We liked last year's Sony Xperia C5 Ultra, it was a solid mid-range device with a huge 6-inch screen, a slick near bezel-less design, and a good camera configuration. Inevitably there is going to be a 2016 refresh of the handset, the Xperia C6, and the first render of the smartphone has apparently leaked.
Sony has had a quiet start to 2016 on the mobile front, having a dead CES that was void of any smartphones, wearables, or tablets. So, we cast our eye to the Mobile World Conference (MWC 2016) that is kicking off at the end of February, does Sony have something planned for that event?
Better late than never we would say. Consumers in the United States have been able to buy the Sony Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact through unofficial channels for some time now, but the handsets will get an official launch stateside next month.
There are reports today that Sony is preparing to launch a new flagship level smartphone at the CES 2016 trade show in Las Vegas, an even that is happening during the first days of January. However, while it is easy to think this may be the Xperia Z6, the company's next flagship, it is actually more likely to be a return to the true phablet device.
Sony's superphone, the Xperia Z5 Premium, has made its debut in Canada with the carrier Bell, meaning this is an official launch by the Japanese company. The good news for fans of this device in the Great White North is that it is relatively affordable.
Sony's latest smartphones have been slowly trickling onto the U.S. market in recent week, of course virtually all in an unofficial capacity as Sony typically gives the United States the proverbial cold shoulder. Hot on the heels of the Xperia Z5 flagship range coming to several retailers is the Xperia C5 Ultra, a massive handset that was actually launched at the start of August.
A week after the Sony Xperia Z5 arrived in the United States, its jacked up sibling the Xperia Z5 Premium has also made its debut. It is worth noting that, just like the Xperia Z5, the Premium is only available in its International variant, which means it is not being sold officially through Sony so will not come with any warranty in the United States.
One of the reasons why Sony struggles to compete with rivals in terms of sales is because the company generally treats the U.S. market as an afterthought. We can make compelling cases to say Sony devices are just as good as Samsung's for example, but a lack of coverage in the U.S. hurts the Japanese giant. Take the Xperia Z3+, a smartphone that launched in the early summer and is only now making its debut in the United States.
Sony is apparently exploring the idea of producing its own in-house processors, according to Digititmes out of Taiwan. If true, the Japanese company would join the likes of Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and LG as brads that make processors, although only Apple from those companies uses its own silicon exclusively.
The latest James Bond movie Spectre is currently tearing up the box office at multiplexes around the world, and during the movie many people will see 007 rocking a Sony Xperia Z4 smartphones. Samsung's products are also on board, both companies paying a lot of money to be branded in the movie. However, it seems as though the star and director of the movie had reservations about using Sony smartphones.