Sony Xperia Z6 – Release Date and its Rumoured Features

The annual GSMA Mobile World Congress is one of the world’s largest events within the mobile telecommunications industry. It is where global leaders come together to unveil cutting edge technology, with over 2 000 companies converging so as to define the future of cell-phones. It is where some of the greatest phones ever have made their spectacular debut.

Sony Xperia Z6 Preview - Rumors, Specs, Features, Concept, Price, Preorder, and Release Date Info

Yet February 2016 has come and gone. Excited consumers hoping for their first glimpse of the upcoming flagship, the Sony Xperia Z6, were bitterly disappointed. The Japanese giant threw a curve-ball and released a completely new range of phones, the X-series.

As if to make matters worse, Sony declared that they would not be releasing the Xperia Z6 at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin either. Does this mean the death of a legendary phone? Will die-hard fans never get to see the Sony Xperia Z6? Never say never, says Sony.

 

Best Smartphone of 2016 – Fierce Competition

In a fiercely contested arena, where market share means everything, the Sony Xperia Z6 is expected to go head to head with both the Samsung Galaxy S7 as well as the iPhone 7. These three handsets will compete for the prestigious title of Best Smartphone of 2016.

Although Samsung has released the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge, they have kept quiet as to the release date of the S7 Active. Similarly, the launch of the iPhone 7, originally scheduled for March, has been postponed to September. What is going on and why these delays?

It’s all about the operating system!

We strongly suspect that the reasoning behind the delays has to do with the launch of Android 6.1 Marshmallow. Both the Sony Xperia Z5 as well as the Samsung Galaxy S7 are running Android 6.0. The launch of 6.1 Marshmallow is only scheduled for June 2016.

 

Sony Xperia Z6 Operating System Rumors

The Android upgrade to 6.1 is expected to bring with it split screen functionality and improved app permissions. By postponing their respective launches, Samsung and Sony will be able to capitalize on the new operating system. It will allow for Apple to make the necessary changes to the iPhone IOS operating system so as to compete effectively with the Sony Xperia Z6 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Active.

Another suspicion of ours deals with the late unveiling of the Xperia Z5. The Z5 was only released late in the last quarter of 2015. It would not make sense for Sony to release a second flagship so hot on its heels. If our theories prove to be correct, then there is hope for the Sony Xperia Z6 after all!

 

Sony Xperia Z6 Design Rumors

Sony Xperia Z6 Rumors

It is doubtful that there will be any major changes in the overall design of the Z6. Sony may be able to shave it down to a slightly thinner version of the Z5. How much thinner is purely conjecture but, given that the Z5 is already a super-slim handset, anything more svelte could compromise durability.

 

Sony Xperia Z6 Ram Memory Rumors

We expect any real changes from the Z5 to the Xperia Z6 will come from within. The Z5 runs on 3GB RAM. This could be upgraded to 4GB though it is probable internal memory will remain at 32GB.

Sony Xperia Z6 Resolution Rumors

[AdSense-A]When it comes to resolution, for Sony to improve on the Z5’s 4K screen would mean they really are pushing the envelope. The same could be said for their 23 MP rear facing camera. If changes are going to be under the hood, advances to the camera would come in the form of three-way electronic image stabilization and high-speed hybrid auto-focus.

Sony Xperia Z6 Processor Rumors

We are reluctant to speculate as to what processor the Xperia Z6 will be equipped with. The Z6 mini may be powered by a Snapdragon 620 chip while the more powerful Snapdragon 820 could be used in the Xperia Z6 Plus and Z6 Ultra versions. Then again, with the rapid improvements made in electronic chip technology, our assumptions may be completely wrong.

 

Conclusion

In order to retain good standing among discerning consumers, Sony will have to release a handset to satisfy demand sooner rather than later. Their X-series may be excellent phones, but they don’t quite live up to expectations. When the new phone will be unveiled, only time will tell. Whenever that may be, be sure to follow us for sneak previews and hot off the press information.

Xperia Z6: What Does Dust Proof Mean?

The Xperia Z6 has an IP68 certification against water and dust, but what does this certification actually mean? The waterproof part is a little easier to understand, but what does dust proof mean exactly? In this article we take a look at what it means for a smartphone like the Sony Xperia Z6 to be dust proof or dust resistant.

Xperia Z6: What Does Dust Proof Mean?

Sony Xperia Z6 IP68 Certification: Dust Proof, Dust Resistant and Dust Protection

The terms dust proof, dust resistant or dust protection are all mainly used to describe the same thing. When a device has an IP65, IP66, IP67 or IP68 certification, this means that it has a level of dust protection or dust resistance.

IP stands for Ingress Protection and the two numbers used in its certification are used to help explain the different levels of protection offered. The first digit in the IP certification number is used to gauge intrusion protection. an IP5 rating for example offers protection against dust that may harm equipment. An IP6 rating on the other hand is completely dust tight. What this means is that the 6 in the IP68 certification for the Sony Xperia Z6 suggests that the device is completely dust proof.

What does dust proof mean though? It essentially means that no dust will ever get into the interior of the Sony Xperia Z6 – however, some dust may get in small areas where small particles could gather, such as the seams between the smartphone bezel and the frame of the smartphone.

Dirt, Marks and Smudges

Whilst the Sony Xperia Z6 is dust tight, it can still get dust in areas such as the USB port, the headphone jack and small crevices all across the device. Marks made from dropping the smartphone or hitting it against hard objects is still a possibility as well. Finally, there is no protection against smudges, so marks will appear on the screen if you do not use a screen protector on the Sony Xperia Z6.

