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Sony Xperia Z6 price, release date, specs and features

Update: Xperia X Performance may have replaced Xperia Z6

The status of the Sony Xperia Z6 is up in the air. A Sony Country Manager told AndroidPIT at MWC 2016 that the Xperia Z6 has been replaced by the Xperia X Performance, but this statement was quickly retracted. Read the full story at the link or see previous Xperia Z6 coverage below. Based on current information, it seems entirely possible that the Xperia Z line has ceased.    

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The Sony Xperia X Performance: is this the Xperia Z6? / © ANDROIDPIT

Sony Xperia Z6 release date and price

The Xperia Z6 release date is likely to be in or around February. Sony releases tend to follow a pattern: the Xperia Z2 arrived at MWC in February 2014; the Xperia Z3 came along in September of the same year; the Xperia Z4 (or Z3+) was released in March 2015; and the Xperia Z5 (and Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium) was unveiled at IFA in Berlin in September 2015. 

All this suggests we are likely to see the Xperia Z6 at – or close to – MWC 2016, which takes place from 22 to 25 February, although a T-Mobile Press conference, held in Poland in December, brought news that the company is planning to release two Sony Xperia devices at the end of Q2 2016, so perhaps it will be in June.

There are few clues to the Xperia Z6 price at this stage.

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Rumor has it the successor to the Z5 will feature a huge camera. / © ANDROIDPIT

Sony Xperia Z6 specifications

A host of Xperia Z6 specs leaked through Japanese website DoCoMo in late January. Don't take these as gospel, though: no source was provided for the information.

They listed the Z6 as having a 5.2-inch IPS display with WQHD resolution. The device is also said to come running Android 6.0 Marshmallow and to hold the Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB RAM and microSDXC support. 

It's also listed with a 23 MP rear camera, with an f 2.0 aperture, and a 5 MP front-facing camera.

On February 16, Sony announced its CMOS Exmor RS image sensor, the IMX318, which will be ready for shipments in time for the Xperia Z6's release.

The chip is the first of its kind to offer three-way electronic image stabilization and high-speed hybrid autofocus. It offers 22.5 MP and 1.0μm unit pixel size, which is a drop from the chip's predecessor, the IMX230, which had 1.12μm unit pixel size, but Sony reassures us that this drop is made up for by more efficient noise-elimination and light-utilization technologies.

You can find out more about the new chip over at the Sony website.

Back in December, a post on Weibo made by AnTuTu claimed the Z6 family would have five members. There would be the standard 5.2-inch model, along with a 5.8-inch Xperia Z6 Plus and an enormous 6.4-inch Z6 Ultra, and, heading in the other direction, a 4.6-inch Xperia Z6 Compact and an even smaller 4-inch Z6 Mini model. The Z6 Mini will reportedly be powered by the Snapdragon 620, whereas the rest of the brood will all use the far more powerful Snapdragon 820.

This rumor seemed slightly ludicrous, and a more recent image from a Polish T-Mobile press conference, picked up by, put a dampener on the extended Xperia family gathering. The screen at the conference shows just two devices listed for release. There was no indication of what sizes the devices will be.

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The Xperia Z6 is expected to support USB type C. / © ANDROIDPIT

Sony Xperia Z6 display

A slightly dubious rumor, which surfaced on November 22 on MobiPicker, indicates that the Sony Xperia Z6 display might feature Force Touch technology of Sony's own design. 

Given Sony's rather precarious position in the smartphone market and the seemingly high demand for the technology, including Force Touch on the Xperia Z6 would make sense. Force Touch's applications revolve around being able to select different options and carry out different actions based on how firmly the user presses on the screen; a firm press will cut a word, while a soft press will merely highlight it, for example.

It would be a smart decision from Sony if it were to include the technology on the Xperia Z6, but the rumor cannot be taken too seriously at this point.

A later Weibo post from AnTuTu seemed to add confirmation to this rumor, suggesting that the technology would find its way onto the Z6 family's core model. the Z6, and its larger sibling, the Z6 Plus.

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The Xperia Z5 Premium boasts 4K resolution. / © ANDROIDPIT

Also yet to be confirmed is the Xperia Z6 display resolution. Sony's recently-released Xperia Z5 range included the Z5 Premium, which was the first smartphone to feature a 4K Ultra HD display. Previously, Sony hadn't released a device with anything more than a Full HD display. 

What display will the Xperia Z6 feature? We're betting that Sony will either go for the same 1,080p resolution of the Xperia Z5, the Z6's direct predecessor, or a UHD display like the Z5 Premium.

A QHD display seems unlikely, given that Sony made the jump straight from Full HD to UHD in the Z5 series. A 1,080p display seems most probable, however, many believe that higher resolution smartphones have an increasingly important role to play (thanks to the growth in virtual technology such as Google Cardboard, where every pixel counts), so a UHD display on the Z6 might not be entirely out of the question. 

Sony Xperia Z6 design

Like its predecessors, the Xperia Z6 will almost certainly employ Sony's OmniBalance design. This would draw some criticism from those who think each generation of phones should look a bit different from the last, but the same criticism could be made of Samsung, whose high-end phones now all share fairly similar features.

