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Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact to sell in the US starting February

Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will go live in the US in February. The Sony Z5 series was launched in Asia in September 2015, but it needed six extra months to get to the US, apparently. The two new devices will go live on Amazon, Best Buy and B&H starting February 7th. The flagship Z5 will cost $599 and the Z5 Compact will cost $499.

 

Sony Xperia Z5

 

 

Sony Xperia Z5 specs:

 

  • 5.2-inch 1080p IPS LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 23MP rear camera
  • 5MP front facing camera
  • 32GB of storage plus microSD slot
  • 146 x72 x 7.3mm, 154g
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1.

 

Sony Xperia Z5 Compact specs:

 

  • 4.6-inch 1280×720 LCD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
  • 2GB RAM
  • 23MP rear camera
  • 5MP front facing camera
  • 32GB of storage plus microSD slot
  • 127 x 65 x 8.9mm, 138g
  • 2,700 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1.

 

The smartphones will be unlocked GSM versions and they will have US warranty. Considering their specs and looks, the devices seem a little bit too pricey for what the are offering. Sony will not get into business with carriers so you will have to pay full price for one of these babies. Considering that – price-wise – you would be choosing between one of these and a $500 Nexus 6P, we think this could be a tough sell on the US market. But we shall see if Sony can turn it into a success or not.

 

Source: Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact

 

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Sony Xperia Z6 rumors, leaks and possible specs

Sony Xperia Z6 is just a dream or a rumor for the moment, but that does not stop the Internet from talking about it. Next year’s Sony flagship will not show up soon, but the rumor mill is already running amok.

Since Xperia Z5 launched globally on September 2015, we are expecting the Z6 to launch sometime in September 2016 (the news was also hinted at by Sony officials for TechRadar).

 

Xperia Z5 image

 

 

Since prices are a bit of a stretch right now, especially since we haven’t seen the device, at least in leaked photos, but that won’t stop us from speculating. If we are to go along with the trends, we would appreciate the price of Sony Xperia Z6 to a hefty $700-800.

 

Since this year’s Sony flagship launched in three forms, the next one could very well launch under a classic Z6, Compact Z6 and Premium Z6 umbrella. It all depends on the overall success of the current flagship.

 

The rumor mill puts Xperia Z6 specs somewhere close to a melange between an iPhone 6S and a Samsung S7. The phone is said to sport pressure-sensitive screen technology and a proprietary form of Apple’s 3D Touch, letting users access various functions and apps by applying different amounts of pressure on the screen.

 

Since Xperia Z5 Premium is the first phone to show a 4K display, we can only hope that next year’s Sony flagship will show the same detail. Some reports suggest that the next flagship will only have a QHD screen.

 

When it comes to processors, Z6 is expected to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. This new SoC promises to offer double the performance of the Snapdragon 810 and improve power efficiency and graphics while keeping the device cool as a cucumber.

 

It is very probable that the Xperia Z6 will keep to the OmniBalance design, but it may change some things. We think that the device will have a high-end metal frame with some waterproof feature and angular corners, plus its uniquely placed volume rockers. The finger scanner on the side-facing home button should also make an appearance, unless Sony decides to move it somewhere else.

 

Sony Xperia Z6 should also come packing with Marshmallow 6.0, an USB Type-C port and its 23MP camera sensor with a little upgrade maybe? We can only hope!

 

Source: TheInquirer

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Sony to fire 1000 people by March 2016

Sony will be firing 1000 people by March2016 and they will all be laid off from the smartphone department. Sony has been making it their priority to launch one flagship every 6-8 months or so, but that entire process is costly and it requires sacrifices.

 

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After it already cut 1000 workers in October, Sony is expected to announce a new round of cutbacks comprising 1000 people in the smartphone division by March next year.

The cuts will be made in the Chinese and European operations with few other regions being targeted. The two cuts combined will comprise 30% in reduction in the size of the smartphone group.

Sony is starting to go through a rough patch as the markets where it was leader these past few years are showing competition from Chinese OEMs. The US market is not the coziest place for Sony’s smartphones eitherat the moment.

Source: AndroidPolice