NEC to shut down struggling smartphone business
No improvement was seen for the company's declining mobile phone shipments, which led to its decision to cut bait.
NEC is finally pulling the plug on its smartphones.
The company announced Wednesday that it will end the development, manufacturing, and sale of smartphones. NEC will continue to provide support for its existing smartphones and will keep making conventional mobile phones. Its tablet business will also stay alive.
NEC's decision was based on its dour forecast. Its mobile phone shipments have continued to drop, and the company said it saw no improvement for the future. NEC's mobile phone business suffered an operating loss of 9 billion yen ($92 million) last quarter, according to Reuters.
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