Sony Xperia Z6 Release date, Specs and Price
Sony has unveiled the Xperia Z5 flagship on September 3rd in IFA. The flagship already reached some pre-ordered customers and yet to be shipped in some countries. Now we will roundup some details about the next Xperia Z phone. Xperia Z6 may come in March 2016 according to Sony’s 6 month schedule. Probably Sony is going to unveil Xperia Z6 in MWC 2016 which takes place in first week of March.
Xperia Z6 Display and Resolution
Sony Xperia Z5 sports 5.2 inch IPS LED Display with FHD resolution (1080p). The predecessor of Z5, Xperia Z3+ also features the same display and resolution. But Sony increased screen to body ratio by thinning side bezels. So Xperia Z6 may sport 5.3 or 5.4 inch IPS LED Triluminos Display with 4K resolution. Sony already used 4K resolution in Xperia Z5 Premium flagship. So it is obvius that next flagship from Sony features UltraHD resolution. Sony may thin bezels much in the next flagship.
Xperia Z6 Processor and Ram
Sony used the Snapdragon 810 Chipset in both Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z3+ flagships. But both flagships are suffering from overheating problem according to some users, although Sony used an upgraded version of SD 810 and Dual heat pipes in Z5. But Qualcomm is building the next chipset that powers Xperia Z6 flagship on 14nm FinFET process which contains only Four cores. Snapdragon 820 contains Four Kryo Cores clocked upto 2.2 Ghz according to Qualcomm. The new Kryo cores are custom cores and also are the successors of Krait cores which powered Snapdragon 800, 801 and 805 chipsets. The Kryo cores are the first 64-bit custom cores from Qualcomm. The Kryo cores are specially designed for heterogenous computing : ability to combine different functional cores of the SoC, CPU, GPU and Hexagon 680 DSP. According to Qualcomm, the new Kryo cores give 2 times the performance of Snapdragon 810 and also 2 times more power efficient than SD 810. Symphony system manager is a new feature coming with Snapdragon 820 chipset. This new feature co – ordinates all cores of SoC, GPU, Display Engine, DSP and Specta Image processor. It clocks the CPU core according to task and also combines different functions of chipset according to needs.
Recent benchmark of Snapdragon 820 reveals that it can beat Exynos 7420 and Apple A9 too. Snapdragon 820 supports Cat.12 of LTE-U band 4G which gives download speed upto 600MBPS and upload speed upto 150MBPS. The Adreno 530 GPU which is coming with Snapdragon 820 is 40% more energy efficient and also 40% more powerful than predecessors. So we will see much fluid UI with no log in Xperia Z6. Xperia Z6 can play, upload and record 4K videos with out log.
Sony Xperia Z5 and Z3+ flagships boast 3GB Ram. So that the next flagship from Sony boasts 4GB Ram. Xperia Z6 with 4GB Ram can do multitasking without any log. Xperia Z6 will come with 32 GB internal memory and also supports microSD card upto 256GB.
Xperia Z6 Camera
Sony Xperia Z5 sports 23MP Rear Camera with fastest Autofocus in the World. So Xperia Z6 may come with 27MP Rear Camera with better autofocus than its predecessor and also with 8K video recording. 8K video recording is the remarkable feature of Xperia Z6. Sony may use 8MP Front camera with LED flash in Xperia Z6. Front camera of Sony Z6 can also record videos with 2K resolution.
Xperia Z6 Battery
Xperia Z5 and Z3+ are powered by 2900 mAh and 2930 mAh Non-removable Li-Po batteries respectively. Sony may increase battery power in Z6 as it features 4K display and consumes lot of battery. So Xperia Z6 may come with 3500 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support.
Xperia Z6 Price
As we said earlier, The Japanese tech giant may launch Z6 in the first week of March and may start shipping in April. Sony may price Xperia Z6 in between $700 – 800. Full pricelist of Xperia Z6 will be revealed in coming days.
Xperia Z6 will be complete waterproof and dustproof also. The next flagship from Sony will come with pre-loaded Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Xperia UI. Sony Xperia Z6 may also feature Type-C USB port which transfers data at better speeds and charges better.
Sony introduced fingerprint sensor in its phones with Xperia Z5. The power button has inbuilt fingerprint sensor which is present on right hand side of the phone. So users can easily use it with their right hand thumb. It creates a new trend in smartphones aganist Apple, Samsung’s front facing and Google Nexus rear facing fingerprint sensors. Sony may continue this feature in the next Xperia Z flagship too. So Xperia Z6 will have side fingerprint sensor which has integrated into home button. Sony also improves the performance of fingerprint sensor in the Xperia Z6. Android Marshmallow operating system which comes with Xperia Z6 has much support fingerprint sensor. Users can unlock their phone, make payments through mobile and log into websites with fingerprint sensor.
Quick Charge 3.0
Qualcomm recently revealed some details about the Quick Charge 3.0 which is the successor of Quick Charge 2.0. Latest Xperia Z5 series from Sony also supporting Quick Charge 2.0. So in the next year, Sony will release Xperia Z6 flagship with Quick Charge 3.0 support and ship necessary charger too. According to Qualcomm, Snapdragon 820 chipset which powers Xperia Z6, supports Quick Charge 3.0 feature. So with Quick Charge 3.0, Xperia Z6 can charge upto 80% in just 35 mins. More details about Xperia Z6 Quick Charge feature will be revealed soon.
Update on 1/10/2015 :
Google has unveiled the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system on September 29th. As we already told before, Sony is going to use Marshmallow operating system on Xperia Z6. According to some rumours, Google may release an update for Android 6.0 under version 6.0.1 or 6.1 in about two months. So most likely we will see the Xperia Z6 flagship with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS or Android 6.1 Marshmallow OS. New OS contains an improved Material user interface over Lollipop. More details will be revealed soon about Android 6.0.1 or Android 6.1 OS which comes with Xperia Z6.
