Update: Sony didn't launch a new flagship tablet in 2016, but with MWC 2017 on the way we could soon see one.
Sony released the Xperia Z5 at the tail end of 2015, but its last slate was the Xperia Z4 Tablet a whole generation earlier, and more recently Sony has shown little interest in either tablets or the Xperia Z range, with new Xperia X and Xperia XZ handsets launching instead.
So we've been due a new slate for quite some time.
The Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet was a great attempt, topping our list of the best Android slates, at least until the Google Pixel C and Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 arrived. But there's plenty that Sony can do better, especially with so much time having passed, so we've made a check list of what we'd like to see to help them out.
But first we've collected what few rumors there are about the release date, specs and features of the Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet.
- Everything you need to know about the Sony Xperia Z6
Cut to the chase
- What is it? Sony's next flagship tablet
- When is it out? Maybe a September announcement, possibly IFA 2017
- What will it cost? Likely around $700/£600/AU$1000
Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet release date
We thought that Sony would be revealing a new tablet at MWC 2016, but instead we saw the Xperia X range as well as a few concept devices.
The Z6 Tablet was also a no-show at IFA 2016, and with no release date rumors in sight our best guess is one of the 2017 trade shows. That means we may see it at MWC 2017 in late February, though if it is arriving that soon Sony has done a good job of keeping it quiet.
Perhaps more likely is a launch at IFA 2017 in September. Though if and when it does arrive don't count on it being called the Xperia Z6 Tablet. With Sony moving on to X and XZ handsets it could be called the Xperia X Tablet, Xperia XZ Tablet or something else altogether.
Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet specs and rumors
Not much is known about the Xperia Z6 Tablet. The Xperia Z4 Tablet was packed full of high-end specs for the time but the rumors have been few and far between here.
If it launches soon it may borrow some specs from the Xperia XZ, which has a quad-core Snapdragon 820 chipset and 3GB of RAM. Then again, it's entirely possible that the Z6 Tablet will use something even newer, such as the Snapdragon 835 chip.
It's likely to have a 10.1-inch screen though, as previous tablets in the range were that size. The resolution may not change either, as at 2560 x 1600 the Xperia Z4 Tablet is already higher resolution than most slates.
There's also a fair chance that it will feature a design inspired by Sony's latest flagship phones, including a metal back, water resistance and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Sony is likely to make a keyboard for its next slate as well, since not only does the Xperia Z4 Tablet have one, but Apple's also offering them with its latest slates like the iPad Pro.
Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet price
Android tablets aren't always expensive, but when Sony makes one it usually comes in at the higher end of the market.
We'd expect a high-end product from Sony for the Xperia Z6 Tablet, so it's likely to have an expensive price tag attached, possibly coming in at around $700/£600/AU$1000.