The new X-series is taking over Sony's aging Z-line
Officially official: the Z-series is dead, confirms Sony, long live the X-line
The Xperia Z5 trio may be the last phones in the venerable Z-series that Sony has introduced, as there is no Xperia Z6 in the making, tipped none other than Jun Makino at Sony Mobile the other day. “I can't comment on the future, but we will not be releasing a Z6" have been his exact words. "There will not be a Z6," he added, as from now on Sony will be "turning to the next stage, with the Xperia X series.”
Well, this statement has been officially corroborated by Sony's PR department after an official request for comment. Here's what Sony has to say on the matter in full length:
The Xperia Z line has reached its culmination – Xperia X series represents a new chapter and evolution of our product strategy. Whilst the Xperia Z series was all about bringing the best of Sony’s advanced technologies to smartphones, Xperia X series is based on bringing smart, adaptive Sony user experiences across camera, battery performance and hardware / software design.
We'd say good riddance, as the Z-series was getting a bit long in the tooth, and it either had to undergo a radical redesign, or be swapped for some fresh new line completely, which Sony apparently did with the Xperia X, X Performance, and XA trio of phones.
With the Z-line, Sony acquired the nasty habit to make your phone obsolete just after six months, releasing the next Z number, whereas between the Z5 trio announcement and the X-series launch in June there will now be a more palatable time gap. Are you sad to eventually see the Z-line go?