Android 6.0 Marshmallow is on the verge of being released on Google's own Nexus and Android One smartphones, with third party OEM's following afterwards. Yesterday Sony announced which of its devices will be getting Marshmallow, likely in 2016, and now owners of two of those handsets have the chance to test the software before its main release.
HTC has revealed some of its devices that will be getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and will definitely be getting the upgrade. Now it is the turn of Sony and the Japanese company has released its Android 6.0 roadmap showing all of the smartphones that will be getting the new software from Google.
After treading water for several years, Sony decided to do some innovating and at IFA earlier this month the company launched the Xperia Z5 Premium. That handset was the first to arrive with a 4K screen that boasts a stunning 2160 x 3840 resolution and 800+ ppi. To put that in perspective, the nearest rival is the Samsung Galaxy S6 with a 577ppi pixel density.
Sony often tries to sweeten the deal of its flagships in Europe. Indeed, if you shop around you could find the Xperia Z3 when it launched vastly below its flagship list price, and we expect the situation to be the same again with the Xperia Z5 (not the Premium though). The Xperia Z5 Compact will also be sold with an incentive in the Old Continent, namely a free pair of MDR-10RC headphones.
Sony impressed us yesterday with its new flagship range, the Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact, and the Xperia Z5 Premium that is the first smartphone with a 4K screen. All handsets are very good in their own way, but how much will they cost and when will they be available? Sony has now revealed the cost.
While Sony has impressed with Xperia Z5 Premium and the normal Xperia Z flagships are always good, it is arguably Sony?s Compact range that is most interesting. This series of devices is Sony's answer to the mini flagship trend, except that the Xperia Z5 Compact and its predecessors are full flagship quality and not some watered down rips offs (here's looking at you LG, Samsung, and HTC).
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium wowed us with its 4K screen, but the normal Xperia Z5 is where Sony wants the most attention, it is this device that will serve as the flagship for the company and is the one that Sony wants consumers to consider alongside the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and upcoming Apple iPhone 6s. If the Z5 Premium is Sony showing off, the Xperia Z5 is its revenue driver.
Wow, Sony has just dropped a huge surprise at IFA here in Berlin as the company became the first to announce a smartphone with 4K screen technology. That panel can be found on the Xperia Z5 Premium, the new ultra-flagship that is a step above the normal Xperia Z5, which was also announced at the event.
A leaked poster shows that Sony is beefing up its Xperia Z flagship range with three new smartphones. Over the last few years the Z flagship has been accompanied by a Compact version, and again that will be the case with the Xperia Z5. So we know a Z5 Compact will land alongside the Xperia Z5 proper at IFA this week, but this poster reveals there will also be an Xperia Z5 Premium launched.
Sony is expected to announce its new flagship line up during the IFA event Berlin during the first week of September, with the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact the handsets in question. Not much is known about those devices other than they will be Sony's new high end smartphones and will bring market leading specs to the flagship series.