Rumored Sony tablets may have been cancelled
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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.