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.