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.

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.

Sony Xperia Z6 Event Dates & Locations

Sony traditionally holds nothing back when launching new devices, and the upcoming Xperia Z6 launch will be huge. The Z6 along with the Compact and Premium will be heading to a location near you, and we have all the details on the launch including when, where, and just what you’ll see.

In this article we’ll be discussing rumors surrounding the Sony Xperia Z6 event dates and locations. The biggest event for the Z6 will of course be the reveal event. There are a couple of locations and time periods that could be used for the Sony Xperia Z6.

Sony Xperia Z6 Event Dates & Locations

Sony Xperia Z6 First Reveal Event

So when will the Sony Xperia Z6 event dates be listed? Unfortunately we may not know for certain when the Sony reveal happens until it’s very close to the actual date. We’re talking a week or two’s worth of notice.

There are two key areas that could be used, as these are often used for new smartphone releases, especially for Sony. Firstly, we have the first half of the year. If Sony goes by previous examples, we may even see the Sony Xperia Z6 in February at Mobile World Congress. Following months, including March, April and May are often considered big potential dates for new smartphone releases, although it’s more likely to be sooner rather than later.

We may not actually see a Sony Xperia Z6 event in the first half of the year. Alternatively, Sony may wait till the start of fall, just after Apple announce their latest iPhone. Events are usually held in September or October for new Android releases in the second half of the year, and the Xperia Z5 was launched during this same time period.

Sony Xperia Z6 Launch Event

It is likely that the first Sony Xperia Z6 launch event to occur will also be the start of the launch of the device. Following on from the reveal event, pre-orders should go up online. Within the next couple of months, the Sony Xperia Z6 will then be available for sale online and through smartphone retailers or mobile network operators.

Hopefully we’ll have more concrete details about the Sony Xperia Z6 closer to its release date.

Sony Xperia Z6 US Release Date & Details – Z6 Compact, Z6, and Z6 Premium (Ultra)

The Sony Xperia Z6 US release date isn’t yet known but we’ve done some investigating to find out exactly when we can expect the smartphone. The release date for the Z6 may vary, depending on stock, carrier deals and other complications, but we can still estimate a rough time period for the release.

Below, we take a closer look at the US launch including which carriers will feature both preorders and product sales, the US moniker name we’ll see, and which variants of the Z6 will be heading to the states.

Sony Xperia Z6 US Release Date & Details

Sony Xperia Z6 US release date to Include the Z6, Z6 Compact, and Z6 Premium

Following on from previous release strategies by Sony, it’s expected that the manufacturer will announce a new flagship lineup by May 2016. Because other manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC will also be announcing their new smartphones around this time, Sony are almost forced to stick to this release schedule to stay relevant.

It’s not 100% confirmed, but it’s likely that the Sony Xperia Z6 US release date will follow after the May unveiling. There is a small chance that Sony may announce a different flagship and they may save the Z6 moniker for half 2. Either way we will definitely be getting a new Sony flagship in half 1, and the release date in the US should be between June and August.

We’re expecting to see three variants of the Z6 debuting here in the US including a Compact, Z6, and larger Z6 Ultra. The Compact will be a 4.6″ model, Z6 5.2″, and the Z6 Ultra is rumored to come in at 5.6″ or 5.8 inches. While it’s believed all three variants will not make it to all markets, they are all expected to launch in the US.

Sony Xperia Z6 US Name

This brings us to our next point. The Sony smartphone released in half one in 2015 was called the Xperia Z3+ in the US. This naming system was obviously quite confusing for a lot of users so we’re holding our fingers in the hopes that Sony will adopt a more conventional naming system. The latest smartphone was named the Xperia Z5 in all regions including the UK and as a result, the 2016 half 1 Sony smartphone could be named the Xperia Z6, instead of the Xperia Z5+.

Sony Xperia Z6 US Carrier Support to Include Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and US Cellular

Hopefully the Sony Xperia Z6 should be available for all major carriers in North America and the US. This would include Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, T-mobile, and US Cellular, and it should. We’re already hearing all variants of the Z6 will be carried by the big four, and consumers can expect to see huge price offerings and maybe even some freebies being offered.

With US carriers looking to get new consumers and retain current one’s flagship launches such as the Z6 are typically the way to do so. We’re hopeful of seeing free accessories such as a wireless charger or price discounts through carrier competitition which always translates into a win for us consumers.

We’ll have to wait a little longer before being able to confirm our information on the Sony Xperia Z6 US release date, but we’d suggest that these details will mostly be accurate.

Sony Xperia Z6 UK Release Date & Details – Z6, Z6 Compact, and Z6 Premium (Ultra)

Whilst the Sony Xperia Z6 UK release date isn’t set in stone, we can still make an educated guess based on Sony’s previous release history. The UK is one of the first western countries to get Sony’s latest smartphones and tablets so if you’re a Sony smartphone fan it’s the place to be.

Below, we take a closer look at the Z6 product lineup that will launch in the UK including the Z6, Z6 Compact, and the Premium version we believe will be called the Z6 Ultra or Z6 Premium. Also, a look at the many retailers throughout the UK including some of the largest online retailers that will allow you to preorder to buy a new handset once it’s made official.

Sony Xperia Z6 UK Release Date & Details - Z6, Z6 Compact, and Z6 Premium (Ultra)

Sony Xperia Z6, Z6 Compact, and Z6 Premium (Ultra) UK Release Date

Now that the Xperia Z5 is available in stores, it’s expected that Sony will be planning to release a smartphone for the first half of 2016 to compete with other Android manufacturers. That smartphone should be the Xperia Z6.

In previous years, Sony has announced their half 1 flagship phones in May. A UK release is then usually followed one month later in June, but pre-orders usually open up on the announcement date. The Xperia Z4 had a June 2015 release date so it’s expected that the Z6 will be pushed out in June 2016 too.

Whilst the smartphone will be known as the Xperia Z6 in the UK, it may be referred to as the Xperia Z5+ in other regions. This would follow the pattern Sony made with the Z4, which is known as the Z3+ in many areas of the world.

You’ll definitly want to get in on preorders considering consumers are already taking notice which is easy once looking at the specs of the Z6, Z6 Compact, and Z6 Ultra. Much of what you can expect including Qualcomm’s new 820 SoC, dual SIM support, and the new Marshmallow features which will come pre-installed, and much more.

Supported Xperia Z6 Retailers in the UK

Once the UK Sony Xperia Z6 release date is announced, you will be able to pick up the smartphone from a number of retailers and mobile network operators, as well as straight from Sony.

The Sony Xperia Z6 is unlikely to have any exclusivity deals so most high street stores such as Carphone Warehouse, Three, EE, Vodafone, Virgin Media and O2 will have the Z6 for pre-order online and in-store once it’s been released.

Some online retailers will also support the Xperia Z6, including Buymobiles, e2save, giffgaff and Fonehouse.

We’ll hear more about the Sony Xperia Z6 UK release date in May 2016, but for now we’ll have to rely on rumors and leaks before hearing something more substantial from Sony.