Sony denies it will exit mobile, says phones with 'better screens, improved cameras and better user experience' are coming

Sony denies it will exit mobile, says phones with 'better screens, improved cameras and better user experience' are coming
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.

source: FocusTaiwan via G4Games

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76 Comments

1. Mawhob222222

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Samsungarena is not happy now hhhhh

2. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Even iPA is upset. ;)

58. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Amazing. Sony doesn't want to exit the market, but want to be kicked out of the business instead. Good luck at that, but remember: no one makes money with Androidâ„¢

61. Jango

Posts: 369; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Except Microsoft and Samsung? No? Do your homework, troll.

65. enzotarece

Posts: 87; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

And plz tell us who make money with ios?

70. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Same old sh*t Bobby, butt hurt about Sony? And I assume you make money with ios?

76. cheetah2k

Posts: 2146; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Apparently: no one makes money on Steve Jobs movies either

36. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Newer IMX 300 series sensors, better display tech and better RRO layers for a smoother software ride, Sony got this. Can't wait for Final Fanta-sony 2.

41. bubblechaos

Posts: 114; Member since: May 04, 2015

Final Fanta-Sony 2? That sounds fking dope. Would totally buy 10/10 Hopefully on FFXIII or all versions

44. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

+ bonus psp-style gamepad + 3000mAh battery inside those gamepad + psp game support = instant buy

49. _KIRA_

Posts: 107; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

loved FF13. haters gonna hate

51. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

But why? Seriously, I'm not trying to troll or flame. I just want to hear what made you love the game since I found it really sub-par. Was it characters, story, world, battle mechanics or something else?

73. _KIRA_

Posts: 107; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

Maybe because I was new to the FF franchise at the time. When I played FF13, I was playing FF7 at the same time(for the first time) and while I saw differences in the style and mechanics of both games, I still was able to enjoy both of them. I liked Lightning's character, I got hooked on to the gameplay to a point where I didn't mind grinding, and I though it was challenging in the last 3rd of the game. I didn't really care about the lack of an open world since I grew up playing games like Crash Bandicoot and Ratchet and Clank. Maybe that's why.

74. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

That explains a lot. I always assume all the players played FF through PS1/PS2 era. Yeah, Lightning and Fang were good characters. Too bad everyone else was so annoying they make FF7 characters seem cool.

75. _KIRA_

Posts: 107; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

I can't tell you how much I wanted Hope to die.

60. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

You know... FF7 is the goat

3. aksa123

Posts: 365; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

And plis bring a new design

8. RajRicardo

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

the design is fine. it never gets old. a few touches here and there will do.

11. maherk

Posts: 6647; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly my thoughts. Just like what they did with frosted glass back, which I am pretty sure we ll see on loads of Chinese phones in the coming months.

14. nuldolor5x.com unregistered

Moreover, they should get rid of the huge bezels and forget about onscreen button. I will be the first to buy two for my mum and my sister especially the dual sim versions.

26. maherk

Posts: 6647; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What huge bezels? You do know that the Z5 has a better screen to body ration than the S6, iPhone 6s, and the m8?

50. Clars123

Posts: 1072; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

ermmm..the S6 no...the other two?HELL YEA

12. benno

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

The design is horrible. I don't see how it could be worse. Glass back sucks and completely square edges. There basically isn't a design at all. Z3c camera is terrible. Haven't used the others so maybe they are ok somehow. Call quality is very bad, the other party can't hear half the time. I was not unhappy when I heard Sony was leaving the phone business.This is not good news imo

13. maherk

Posts: 6647; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

1- I understand design is a matter of taste and personal opinion, but start a poll about the best designed phone atm, and I bet you Sony will get #1 or #2 at worst. Just when I was getting a bit bored with the design, Sony gave it a lottle refresh that gave it this modern clean look. 2- Sure the camera wasn't the best in the market, but it definitely wasn't terrible, which either shows your bias against Sony. Anyone who wants a company to fail is nothing but an immature kid. No one is forcing you to buy their products, and without them, the market will be less competitive, which means us not getting the latest and greatest.

16. benno

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

Preference is of course personal but no way it comes in 1st or 2nd for design. (Hardware maybe). If people liked it that much they would buy it. I'm not unfairly biased against Sony regarding the camera. I own it, it is terrible. That's just a fact.

22. timaustin2000

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

And I own the Z5; its camera is brilliant. Fact.

23. ogee4life

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

how do we prove you own it? i have tested several sony handsets and samsung phones as well and i can tell you for a fact that Sony has an overall better camera experience than its prevailing direct competitior from samsung. I have owned several handsets so stop all that talk like your the only one who has owned the handset which means you know what your talking about.

28. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Well, I own z3 and it is not terrible at all. It is among top 10 cameras of all phones out there. I found z3 is perfect for all my needs. It has premium look, great screen, sd card slot, best battery life, very good camera and so on... Two things I hate are flap on usb port and that is slippery like hell.

47. buccob

Posts: 2945; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I also own a Z3 Compact and I tested many times against Galaxy S5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and the camera is actually better for many situations... specially if you use it on Manual. The S6 does has a better camera... I haven't tried the Z5 nor G4 or similar.

57. discharge unregistered

Samsungs cameras are the best!! You said it yourself my note 5 works great better than all you mentioned except the Samsung but Sony Z3 supposed 21 mp takes lousy photos I've seen it myself I emailed all photos sonyz3 Samsung and lg and moto, and the Samsung are clearest and fit to wallpaper screen on my pc and very clear, but Sony z3 was by far the worst and has a 21 mp?? Just because a big mp don't mean quality photos that's why Samsung and Apple stay in the 12/16 mp range Sony looks nice but it's junk especially the speaker sound quality but that's sonys supposed water proofing for ya and fails on that too!! So there ya got it buccob!!

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