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Sony to never launch an Xperia Z6, new X series will replace the Z series

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Sony to never launch an Xperia Z6, new X series will replace the Z series
Sony this week announced a brand new family of Android smartphones which, for now, includes three models: Xperia XA, Xperia X, and Xperia X Performance. We're a bit surprised by the fact that the company didn't reveal any new Xperia Z handsets, but this will probably happen soon, right? Well, maybe not that soon. In fact, it looks like it won't happen at all.

According to Sony Mobile Germany, the X series is replacing the Z series. This was mentioned on Facebook, in response to fans wondering about any future Xperia Z models. Also mentioned was the fact that the rumored Xperia Z6 won't actually exist. Thus, it's probably safe to assume that the Xperia X Performance will be Sony's new flagship smartphone for 2016 (unfortunately, the handset isn't hitting the market before June).

Unlike
Sony to never launch an Xperia Z6, new X series will replace the Z series
Samsung or LG (both of which continue to release flagships from their well known Galaxy S and LG G series), Sony seemingly felt the need for a new beginning. And this isn't just about new names: while the Xperia X Performance doesn't look too different from the Xperia Z5, it introduces a new design element - it's got a back plate made out of brushed metal, instead of the glass rear plate of the Z5.

Of course, the name of Sony's new flagship smartphone isn't that important (well, as long as it's not a silly name or something like that). What matters is that the Xperia X Performance seems to be a worthy successor to the Xperia Z5. The new handset is slightly smaller than the Z5 (5 inches vs. 5.2 inches), but perhaps many users will see this as a good thing. You can find out more about Sony's new series of smartphones by checking out our Xperia XA, Xperia X, and Xperia X Performance hands-on.


source: Sony Mobile (Facebook) via Reddit

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posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:35 18

1. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


This is just a proof that sony lack of identity in mobile phone world.. good luck sony..

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:45 15

8. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


That's what HTC use to do.
Sensation
HD
Wildfire
DNA

And know finally the M series which they continue.

Stupid dumbass new CEO of Sony. Changing the Z to X. People got use to the Sony Z.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 17:31

54. aBoss (Posts: 91; Member since: 15 Sep 2014)


Sony doesnt need to change design its the best. Maybe make smaller bezels but thats it. In fact it is now a mental body and its sick af.
Sony
+ Camera (prob used in your fav smartphone)
+ Design waterproof+sd slot
+ OS simple/fast
+ real 2 day battery life

If you dont like sony then thats on you. The core fans dont want crazy changes that ruin whats already clearly working. Complain to other phone company to catch up, it looks like samsung finally is getting the design right with a working waterproof+sd card slot. Sony been the best for years.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 20:22 8

20. maherk (Posts: 3366; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Also a proof that they will keep on screwing their customers.
The Z5 was released like 3 months ago, and here they are with it's successor.
The ironic part, is that they changed the name, but kept the design they have been using on their flagships, mid rangers, and even some of their low end smartphones for more than 3 years now.
I know other companies that uses the same design language on their products, but Sony are basically copy pasting the same design. And this is sad, coming from a company that used to give us a new stunning design, year in year out.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 20:45 5

23. Subie (Posts: 436; Member since: 01 Aug 2015)


Technically it won't be out until June - so much more then 3 months apart. You are right about the design language though but more importantly it seems that there isn't any waterproofing. At least not that I've heard.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 22:31 1

35. techperson211 (Posts: 1163; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Well we all thought that Sony will not release any phone on mwc but we are all caught off guard when they revealed the X series. I think they'll not ditch the Z series due to the fact it's always their flagship device. Just saying. Either way that's their decision. Still rocking with my Z5p.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 00:30

39. ncallan (Posts: 33; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


X performance is confirmed as waterproof but the two lower end models aren't.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 20:54 1

24. azimesmail (Posts: 116; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


I bought my Z5 Premium in November.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 04:04

46. Switch00 (Posts: 366; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


I told ya'll that X is the new Z. BTW, it was as obvious as it could be.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:36 1

2. jngo102 (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


I wonder what drove Sony to make this decision.

