Rumor says Sony will unveil two SD820-equipped flagships next year, none of them at CES 2016
Now, when it comes to Sony, we are hardly ever short on rumors and speculations. For example, just recently we heard that Sony's upcoming Xperia Z6 lineup might consist of five devices - a 4" Xperia Z6 mini, a 4.6" Xperia Z6 Compact, an Xperia Z6 with a 5.2" display, a 5.8" Xperia Z6 Plus, and finally, a ginormous 6.4" Xperia Z6 Ultra. Allegedly, four of these will be powered by the promising Snapdragon 820 chipset.
However, we just got hold of a contradicting new rumor, which claims that Sony will not drown us with Xperias in 2016, but focus on no more than two major devices for the whole year. According to cnBeta, Sony might unveil one of these in May and start selling it in June, while the other one could be announced in September (probably at IFA 2016) and hit the shelves in October. There won't be a Sony flagship at CES 2016, if cnBeta is to be believed, and rightly so - the Xperia Z5 series has been on the shelves for roughly two months now.
The source claims that both of these phones will be equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and feature metal back covers, which will be a "first" for Sony. Additionally, cnBeta claims that none of them will feature 4K displays like the so-so Xperia Z5 Premium, which we recently reviewed.
This will perfectly fall in line with Sony's usual practice of treating us to two flagship devices each year. This 6-month update cycle was going strong last year but got paused in 2015, when Sony released a flurry of Xperia Z3 variations that had minor differences between them themselves, like the Xperia Z3+ and Z4v.
As usual with rumors and hearsay, get some salt in hand and put your speculative hats on. Rest assured that as more rumors and info arrive, we will keep you updated at all times.