Sony has been making some incredibly intriguing smartphones lately, but it hasn’t been selling very many of them. Naturally, that may make you wonder whether the Japanese electronics giant would just, at some point, decide to cut its losses and exit the smartphone business altogether, following in the footsteps of the likes of LG and HTC.
The answer is no. Sony will keep making Android smartphones for multiple years to come. The revelation comes from a rather unlikely source – Qualcomm.
Sony Xperia 1 V
The chip maker has announced in a new press release today that it has extended its collaboration with Sony for Snapdragon platforms powering the Japanese company’s future smartphones. This is a “multi-year” deal, and it covers premium, high-end, and mid-tier devices.
So it looks very likely that Sony will continue its existing ranges just as they are, since there’s no mention of “low-end” we assume it isn’t going to be expanding into that highly competitive market.
Sony and Qualcomm’s “joint efforts will focus on the integration of Qualcomm Technologies’ advanced Snapdragon mobile platforms into Sony’s future smartphone lines, providing users with enhanced functionality, higher performance, and more immersive user experiences”, the press release states.
Tsutomu Hamaguchi, the head of Sony’s mobile communications business unit, said:
Xperia 1 V which is Sony’s latest flagship smartphone powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform has been very well received by customers. We look forward to continuing our work with Qualcomm Technologies to deliver premium and compelling experiences on future smartphones powered by Snapdragon processors. We are always listening to our customers in order to develop cutting-edge technology that meets and exceeds their expectations, and we trust that Qualcomm Technologies will help us continue to drive the industry forward.