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

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.

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

 

Z6 Rumors

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.

[AdSense-A]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

Sony Xperia Z6 Specs

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
Battery 3750 mAh
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

Z6 Concept

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.

Z6 Price

Sony Xperia Z6 Premium Specs

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
United States $650 $700 $750

Preorders

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.

Release Date

Sony Xperia Z6 Release Date

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.

[AdSense-A]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 Xperia Z6 Rumors

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.

Is the Sony Xperia Z6 Compact Cheaper at Christmas?

In case you didn’t know, Sony will be launching a smaller version of the Z6 called the Compact alongside the standard version and a larger Premium. The Sony Xperia Z6 Compact will sport a 4.6″ display, will be slightly cheaper than the other two variants, and will be featured in markets around the world. If you’re looking for a way to save even more money, then you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of deals around the holidays.

A smartphone can be a great Christmas present, but sometimes they can be pretty expensive. With the Christmas shopping season, prices usually drop down considerably across all sorts of industries, but will there be any decent smartphone deals, or more specifically, Sony Xperia Z6 Compact deals at Christmas?

Is the Sony Xperia Z6 Compact Cheaper at Christmas?

No Deals

Unfortunately, finding a SIM Sony Xperia Z6 Compact deals at Christmas may be a little tricky, but if you’re lucky there may be a few different contract deals available. In most cases, special reduced prices are very rarely that much cheaper than the average retail price of a smartphone, but if you look into it there are other ways to save on a new Xperia device.

Price Drops

When a new smartphone is released, it is given a set price tag and all retailers will sell that smartphone for that price. As the time goes by and new devices get put onto the market, older smartphones will drop in price. Contract deals will see new low prices just like the SIM free prices will. By Christmas time, it would have been enough time since the release of the Sony Xperia Z6 Compact that there may be a fairly large price difference.

Buying Second Hand

If you still can’t find any decent Sony Xperia Z6 Compact Deals by Christmas time, you could always look at purchasing second hand. If you aren’t confident enough in second hand deals from places like eBay or Craigslist, you could always look for refurbished smartphones or second hand devices from mobile retailers or online mobile recyclers respectively.

Second hand devices are often a lot cheaper than the full, new versions of a smartphone, even if the second hand device is close to brand new condition and comes with all of the original accessories. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find a second hand smartphone and the person you’re gifting it to may never know it isn’t brand new.

How to Get the Sony Xperia Z6 Premium Cheaper for Christmas

With the Christmas season being a big part of the end of the year, trying to pick up a good deal on a smartphone is the dream of many. Unfortunately it can be more difficult to find good Christmas deals on smartphones than you may first think. In this article we’ll be focusing on the ways to get the Sony Xperia Z6 Premium cheaper for Christmas.

How to Get the Sony Xperia Z6 Premium Cheaper for Christmas

Price Drops

It’s unlikely that there will be any major price drops or sales for the Sony Xperia Z6 Premium in time for Christmas, but fortunately smartphones do end up getting cheaper over time. As new smartphones are released, such as the iPhone 7, previously released smartphones tend to slowly drop in price. Mobile phone retailers will start to offer cheaper and cheaper monthly contract deals, and over time you’ll be able to find places to get the Sony Xperia Z6 Premium cheaper SIM free too.

Amazon is usually a great place to pick up smartphones – their prices usually drop down over time too.

Buying Refurbished

Buying refurbished and second hand smartphones has become much easier over the last few years. There are now plenty of businesses set up that recycle smartphones and sell them on for a cheaper-than-average price. If you’re living in the UK for example, an online retailer named Smartfonestore sells like new smartphones for cheaper prices – these are usually working smartphones that other users have traded in or sold. There’s bound to be plenty of similar services in your own region that would offer the Sony Xperia Z6 Premium for cheaper prices.

Upfront & Contract

If you’d like to stick to brand new, you could always look into paying an upfront fee on top of a contract. Usually there are a number of deals that will allow you to pay an upfront fee in the 100’s and this will reduce the monthly cost of your contract. This is great for those who want to limit the monthly price but can’t afford to purchase a new smartphone outright.

Cost of the Xperia Z6 in India

In this article we are going to discuss the cost of the Xperia Z6 in India. All three variants of the Z6 should come to India, including a dual-SIM variant of the Sony Xperia Z6 Premium. Price tags for each of these devices has been based on the pricing for the Xperia Z5.

