Sony Xperia XZ formerly Z6 – Release Date, Specs & Changes

Our Sony fans might be disappointed on hearing that the company’s next flagship will not be Sony Xperia Z6. Way back at MWC in March; Sony declared the culmination of Sony Xperia Z series and the birth of X series. So how could we see Xperia Z6 as the company’s upcoming smartphone?

However, we received some rumors about Sony’s next smartphone, so-called Z6. Here are some of those spoilers:

Sony Xperia XZ – When will it arrive?

The smartphone from the X series is rumored to be launched in the second half of 2016. We’ll now that IFA is the best platform for Sony, as back in 2015 they released Sony Xperia Z5 and now the next flagship will be expected in IFA 2016, this September. Sony is arranging a conference tomorrow, so we’ll be looking forward to grasping some more details about the flagship and the exact release date.

Sony IFA

How come we know that the Flagship is called Sony Xperia XZ?

A benchmark was leaked with the smartphone name ‘Z6’ on it. The benchmark spread like fire and made Sony lovers to believe that Z6 has resurrected. However, that’s not the case.

After that, another device appeared under the name Sony Xperia F8331, seems to be the name of the model and if it’s the upcoming flagship then probably, we’ll see a change in the name till the release. Another name was suggested by a Leakster named @OnLeaks who suggested that the former Z6 will be termed as Xperia XR.

However, the current name “Sony Xperia XZ” comes out from Sony’s Czech website, making it the most valid name till date. Still, these words are not officially confirmed by Sony.

Sony Xperia XZ – Has the Design Changed?

The rumored Sony Xperia XZ will continue to inherit the tradition design from its predecessors. Maybe, things will get better with the thickness, and more processes will be introduced to make it a flawless terminal, regardless of the previous ones. To be clear, Sony XZ will be the same bricked shaped (OmniBalance) smartphone along with glass covering on the front.

Sony Xperia XZ 3

We’ll see a change on the edges from curviness to much steeper turns. With the addition of a fingerprint reader on the side power button, the appearance has been changed from round to oblong, further exaggerating the beauty of Sony Xperia XZ.

Sony Xperia XZ 2

Another change can be witnessed as the glass rear shifts to pure metal. From the leaked pictures, it is clear that the next device will feature a brushed metal finish and a new camera layout, including a dual-LED flash. The ports will include USB Type-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack on board. Moreover, the dimensions will be around 46.4 x 71.9 x 8.1mm.

Sony Xperia XZ – About about the Display?

Now, coming to the most exciting point for which Sony is renowned the most, the screen. Most of the smartphones went for Quad HD. Meanwhile, Sony sometimes sojourned to Full-HD or went straight to release the world’s first 4K resolution smartphone – Sony Xperia Z5 Premium.

Sony Xperia XZ 1

So the question is, will Sony Xperia XZ base on any of these resolutions? To compete with high-end manufacturers like Samsung and LG, Sony must introduce 2K screen for Xperia XZ or embed 4K resolution to be again in the lead. The Full-HD resolution will certainly ruin the flagship. Even though the slightly lower-specced XA had an edge to edge resolution of 720p, still beautiful, Xperia XZ hints to come with a Full-HD resolution with a much larger size of 5.1 inches. How knows maybe they’ll introduce Force touch display.

Sony Xperia XZ – Meet the latest 23MP Camera

In Z5 we saw that the rear camera jumped from 21.7 MP to Sony’s latest 23 MP. Well, we don’t expect things to change for XZ has well but with the addition of Predictive Hybrid Auto Focus and laser focus.

Sony Xperia XZ

Like previously said, the layout for the rear camera has will change along with the entry of dual flash. Also, the camera will be able to record 4K video to a maximum of 10 bit, HDR mode. Meanwhile, the front camera will not be less than 8 MP. Like Sony Xperia X and X Performance; the ISO sensitivity will be at ISO 6400.

Sony Xperia XZ – Has the Hardware reduced?

Indeed, a good question! There’s no doubt that Sony is the most loyal to Qualcomm. They never hesitated in integrating Snapdragon 810 in Z1, while other manufacturers decline to do, because to the overheating issue.

GSMArena presumed that like Xperia X Performance, the upcoming flagship would feature Snapdragon 820 as the heart along with at least 4GB RAM to stay on the track. However, the benchmark leak suggests the use of MediaTeK MT6595 processor with 4GB of RAM, which would be something unexpected, as Sony moves to MediaTeK. The test also shows an old Android v4.4.1 running on the apparent Z6. Let’s hope that this benchmark is not real, otherwise; it would be a nightmare for us.


We were told that this time, Sony will focus on a much larger battery as compared to Sony Xperia X Performance (2700 mAh), especially if the display exceeds 5-inch. As far as storage is concerned, we are doubtless that the flagship will feature 32GB internal storage along with the option of inserting an SD card which Xperia always lacked.

Sony Xperia XZ – The Conclusion

We’ll like, to end up summing all the specs of Sony Xperia XZ under one paragraph. Whether the flagship name is Xperia XZ or not the true is that it will highlight a Full-HD or a Quad-HD screen, Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, Android v6.0, 23 MP and 8 MP cameras and a more than 3000 mAh battery.

Now all we have to do is to wait until Sony’s conference when Sony officially gives us a hint about the upcoming X series successor. Stay tuned!

What do you think about Sony Xperia XZ? Comment.



Started blogging at the age of 18, Roman is a techie with 3 years of blogging, SEO, and Wordpress experience, totally opposite of his health & nutrition career. He is a die-hard Xiaomi fan and an avid gamer, working hard to provide valuable information regarding Tech & Gadgets. You can contact him on this email: [email protected]

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