The Sony Xperia Z6 is already shaping up to be one of the most anticipated smartphone launches in 2016, and from what we’re hearing there’s plenty of reasons why. Sony Inc surprised many with the launch of the Z5 and all that was packed into three variants, and the same is expected with the coming launch. Proving once again they deserve to be considered one of the best, and even changing the idea that Sony’s looking to slowly descend from the smartphone industry all-together.
The Z5 brought out many innovations and gave consumers three amazing concepts to choose from. Maintaining their worldwide presence and looking to increase their market share with the upcoming launch of Z6, it’s looking like their well on the way of introducing something truly unique.
Some of the biggest Z6 rumors concerns the launch which is almost certain to be made official during the 2nd quarter of 2016. Sony gave us something to look forward to with the surprise launch of the Xperia Z5, and the next installment looks to be even more impressive. Once thought to be thought of moving to a more conventional launch pattern, it’s now looking like Sony Mobile will be sticking to its bi-annual launches of new smartphones.
We’re already hearing we’ll see some significant improvements with security as eye sensing technology looks to be the upcoming trend. The 4K screen of the Z5 will be hard to top, but expect some brighter color features and quite possibly a 3D rendered display. All this will be powered by Sony’s biggest battery yet, but it’ll be interesting to see if Sony can maintain the ultra-thin design we’ve come to expect with Xperia Z smartphones.
Other Z6 rumors suggest Sony will be looking to remain competitive as far as pricing. With start-ups out of Asia making a huge presence in recent years, we’re hearing the launch price won’t go up as what’s being speculated. This is great news for loyal Xperia Z and new consumers as the launch price is believed to come in lower than flagships debuting in 2016 including the iPhone 7, Galaxy S7, and Galaxy Note 6.
Sony Xperia Z6 Specs and Features
We wouldn’t expect anything but the best in the upcoming Sony Xperia Z6 specs and features which is what is believed we’ll see. There will be many similarities between the Compact, standard, and Premium with the biggest difference being the size of the phone. The Z6 Compact is expected to stay the same at 4.6 inches, Z6 at 5.2 inches, and the Z6 Premium is rumored to be bigger than the Z5 Premium at 5.6 inches.
One of the biggest surprises of the Z5 was it featured the controversial Qualcomm 810 SoC. With the Z6 we’re hearing it will feature the new Snapdragon Qualcomm 820 processor that will soon become the gold-standard of smartphone processors. This will also give consumers the peace of mind with no overheating issues that we’ve seen in both the Xperia Z4 and Z5.
Expect a wide array of colors to choose from including yellow, gold, black, chrome, blue, and more. Memory won’t be a problem either with dual Micro SD card slots and we should be seeing more RAM, wireless charging, and a bigger battery giving consumers high end features in the Z6.
Check specifications below.
|Specifications||Sony Xperia Z6 Specs and Features|
|Camera Features||Phase detection auto laser focus, HDR, geo tagging, facial recognition, panorama|
|Camera – Front||7.0 Megapixels|
|Camera – Rear||25 Megapixels|
|Colors||Black, blue, chrome, gold, green, pink yellow, white > depends on which model|
|Features||Corning Gorilla Glass 5, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.0, fingerprint scanner, retina eye scanner, wireless charging, rapid charging, mini projector|
|Memory||32 and 64 GB internal memory and expandable with dual micro SD cards|
|Operating System||Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system preinstalled|
|Price||$650 – 750 see below|
|Processor||Snapdragon Qualcomm 810 octa-core processor|
|RAM||4 GB RAM|
|Release Date||June 2016 – See Below|
|Screen Display||4.6”, 5.2”, and 5.6” 4K display with a 4096 x 2160 screen resolution|
We’re not expecting to see any significant changes in the Xperia Z6 concept when comparing it to the Z5. The 4K display that the current model introduced us to have proven that 4K screens isn’t too much like some analysts were suggesting. The new concept looks to build on the success of all three of the current Z5 models while once again bringing back all three in the Z6.
The Z6 Compact will once again be the cheaper and smaller model will appeal to those looking for the same great features and specs, but in a more compact size. The standard Z6 is likely to be the most popular variant while the Premium will be comparable to high end Phablets.
Expect to see a thinner design and near bezeless display. It looks like the double sided glass design will be back once again, but we’re hearing Sony is looking at a new composite that is likely to make all models of the Z6 more durable and lighter. The scratch resistant front and back panels will also return making for a redefined, but similar looking concept.
Consumers will be happy to know the price on the day of launch will remain similar with the launch price of the Z5. With the Z6 Compact likely to be the cheapest model with a price that will only set you back about $650. The standard Z6 will be next, but still priced to sell at $700 and the Z6 Premium coming in around $750.
If the above rumors hold-true, when comparing the launch price of the Z6 with other flagships such as the upcoming Galaxy S7 and LG G5, it’ll be significantly less. Samsung’s new flagship is expected to start around $750 and moving upwards to $850 for the S7 Edge. The LG G5 will offer a similar price pattern with their premium version launching later in the year for about $800-850 here in the US.
