Sony Xperia Z6 Axed; Xperia Z Series Discontinued

By @ZionsAnvin on
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Pedestrians are reflected in a logo of Sony Corp outside its showroom in Tokyo, Japan, June 23, 2015. REUTERS/YUYA SHINO

Sony announced earlier this week the all new Xperia X series smartphones like Xperia X, Xperia XA and Xperia X Performance. Fresh information from Sony Mobile Germany indicates the Xperia Z series will be discontinued, implying the company won’t be launching the rumoured Sony Xperia Z6 flagship smartphone.

The newly launched Sony Xperia X series has replaced the Xperia Z lineup, Sony Mobile Germany posted on its Facebook account. It was a response from Sony Mobile representative when a fan asked about the upcoming Xperia Z models.

The Sony Xperia Z6 was previously rumoured to launch at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016, but Sony Mobile Germany has confirmed that it won’t be launched. The Japanese tech giant appears to have decided that the Sony Xperia X series would be better for the users.

The Sony Xperia X series includes three smartphones: the Xperia XA, a midrange model; Xperia X, an upper midrange handset; and Xperia X Performance, a high-end smartphone. The Xperia X series sports a new design compared to the Xperia Z models. The Sony X Performance appears similar to the Xperia Z5 but its rear glass panel has been replaced by brushed metal, Phone Arena reported.

The Sony Xperia X Performance is powered by Snapdragon 820 and it is expected to hit the markets by June this year. Leading tech sites are assuming that the X Performance will be the company’s flagship smartphone for this year, GSM Arena reported. Reports are saying the Japanese may announce another flagship smartphone in the second half of 2016.

The Sony Xperia X Performance comes with a full HD resolution supporting 5-inch IPS LCD screen. It is fueled by SD 820 SoC and 3 GB of RAM.  It is packed with 32 GB inbuilt storage and carries support for up to 2 TB of microSD card.

The rear camera of Xperia X is of 23-megagpixel and the front panel houses a 13-megapixel selfie snapper. Other specs include, Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, a fingerprint scanner, and 2700 mAh battery.