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RIP: Sony Confirms Xperia Z Line of Phones is Dead

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Earlier this week, Sony announced a new lineup of Xperia X devices that would hit the US. More interestingly, the company confirmed this morning that the Xperia Z line of devices is now no more. In a statement, Sony states that the Xperia Z line has “reached its culmination” and that the Xperia X line represents a “new chapter” of the company’s product strategy. 

The latest devices in the Xperia Z line, the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact just arrived in the US earlier this month, so for those who purchased either of those phones, we do hope Sony intends to support them into the foreseeable future.

Here is the complete statement from Sony provided to Xperia Blog.

The Xperia Z line has reached its culmination – Xperia X series represents a new chapter and evolution of our product strategy. Whilst the Xperia Z series was all about bringing the best of Sony’s advanced technologies to smartphones, Xperia X series is based on bringing smart, adaptive Sony user experiences across camera, battery performance and hardware / software design.

Considering the Xperia Z line was not the most widely available lineup of devices in the US, it’s okay if this news does not affect you very much. There is a passionate group of Sony Xperia fans, and for them, this news may be sad. Don’t worry, though, as Sony has the new Xperia X line coming to the US and it might be easier to acquire them over the Xperia Z devices, but that remains to be seen.

Via: Xperia Blog
  • JD

    I spoke with Sony about their new X line and they are “not likely” to be compatible with major providers like Verizon. Unliike Huawai/Moto/Nexus phones which do work on all carriers. So, basicall,y they changed the name from Z to X but nothing else. Don’t expect to see a relevant increase with the amount of people who can use their phones in the US.

  • Sadly Sony was it’s own demise. Sony Z, good hardware, good camera what hurt it the most I feel is just no timely updates, if any on some of the lineup.

  • So X killed Z but Y?

    Sorry couldn’t help myself, apologies lol

    • faizan ul haq

      LMAO XD

  • Ismail Ibrahim

    it’s not actually a big deal it’s just name change cuz sony will not change this design soon X line or Z line both are similar. i’m just worry about compact

  • chickenfactory

    Sony it going to build a Nexus 5Z. It’s their last “hoorah” and also they could give it a shot to determine if the Z line will truly be dead. …I am only dreaming

  • WontonAddict

    I guess that means I can stop dreaming about a Z5 Ultra.

  • person

    They don’t seem as ‘premium’. Hopefully the price comes down and they make it to the US in a reasonable time frame.

    • sagisarius

      I have a Z3c and love it… this doesn’t seem too much bigger, so I’m game.

  • Nobby

    Will be bad news if there is no compact version of their flagship, they were the only Sony devices that interested me

  • BoFiS

    That’s extremely sad, and makes me wanna import the Z5 Compact from Europe (for the fingerprint sensor) because I’m not a fan of the curved glass fronts on these since that makes it less-attractive to use glass screen protectors. So if they release a smaller, X Compact with the 820 and flat screen, I’m all for it 😉

    • Ismail Ibrahim

      Z5 compact one of my favorite devices this year, if you have enough money definitely do that.
      in terms of the curve back in the new xperia x it’s not super curve like galaxy note 5 or s7 it’s tiny curve you can’t even tell that when you looking at the phone but you gonna feel comfortable when you hold it

  • The Doctor

    That didn’t take long.

    • LiterofCola

      Considering the line has been around for years, yeah it took a while

      • The Doctor

        I’m talking about the time difference between the “Z” line and the “X” line.

  • Cael

    Phones will still be overpriced and released half a year later soooo who really cares?

  • krubby

    “There is a passionate group of Sony Xperia fans, and for them, this news may be sad.”
    You mean to both of them? smile…

    • LiterofCola

      More than you’d know

      • krubby

        Yes you are most likely correct. But then my joke wouldn’t make sense… 🙂

  • skant153

    “most adaptive” is code for cheap

  • T4rd

    Be funny/messed up if they just EOL’d all the Z phones due to a name change too. =p

  • Suicide_Note

    In essence, this is nothing more than a name change. For better or (mostly) worse, it’ll still be the same old Sony.

    • moew

      Consolidation of M and Z series. Makes sense if they are giving it one last try, and actually including the USA!


  • disastrousrainbow

    Sums it up I think.

  • Quantum Trapezoid

    It is sad to see the Z line go, but I am excited for the X Performance though.

    • Pootis Man

      Me too. I really hope they nail the pricing though.

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      • Me

        I doubt it.

    • LiterofCola

      Have a strong feeling there’s going to be a new premium to replace the Z line. Just watch

  • Ianxcom

    Xperia Zs nuts!

    • Mech_Engr_09

      Why don’t you just go ahead and experience deez nutz?