We paid another visit to the Sony stand yesterday but nobody could tell us quite what was happening with the Z series. Sure, the new Xperia X series phones are beautifully designed, but what of the Z series? Well, according to a Sony rep, it’s now dead, so don’t go expecting any more Z’s from Sony. They’ve told XperiaBlog that…
The Xperia Z line has reached its culmination – Xperia X series represents a new chapter and evolution of our product strategy. Whilst the Xperia Z series was all about bringing the best of Sony’s advanced technologies to smartphones, Xperia X series is based on bringing smart, adaptive Sony user experiences across camera, battery performance and hardware / software design.
Trouble is, people still want advanced technology and hi-spec phones from Sony, so the mid-range handsets announced here in Barcelona won’t float their boat. There is, glued to the desks here, the Xperia X Performance. It’s also listed on the UK Sony website and has some properly nice specifications, including that Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, Android Marshmallow OS, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD slot, 5″ Full HD 1080p TRILUMINOS display, 23 megapixel back camera (with SteadyShot, f2.0 wide-angle lens) and a 13 megapixel front camera.
The usual smattering of GPS, WiFi, 4G, Bluetooth 4.2 and NFC comes with, plus that fingerprint sensor on the back. Let’s just hope that this higher-spec model does, as promised, come to the UK.