Sony to streamline new smartphone offerings for 2016

Sony to streamline new smartphone offerings for 2016
Sony to streamline new smartphone offerings for 2016
Rumors from Foxconn claim only two new Sony smartphones to be released next year.

According to unconfirmed reports from Sony Mobile Asia, the Japanese manufacturer may be planning to release only two new smartphone models for all of 2016. This lines up well with previous reports from 2014 where Sony Mobile announced a streamlining of its product ranges to focus on profitability.

Despite Sony's efforts to cut down on its Xperia products, there have been more than a handful of new releases and announcements as of 2015 such as the Xperia Z4, Z5, Z5 Compact, M5, and Xperia C5 Ultra. The inevitable Xperia Z6, for example, has been rumored to come in various screen sizes.

The choice to offer fewer different models may be encouraging Sony to work with new partners like Foxconn for smartphone assembly. The Japanese manufacturer is also rumored to be cooperating with Arima Communications and Compal Electronics.

The new rumor comes two months after Sony invested in a new Xperia manufacturing plant in Thailand that is expected to enter full production mode in early 2016.


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Ronald Tiefenthäler/ Allen Ngo, 2015-12-20 (Update: 2015-12-20)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.