Snapdragon 650-powered Sony Xperia Z6 Lite coming next year?

Not long ago, we heard that Sony might be getting ready to release no less than five different Xperia Z6 smartphones: a 4-inch Xperia Z6 Mini, a 4.6-inch Xperia Z6 Compact, a 5.2-inch Xperia Z6, a 5.8-inch Xperia Z6 Plus, and a 6.4-inch Xperia Z6 Ultra. Now, we're hearing that an Xperia Z6 Lite may also be in the making.

According to Chinese website Mobile-dad, this alleged Xperia Z6 Lite should sport a 5-inch display (unknown resolution), while having a metal-made rear cover, and being powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor (formerly known as Snapdragon 618). Reportedly, the Z6 Lite could cost around $385, and might be announced at the same time with the other members of the Xperia Z6 family, possibly in May 2016.

Of course, there's no way to confirm any of the details above. Not for now. However, sooner or later, Sony will (most likely) launch an Xperia Z6 series. We'll just have to wait and see how many smartphones this is going to include.

P.S.: Pictured above is the Xperia Z5.

source: Mobile-dad (translated)



1. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Best design for Sony Xperia this Z5. Best design for Samsung Galaxy is Alpha. Best design for iPhone is 5/5S but I love my iPhone 6S more.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Thanks for your design awards. We all care a lot.

6. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

i would rather prefer Z6 Compact if it comes with SD820...

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They are still going to have that. However people don't realize that the new SD 650 has cortex-A72 cores now. Which are faster then A57 cores.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I should also add that the cortex-A72 cores will also be in the SD 820 processor. The only difference with the SD 650 is there only 2 cortex-A72 cores vs 4 for the in the SD 820. This is the first time that Qualcomm has used the same high end cores in a mid range processor.

17. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

thats wrong, the sd820 uses custom cores that are more powerful than the a72.

21. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sorry I guess I should have said Kryo cores. At one point Qualcomm called Hydra cores. I guess they didn't like to use the words Hiel Hydra ;-) Qualcomm has licensed Arms cores which include the A72 cores. So most likely its based on Arms A72 cores. Just like Qualcomms Krait cores were based on A15 and A9 cores.

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I'd give it to the Black Sapphire Note 5

27. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009


2. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

I think Z6 compact

4. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Just as long as they won't release a 'lite' version for each Z6 (compact, classic, premium), that would make the Xperia lineup even more saturated. Or better yet, make these lite versions more distinct so they won't all look the same like, like what they did to their 2011 lineup. And pls Sony, go back to the usual annual phone cycle.

5. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I have the Sony Z3V for Verizon, my first Sony phone, but I have a Sony tablet. Loving it! Smooth fast as lightning impressive considering how extensive the skin is, and it has the best UI I have used outside of stock android. I wonder if Sony will actually release this phone in the States this time..

23. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Xperia's are so underrated... But in the US it's Sony's own fault. I really don't know why they release them so slow in the US or don't release them at all. Maybe they don't dare to compete with Apple.

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

so basically its a official cheaper clone of their own flagship? cant they just make put it to xperia M or C? (all those look similar anyway) and Z compact, standard, premium, and ultra is already gave enough choice for customer (screensize-wise), well maybe som customer just picky enough to choose the new mini and plus version of Z :-/

9. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

True. However the problem with Sony is most of the time only the Z series gets timely and bigger updates compared to their (M)idrange, (C)amera/selfie and (E)ntry series. They should focus on bringing the updates across the whole lineup instead rather than releasing toned down flagships because that's what the midrange segment is for.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You have to consider this. Just because they are using a SD 650 instead of a SD 820 doesn't mean it's processor isn't going to be any good. On the contrary this is the first time a high end cortex-A72 cores will be used in Qualcomms mid range professors. Granted there is only 2 cortex-A72 cores in the SD 650, where as the SD 820 will have 4 cortex-A72 cores clocked slightly higher.

14. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

But the A72 of SD650 are built on a worse process node: 20nm compared to 14nm of the A72 in SD820. So the A72 in SD650 is weaker than the A72 in SD820.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The SD 650 is a hexa core processor clocked at 1.8 ghz (2 A72 cores and 4 A53 cores). It has a 510 GPU and supports up to a 2k display with DDR3 933 mhz ram. The SD 820 is an octa core clocked up to 2.4 ghz (4 A72 cores and 4 A53 cores). It has a 530 GPU and supports up to a 4k display with DDR4 ram. You are trying to paint the SD 650 as junk. However that is so far from the truth. Look at current SD 808 processors are clocked at 1.8 ghz and they have 2 cortex-A57 cores and 4 A53 cores. It even has the same GPU as the SD 650. There is nothing wrong with the SD808 processor. Everyone who has used it said it was very fast including me.

16. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

Gpus are not similar. Snapdragon 808 has adreno 418 and snapdragon 650/652 will have adreno 510. According to what I know adreno 510 will be more powerful than adreno 330 but maybe equal or onpar with adreno 418/420.but definitely not better than adreno 430 in sd810.

25. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

adreno 510 is not equal to sd418. I didnt see any website saying this. If you have any reference, then paste it here.

26. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

I didnt tell they were equal. but performance might be equal since computing power should be equal. adreno 405 had similar performance to adreno 320. but in REAL WORLD gaming adreno 405 lagged slighly than adreno 405 in highend games. the sd650 series is a major upgrade since sd 600 time in 2013. it is not a lowend or midrange cpu. The Gpu should be more powerful than adreno 418 for sure. adreno 405 has a computing power of 59.4 Gflops. adreno 418 has 172.8Gflops. adreno 430 can go upfrom 324 -420 Gflops. adreno 320 has between 57.2 - 97.2 Gflops. adreno 510 should have more than 150 G flops for sure... Well i also know that the Glflops comparison might not be valied sometimes.... because mali 400 mp2 which has 20 Gflops from 2011 even beats the adreno 305 and has similar performance to adreno 405. i meant in real world gaming..

22. Obie-Wan

Posts: 113; Member since: May 24, 2012

Correction, SD 820 is a Quad-core custom processors.

18. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

sd650 is not built on 20nm... please correct it

24. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I think you will be the one, who will produce sd650 on 20nm. But Qualcomm is using 28nm process. Again, you will be the one who will make SD820 with A72 cores. Otherwise Qualcomm is going to use custom kryo cores. Please, at least get a little information before commenting and please, just don't start commenting wildly. Otherwise, you are not going to have any credibility.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Put on a 1080p screen and you've got a winner

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2627; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm curious about the Sony strategy meeting that included the idea of making an even larger array of devices that people can't buy...

20. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

Still hoping Z6 mini will be a reality.

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