The Sony MWC 2016 press conference is right around the corner, and it’s likely we’ll see plenty of new tech unveiled.
The event is scheduled to take place at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona on February 22, bright and early at 08:30 CET.
Sony is a regular attendee of the Mobile World Congress tradeshow, and has previously used the event to launch flagship smartphones.
But the company is keeping all news under wraps for now, so it’s tough to say exactly what Sony has planned. That said, we’ve got a few ideas, including a possible Sony Xperia Z6 reveal.
Here’s a round-up of what we think Sony could show off at MWC this year:
Sony Xperia Z6
The obvious – but not assured – candidate for an MWC launch is the Sony Xperia Z6.
It’s been six months since the Xperia Z5 landed. That’s hardly an age ago, but Sony is known for its notoriously short product release cycles.
The Sony Xperia Z5 Compact
The company has been widely rumoured to show off the Xperia Z6 at the event in February, but nothing is certain.
Sony Xperia Z6 Mini, Compact, Ultra, Plus
But wait, there’s more. Sony is also rumoured to unveil not one but five versions of the Sony Xperia Z6.
The entire launch roster is tipped as follows:
- Sony Xperia Z6 Mini – 4-inch
- Sony Xperia Z6 Compact – 4.7-inch
- Sony Xperia Z6 – 5.2-inch
- Sony Xperia Z6 Plus – 5.8-inch
- Sony Xperia Z6 Ultra – 6.4-inch
Sony's Xperia Z5 range
Of course, having five different models could be a real headache for consumers – perhaps some of the devices will be region specific?
Unfortunately, we still don’t know what Sony’s plans are for certain, so take this rumour with a pinch of salt.
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Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet
Perhaps more likely than a smartphone penta-launch, we’re expecting the release of the Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet.
The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet
The tablet would likely ship with a similar spec sheet to the Xperia Z6 – think Snapdragon 820 chip, fingerprint scanner, etc. However, we’d think a QHD – or perhaps even 4K – display seems likely too.
Sony Xperia C6
Sony being Sony, five smartphones simply wouldn’t be enough. That’s why we’re not surprised at rumours of a sixth handset – the Sony Xperia C6.
The phone has been leaked extensively online, and seems a likely candidate for an MWC launch.
The Sony Xperia C6’s apparent big USP is a near bezel-less display, just like last year’s C5 Ultra.
It’s also reported to carry an octa-core MediaTek chipset, and a 5- or 6-inch display with an 1080p resolution.
Sony Smartwatch 4
It’s been a year-and-a-half since the Sony lifted the lid on its Smartwatch 3. It’s about time for an upgrade.
That’s why we wouldn’t be surprised to see the launch of the Smartwatch 4.
The Sony Smartwatch 3
Obvious upgrades would include a better processor, battery life improvements, and a more refined design.
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We’re not so sure about this one, but it's worth mentioning. While MWC is assured to feature some hot virtual reality tech, there’s no telling whether Sony will shed more light on its headset.
The big names in VR – Oculus, HTC, Sony – have all been very cautious about releasing information, so it’s tough to say whether a PlayStation VR MWC 2016 event will take place.
If the system is mentioned, it will likely be to offer new details on hardware, software, pricing, or release – but don’t count on it.
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