Will 2013 be the year of the Xperia? Anything is possible. Sony (SNE) is reportedly set to jumpstart its lineup of Android-powered Xperia smartphones with a flagship device codenamed “Odin.” Details are scant, but according to Xperiablog, model numbers for the device are: C6052, C6053 and C6056, with the last number of each model corresponding to a different region. Odin will reportedly run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. A mid-range “C160X” with 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM7227A CPU and an Adreno 200 GPU will also be released with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with a paltry 480 x 320 resolution display of an unknown size. Finally, an entry-level “C150X” will hit the scene, although specs for it haven’t been leaked.
Everyone’s heard the saying “never put all of your eggs in one basket,” and Sony Mobile (SNE) seems to agree. What with all of the lawsuits being obsessed over between iOS and Android (even if Sony doesn’t really seem to care), it would be wise for Sony to have other options, should Android start falling apart. According to MobileMagazine, Sony Mobile UK & Ireland MD Pierre Perron said the company is currently in talks with Microsoft (MSFT) to see if Windows Phone 8 is a path it wants to explore down the road, although Android will remain as its main platform.
Sony (SNE) today added three new smartphones to its Xperia lineup along with its first-ever Xperia tablet. The company unveiled the Sony Xperia T, the Xperia V and the Xperia J smartphones and the Xperia Tablet S during a press event at the IFA trade show in Germany on Wednesday, showing off a broad range of devices that Sony hopes will challenge Samsung’s (005930) hugely successful Galaxy line.
Sony’s (SNE) all set to launch a follow-up to the company’s first tablet with what we have been told is the XPERIA S. The tablet’s unique design identity is carried through to the new tablet, though it’s much more refined and more subtle. While the tablet itself is rumored to feature a 9.4-inch display, quad-core Tegra 3 processor, and 1GB of RAM, the real story is about the accessories Sony is planning on introducing. We were able to get photos of a majority of them, and they range from Microsoft Surface-style keyboard cover, to a privacy screen, to various different stands. It has also been reported that Sony is going to introduce multimedia stands as well that can be controlled from the tablet and play music or video to your home entertainment system. Photos of the XPERIA S tablet are in our gallery.
Sony (ADR) is reportedly planning a thinner and more powerful successor to its Tablet S, according to leaked images obtained by German news site Mobiflip. The Japanese electronics giant will brand the device with the “Xperia” name that has previously been reserved for Sony’s smartphones. The Xperia Tablet will be equipped with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 3G connectivity and 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. The slate will feature a 6,000 mAh battery that will supply roughly 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, and run Android 4.0 “or later.” The images also reveal that Sony is planning to introduce a new keyboard cover that resembles Microsoft’s (MSFT) Surface tablet cover. The “suggested retail price” of the cover is $99.99, while the tablet itself will start at $449.99. It is speculated that Sony may unveil the Xperia Tablet at next month’s IFA trade show in Berlin on August 31st. An image of the keyboard cover accessory follows after the break. More →
Sony on Tuesday announced the Xperia sola, the latest addition the company’s Android portfolio. The handset is equipped with a 3.7-inch Reality Display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, NFC and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich promised for the summer months. The Xperia sola also features “floating touch” navigation, which enables “magic” web browsing without physically touching the screen. “Xperia sola comes with the power of Sony and a sense of magic with floating touch, giving consumers a fun new way to browse the web and latest technology to show off,” said Calum MacDougall, Sony’s Head of Xperia marketing. The device also comes with two NFC Xperia SmartTags in the box, which owners can use to launch a pre-configured profile on their smartphone. The two SmartTags included with the handset can be personalized with up to 10 commands. The Xperia sola will be available worldwide in black, white and red in the second quarter of 2012. Hit the break for Sony’s press release and a video showcasing the Xperia sola. More →
Sony has no plans to launch smartphones with more powerful quad-core processors this year, a Sony Mobile Communications executive confirmed on Wednesday. Speaking with CNET Asia, Sony Mobile product marketing manager Stephen Sneeden said he believes Sony will wait until 2013 to launch smartphones powered by quad-core processors like NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. ”We’re going to join quad-core when we feel that the performance matches the battery efficiency,” Sneeden said. “Because right now we don’t feel that is there. What we are going to be doing in the second-half of the year is moving to the Cortex A15 architecture, which we feel outperforms the current quad-core architecture.” While smartphone vendors like HTC, ZTE and others were busy unveiling quad-core Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phones at Mobile World Congress this past week, Sony took the wraps off two new dual-core Xperia smartphones that will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. ”You’ll see in 2013, as we’re evaluating the quad-core performance where it makes sense, where you’re not suffering in quality and the performance truly is there, and there really is something that demanding applications need,” Sneeden added. “That’s when we make the right move to quad-core.” More →
We were only able to spend a few minutes with Sony’s new Xperia P smartphone as we rushed from Sony’s press conference to HTC’s press conference on Sunday, and we didn’t get any time at all with the Xperia U. Thanks to a slightly lighter event scheduled on Monday, we were able to make it over to Sony’s booth and spend some quality time with its new smartphones. These are the first smartphones that will be launched by the new Sony Mobile Communications unit that picks up where Sony Ericsson left off, and to be frank, we’re a bit concerned. This pair of Android phones is well-made and we like what Sony has done to its UI atop Android 4.0, but we’re still seeing some things that concern us. Check out our hands-on photos in the gallery linked below, and then hit the break for our initial impressions of the Xperia P and Xperia U smartphones.
