Sony is set to cut over a thousand jobs in its mobile devices division as the company looks to refocus its operations in the industry.

The company will announce the cuts as part of a 30 percent downsizing of its mobile division, which is set to be cut to around 5,000 workers by March 2016.

The cuts will be officially confirmed in the company’s earnings report on February 4, Reuters reports, quoting the Nikkei business daily.


Sony has yet to comment on the story, but the news is the second major blow to the Xperia manufacturer, which announced in October it was cutting a thousand jobs in its mobile unit.

This is despite the company’s most recent flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, (pictured left) receiving largely positive reviews following its release at IFA 2014 last September.

Details surrounding the company’s next round of devices first emerged last December, with rumours of some impressive and powerful hardware as Sony looks to take on the likes of Apple and Samsung in the high-end device market.

This also includes the rumoured Z4 Ultra tablet, which could be one of the most powerful tablet devices ever released if whispers of a 3840 x 2400 4K display, teamed with 6GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 2.86GHz come to fruition.

Sony also unveiled a range of new wearable devices at the CES show in Las Vegas earlier this month, including the third generation of its smartwatch and a prototype headset-style device optimised for running.

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Mike Moore

Michael Moore joined TechWeek Europe in January 2014 as a trainee before graduating to Reporter later that year. He covers a wide range of topics, including but not limited to mobile devices, wearable tech, the Internet of Things, and financial technology.

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