Z6 Expacted Prices in Markets Worldwide.
|Country||Xperia Z6 Compact Price||Xperia Z6 Price||Xperia Z6 Premium Price|
|Australia||940 Australian Dollar||1012 Australia Dollar||1085 Australian Dollar|
|Austria||583 Euro||627 Euro||672 Euro|
|Brazil||2496 Brazilian Real||2688 Brazilian Real||2880 Brazilian Real|
|Canada||863 Canadian Dollar||929 Canadian Dollar||995 Canadian Dollar|
|China||4131 Chinese Yuan||4449 Chinese Yuan||4767 Chinese Yuan|
|Denmark||4351 Danish Krone||4686 Danish Krone||5020 Danish Krone|
|England||428 British Pound Sterling||461 British Pound Sterling||494 British Pound Sterling|
|Finland||583 Euro||627 Euro||672 Euro|
|France||583 Euro||627 Euro||672 Euro|
|Germany||583 Euro||627 Euro||672 Euro|
|Greece||583 Euro||627 Euro||672 Euro|
|Hong Kong||5037 Hong Kong Dollar||5425 Hong Kong Dollar||5812 Hong Kong Dollar|
|Hungary||182,835 Hungarian Forint||196,899 Hungarian Forint||210,963 Hungarian Forint|
|India||43,346 Indian Rupee||46,680 Indian Rupee||50,014 India Rupee|
|Indonesia||9,195,225 Indonesian Rupiah||9,902,250 Indonesian Rupiah||10,609,875 Indonesian Rupiah|
|Italy||583 Euro||627 Euro||672 Euro|
|Japan||77,317 Japanese Yen||83,265 Japanese Yen||89,212 Japanese Yen|
|Nigeria||129,350 Nigerian Naira||139,300 Nigerian Naira||149,250 Nigerian Naira|
|Philippines||30,510 Philippine Peso||32,857 Philippine Peso||35,204 Philippine Peso|
|Poland||2457 Polish Zloty||2647 Polish Zloty||2836 Polish Zloty|
|Russia||44,516 Russian Ruble||47,940 Russian Ruble||51,365 Russian Ruble|
|Singapore||925 Singapore Dollar||996 Singapore Dollar||1068 Singapore Dollar|
|South Africa||9009 South African Rand||9702 South African Rand||10395 South African Rand|
|South Korea||781,264 South Korean Won||841,361 South Korean Won||901,458 South Korean Won|
|Spain||583 Euro||627 Euro||672 Euro|
|Switzerland||632 Swiss Franc||680 Swiss Franc||729 Swiss Franc|
|Taiwan||21,251 New Taiwan Dollar||22,885 New Taiwan Dollar||24,520 New Taiwan Dollar|
|The Netherlands||583 Euro||627 Euro||672 Euro|
Expect all of the top cell carriers to get in on Sony preorders including the big four here in the US. Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T are all expected to announce their specific preorder availability with rumors suggesting US Cellular will do the same. In the UK, Vodafone, Carphone Warehouse, and most carriers will also feature preorder and pre-launch information shortly after the official announcement.
Preorders will be the best way to get the Z6 on launch day, especially considering consumer expectations already at an all-time high. Pre-launch information should immediately after the announcement with preorders starting soon after. Most carriers will allow you to preorder the Z6 with no money down, or you’ll be able to pay in full if you choose.
The Xperia Z6 release date is expected to first be featured in Asian markets such as Japan, China, South Korea, Thailand, and more before making its way to the US, UK, and European markets. It will be interesting to see if Sony is able to meet the launch demands of consumers as any delays could hurt the launch in many markets. With other high-end smartphones from LG, Samsung, HTC, and Apple due to be launched around the same time, maintaining consumer demands will be a must.
It’s sounding like Sony will be looking to speed up the launch to help compete on a large scale with the likes of the Galaxy S7 and LG G5 which are both expected to launch early Q2. Expect the Z6 to come shortly after, but I would be surprised to see a 2016 MWC announcement during the 1st week in April.
|Release Date by Country||Xperia Z6 Release Date|
|Australia||3rd Week June 2016|
|Austria||3rd Week June 2016|
|Brazil||3rd Week June 2016|
|Canada||2nd Week June 2016|
|China||1st Week June 2016|
|Denmark||3rd Week June 2016|
|England||2nd Week June 2016|
|Finland||4th Week June 2016|
|France||3rd Week June 2016|
|Germany||3rd Week June 2016|
|Greece||3rd Week June 2016|
|Hong Kong||1st Week June 2016|
|Hungary||4th Week June 2016|
|India||2nd Week June 2016|
|Indonesia||3rd Week June 2016|
|Italy||3rd Week June 2016|
|Japan||1st Week June 2016|
|Nigeria||4th Week June l 2016|
|Philippines||2nd Week June 2016|
|Poland||3rd Week June 2016|
|Russia||3rd Week June 2016|
|Singapore||3rd Week June 2016|
|South Africa||3rd Week June 2016|
|South Korea||1st Week June 2016|
|Spain||3rd Week June 2016|
|Sweden||3rd Week June 2016|
|Switzerland||3rd Week June 2016|
|Taiwan||1st Week June 2016|
|The Netherlands||4th Week June 2016|
|United States||2nd Week June 2016|
Wrapping up this Preview – Rumors, Specs, Features, Concept, Price, Preorder, and Release Date Info
Sony was once one of the top smartphone manufacturers in the world, and still today they are in many parts of the world. The popularity of the Xperia Z series has slipped in recent years, but with the recent launch of the Xperia Z5 it’s now looking good for Sony mobile. With rumors prior to the release looking like Sony was looking to downsize their mobile division, it’s looking like it’s be just the opposite as we move forward.
Wasting no time in creating the concept for the upcoming launch of not one, but three Z6 smartphones, it’s looking like consumers are getting exactly what they want. We’ll continue to bring in all the latest rumors, specs, features, concept, price, preorder, and release date info leading up to what is certain to be a huge 2016 launch worldwide.
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