Sony’s Xperia Z5 lineup may not be done yet: Z5 Ultra tipped for next year

Last week’s Sony launches brought us a very nice spread of new flagship-level Xperia Z models, and beyond the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact that we’d long been expecting, some last-minute rumors ended up accurately predicting the arrival of the Xperia Z5 Premium with its 4K screen. That all ended up coming together to bring users a lot of new Sony options, but it’s not quite everything we might have expected; earlier this summer there was talk of an Xperia Z5 Ultra that didn’t ultimately end up finding a place in Sony’s new lineup. Lest you think that the Premium somehow replaced the Ultra, a new rumor claims that the Z5 Ultra is still on the way, even though we might be waiting until next year to get it.

To be fair, those early Z5 Ultra rumors didn’t talk a lot about hardware, so it’s easy to see how you might assume that this is the device that launched as the Z5 Premium, but instead a source suggests that the Z5 Ultra will emerge as an even larger handset than the 5.5-inch Z5 Premium, coming in with a 6.44-inch display – the same as the original Z Ultra from back in 2013.

Like the Premium, the Z5 Ultra’s screen could be another 4K-class component, and the phone’s tipped to arrive with the same 23MP sensor gracing the rest of the Z5 devices. And a 4000mAh battery may help provide all the juice needed to drive that big, high-res screen.

We might have a bit of a wait on our hands for this guy, though, with a launch not forecasted until sometime in March 2016. The plus side of waiting that long is that the phone could end up powered by a next-gen Snapdragon 820 SoC, making it even more powerful than the current crop of Z5 phones.

Source: Phandroid

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