The Xperia 1 is now available to order through the official Sony eStore in Europe. The handset is in stock in the UK portal available for £849 with black and purple colour options. Also, if you're quick you can claim a free pair of WH-1000XM3 headphones – only 130 headphones are available on a first come, first served basis.
Mazda's long-awaited Skyactiv-X engine is finally headed for production, though not yet for the United States. The Japanese automaker says "various European countries" will get access to the unique engine in the Mazda3 starting this fall. Still, the announcement is relevant to the rest of us because we now have official power levels and fuel efficiency numbers that we can use to compare the Skyactiv-X with other engines offered in the compact Mazda.
First, the power. According to Mazda, the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-X makes 178 horsepower and 165 pound-feet of torque. By way of comparison, the 2.5-liter Skyactiv-G engine currently used in the Mazda3 here in the States makes 186 hp and 186 lb-ft of torque. Sure, it's a little less powerful, but note that the displacements don't match and remember that the real reason the Skyactiv-X exists is to reduce fuel consumption.
Potential customers for the Honda E have been allowed to "register interest" for the little electric car, but the order books officially open today. Your order is essentially placed through a reservation system wherein you choose your desired color of Honda E. Speaking of colors, there are now a total of five to choose from for initial ordering. You can check them out in the gallery above.
We've been staring at the white Honda E for awhile now, so it's great to see a bunch of new options for the cute car. All of the hues look superb, but we may be partial to the Crystal Blue or Charge Yellow. Whatever color you choose, it appears to retain the black accents on the hood and around the rest of the car. For the time being, there aren't any other customization options available. We imagine packages and options may become selectable later on if you actually commit to purchasing one.