Maybe they're hoping to turn over a new leaf by starting over with a new series?

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:41 4

6. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Bad and wrong decision. Replacing Z series for X series is a big mistake. They are focusing on curved edges rather than omnibalance design.

Fkoff Sony. This will be my last Z5. I deeply love rectangular phones. Adored the LG optimus 2.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:52 1

14. xuerantiger (Posts: 52; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I mean the X series still looks pretty rectangular compared to other phones.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 20:05

18. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


True. Reminds me of Lumia928 925. 1530.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 01:30 1

42. Bernoulli (Posts: 3705; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Lumia 1530?

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 23:02 1

36. jalebi2000 (Posts: 172; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)


Me too. If to only there was a nice rectangular phone I could buy. I was in love with the original xperia z

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 05:37

48. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


The original Z I still have. Those corners are sharp. Which several of people complained. But I really loved it.

Pure rectangle blocked phone.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:39 1

3. hanabi (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


Can this be the last sony phone ? maybe

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:39 1

4. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 312; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)


I always wondered why the Xperia series didn't go with X instead of Z...now they are. I like the reboot, TBH. One thing's sure, if you don't need the top of the line SoC, then the SD650 should be perfectly fine

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:40 12

5. DRS1977 (Posts: 357; Member since: 27 May 2015)


So they are getting rid of a name that everyone knows as a flagship and have become accustomed to? Sony will never have any global smartphone presence or relevance unless they release their phones in a timely fashion an all major carries around the world at the same time. They make beautiful hardware, too bad their marketing and manufacturing capability is completely useless on a global scale.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:42

7. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


Well said.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 21:39 2

32. dazed1 (Posts: 305; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


The only flagship part of a Sony phone is the word, and nothing else.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:45 3

9. promise7 (Posts: 857; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Sony's Mobile Twitter says otherwise;

Lo Fill de Marcelino ‏@lfilldmarcelino Feb 22
@SonyMobileNews are you guys discontinuing the Xperia Z line after the release of the Xperia X'es?

Sony Xperia News @SonyMobileNews
@lfilldmarcelino Xperia Z5 series is performing well for us, we introduced Xperia X series adding on intelligence to help you to do more

https://twitter.com/SonyMobileNews/status/701699572075274240

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:56 4

15. Florin.T (Posts: 208; Member since: 16 Dec 2013)


Well, this tweet only mentions existing Xperia Z smartphones, which will obviously still be on the market for quite some time. But new models - there's nothing on that.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:47

10. hwb01 (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


LG rebranded when they dropped Optimus on the G2, that seemed to be pretty good for them.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:47

11. hwb01 (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Hopefully same will be true for Sony

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 20:07 8

19. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


The G3 G4 had the same similar design. But the ugly G5 ruined thier reputation. Alot of people dislike the design. Including me. Hate that ugly POJ.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:47

12. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1940; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


The 3 X phones are worthy replacements.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:57 4

17. cheetah2k (Posts: 1495; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Except there's no X compact... My wife will be utterly disappointed :(

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 20:30 1

21. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 1940; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Damn that's true......sorry mate. Maybe Sony will release a high-end compact sometime this year cause sony has to keep a good compact in there arsenal.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 21:16 2

27. NFSHesham (Posts: 257; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


The Z5 Compact is still greaton its own

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 21:18

29. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Compact always gets released for odd numbered z series.

For example, we have z1 compact, z3 compact and z5 compact. Bit there are no z compact, z2 compact or z6 Compact.

