Xperia Z6 Specs and Features
Xperia Z6 is future flagship from Sony and the successor of Xperia Z5. As the Xperia Z5 flagship has been unveiled recently and Sony scheduled to release new smartphone in Xperia Z series every six months, it is not too early to start discussion about the Xperia Z6 flagship. According to six months cycle, Sony may unveil Xperia Z6 in MWC 2016 in March 2016. Otherwise the Japanese tech giant may bring it early in February.
Sony Xperia Z6 may feature 5.5 inches IPS Triluminos display with 4K Resolution. As Xperia Z5 Premiun features 4K Resolution, obviously Z6 also features 4K Resolution. Corning Gorilla Glass 4 will be used as Display protection for Z6. The Z6 flagship will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Chipset. Some details about Snapdragon 820 has been announced by Qualcomm recently. According to them, Xperia Z6 flagship can process 4K videos at 60fps and 30fps wirelessly. Snapdragon 820 SoC may contain 4 Custom Kryo Cores clocked at 3.0 Ghz. Snapdragon 820 also supports LTE-U band of 4G along with 3G and 2G. So users can get download speeds upto 600MBPS and upload speeds upto 150MBPS. Adreno 530 GPU is also coming with SD 820 which is 40% more efficient than predecessor. As Snapdragon 820 is being built on 14nm Process, there will be no more over heating problem and consumes little battery juice. Xperia Z6 may boast RAM upto 4GB.
Sony may use 30 MP Rear Camera with Dual LED flash in Xperia Z6. It may also feature 4K video recording at 60fps with HDR support. Sony may use IMX2xx sensor in Xperia Z6 to reduce noise and increase color quality. Optical Image Optimization and HDR are some features of Rear Camera of Xperia Z6. Sony may improve Autofocus of Xperia Z6 to make better than Xperia Z5. The Japanese tech giant may use 8MP Rear Camera in Xperia Z6 for better selfies and high quality videos.
Sony may use Non-removable 4000 mAh Li-Po battery in Xperia Z6 to give better backup and standby time. It also supports Quick Charge 3.0 which charges upto 85% in just 35 mins. It also comes with pre-loaded Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. It also features Fingerprint sensor on rear side like upcoming Google Nexus or in Home button like Galaxy S6. Fingerprint sensor may also present on side Frame like Xperia Z5. Sony Z6 may also feature front facing speakers. Sony will use USB Type-C port in Xperia Z6 for super fast charging and faster data transfer. The future flagship from Sony will be fully waterproof and dustproof also.
Xperia Z6 Release date and Price
According to the usual 6 months schedule, Sony will launch Xperia Z6 flagship in MWC 2016 which takes place in first week of March 2016. So the flagship will be released into the Market by the end of March and in April in some regions. Sony may also go for an early launch of Z6 in February also. So we have to wait a few days to know the launch date of the next flagship accurately. The 32 GB internal memory variant of Xperia Z6 may be available in the range of $700-800.
A Latest report from China, claims that the Snapdragon 820 (MSM8996)from Qualcomm will be about 50% more efficient than Exynos 7420 chipset which powered Galaxy S6. New Snapdragon 820 will show much improvement in single thread over Exynos 7420 according to the report. This is good for users as most apps for Android run only single thread. It is allegedly confirmed that New Chipset will be built on 14nm process which more performance. It also support 4K video playback at 60fps without any log. Dual Image Signal processors improve Image quality. Snapdragon 820 also supports LTE-U networks which will be available for commercial use in 2016. So Xperia Z6 and Xperia Z6 compact flagships will be more faster and also can record Images and Videos with much clarity than present Xperia Z5 flagship. Xperia Z6 also support Cat.10 LTE download speeds according to latest report. More details about Snapdragon 820 will be revealed soon.
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.
We will update this article with more latest information shortly.