Speculations on Sony's upcoming device, dubbed as Xperia Z6, have started doing the rounds and some have even gone to the extent of talking about the expected specifications. However, the Japanese electronics giant may kill the Xperia Z series.
Jun Makino, senior product marketing manager at Sony Mobile, told uSwitch that "there will not be a Z6," which means the Xperia Z5 will be the last device from the Xperia Z series.
"I can't comment on the future, but we will not be releasing a Z6," Jun Makino told uSwitch when asked if Sony is releasing more devices from Xperia Z family.
It may be noted that Sony unveiled three devices, the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA, at the on-going Mobile World Congress 2016 (MWC 2016). The company didn't reveal its future business plan at the event, however, the announcement of three devices from X series can be taken as a move to divert to a new branding after deciding to kill its Z series.
Interestingly, Japanese website DoCoMo has revealed the specifications of the purported Sony Xperia Z6, claiming that it will sport a 5.2-inch IPS WQHD display with 2,560x1,440 pixels, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and run on the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. It is also reported that the device will come packed with a 4GB RAM, Adreno530 GPU and a 23MP main camera with f2.0 aperture.
However, these details about the Xperia Z6 could turned out to be not true if Sony has decided to stop the Xperia Z series.
It was reported last year that Sony might stop manufacturing mobile phones in the future. Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai had reportedly said the company would concentrate on camera sensors and PlayStation units with an aim to increase its operating profit 25-fold in three years.