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Rumored Sony tablets may have been cancelled

The rumored Z5 device would have been the successor to 2015's Xperia Z4. (Source: Sony)
The rumored Z5 device would have been the successor to 2015's Xperia Z4. (Source: Sony)
There were recent rumors that Sony had been working on new Android-powered tablets that were known as the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5C. However, apparently the Japanese tech giant has now decided to shelve the idea of releasing new tablets onto the market because of the lackluster sales for premium products such as the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact.

A source talking to Android Marvel has claimed that Sony has dropped plans to release new Xperia-branded tablets in 2018. Notebookcheck reported on the rumor that the Tokyo-based company was possibly working on a pair of new devices in March. Code found in a teardown of the Xperia XZ2’s camera APK led many to speculate that Sony was working on an 8-inch device (Xperia Z5C) and a 10-inch slate (Xperia Z5). But it seems lower than expected sales for high-end devices, including the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, may have convinced executives at Sony to cancel development of the Z5 tablets.

Sony has been struggling to catch up with leading market competitors such as Samsung, Apple, and Huawei. The Xperia Z4 tablet was released back in 2015, and although it was praised for its light build, fast components and bright display, it had issues with throttling and came with a hefty price tag. The Japanese conglomerate has also been falling behind in terms of worldwide smartphone market share, and there are plans for portfolio streamlining as part of Sony’s strategy to have its mobile division become sustainable by 2020.


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Daniel R Deakin, 2018-06- 4 (Update: 2018-06- 4)