Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet release date, news and rumors

Waiting on Sony's next big thing

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Update: Sony has a brand new range of smartphones called the X range, but there's no word if the line-up will include a tablet. It may turn out that Sony has decided to kill the Xperia Z range altogether and if so the Xperia Z6 Tablet may be dead in the water...

Sony released the Xperia Z5 at the tail end of 2015, but its last slate was the Xperia Z4 Tablet a whole generation earlier. We've been due a new one 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 and here you can see a check list of what we'd like to see to help them out.

Before that, there are a few rumors knocking around about when it could be released, so let's take a look.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? Sony's next flagship tablet
  • When is it out? We thought the end of March, but that didn't happen
  • What will it cost? Likely around £500/$785/AU$980

Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet release date

Mobile World Congress 2016 has been and gone. We thought that Sony would be revealing a new tablet at the event in Barcelona, but instead we saw the Xperia X range as well as a few concept devices.

But there was no word of the new tablet, even though a Japanese store manager was previously been informed that the current three models of Xperia Z4 Tablet are being discontinued and a new product is set to take its place.

Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony previously confirmed to the manager that it will be in place by the end of March 2016, so an MWC release date would have made sense. Sony may instead decide to release the tablet at a different time, but so far there's no word on when that will be.

Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet specs and rumors

In terms of spec, not much is known about the Xperia Z6 Tablet. The Xperia Z4 Tablet was packed full of high-end spec but the rumors have been few and far between here. We may end up seeing a new tablet from Sony, but what it looks like and what spec it includes will be a big surprise to all of us.

Sony Xperia Z6 Tablet price

Xperia Z4 Tablet

Android tablets aren't always expensive, but when Sony makes one it usually comes in at the higher end of the market. Right now you can buy the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet for £499.99 or US$670 (about AU$972).

The tablet cost a little more than that on release, while the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact was a bit cheaper as well due to its smaller size.

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.