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Sony could announce a powerful new smartphone in January, but that seems too early for an Xperia Z6

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Sony could announce a powerful new smartphone in January, but that seems too early for an Xperia Z6

It looks like Sony has already geared up to kick off 2016 with a bang! We received an invitation for its upcoming CES 2016 press conference, which is to be held January 5 at 5PM Pacific time — in the Las Vegas Convention Center, as usual. The invitation's visuals include VR headsets, hi-fi gear, a CyberShot camera, a disturbingly thin TV, and perhaps most interesting — a smartphone!

Naturally, this has sparked visions and aspirations about an upcoming Sony Xperia Z6 flagship smartphone inside the tech media circles. But common sense dictates that, outside of Sony's R&D labs, the Xperia Z6 right now is nothing more than 'clickbait' material. After all, the Xperia Z5 trio, which was announced this September and released shortly after, is still very fresh on the market. Introducing an iterative, specs-focused update as early as January would do little more than kill Z5 sales and frustrate owners of the smartphone. Then again, this is merely an outside perspective — Sony execs probably see things differently.

The original Xperia Z Ultra - Sony at large!

The original Xperia Z Ultra - Sony at large!

However, the smartphone rat race has been rather intense lately, with Samsung reportedly preparing its Galaxy S7 products for a February 21st announcement at the Samsung Unpacked 2016 event. Android competitors are usually looking to retaliate with hi-end offerings near the same time frame, which means Sony could take the opportunity for making an exciting smartphone announcement on the back of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC, which is already quite the hype engine!

Rather, we're thinking more in the lines of a Xperia Z5 Ultra, which is already rumored to ship March next year, sporting cutting-edge features such as the aforementioned chipset, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, a 6.44-inch, 2160 x 3840 (4K) resolution display, a 23MP primary camera, and a large battery to keep all those power-hungry components on-line. At launch, the Z5 Ultra could turn out to be one of the most powerful phablets so far, despite competition from the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Xiaomi — all geared up to launch hero phones during the first quarter of 2016.

With such an intense all-around device in the pipeline, we expect Sony to at least tease the Z5 Ultra (or whatever it has in store) at its CES press conference, leaving the Xperia Z6 flagship for the second half of 2016. Then again, this is all rumor mongering at this point, so better keep that doctor-prescribed grain of salt nearby!

Sony's CES 2016 press invite.

Sony's CES 2016 press invite.


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posted on 02 Dec 2015, 03:46 1

1. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3616; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Z5+ anyone?

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:14 3

15. fonelover (Posts: 196; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


Sony may out z5+ with sd810! just to continue their 3 months flagship cycle.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 09:18

18. KParks23 (Posts: 589; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Z5 premium with 820 on verizon would be amazing but a little too soon

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 09:21 1

20. zeeBomb (Posts: 1864; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Z5 Ultra is more likely, but no means Sony can go do the Z6 route. I only think Sony will make only the Z6 this year, and the Z7 some other time...

Also Sony gonna make a new version of that DAC player, and some other great tech goodies.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 09:40

23. KParks23 (Posts: 589; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


Yeah i dont care what they announce as long as its premium and dont have a 810 in it and comes to verizon!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 12:13 2

27. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


hopefully xperia for usa.......

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 03:47 1

2. Zylam (Posts: 667; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


A Z5 Ultra with those specs sounds luscious. Really wish Sony would adapt even more of a near stock Android experience. Whatever happened to that beta test of a new Ui which pretty much looked like stock Android with Sony apps? Things were looking good!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 04:40 2

5. TheLoyalist (Posts: 26; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


I'm beta testing that right now!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 06:09 1

11. Feanor (Posts: 675; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Nice! Which region? How does it look like in reality?

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:03

14. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 449; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


How's it feel? Running lollipop on Z3C, and just wondering what a closed to stock experience would be like

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 05:20

9. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


Zylam!! Sony's UI is one of the closest to stock Android!!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 04:08

4. Djz89 (Posts: 287; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


Awesome

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 04:58 2

6. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Z5 Ultra for sure.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 05:03

7. LRSousa (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)


Nope...
Will be accessories and one mid end device.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 05:13 1

8. SIGPRO (Posts: 1385; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Almost every article on PA contains Could or May!
Come with some real news, not every time this companay could or may announce!

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:31

16. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


There's nothing bad in that.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 05:57

10. ryq24 (Posts: 698; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Z5 premium is so expensive what more a Z5 ultra! Sony should review their pricing . Their mobile phone business will not be able to recover if they continue to sell their phones at those outrageous price.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 06:45 1

12. KKK1984 (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Nov 2015)


What are you talking about, the device has high end specs an costs less than the s6 or the new iphone but you see no one bitchin how much they cost ...

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 06:51

13. bistech (Posts: 59; Member since: 23 Jul 2015)


This sucks. Iphone 6s plus is the best

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 07:34 3

17. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


So 6S Plus doesn't have flaws?
"Opinnions are like assholes... everyone has one."

#RebelwithoutaClue

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 09:19

19. hellonerds (Posts: 313; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


6in 4k I'm in for that.. my note 4 need update but Im so use to amoled lol... love the darks and colors pop.. good on battery too.. will see what sony comes out with

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 09:39 1

21. alvinching (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


6.44 inch will be nice with sd 820 32gb and support of micro sd up 128gb 4000mah battery with z5 camera will be great .this is the phone I'm waiting for. If can do like samsung doing VR headset even better.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 09:39

22. alvinching (Posts: 31; Member since: 18 Sep 2014)


6.44 inch will be nice with sd 820 32gb and support of micro sd up 128gb 4000mah battery with z5 camera will be great .this is the phone I'm waiting for. If can do like samsung doing VR headset even better.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 10:30

24. aliadils3d (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Feb 2015)


The only reason sony is releasing flagships so fast is to catch up with the number series of other flagships, As samsung is releasing the S7 and apple the iphone 7, sony is still at 5, so i think they want to be on leverl with the numbers here. they should have been releasing the xperia Z7 now with the other big companies.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 11:21

25. Xperia14 (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


Z5 Ultra for sure.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 11:57

26. Switch00 (Posts: 425; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


All metal ultra with small bezels, on bezel buttons, and a pair of hi end earphones in the box.

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 22:11

28. HTC_ONE_MAX (Posts: 150; Member since: 06 Feb 2015)


Z5 Tablet Compact ?

posted on 02 Dec 2015, 22:14

29. phichart (Posts: 269; Member since: 03 May 2014)


Sony is just s**t... they made waterproof phone but Z2 and Z3 the same.. go to swim in the pool and water go in twice... never ever think to buy sony again! and the service is f**king bad in Thailand

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 06:07

30. nycguy54 (Posts: 62; Member since: 13 Dec 2014)


Hoping Sony to announce Z5Pv to Verizon or Z5Ps to T-mobile

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 11:55

31. BLSEOTB (Posts: 332; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


Probably just a Z5+ which could be the Z5 Premium but with a qhd display, sd820, 4gb of ram and a overhauled fingerprint scanner.

posted on 05 Dec 2015, 17:30

32. Hexa-core (banned) (Posts: 2131; Member since: 11 Aug 2015)


And an expensive price tag, like Sony's tradition.

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