Rumor says Sony will unveil two SD820-equipped flagships next year, none of them at CES 2016

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.

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25 Comments

1. drazwy

Posts: 347; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Limited availability on par with other phones released 6 months prior, wondering why sales figures aren't up to expectations...

2. BLSEOTB

Posts: 334; Member since: Mar 24, 2015

Overhaul the fingerprint scanner Sony!

21. Obie-Wan

Posts: 108; Member since: May 24, 2012

Why? I find it working just fine.

3. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Z ultra updated is needed.....maybe they will release new phones in MWC 2016

10. Switch00

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Couldn't agree more. There is a huge market niche slightly above 6'', which is by my opinion, ultimate size for a pocket-fit portable device until foldable screens arrive.

4. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

the reason they dont go according to consumer they go according to them. they dont care what market/consumer wants.. they care what they want to give...

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

The X1 and the X2 had metal finishes...Sony wasn't a new smartphone company in 2012 so no it' won't be the "first"metal smartphone from them

20. MacWiNux

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Sony not sony ericsson... but the xperia P had metal back

7. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Z Ultra and Z6/Z7

8. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Only releasing a 820 flagship in May. *facepalm*

9. Xperia14

Posts: 1193; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

So-so Xperia Z5 Premium? Stupid fanboys at iPhonearena. How is a phone with good battery life, one of the best cameras, IP68, a brilliant 4K screen, micro SD, FM, and Sony's great UI so-so?!

11. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

can u stop fanboying plz thanks

13. TypicalGeek

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

No, he's right. PA just hate Sony, or rather get paid to troll any maker other than Sammy and Apple.

22. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I'm a big Sony fan, but I don't see any Sony "hate" from PA. The only trolling and hate I see is actually coming from you. It's funny how some people do the very thing they claim to hate in others.

14. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

So-so because a 4k screen has no benefits on a 5.5 inch device .. Minimum is 7.8 inch

19. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

So it is mediocre because it has an overkill display? Nice logic Albert! Sony has some great phones and phone arena is the most biased tech site there is.

12. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

"Two flagships" better mean a Z6 Ultra in H1 and a lone Z7 in H2!

15. ryq24

Posts: 872; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

sony need to do something about their pricing. They are not apple or Samsung. They cannot compete with those two so they should price their flagship phone lower than those two giants.

18. idrisalsudani

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

I think they are more giant and hard to compete I see now days xperia steal any good features phones have wile some phones dropping their features as we see some drop the sd card and let down their waterproofing and boom sound not seen in one flagship of HTC which is known excellent feature it have I think the future is for xperia

16. idrisalsudani

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

If that rumors true it is great news to see z6 all metal device

17. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

eh i stopped caring for sony phones i was disapointed they didnt release the z5 premium in the US just like there other phones.. SURE i could of bought an unlocked one but thats just a waste of money . Because since i have att im pretty sure i would not get HD voice or advanced messaging or lte on there upcoming 30 band since it dont support it.

23. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Samsung probably will launch the S7 in january . So Sony definetly have to announce the device in march or february.otherwise they are lagging behind. If sony announce the device in march .we would only be able to buy the device in june or july. Sony is very late in releasing phones. So z6 in march is a must if they want good sales. And Their should be a Z6 ultra in march as well. No ultra version for the last 2 years.

24. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Good... I really hope they take their time with a proper flagship this time around. Getting sick of hoping they'd make a "Sony style" (those who are in their 30s and up will get what I mean) smartphone only to not deliver. Come on Sony... I know you can do better. :/

25. TPenn

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

I really want to see a design change

26. kewldoode

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 05, 2015

Z5/6 Ultra in January, with top spec. Nothing else matters..... (snapdragon 820, biggest camera, full loaded memo + sd-card support++) Cant wait for a real phone without sd810.

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