Meanwhile, Sony Mobile is also reported to have a new high-end smartphone up its sleeve. The Xperia Z4 was expected to premiere at Mobile World Congress, but the struggling smartphone maker announced the Xperia Z4 Tablet and the mid-range Xperia M4 Aqua instead.
Sony needs a hit if the smartphone division is to survive. Whether a device that's expected to have a 5.2-inch, 1440 x 2560 screen and a Snapdragon 810 processor is enough remains to be seen. But the future doesn't look very bright.
Sony said on Monday that up to 1,000 people at its Swedish unit would be let go. One of the areas the unit specializes in is software development, so the layoffs hint that Sony in the future will spend fewer resources on in-house apps and Android user interface customization. On Wednesday, the company also pulled the plug on the PlayStation Mobile platform.
So what's the best strategy for the smart smartphone buyer? The One M9, Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge are all good-looking products with great performance, and they likely won't disappoint fans. But for people who aren't dead-set on getting an HTC or Samsung device, waiting one or two months is arguably the best plan.
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