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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sony Mobile might cease operations in Middle East and Africa

  • According to Evan Blass, Sony Mobile will cease operation in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa by the end of the year.
  • If true, this could mean that Sony Mobile is doing worse than previously assumed.
  • This rumor comes on the back of previous mobile shakeups for Sony.

According to a tweet from Evan Blass, Sony Mobile is looking to downsize its global operations. Although Sony itself hasn’t made a statement on the matter, Blass says Sony Mobile will “shut down operations and offices” in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa by October of this year.

Sony’s mobile phones are often criticized for dated designs and poor marketing campaigns, which is likely part of the reasons why the company’s share of the smartphone market is small. However, Sony phones usually have terrific build quality and high-end features which have created a small-but-loyal fanbase.

But this rumor from Blass combined with other recent news (such as Sony’s blame of poor Xperia sales on its own failings) suggests that Sony Mobile will at the very least get a major shakeup in 2018.

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It could be that Sony is looking to refocus its efforts for its mobile division by centering only on its core fanbase. Or it could be that the company is pulling out of markets where high-priced flagships don’t do as well as mid-range and budget devices.

Or it could be that Sony Mobile is simply bleeding out and will eventually fold. We don’t know.

If Sony Mobile is in fact not doing well, you wouldn’t know it by the recent news that its Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium will sell for an outrageous $999. Perhaps Sony could do better if it priced its devices more reasonably.

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