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The Xperia Z3+ had Sony's OmniBalance design, as did the Z5 devices. / © ANDROIDPIT

Manufacturers would argue that if something works, there's little point in changing it. There is some truth in that, but a conservative approach to design doesn't lead to much excitement.

Something I'd personally like to see in future Sony devices is slightly smoothed corners, with a slightly adapted screen to accommodate them. Sony already has the best body to screen ratio in the business, so it wouldn't take a lot of work.

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The Xperia design hasn't changed much since the Xperia Z2 (left). / © ANDROIDPIT

What would you like to see in the Xperia Z6? Let us know in the comments.


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  • i want to purchase sony xperia z5 dual , should i wait for sony xperia z6 because i dont know z6 would have the dual sim features and i heard the z6 has the projector features it true...and how much time i will have to wait for launching the z6...please brief to me regarding for that to clear my confusion

  • I am waiting for Sony Xperia Z6 premium... When will I get it ?

    I love Sony... Such a great phone....

  • Dave 7 months ago Link to comment

    Question is, have they sorted out the heat issues which plague the high end Xperia range, especially when running intensive Apps?

  • Camera should be in ultra pixels and most importantly they should include iris scanner and force touch plus using of screen in water 💦 such like that.....

  • I am still staying with the Z3 Compact as well, due to the lack of magnetic/wireless charging on the newer models. I have the Sony desk charger and it's excellent, with the Z5 and presumably the Z6 having 'wired' charging in the base/bottom who wants to buy yet another charger AND watch films/tv etc in 'portrait' mode

  • What I'd like to see most is that the Z6 is RELEASED IN THE U.S. why didn't the z5 ever show up here?

    • hahaha,i hope will never show up,neither the z6,u have ur phones there that r crappy and u call them awsome like that stupid nexus,stay with it

  • I really like Sony's omnibalance design, but I wish they'd go for 12 month release cycle

  • jack lin 10 months ago Link to comment

    Sony is famous for its innovation in designs.
    With Z5P in hand replacing my Z3,
    i would wait and see what comes from Sony in next October.

  • I want c Sony Xperia Z6 with
    30Mpxel camera with Xenon Flash. .
    What u guys think Sony have to improve the flash.

  • All of the previous plus Very Tiny Bezels!!!!!

  • snapdragon 820 is cat 12 lte not cat 6 or 9, sony needs to employ ois on their back cameras, they need to add ufs 2.0 but keep the sd card the way the meizu mx 5 did, if sony could add the thunderbolt 3.0/usb type c combo then that would put it above everyone else and the transfer speed would be 4x as fast, also the wigig 60ghz transfer ability wouldnt hurt to be added in considering the snapdragon 820 has this via the 802.11 ad band all you would have to do is let beople use it to share between devices since its much faster then bluetooth, the frame needs to be liquid metal and gorilla glass 4 with the anti microbial coating like the zte axon, also they need to change the dac to wolfson, if the zte axon was able to switch out the dac i dont see why sony cant on their flagship phone

  • Honestly I don't see the point on launching new phones with super hardware specs if the avaiable apps don't take adventage of that, to play candy-crush or checking my Facebook a single core with a good gpu suffices. Manufactures should focus on improving battery life. I hope Sony stops wasting time with useless iterations of Xperia Z and launches a new XPERIA PLAY, that would really take adventage of the hardware.

  • I want My Sony Xperia Z6 SPECS: 5,2" UHD, Ram 4Go, 23 Mpxls, face 8mpxls, 4days 6000mah, fingeprint with many fonctions, USB Type C 3.1, system android and IOS 10. Ip 69, Bluetooth 4.2, wifi cat 6, snapdragon 820.

    • Billy F. Sep 27, 2015 Link to comment

      For $1500, sure why not? :D

    • I honestly prefer Xperia Z6 Carbon Black Colour with 5.2/5.3 Inch of FHD Quantum Dots Display, 4GB of DDR4 Dual Channel RAM, 25 Megapixels camera with current specs, 8 Megapixels selfie camera with OIS and flash. 4000mAh battery because it's more than enough for FHD 5.2 inch device 6000mAh is overkill and not necessary for 2016 device. An Advance Finger Print Reader and Retina Scanner, Reversible USB type C, Android Marshmallow out of the box. Better IP Certification. New and improved front facing dual speaker which is better than it's competitor device. Bluetooth 4.2, LTE Cat 9, Snapdragon 820 :)

      • jack lin 10 months ago Link to comment

        Your idea sounds workable.
        I fully agree with the DDR4 suggestion, and would like to add one more:
        *** 64GB ROM ***

      • i would say that those 4000mAh is not enough exactly for todays devices,it needs a very big 1,it's much better a 6000 mAh,the bigger,the less u recharge,if u use ur phone for only that nad u barely use it too,i recomend for u a normal phone like nokia 3310,for today phones need big battery capacity coz internet use consume lot of power,games too and i love the new 6.0 android and i got used to it,pfff

    • jack lin 10 months ago Link to comment

      Ha ha ha..., still interesting.
      But, are you sure about IOS 10 ?

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