Please note that this information is only a placeholder at this point – nothing is set in stone, but we should be looking at very similar price points when the India Sony Xperia Z6 launches.

Cost of the Xperia Z6 in India

India Xperia Z6 Cost

The cost of the Xperia Z6 in India will depend on where it has been imported from. The price from different regions varies greatly. For example, the Xperia Z5 could be purchased for Rs. 60,600 in the UK. Alternatively the Xperia Z5 could be imported from Germany for just Rs. 51,700 plus shipping fees. As you can see, the region you import from will make a huge impact on the cost of the Xperia Z6.

India Xperia Z6 Compact Cost

The cost of the Xperia Z6 Compact is the cheapest device out of the three available. In India, the Xperia Z6 Compact may be more available initially than other variants, but if we look at pricing from other regions, we can once again see that importing it from Amazon may be a cheaper opportunity.

The Xperia Z5 Compact set UK Amazon shoppers £549 GBP – this translates to roughly Rs. 55,500. This is actually more than other regions so with a bit of shopping around you may be able to find yourself a better deal. For example, the German Amazon website lists the Xperia Z5 Compact for the equivalent of Rs. 40,600.

The Z6 Compact is believed to be the most popular variant with consumers in India as the cheaper price point with all of the features will make it hard to pass-up. The Compact is believed to sport a 4.6″ 4K display, but it’s not likely to feature Qualcomm’s newer 820 SoC, but instead is rumored to feature the 810.

India Xperia Z6 Premium Cost

So what about the Xperia Z6 Premium? Unfortunately we do not have details about the pricing of the dual SIM variant of the Sony Xperia Z6 Premium, but we can make some assumptions of the Premium cost of the Xperia Z6 in India. The cheapest option for importing would once again be to choose a German Amazon listing. For 51,800 Rs. the Xperia Z6 Premium can be purchased.

For those looking for the largest variant that will compare with high-end Phablets launched the same year such as the Galaxy Note 7 and iPhone 7, you’ll want to take notice of the Z6 Premium or Ultra. It should boast either a 5.7″ or 5.8″ display with a similar screen 4K resolution seen in the other two variants.

Sony Xperia Z6 Walmart Deals

There is no doubt that one of the biggest retailers, Walmart and one of the biggest tech manufacturers will be teaming up for the launch of the Xperia Z6, and we’re bringing you the latest word. Walmart continually gives consumers some of the best deals on new tech products, and the same is expected with the upcoming Sony Xperia Z6.

Once the smartphone is released, there will be a number of Sony Xperia Z6 Walmart deals to keep your eyes out for. Below we’ll be explaining the different offers Walmart has in its smartphone department.

Sony Xperia Z6 Walmart Deals

Will There be Sony Xperia Z6 Walmart Contracts?

It’s actually unlikely that there will be any Sony Xperia Z6 Walmart contracts. Walmart usually focuses on releasing smartphones that are prepaid. Prepaid smartphones are devices that are not tied to a contract. This means that they are handed out as a full smartphone and you do not have to pay a monthly fee to use them.

You will have to find an alternative option for your mobile calls, texts and data if you choose to purchase a prepaid smartphone.

Best Sony Xperia Z6 Walmart SIM Free Deals

Another way to describe a prepaid smartphone is to use the phrase “SIM free.” There will be a couple of different SIM free Sony Xperia Z6 Walmart deals once the Z6 has been released, both with slightly different features and price points.

The first option would be to purchase the Sony Xperia Z6 SIM free – this would come with a one-off price, most likely around $800. You’ll need to look at different network carriers to choose a text, call and data plan after purchasing it SIM free.

The second option would be to purchase the $45 Walmart Straight Talk plan along with the Sony Xperia Z6. With the Straight Talk plan you can purchase 30 day time cards that offer you unlimited texts, calls, 5GB of high speed data and 2GB of capped speed data.

Looking Out for Price Drops

As more smartphones are released throughout 2016, Walmart may be able to offer a number of price drops on the Sony Xperia Z6. If you aren’t willing to purchase the Z6 for over $800, you can always wait a while or try your luck at picking one up on Black Friday.