Expect a compact around Q3 2016, along with the new xperia x.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 01:24

41. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 522; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


I was really hoping for a Z6 Compact, but if it is never coming to fruition then that kind of seals the deal for me to get an S7. Oh well, thanks Sony, it was fun while it lasted

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:48 1

13. Shadocx4 (Posts: 18; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Are these really 5 inches screen ? Ok bye Sony, you really disappointed me.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 19:57 4

16. manojmcn (Posts: 389; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


Clears way for Samsung's Tizen range to sell in markets without confusion.
Heard Samsung Z5 is coming.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 20:38

22. BLSEOTB (Posts: 330; Member since: 24 Mar 2015)


Thought they would have at least put a quad hd or ultra hd screen on the x performance

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 21:17

28. NFSHesham (Posts: 257; Member since: 04 Feb 2014)


Quad HD =Goodbye performance o

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 21:19 1

30. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


How exactly?

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 20:56 1

25. azimesmail (Posts: 116; Member since: 23 Nov 2014)


I'm hoping for a X Plus and/or Ultra.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 21:15 4

26. Chuck007 (Posts: 1009; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Ok so I admit the X Performance looks rather nice in black (while managing to look awkward in all other colours) but what were they thinking? 3GB RAM and lower quality screen and build quality for the same price as a Galaxy S7? RIP Sony's mobile division.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 21:35 2

31. dazed1 (Posts: 305; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


No one who is enthusiastic about phones, will ever care about Sony, so much opportunity wasted, so much high end sensors under-utilized everything they do can be much better but they just go on with their average products,(as a complete package)

The displays are also sub-par, cameras subpar, bezels are huge, the speakers are terrible, camera doesn't capture videos in stereo, design - same for years, the changes from generation to generation minimal, useless brand,

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 22:01

33. dimas (Posts: 1818; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I really don't care if they kill the z line. If the x branding will bring more promising and powerful handsets for more affordable price, I don't think people won't really care. After all they're just products not living things.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 22:30 3

34. ryq24 (Posts: 681; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Sony still have a fan? :-)

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 23:08 1

37. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 284; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


I have Z3 ,which is awesome phone
Pls sony don't kill your "Z" series pls :(

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 23:36 1

38. medtxa (Posts: 1104; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


What the hell its the same design as z5

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 00:33

40. MacWiNux (Posts: 116; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


can't blame them since they started with xperia X1 and X2 then X10, x8

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 01:31

43. Modest_Moze (Posts: 112; Member since: 23 Mar 2015)


WHYYYYYYYYYY??? People kind of knew about it when suddenly X came out.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 02:19

44. mixedfish (Posts: 1144; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Lol you can't trust Sony facebook goons, they're the worst and don't know anything. You can no longer count with your hands the amount of times they've screwed up promotion material or given wrong information.

You'll see very quickly they'll put out another statement retracting the messages on facebook.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 03:39 2

45. TheGranter (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Jan 2016)


this design is better, but why the f**k would you decreasde screen to body ratio, it's like one of the most important aspects of a modern phone ffs.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 04:30 1

47. Sealblaighter (Posts: 201; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Sony should make a 5.2 or 5.3 inch display smart phone. 5 inch is small these days.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 06:39

49. idrisalsudani (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)


Oh Sony don't leave the market
change the name as u wish but never omit a flagship at all
I wish Sony to have 2 flagship when x to compete with IPhones and other with other name to compete with Samsung and the rest of androids

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 06:41

50. idrisalsudani (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Dec 2015)


Samsung has 2 flagships each year
s and note
hope sony to follow suites

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 06:57 1

51. phaneendra_92 (Posts: 19; Member since: 12 Oct 2013)


Pa Didnt updated article.. Sony again confirms yhe x series is diff from z series and not a replacement

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 08:52

52. Jimmy111 (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Feb 2016)


This is good news for Samsung , their Tizen Z series

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 12:39

53. isprobi (Posts: 609; Member since: 30 May 2011)


OK Sony you need to make an X Ultra with a 6 inch screen and QHD resolution while still having all the best hardware..

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