Sony Ericsson posts Q4 loss, blames ‘intense competition’

By on January 19, 2012 at 8:10 AM.

Sony Ericsson posts Q4 loss, blames ‘intense competition’

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 →

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AT&T Sony Xperia ion hands-on

By on January 10, 2012 at 6:51 PM.

AT&T Sony Xperia ion hands-on

During the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday we swung by Sony’s booth to get an up-close look at the Sony Xperia ion, an Android smartphone soon headed to AT&T. The Xperia ion is the first 4G LTE device from Sony and it’s equipped with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 4.6-inch reality display with a 720p HD resolution and Sony’s Bravia Engine, a 12-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video, a 720p front-facing camera for video chat and an HDMI-out port. We love the thin form factor and faux metal accents, which give it a more premium look and feel. The device currently runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) but will be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) in the future. The Xperia ion is also PlayStation Certified, which means it can run gaming titles specifically approved by Sony that may not be available on other handsets. AT&T will offer the Xperia ion during the second quarter of this year but pricing still hasn’t been announced. We’re looking forward to seeing if Sony can get back in the U.S. smartphone game, and the Xperia ion certainly looks like it could be a good start.

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Sony announces the Xperia S with 4.3-inch display and 12-megapixel camera

By on January 9, 2012 at 8:22 PM.

Sony announces the Xperia S with 4.3-inch display and 12-megapixel camera

Sony announced another addition to the company’s Xperia line at the Consumer Electronics Show late Monday, the Sony Xperia S. The smartphone features 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 display, 1GB of RAM, and a massive 12 megapixel rear camera, complete with Sony’s Exmor R backlit sensor. The Xperia S will be available in both 16GB and 32GB models, though unfortunately Sony has chosen not to include a microSD slot for expandable storage. Pricing is not yet available, but the Xperia S is due to start shipping sometime in March worldwide.

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Sony Xperia ion with 4G LTE heading to AT&T

By on January 9, 2012 at 2:17 PM.

Sony Xperia ion with 4G LTE heading to AT&T

Sony and AT&T have announced the Xperia ion, a name we saw trademarked last week. The Xperia ion features a 4.6-inch 1280 x 720 HD Reality display with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and a massive 12-megapixel Exmor-R rear camera that can capture 1080p video. Additionally, the device sports LTE connectivity, 16GB of internal storage, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera that can record 720p video. The smartphone follows in the footsteps of the Xperia Play and comes “Playstation-Certified.” The ion will be released running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, in the second quarter of this year, with an Ice Cream Sandwich update in the future. Read on for Sony’s full press release. More →

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Sony Ericsson’s ‘Nozomi’ revealed in hands-on preview ahead of CES debut

By on January 6, 2012 at 3:01 PM.

Sony Ericsson’s ‘Nozomi’ revealed in hands-on preview ahead of CES debut

It looks like Sony Ericsson’s secret has finally been revealed in the form of “Nozomi.” The company has been teasing the previously mysterious and unannounced device for the past week on Facebook. The vendor’s German Facebook page recently revealed another teaser image, clearly showing a sleek and slim RAZR-style smartphone. The Nozomi is set to debut at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show, but ITProPortal published an extensive walk-through with the device early Friday morning. The smartphone, which is referred to as the Xperia HD, features a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor and a 4.3-inch HD display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. The Xperia HD will also sport 1GB of RAM, a massive 12-megapixel rear camera and will be running Android 2.3.7 with Sony’s custom user interface. Oddly enough, it does not include a microSD slot, leaving users with a mere 8GB of internal storage. Read on for an additional image of the Xperia HD and the company’s Facebook teaser photo.   More →

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Sony Ericsson trademark filing reveals Xperia Ion name

By on December 29, 2011 at 10:10 PM.

Sony Ericsson trademark filing reveals Xperia Ion name

In the coming year, Sony Ericsson plans to have more of an Android presence in the United States. Earlier rumors suggested that Sony is planning a high-end smartphone that will land on AT&T, code-named “LT28at.” Additionally, another high-end device code-named “Nozomi” is currently being tested by carriers in Hong Kong and could possibly make its way stateside. According to a recently filed trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Sony is looking to market a new device as the “Xperia Ion.” The trademark was filed shortly before the holidays on December 13th for use in connection with “mobile phones.” With the Consumer Electronic Show just around the corner, we could certainly see this new Xperia device revealed at the show in just over a week. More →

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Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V now available unlocked in U.S.

By on November 15, 2011 at 11:05 PM.

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V now available unlocked in U.S.

