Rumors by Luke Jones on Wednesday July 29, 2015.
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There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Sony this year. With the company stop making smartphones, will it sell its smartphone division, will it only concentrate on high end handsets? An array of questions that only show that the Japanese company is in need of a new strategy. The Xperia Z4 and Z3+ are both fine devices, but there is a feeling Sony has do better to compete at the flagship range. Its Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will land in the third quarter, but arguably it is to next year we need to look to see Sony make bolder steps.The Xperia Z5+ may be a generation of Z devices away, but it could be the handset that sees Sony take a bigger step away from the current Z range, changing the design and beefing up the specs. It would be disappointing to see the Xperia Z5 launch this September as a mere incremental design update over its predecessors. Instead we want Sony to overhaul its flagship aesthetic and then take it a step further with the Xperia Z5+, which is scheduled for a March 2016 release. The upcoming Z5 handsets will arrive too early for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, sticking instead to the Snapdragon 810 (hopefully the under-clocked one that does not overheat). So, we will have to wait until early next year to see Sony feature the next flagship chipset from Qualcomm, but the Xperia Z5+ could be among the first handsets to use it. The same goes for Quad HD, which is not likely to appear on the upcoming Xperia Z5, but should be landing on the Z5+. Yes, that better resolution panel is available on the Xperia Z4, but its Japan exclusivity means most of us do not benefit from it. Clearly the speculation about the Xperia Z5+ should be taken with a pinch of salt this early, but the details leaked so far make sense.