Sony's imaging division also did its part. Sony Devices makes the sensors in many high-end smartphones, including models from Apple and Samsung. That unit saw a 35.1 percent increase in sales to 237.9 billion yen ($2 billion), and the company recently said it would invest up to $3.6 billion to boost sensor production. Its Imaging Division (cameras) also saw a 5 percent increase in sales and made 21.3 billion yen in profit ($174 million) thanks to popular (and expensive) cameras like the Sony RX100 IV and Alpha A7 II.
Unfortunately, Sony's Mobile division continues to be a black hole sucking profits. Sales dropped 16.3 percent over last year, though Sony claims that was partly due to "a strategic decision not to pursue scale in order to improve profitability." In other words, Sony's trying to focus on profitable high-end smartphones like the Xperia Z3+, but so far the plan isn't exactly working. Another division not doing well is Sony Pictures, which dropped 11.9 percent thanks to lower licensing revenues.
Despite that, the company still made 82.44 billion yen in net income ($665 million), triple the profits of last year. That means that the turnaround under CEO Kaz Hirai is actually working, other than in mobile. We're not sure how much more patience he has for that division, but if it doesn't start making money soon, it could end up on the Vaio chopping block.