Sony to streamline new smartphone offerings for 2016
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.