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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

With its powerful processor, great camera, decent screen and gorgeous, waterproof design, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact is the best small Android phone around.

Jan. 28, 2014

4.5 stars Editors' rating Jan. 28, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1S

The Xperia Z1S is the most impressive smartphone Sony has ever sold on any carrier, but an inferior screen makes Samsung's Galaxy handsets better deals.

Jan. 13, 2014

3.5 stars Editors' rating Jan. 13, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1

Sony's flagship Xperia Z1 packs a Full HD display, a quad-core processor, and a whopping 20.7-megapixel camera into a waterproof body and wraps it in an aluminium frame.

Sep. 4, 2013

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Sony gives away free movies, music for Xperia Z2, Z1, Z1S

A limited-time promotion sees Sony giving away hundreds of dollars worth of movies, music, and apps for the Xperia Z1, Z1S, and Z2.

By May. 1, 2014

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini

As with the original flagship, Samsung is counting on the midrange phone's fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor, and extra apps to stand out.

Jul. 1, 2014

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Android 4.3 flavors Sony Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra

Sony also promises that the Android 4.3 update is "right around the corner" for the rest of its Xperia lineup.

By Dec. 16, 2013

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Sony HT-XT1

Sony's HT-XT1 sound stand is packed with features, looks sleek, and sounds great, making it a no-brainer upgrade over your TV's built-in speakers.

Apr. 25, 2014

4 stars Editors' rating Apr. 25, 2014
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Sony unveils unlocked Xperia Z1 LTE phone for $620

The LTE variant of the phone is available through Sony's Web site, though only the black model is currently in stock.

By Apr. 4, 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra Jelly Bean update has started

The gigantic Sony Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z Ultra phablet are now updating to Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

By Dec. 16, 2013

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Sony shrinks Xperia Z1 to 4.3 inches to create Z1F

The Xperia Z1F is a sawed-off version of Sony's waterproof flagship Android smartphone, with a 4.3-inch screen instead of a 5-incher.

By Oct. 10, 2013