Sony Xperia Z6 Waterproof Test

In this article we talk about our hopes for the Sony Xperia Z6 waterproof test. As it currently stands, nobody has managed to show off the waterproof capabilities of the Sony Xperia Z6, but we do know that the smartphone will come with an IP68 certification, which has a large level of protection against water.

Sony Xperia Z6 Waterproof Test

Sony Xperia Z6 Waterproof Test Results

Once the Sony Xperia Z6 is released, there are bound to be plenty of videos showcasing the waterproof capabilities of the Xperia Z6 in action. The 8 in the IP68 certification number suggests that the Sony Xperia Z6 is protected against prolonged effects of immersion under pressure.

What this means is that the Sony Xperia Z6 should be able to be safely submerged into water for a certain period of time. As the smartphone is left under water, pressure will continue to build, and the deeper the smartphone goes down, there more pressure there will be. The Z6 can only take a certain amount of pressure before becoming at risk of water damage, but Sony suggests that their IP68 certified smartphones can withstand up to 1.5 meter depths for 30 minutes.

Sony’s in-house Waterproof Testing

Before Sony can release a smartphone with an IP68 certification, they must first do a lot of tests themselves. The Sony Xperia Z6 will undergo a number of in-house waterproof tests before it is released. The Xperia Z6 waterproof test will be used to ensure that Sony has correctly built a device that can withstand the amount of water and dust that has been stated on the IP68 certification.

When the Xperia Z6 Isn’t Waterproof

In the past Sony has supported the use of their smartphones underwater. In fact, they went so far as to introduce special underwater camera features. Unfortunately, changes have been made to Sony’s policy that state that owners of an Xperia smartphone should not intentionally submerge their device as there is risk of damage, and when this happens Sony will not be held responsible.

Dipping your Sony Xperia Z6 into water will be mostly safe, but Sony has created this new policy to cover their backs in the instances where water does cause damage.

Official Sony Xperia Z6 Accessories – Window Case, Headphones, and Chargers

There will be a number of official Sony Xperia Z6 accessories available for your smartphone. Sony actually has a large range of different mobile accessories designed for all of their Xperia smartphones, but there may be exclusive accessories released just for the Z6 as well. In this article we’ll be mentioning a few accessories that you can pick up from Sony.

Official Sony Xperia Z6 Accessories - Window Case, Headphones, and Chargers

Style Cover Window Case

One of the neatest official Sony Xperia Z6 accessories is the Style Cover Window Case – this is a case for your Xperia Z6 that comes with a small cover that folds over your display. The cover has a window in the center of it that you can view the display from. With this case you’re given the opportunity to see notifications without opening the cover of the case every time. There are a number of other cases in the works for the Sony Xperia Z6 as well, including cases that can be converted into flip stands.

Headphones

Sony already has quite a big footprint in the audio world, so there are a large variety of great Sony headphones and earphones available for purchase. If you visit the official Sony Xperia Z6 accessories page, you’ll find a selection of different audio options. You’ll find Bluetooth headphones for calling, high quality in-ear headphones and noise cancelling over-the-ear headphones as well.

Charging Options

Sony also offers a wide range of different charging accessories for the Sony Xperia Z6. You can purchase charging stands, additional charging adapters to plug into the wall, or even wireless charging devices. When buying additional batteries or charging equipment, it is always best to purchase items straight from the manufacturer, so it’s great to see that Sony has such a large offering when it comes to charging accessories.

You’ll also find a number of different accessories on the Sony website that can be used with the Sony Xperia Z6, including programmable NFC tags and even attachable microphones.

Is the Xperia Z6 Uncomfortable to Hold?

Is the Xperia Z6 uncomfortable to hold? At a quick glance, the Z6 looks a bit blockier than standard smartphones, so it’s perfectly reasonable to be concerned about how comfortable it may be to hold. When compared to other smartphones, the Z6 may not have the most aesthetically pleasing design, but you’ll be happy to hear that it offers a great, comfortable experience for most owners.

Is the Xperia Z6 Uncomfortable to Hold?

Bezels

Do the large bezels make the Xperia Z6 uncomfortable to hold? If you look at Sony’s smartphones, you’ll notice that they usually opt for slightly larger bezels above and below the display when compared to other smartphones. The Xperia Z6 has a much thinner bezel than previous Xperia smartphones though and when it comes to comfort, it’s really only the side bezels which matter. Fortunately the side bezels on the Xperia Z6 are super slim.

Blocky Design

The Xperia smartphones are renowned for their blocky design. It seems that no matter how hard Sony tries to slim down the Sony Xperia lineup, they’ll always seem more square than the competition. Strangely though, this doesn’t have as much of an impact on the comfort of the device as you’d expect.

Even stranger is that the Galaxy S6 Edge and the HTC One are comparatively less comfortable to hold than the Xperia Z6 – it’s something about the sharp edges on the HTC One lineup that digs into your hands, and the Galaxy S6 Edge’s curved display takes a bit of getting used to. The Sony Xperia Z6 on the other hand has much smoother, rounded corners, even if the overall design seems more blocky.

Size

Admittedly, the display on the Sony Xperia Z6 Premium is a little bit too large for those with smaller than average hands. Unlike other large display smartphones, the Xperia Z6 Premium just seems a bit too big at times. The extra bezel size at the top and the bottom really add to it. With that being said, if you’re not a fan of the Premium, you could always go for the Compact or the standard variant. Luckily there is a fingerprint sensor on the center of the side of the Xperia Z6’s frame so you don’t have to reach too far to unlock it.