Sony Mobile has a history of releasing lots of Xperia smartphones each year. The company has released 10 or more smartphone models each year since 2012. Sony Mobile only launched four models back in 2010, the year the company first produced an Android smartphone with the launch of the Xperia X10 series. Well, it looks like Sony could be back to a similarly sized portfolio in 2016 judging by a latest report from Digitimes.
The report says that Sony will reduce the “number of new smartphones launched in 2016” and that it is “likely to release only two models” during the year. We find that hard to believe, but we may only see two premium models with some additional low/mid-range models. The report also points to an exit of its Research & Development unit in Taiwan as well as discontinuing production at ODM Foxconn Electronics, focusing orders instead with Arima Communications and Compal Electronics. A focus on fewer Xperia models would certainly be welcome news, but we’ll wait to see what 2016 brings.