The past couple of years have been rather erratic for some of the smartphone makers out there, even major ones such as Sony. For the past few months, various rumors targeting Sony’s alleged plans for 2016 have explored different possibilities, starting with an exit from the smartphone business (which was later denied by its CEO), to the more recent rumors claiming that Sony will, in fact, deliver a total of five Xperia Z6 smartphones by the end of next year.
However, according to recent rumors passed along by industry sources, Sony’s 2016 smartphone line-up will actually consist in two devices equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820.
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Sony 2016 Lineup – New Rumors Emerge
Earlier this month, rumors had it that Sony is planning to release five terminals in 2016, namely the Xperia Z6, Z6 Mini (which was allegedly canceled according to the new report we’re talking about), Z6 Compact, Z6 Plus, and Z6 Ultra.
Unfortunately for fans of the brand who might get excited by the prospect of having more Sony terminals to choose from, a recent report claims that the Japanese manufacturer will offer no more than two “major” smartphones in 2016. They will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC, and reportedly they will enjoy a new design that will revolve around the extensive use of metal.
Furthermore, sources add that Sony will set these two releases apart by roughly four months, with one of the smartphones debuting in June 2016, and the other one aiming at an October launch. The same report also claims that no new Sony smartphones will be unveiled at CES in January.
Keep in mind that rumors are always subject to change, so ultimately, whether Sony intends to release more or fewer handsets in 2016 remains to be seen. As always, we’ll keep you posted if we find out more.