerning the overheating issues of the Snapdragon 810. The question is, can they be resolved at all? Sony is yet to start shipping the first units of the Xperia Z5 family (in the UK they are due out in November), so maybe, just maybe, the Japanese device maker still has time to do something about this ever-persistent problem.

In our view, Sony’s decision to go for the Snapdragon 810 was a bad call and given the company’s current state, it’s hard to picture they will be able to manage another disaster in terms of sales.

Sony Xperia Z5 still plagued by overheating issues?
Image credits to Phone Arena

Meet Nokia's First Android Smartphone, C1 Coming in 2016

Nokia has already confirmed it is now readying its comeback on the smartphone market and will debut its first handset sometime in late 2016.

After selling its mobile division to Microsoft, the Finnish company launched the N1, an Android tablet that sold like hot cakes in China. China was the only country where Nokia made the N1 available for purchase, but beginning this month people from Europe and other regions can pre-order the slate. The first orders should ship beginning October. But an Android tablet is not enough for what once was the world's largest handset maker. Because the agreement with Microsoft doesn't allow Nokia to launch any new smartphones until late 2016, the Finnish company wasn't present on this market.

The good news is Nokia has already started hiring people with experience in design for its upcoming lineup of Android smartphones. The next step, as the company confirmed many months ago, is to find a partner that would take over the manufacturing, sales, marketing and customer support for the smartphones designed by Nokia.

Mid-range specs, stylish design
One of the first smartphones under Nokia's brand could be the C1. Spotted by G for Games, the first images of the Nokia C1 come directly from China and show a quite stylish design. From what we can see, the C1 could feature a unibody design with a more than decent screen-to-body ratio. Some details about the phone's specs have been leaked too. Apparently, the C1 won't be a high-end smartphone, but an affordable smartphone that will most likely sell very well if priced accordingly.

So, Nokia C1 is expected to sport a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720p) resolution. The smartphone will be powered by an Intel Atom chipset coupled with 2GB of RAM. On the back, the C1 will pack an 8-megapixel photo snapper with autofocus, LED flash and video recording, while in the front there will be a 5-megapixel selfie camera. By the time Nokia launches the C1, Google might release another version of Android, so there's no telling what platform it will run.

Nokia C1
Images credits to Weibo

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