Sony announces new ‘Xperia X’ line of smartphones; no Xperia Z6 this year

Sony announces new ‘Xperia X’ line of smartphones; no Xperia Z6 this year

At the 2016 Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show in Barcelona, Spain, Japanese device maker Sony announced its new ‘Xperia X’ smartphone series. The company also officially confirmed that it will not launch the much-anticipated Xperia Z6 handset -- the supposed successor to the Xperia Z5 -- in 2016.

The new Xperia X line of handsets unveiled by Sony at the MWC includes three smartphones --- Xperia X, Xperia XA and Xperia X Performance.

According to the details shared by Sony, the Xperia X and the Xperia XA will be mid-range handsets; while the Xperia X Performance will be a high-end smartphone. Moreover, since Sony will not be launching the Xperia Z6 this year, the Xperia X Performance will be the company’s new flagship handset, succeeding the Xperia Z5 smartphone.

Some of the key features of the Xperia X Performance handset include a 5-inch Full HD display; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor; 3GB of RAM; a 23-megapixel rear camera; a 13-megapixel front-facing camera; a 2,700 mAh battery; and 32GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card to expand storage to 200GB. The handset will also come with a fingerprint scanner; and will run Android OS 6.0 ‘Marshmallow.’

In its announcement of the new Xperia X series, Sony Mobile Germany said: “There will be no Z6. The new X series is under a modified concept that meets the needs of our users even more.”