We’re here in sunny Barcelona, Spain on day 0 of the annual Mobile World Congress trade show — yes, several companies couldn’t even wait for day 1 to hold their press conferences — and Sony’s media event has just wrapped up. In case you missed it, Sony unveiled two devices at this year’s show, one of which was the sleek new Xperia P smartphone that will launch in the second quarter. The handset’s design is reminiscent of earlier Xperia handsets, but like the other members of the “Xperia NXT” family, it features a clear strip near the bottom of the phone that adds a variety of unique lighting features to the device. The phone’s 3.5-inch display leaves a bit to be desired compared to market leaders like Samsung, and colors weren’t nearly as vivid as they are on phones like the Galaxy S II or Galaxy Nexus. The Xperia P will also launch with a dual-core 1GHz processor while the competition is rolling out devices with NVIDIA’s 1.5GHz quad-core chipset, and the difference is noticeable; the Xperia P isn’t laggy per se, but moving around Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich feels a bit slow compared to some other phones. We weren’t able to spend much time with the Xperia P — or any time at all with the Xperia U — but check out a few photos in the gallery below and tune in for HTC’s press conference, which is scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m. EST / 11:30 a.m.
We’re reporting live from Sony’s Mobile World Congress 2012 press conference where the company has just taken the wraps off its new Xperia P and Xperia U smartphones. The Sony Xperia U features a 3.5-inch Reality Display, 1GHz dual-core processor, and five megapixel camera capable of 2D and 3D image capture. Sony’s Xperia P rocks a 4-inch “White Magic” display that Sony says offers up twice the brightness of a regular screen while still being perfectly viewable outdoors in direct sunlight. Other features include a 1GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording, NFC, HDMI-out, and aluminum case. Sony promises an Android 4.0 upgrade sometime after launch
Mobile World Congress doesn’t officially get started until tomorrow, but a handful of technology giants couldn’t wait that long to kick off the show. Among them is Sony, formerly Sony Ericsson, and it looks like the struggling smartphone maker could have quite a show in store for us this year. Sony Ericsson posted a €247 million loss in the fourth quarter as its smartphone market share continued to decline. Now that the former joint venture is wholly owned, Sony is planning a renewed attack on the smartphone space that will likely be fueled by Ice Cream Sandwich and deeper integration with Sony’s wide range of consumer electronics devices. We’re certainly in store for a few new Xperia phones at today’s event, but will they offer the differentiation Sony needs to make a dent in today’s market? Sony’s press conference is set to kick off at 1:00 p.m. EST / 10:00 a.m. PST (7:00 p.m. local time in Barcelona), so hit the jump for all the action as it breaks. More →
Sony will update the company’s Tablet S, Tablet P and Xperia line of smartphones to Android 4.0 in the spring, according to The Verge. Both tablets are already running Ice Cream Sandwich and are currently being tested behind the scenes. The company did not give a specific release date, however it plans to add “some really cool unique bits” to both tablets on top of the update. Last fall, Sony confirmed that its entire 2011 Xperia portfolio would receive an Android 4.0 update at a later date. Phones set to get the Ice Cream Sandwich update include the Xperia Arc, Arc S, Play, Neo, Neo V, Mini, Mini Pro, Active and Ray, as well as Sony Ericsson’s Live Walkman. More →
Sony Ericsson on Wednesday posted a €247 million loss, blaming “intense competition, price erosion and restructuring charges” for its poor results. While the Swedish joint venture did continue to make headway in the smartphone market, noting a 67% increase in Android-based Xperia smartphone sales compared to the fourth quarter in 2012, the average selling price of its phones dipped 14% sequentially and operating margin plummeted to -10% excluding restructuring fees. Mobile phone shipments were down to 9 million from 11.2 million units in the same quarter a year earlier, and revenue slid to €1.29 billion from €1.53 billion in the fourth quarter 2010. ”Our fourth quarter results reflected intense competition, unfavorable macroeconomic conditions and the effects of a natural disaster in Thailand this quarter,” Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg said. For the full year, the company reported an operating loss of €243 million on €5.21 billion in sales. Sony Ericsson’s press release follows below. More →