Sony's nondescript MWC 2016 invite points to a February 22nd event


Sony's CES 2016 press event was a rather quiet affair—downright boring in terms of mobile-related news—but that could simply be the company gearing up for something far more interesting come MWC 2016. Scheduled to take place in the latter part of February, Sony already has a planned event for early in the morning of February 22nd. And we were invited.

The above nondescript invite is typical Sony, with pretty much nothing for us to go on in terms of speculating what we might see this time around. Still, we're not entirely empty-handed, as we can draw from history and base our prophesying around that. 

Looking back at Sony's track record as far as MWC is concerned, we see a mix of minor and high-profile announcements. MWC 2013, for example, brought us nothing more than the the water-tight and very thin (at the time) Xperia Tablet Z, while the year after we got to play around with the Xperia Z2 for the first time. Skip ahead another year to MWC 2015, and it was back to low profile, with just a Z Tablet update and the Xperia M4 Aqua. Given how three Sony flagships (Xperia Z1, Z3, and Z5) were announced at IFA instead, it's more likely that the company will play it low this time around. 

Still, the Xperia Z1 (announced in September 2013 at IFA) was followed up by the Xperia Z2 (announced in February 2014 at MWC). So we can't totally rule out a major press conference. After all, the company is known for having the industry's shortest, 6-month flagship update cycle, and by the time February is out, it will have been about 5 months since the Xperia Z5. Seeing as how expo announcements usually take a month or two before they hit the market, it's possible that Sony has something special in mind.

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14 Comments

1. donrox

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 18, 2014

given the lack of leaks of new hardware, i doubt they will be announcing any new mobile devices

10. Tsais

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 16, 2009

Short of a Z5 Ultra or the Z6 range, I could do with some new full frame cameras that fix the severe AF weakness of the current A7 series... A7S III (extremely improved AF) A7 III (much improved AF) A7R III (improved AF) RX100 V (with faster processor) a6100 (with IBIS) a7000 (what will it be? return of a diminutive Nex7?) gogogo, Sony, we don't have time, the banksters are working on ww3

14. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

Can u give me a link if there's upcoming rx100 mark V this year?

2. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

I want to see the xperia Z6 ultra , Xperia M6 with sd650 and Xperia E6 with SD 616 /mtk6732. Please Sony no mtk devices please.since no way of making a custom rom for Sony mtk devices. Good excellent design with no heating problems.OTG support. Good display. And Android marshmallow powered. I am waiting for M6.

8. JunBringer

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

I'll second that Z6 Ultra.

3. surethom

Posts: 1669; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Nondescript invite, sounds like there Nondescript phone design.

11. Tsais

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 16, 2009

party pooper :p

4. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Z6 Ultra with local dimming backlights in the display to line up with their new HDR TVs would be awesome.

13. Tsais

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 16, 2009

yes, I'd buy that.

5. josephnero

Posts: 779; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

can't wait for MWC

6. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I don't get Sony! They're still a Titan in the industry so why is there no Sony nexus to help boost sales in the states?

7. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Many of them wants a Sony Nexus..

12. Tsais

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 16, 2009

Because Sony is not willing to put up with Google's condition to make all Nexus phones without Micro SD card slot, to force people into Google's cloud? Not sure if a Nexus device would help Sony, maybe it would, but I certainly wouldn't buy one.

9. Tsais

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 16, 2009

Note how odd number Z's (Z1, Z3 and Z5 have been announced at IFA, while at least one even number Z, the Z2 has been shown at MWC... My guess is for either the Z6 range, or else, if Sony dropped the 6 months release schedule, they may show a Z5 Ultra (hopefully with a lot less bezel than previous Ultras)

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