There was a somewhat illogical speculation spread since the beginning of the year
that Sony is pondering selling its smartphone business. This rumor was reiterated as recently as this month
in a different form - that Sony might quit making phones if its mobile department doesn't turn a profit in 2016.
Sony just recently announced a trio of great Android handsets with the Xperia Z5 line, this time covering the bandwidth of screen sizes - from 4.7-5.5 inches - which doesn't really say "we are scaling back". As if to pad actions with words, the general manager of Sony Mobile in Taiwan. Jonathan Lin, has officially denied the rumors that Sony is mulling to exit the smartphone business.
The exec cited a conversation that he had with Sony Mobile's CEO Hiroki Totoki on October 19th, where the head of the pack categorically denied that they will be quitting the industry, and even hinted that Sony may be doubling down on its mobile efforts in the future.
"On the contrary, Sony Mobile will offer phones that will have better screens, improved cameras and will be more energy efficient to enable a better user experience
," commented Lin at a press conference that launched the Xperia Z5 Premium
in Taiwan. Hear, hear, and we hope that Sony soldiers on with better financial performance from mobile next year, which would help those future phones materialize.