Update on 26/10/2015 :
According to some recent rumours, Sony is going to delay the launch of Xperia Z6. Some Sony officials indirectly said that they won’t release any new flagships in the first half of 2016 and they are concentrating on the flagships that to be released in the second half of 2016 and in further years. So it seems that Xperia Z6 may come with many new features and also late. Some rumours claim that Sony is following Samsung’s and Apple’s schedule to release only one flagship per year. As these are rumours only, Sony has to confirm them before we believe in them. Full details about the release date for Xperia Z6 will be revealed soon.
Update on 1/11/2015 :
Recently some rumours fired about the overheating problem of Snapdragon 820 similar to its predecessor SD 810. But Qualcomm refutes them and said that Snapdragon 820 is not suffering from overheating. The Chipset giant also said that they are taking necessary measures to prevent overheating. Qualcomm said that Snapdragon 820 is building on 14nm process. So it seems that Snapdragon 820 chipset which powers Xperia Z6 will run cooler than SD 810 and also very power efficient. Previously Sony used Snapdragon 810 chipsets in Xperia Z3+ and Xperia Z5 flagships. Xperia Z3+ users reported overheating problems but in Xperia Z5, Sony used dual heat pipes to resolve the problem. We have to wait until Qualcomm releases the Snapdragon 820 SoC to confirm the overheating problem. According to latest reports, Qualcomm is going to release Snapdragon 820 in December 2015. So in a few days full details about Snapdragon 820 which powers Xperia Z6 flagship will be revealed.
On November 10th, Qualcomm officially unveiled the Snapdragon 820 Chipset. As we already written above, Snapdragon 820 SoC is going to power almost all major flagships of 2016 including Sony Xperia Z6. Earlier some features of Snapdragon 820 revealed by some reports and now Qualcomm officially confirmed them. Snapdragon 820 chipset contains Four Custom Kryo cores which are the successors of Krait cores. These Kryo cores are based on ARMV8 and built on Second Generation 14nm FinFET LPP process. So these cores are more power efficient than Exynos 7420 chipset by Samsung. These four Kryo cores look much similar but they are arranged in dual core setup in the chipset. One cluster of Dual Kryo cores is clocked at 2.2 Ghz and another cluster of Dual Kryo Cores are clocked in between 1.6-1.7 Ghz for low power operations. Snapdragon 820 Chipset also supports DDR4 Ram to decreae power consumption and increase performance.
Snapdragon 820 Chipset supports Camera upto 28MP and also support 4K recording, playback and uploading. So Sony may upgrade megapixels of Rear Camera of Xperia Z6 flagship. Xperia Z6 smartphone which is going to be powered by Snapdragon 820 supports Quick Charge 3.0. Quick Charge 3.0 allows Xperia Z6 flagship to charge upto 80% in just 35mins. So in about one hour Xperia Z6 will be fully charged. Snapdragon 820 also has support for both 802.11ad and 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO which gives Wi-Fi connectivity 2-3 times faster than standard 802.11ac without MU-MIMO. X12 LTE modem in Snapdragon 820 supports LTE-U spectum of 4G. This LTE-U of 4G supports download speeds upto 600MBPS and allows upload speeds upto 150MBPS. More details abouth Xperia Z6 which is going to be powered by Snapdragon 820 will be revealed soon.
Update on 29/11/2015 :
An article on Christiantoday is claiming that Sony may not release the next major flagship in Xperia Z series until late 2016. According to the above article, Sony is in plans to launch a rumoured Xperia Z5 Ultra flagship with massive 6.44 inch Display in MWC 2016 which is going to takes place in February 2016. Xperia Z5 Ultra flagship is also coming with Snapdragon 820 chipset according to some rumours. So Sony Xperia Z6 might be an upgrade to Xperia Z5 Ultra flagship. So it seems that Xperia Z6 may also feature a larger increase Display size compared to its Xperia Z5. But as these are rumours only, we should take them with a pinch of salt. More confirmed details about Xperia Z6 launch date and Display size will be revealed in coming months.
Update on 8/12/2015 :
Antutu’s Weibo page allegedly revealed the names of flagships coming under Xperia Z6 and also revealed the screen sizes of next flagships from Sony. According to above post, Xperia Z6 is coming with 5.2 inch Display and Xperia Z6 Mini with 4 inch Display. Xperia Z6 Compact and Z6 Plus may sport 4.6 inch and 5.8 inch Displays respectively. The Xperia Z6 Ultra flagship may sport 6.4 inch Display according to the above post. The Antutu’s page also confirmed that except Z6 Mini, all Xperia Z6 will be powered by Snapdragon 820 chipset. The Xperia Z6 Mini might be powered by Snapdragon 620 SoC.
Sony already has sent invitations for the press conference which is going to takes place in CES 2016. The Sony’s Conference will take place on 5th January at 5 pm PST. So we have to wait only a few weeks to see whether Sony unveils the Xperia Z6 lineup in CES 2016 or not.
Update on 13/12/2015 :
T-Mobile showed up a slide in a conference that took place in Poland. That slide is showing that two New Xperia smartphones are coming in Q2 of 2016. T-Mobile didn’t say that they are Xperia Z6 series but it seems that Sony is going to launch the next flagship in May or April 2016. But Sony may announce the Xperia Z6 flagship in MWC 2016 which is going to takes place at the ending of February, in Barcelona. So the launch details and price of Xperia Z6 series will be revealed in a few days.