The Sony XZs is a high-end device just announced at MWC 2017 which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip. Sony has optimized it for value-to the user, and this device isn’t meant as winning any “specs war” — that role is fulfilled by the Sony XZ Premium, which is powered by a Snapdragon 835 and features a 4K display. Don’t miss our review of the XZ Premium either.

The XZs focuses on the camera experience by using Sony’s latest and greatest image sensor which is capable of capturing shots at an incredible speed of 960 FPS. Sony also designed the phone to be a bit more compact than the XZ Premium model. Compactness and large display are conflicting requests that often show up in consumer surveys, so phone makers have to strike a balance. Read full post →Sony XPERIA XZs Review: Hands-On

Last year during BlizzCon, Blizzard announced the Overwatch League. Given that Blizzard has never really kept it a secret that they wanted to break into the eSports scene, the Overwatch League certainly sounds like a pretty good place to start. For those wondering when the League is expected to commence, you’ll be pleased to learn that it will be soon. Read full post →Overwatch League Will Commence In Q3 2017

As our homes are getting smarter and more connected, why not our cities too, right? At CES earlier this year, AT&T unveiled their plans for the Smart Cities program, and now it looks like the carrier has detailed more of their plans, one of which involves a deal with GE to install Current CityIQ sensors into streetlights. Read full post →AT&T To install Smart Streetlights To Monitor Traffic

The leaks for the Samsung Galaxy S8 have been steadily finding their way online, and now thanks to a video uploaded onto YouTube by Slashleaks, it shows both the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus in action. The video appears to have been taken from Weibo in China and while it is short, it gives us a decent look at what to expect. Read full post →Video Allegedly Shows The Galaxy S8, S8 Plus In Action

[MWC 2017] The cameras on our smartphones these days really plays an important role when choosing which phone to purchase. If you are in agreement then you might be interested to learn that ZTE has announced a new smartphone part of their Blade series that is aimed at smartphone photo enthusiasts (on a budget). Read full post →ZTE’s Blade V8 Mini Is Aimed At Smartphone Photographer

So far reactions from the industry with regards to the Nintendo Switch have been largely positive, with quite a few big name developers and publishers praising the console and its possibilities. The latest to offer their praise comes from Final Fantasy XV’s director Hajime Tabata, who in an interview with Polygon called the Switch a “dream machine”. Read full post →Final Fantasy XV’s Director Calls The Switch A ‘Dream Machine’

[MWC 2017] Back in the day it was pretty much unheard of for kids to own a mobile phone. For those that did, it was usually because parents needed a way to stay in touch, but these days children and young teens owning smartphones has become the norm, which is why there are some companies who are clearly designing for this market in mind. Read full post →ZTE Blade V8 Lite Announced

Ever since the iCloud hack/leak from a few years ago, Apple has been pushing for users to use two-factor authentication. So much so that it has been noticed that if you’re running iOS 10.3 beta and you don’t have two-factor enabled, Apple has been prompting users to enable the feature via push notifications. Read full post →Apple Prompting iOS 10.3 Users To Enable Two-Factor Authentication

One of the reasons why resolution is so important in virtual reality (VR) is because the more realistic things look, the more immersive the experience. However if your visuals are realistic but your sounds aren’t, it kind of kills the vibe, doesn’t it? This is an area that Valve wants to fix with the release of a new tool called Steam Audio. Read full post →Valve Wants To Make Audio More Realistic In VR

The Sony XA1 Ultra is Sony’s large 6-inch screen mid-tier smartphone, an update of the Xperia XA Ultra announced in May last year.  The design looks similar to the previous model with some differences here and there, the feature list is comparable, the hardware and the cameras got an upgrade. The body is a hair thinner and lighter than the predecessor, at 8.1 mm (vs. 8.4 mm) and 188 g (vs. 201 grams)

Sony’s idea is to provide a great build-quality with a mid-range SoC (processor) and good cameras in a mid-tier product. Sony did not share anything regarding pricing, so at the time of publishing, we cannot provide an opinion on the bang for the buck, however, we can expect a mid-range price knowing that the previous model, the Xperia XA Ultra sells now for about $290, and was sold for about $370 at launch.

I played briefly with the new Sony XA1 Ultra and here are my first impressions: Read full post →Sony Xperia XA1 Ultra Review: Hands-on