But CEO Meg Whitman tells investors the software maker is entering 2015 with the "strongest portfolio" in a decade.
The forecast from BMO Capital Markets analyst Keith Bachman is up by 10.6 million units from his prior estimate, but sales for the December quarter will depend in part on China.
The situation is so bad that Sony is suspending its dividend -- the first time it won't be making a payout since it listed in 1958.
Speaking to reporters, the new Sony TV chief believes that his division can end the fiscal year in the black, despite 10 years of losses.
Analyst Michael Walkley's forecast is up from a prior estimate of 171 million. He cited two reasons for his rosier outlook.
The company is scheduled to report its fiscal first-quarter results on Tuesday, and it's expected to post blow-out iPhone numbers.
Cost-control practices enable Nintendo to turn a profit, despite revenue sliding 11.3 percent during last 9 months of 2014.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus helped the company generate $16.2 billion, or 22 percent of its revenue, from China.
Boosted by hot iPhone sales, the company tops the $15.9 billion earned by ExxonMobil in the second quarter of 2012, says Standard & Poor's.
The world's largest mobile-chips company cut its guidance Wednesday, suggesting that Samsung won't use its latest processor for its next Galaxy S smartphone.