Sony's Xperia X Compact is launching globally following an unveiling at the IFA consumer electronics conference in Berlin. Like the Xperia Compact before it, the device packs impressive hardware for the price.
Sony has made some drastic changes to its mobile business over the past year, which appear to have paid off, even if it's only slightly. The company's mobile division has posted a profit in its latest earnings report.
During its investor day, Sony Mobile reportedly announced it will shift its focus away from the U.S. and other markets and toward the likes of Europe, the Middle East, and East Asia. The cause seems to be stifled phone growth.
Sony's recent financial report shows signs of growth coming from a few places in the company, but the mobile division continues to let the side down, while the company looks for profit rather than scale.
Sony has confirmed plans to open a new mobile factory in Thailand, its first in 20 years. It is a big step for the Japanese company, which recently said it would drop out of the mobile business if it did not reach a profit in 2016.
Contrary to its marketing, Sony no longer wants customers to use its Xperia devices underwater, regardless of their waterproofing abilities. The problem stems from exactly how those devices earned their IP ratings.
Sony has announced the SmartBand 2, the sequel to its original fitness band, that comes with several new features including a heart rate monitor, plus a new strap design. It's ready to go on sale in September.