If this is true, it will result in roughly 2,000 people either losing their jobs or getting shifted to a new department at Sony.
It should be noted that Nikkei Asian Review does not cite a source in its article on this matter. However, the publication is highly-regarded and trustworthy.
Besides, although this news is disappointing to hear, it’s not exactly unexpected. Just yesterday, Sony announced it was shutting down a factory that primarily makes smartphones. The company also moved its mobile division into another division that makes TVs, cameras, and audio gear. It’s assumed Sony did this to help hide just how much money its mobile division is losing.
Reportedly, Sony mobile lost $1 billion in 2018.
This also isn’t the first time Sony has performed a massive job cut to its mobile division. In 2009, Sony cut 1,000 jobs from mobile and then cut another 2,000 in 2015. Both cuts were due to slow sales of mobile phones.
We reached out to Sony asking about this rumor but didn’t hear back before press time.
Sony’s most recent smartphone is the $1,000 Sony Xperia 1.