A new report says that Sony has canceled the two new tablets it planned for release later this year. The tablets are said to be the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5C.
The source said the Xperia Z5 was going to come with a 10-inch display while the Z5C, where C stands for compact, would have an 8-inch screen. Proof of the existence of these tablets was discovered in a teardown of Sony’s camera app a few months ago. The manufacturer’s last tablet was the Xperia Z4 which was released in 2015.
Another perspective is Google’s lack of commitment to that segment of Android. A few days ago, the tablet section of the official Android website was missing. This fueled news that Google has given up on tablets.
Oops we had a bug when we updated the site. It's back up now. Sorry for the confusion! https://t.co/5mI3L3Gzif
— Hiroshi Lockheimer (@lockheimer) June 3, 2018
However, Google’s senior vice-president of platforms and ecosystems, Hiroshi Lockheimer, tweeted today that the section is back up. “We had a bug when we updated the site….” he said.
Notwithstanding, it doesn’t seem as if Google still has any plans for Android tablets. It also hasn’t released one since 2015’s Pixel C. Its focus has been on ChromeOS which now officially supports apps from the Play Store.
Sony itself is having a hard time. It has been on a downward spiral for a couple of years now. There are also reports it wants to cut off some models in its Xperia line.
Personally, I am of the opinion that Sony scraps the smaller tablet but release the larger one with ChromeOS on board. It should then market it as a classroom device and also announce a detachable keyboard that can be bought separately.
What do you think? Let us hear your thoughts on the matter.