Sony Xperia Z6 rumors: announcement coming January 5; Five variants in different screen sizes

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Smartphone industry players normally release one or two models, or at most, three variants for its flagship, in order to give buyers more options to choose from depending on their preferences. However, Sony may just break the norm as it is rumored to be brewing five Sony Xperia Z6 models set to be released next year.

On a Weibo account, Sony is said to have lined up five different variants of its upcoming flagship, namely, Xperia Z6 Mini, Xperia Z6 Compact, Xperia Z6, Xperia Z6 Plus, and the Xperia Z6 Ultra, noted Financial Spots.

Both the Mini and Compact will be less than 5.0-inch in size at 4.0 inches and 4.6 inches, respectively. On the other hand, the Xperia Z6 and Xperia Z6 Plus will come at the usual 5-inch range at 5.2 inches for Z6 and a bigger 5.8-inch display for the Z6 Plus. Meanwhile, the Xperia Z6 Ultra will have the biggest size at 6.4 inches.

Aside from the five different sizes, there are also rumors that the upcoming flagship from Sony will also feature 3D Touch technology, similar to what Apple brought to its iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus handsets. With this, the devices will also be able to respond differently depending on the pressure placed upon the touch. However, Slash Gear said that Sony may also explore other modes in the 3D Touch feature aside from the finger in its own version.

The Xperia Z6 line ups are already expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 except for its smallest variant, which is anticipated to carry only a Snapdragon 620 chipset. The company may continue having excellent camera specifications as well as its water and dust resistant features.

Sony normally unveils its new line up around September of the year, but there are rumors that the Xperia Z6 models will be announced on Jan. 5, a day before the Consumer Technology Association (CES) 2016 event on Jan. 6 to 9 in Las Vegas.