Sony has unveiled a high-end flagship smartphone, marking a commitment to its mobile division despite scaling back operations in the struggling business.
The 5.2-inch Xperia Z4 comes after the company confirmed thousands of job cuts in its mobile division earlier this year. It also said it would reduce the number of smartphone models it would release in an effort to boost profits.
Question marks have been raised over the future of Sony's smartphone business amid the Japanese giant's massive restructuring project, which has seen its personal computer arm and TV division being spun off.
In September, CEO Kazuo Hirai insisted to CNBC that Sony needed to remain in the smartphone business. However, at a briefing earlier this year, the company head said he would "not rule out considering an exit strategy" from the smartphone business.
This would have significant implications for the company, with analysts highlighting that such a move would see Sony lose a large part of its consumer-facing side of the brand.