Sony Xperia X and Xperia XA
Sony released two new devices at the 2016 Mobile World Congress – the Xperia X and Xperia XA, as part of their new ‘X Series’ which is expected to be fully launched this summer. The new models look a bit different from the previous Z series, moving away from the block design to rounded edges and curved glass displays.
The Xperia X and Xperia XA will be available in lime gold, white, graphite black and rose gold when fully launched this summer.
Xperia X key spec overview:
- 5″ Full HD display
- 23MP rear camera
- 13MP front camera
- Android Marshmallow
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor
- 3GB of RAM
Xperia XA key spec overview:
- 5” edge-to-edge 720p display
- 13MP rear camera
- 8MP front camera
- Android Marshmallow
- MediaTek MT6755 octa-core processor
- 2GB of RAM
Both phones feature Qnovo Adaptive Charging Technology to make sure the battery stamina is strong, with the Xperia X featuring a 2620mAh cell and the Xperia XA 2300mAh. In fact with smart battery management, you should be able to get two days of battery life from just one charge. Finally both phones also have microSD support up to 200GB for extra media. The Xperia X is available for pre-register at www.Sonymobile.com but you can also check back with the blog for updates on the official launch date and price.
How to make your Android device more secure
Lock your apps
AppLock is a free app that allows you to lock your SMS, Contacts, Gmail, Facebook, Gallery, Market, Settings, Calls and any app of your choice, allowing you to protect your privacy and control access to your phone.
Create multiple user accounts
If you own an Android tablet and are sharing with your partner, children or even colleagues in the office, you can create multiple user accounts to help you protect your privacy. In Jelly Bean for tablet, you can head to Settings > Users and set up your accounts, you can also create another general account for anyone that may borrow your device.
Add owner info
Adding owner info can improve your chances of having your device returned to you if you accidentally leave it in a public place. Head to Settings > Security > Owner info. A small box will appear for you to type in your contact information such as your full name and address, which will then appear on your lock screen, making it easier for someone to return your device.
Protect your data
Firstly we recommend preparing a back up of your data, click here for our guide on backing up your Android device. We also recommend you enable remote wipe, which will give you the ability to remotely wipe your device if it’s lost or stolen. You can do so with the free app – Parallels 2X MDM – available for download here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tcx.mdm&hl=en
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How to back up your Android device
Google’s Android offers the ability to seamlessly save certain settings like wireless network preferences, bookmarks, and custom dictionary words to their servers using your Google account. To enable it:
- Go to Settings > Personal > Backup and reset, and select both Backup my data and Automatic restore.
- Then head to Settings > Personal > Accounts & Sync, and select your Google account.
- Select all of the option boxes listed, to ensure that all available data is synced.
For your pictures and videos, you can back up manually:
- Connect your phone to your computer via a USB cable, and it will show up as an external hard drive.
- Select the disk, and navigate to the DCIM folder. This folder contains your video and picture data.
- Select the data files that you want to back up, and drag them to an area on your computer, such as your desktop. The selected files will copy over to your computer.
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5G will be the fifth generation of mobile network, and is expected to dramatically out-do the performance of the current 3G and 4G networks.
“Ericsson predict that 5G’s latency will be around one millisecond – un-perceivable to a human and about 50 times faster than 4G.”
5G is expected to be capable of delivering extremely fast data with estimates between 10 – 50 Gbit/s compared with today’s average 4G download speed of 15 Mbit/s. In fact, back in 2013 Samsung tested 5G at 1Gbps and journalists reported that a HD movie could be downloaded in less than 30 seconds. Fast track to 2014 and Samsung set a mobile speed record of 7.5Gb/s in another 5G trail, while estimates predict the speed will reach 10Gb/s, with transfer rates as high as 800Gb/s further down the line, taking your download time of a full length film to around a second!
While the use of a very high frequency spectrum, above 6 GHz, could support a variety of uses including financial trading, gaming and entertainment, holographic projections, and the potential to support very high demands users in busy areas such as city centres. It’s also predicted that the new 5G network shouldn’t break, offering you the same reliability that you currently receive from fibre connections.
The 5G network is estimated to be rolled out in 2020, however in South Korea, Samsung is hoping to launch a temporary trail in time for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, while Huawei is also racing to implement a version for the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, Russia.
Although Korea is likely to be the first country to see a trial of the technology, Europe could be at the front of the queue for any commercial roll out according to Rajeev Suri, the CEO of Nokia Networks who announced “Korea could be first with 5G, followed by Japan and then the US. However, Europe could leapfrog all of these,” at the Mobile World Congress in 2015. Suri also thinks that 5G will make an appearance before 2020 due to a high level of demand, and predicts there will be significant developments of the new network throughout 2017, 2018 and 2019.
New Apple iPhone ‘5SE’ Rumours
5SE design and specs
It looks like you’ll finally be able to get your hands on a new 4″ sized iPhone, the iPhone ‘5SE’, the first smaller iPhone released since the iPhone 5 in 2012. Expected to feature a 4″ retina LCD display, it will not have the same 3D touch capabilities as the iPhone 6 but will be able to view Live Photos. However, the 5SE is expected to match the latest 6 design and camera with curved screen edges and a 8 megapixel rear camera, while the front camera will be 1.2 megapixel.
It’s rumoured that the 5SE will be available in the same colour choices as the 6S – Space Grey, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold or will be offered in new options including hot pink. When it comes to specs, the 5SE is expected to have a Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor, along with a NFC chip to support Apple’s Pay payment service.
Further rumours include the A9 chip as featured in the 6S model, which includes the built-in M9 motion coprocessor, and 1GB of RAM.
5SE pricing and release date
The 5SE is expected to be released at the Apple event on March 15th 2016, and available for purchase online and in Apple stores by March 18th. The 5S is likely to be discontinued after the arrival of the new model, and further rumours suggest the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will also be discontinued when the iPhone 7 is launched around September, for a line-up that includes the iPhone 7, the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 6S Plus and the iPhone 5SE which will be Apple’s ‘budget’ iPhone costing around £300 – £400.