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Sony plans to keep making smartphones for at least a few more years

Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Google, Xiaomi… Those are names that likely spring to mind when you think about smartphones. Sony perhaps won’t be the first company that most people consider in that regard. However, the company is still beavering away on its own phones and it plans to keep doing so for the foreseeable future.

Sony has struck a multi-year deal with Qualcomm to use Snapdragon platforms to power its handsets. This is an extension of an existing agreement between the two sides. Qualcomm chipsets will be used in Sony’s upcoming premium devices, along with high- and mid-tier smartphones.

Sony revealed the awkwardly named Xperia 1 V just last month. The smartphone runs on the Snapdragon 8 Gen2 Mobile Platform and it’s geared toward photographers and vloggers. Those are relatively niche use cases, though Sony is able to tap into its camera technology in the aim of helping users capture high-quality photos and video. The Xperia 1 V can be used as a monitor for compatible Sony Alpha cameras, for one thing. Still, Sony continues to command a premium for its high-end Xperia smartphones — the 1 V starts at $1,400.

The company also showed off the mid-range Xperia 10 V for the first time in May. It boasts a Snapdragon 695 chipset and a 60Hz, 1080p OLED display. Sony started selling the phone in Europe this month for £399 or €449 (around $500).

This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/sony-plans-to-keep-making-smartphones-for-at-least-a-few-more-years-160051473.html?src=rss

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