Sony Ericsson announced on Tuesday that its Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V are now available unlocked in the United States from Sony Store locations. The Xperia arc S runs Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and is equipped with a 1.4GHz processor, an 8.1-megapixel camera, a 4.2-inch “Reality” display and support for 3D and 2D sweep panorama photography. The Xperia arc S is available in white, black, blue and silver for $529.99 without a contract. Sony Ericsson’s Xperia neo V also runs Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and has a 3.7-inch display, a 5-megapixel camera and a front-facing camera for video chats. It is available in white, silver and blue for $349.99 unlocked. Both phones will be available from other retailers, such as Newegg, beginning in early December. As a side note, Sony Ericsson also recently announced that its 2011 family of Xperia-branded smartphones will all be updated to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) at a later date, so both the Xperia arc S and Xperia neo V should receive the update at some point. Read on for the full press release from Sony Ericsson. More →

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Sony Ericsson Xperia ray now available unlocked in U.S. for $430

By on September 30, 2011 at 9:45 PM.

Sony Ericsson Xperia ray now available unlocked in U.S. for $430

Sony Ericsson announced on Friday that its Xperia ray Android smartphone is now available unlocked in the United States for $429.99. It is equipped with Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), an 8.1-megapixel camera, a VGA front-facing camera for video chats, a 3.3-inch Reality Display with an 854 x 480-pixel resolution, 512MB of RAM, a 4GB microSD card, an aluminum frame and a 1GHz processor. The Xperia ray can be purchased from Newegg’s website as well as through other online retailers. It is available in gold, black, white and pink. Sony Ericsson’s press announcement follows below. More →

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Sony Ericsson outs Xperia ray, Xperia active, and txt [video]

By on June 23, 2011 at 3:30 AM.

Sony Ericsson outs Xperia ray, Xperia active, and txt [video]

During the CommunicAsia trade show in Singapore on Wednesday, Sony Ericsson officially took the wraps off of three new devices: the Xperia ray, the Xperia active, and the “txt.” The Android 2.3-powered Xperia ray sports a 9.4mm thin profile, a 3.3-inch “Reality” display with an 854 x 480 resolution, an 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The Xperia active also runs Gingerbread and offers a smaller 3-inch 480 x 320 Reality display and a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording HD video. It’s also dust proof and water resistant. Lastly, the txt is a budget-friendly feature phone with a relatively simple set of specs. It offers a 2.6-inch screen, a full QWERTY keyboard, and a 3.2-megapixel camera. All three phones will launch during the third quarter of this year in select markets around the world. Hit the jump for images of the Xperia active and txt along with videos. More →

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Sony Ericsson Xperia duo leaked

By on June 21, 2011 at 4:51 AM.

Sony Ericsson Xperia duo leaked

An image of the unannounced Sony Ericsson Xperia duo has been leaked in what appears to be a Sony Ericsson promotional poster. While most of the specs remain unknown at this point, as its name implies, the device is largely expected to pack a dual-core processor. The image also indicates that the phone may feature a forward-facing camera and more subtle menu buttons below the display than most other Android phones. There’s no word on just how big the screen is, either, but it looks like it’s definitely bigger than 4.3-inches. HTC, Motorola, LG, and Samsung all have dual-core smartphones on the market, too, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see Sony Ericsson try to get this out the door quickly. More →

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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in August

By on June 21, 2011 at 1:35 AM.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread update in August

Sony Ericsson confirmed in a blog post on Monday that its developers have been working hard on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Xperia X10, and that the roll-out will begin in early August. The company confirmed that it will keep the original camera UI as found in the Eclair version of the phone, and that the Facebook Inside Xperia functionality in the newest Xperia family of phones will be available on the X10 as well. Unfortunately, SE  said that it will not add DLNA support to the X10, as adding that would “jeopardize the time schedule.” Generic trade phones will get the Gingebread upgrade, which was announced in March, but Sony Ericsson did note that “some of you will not be able to upgrade your customized version of Xperia X10.” In other words, we seriously doubt AT&T users will ever get it. Hit the jump for a video of a prototype running Gingerbread in action. More →

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Amazon kicks off mobile sale, HTC ThunderBolt just $99

By on June 4, 2011 at 12:31 AM.

Amazon kicks off mobile sale, HTC ThunderBolt just $99

On Friday AmazonWireless announced a pretty stunning mobile phone sale. It’s now offering the HTC ThunderBolt and Motorola DROID X 2 for $99.99, the Samsung DROID Charge and LG Revolution for $149.99, the HTC Incredible 2 and HTC Trophy for $49.99, and the PlayStation Certified Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY for just a penny. The sale ends on June 8th, so if you’re a Verizon Wireless subscriber looking to save some money for summer barbeques, here’s your shot. More →

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Exclusive blooper reel from Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY campaign with Kristin Schaal [video]

By on May 25, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Exclusive blooper reel from Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY campaign with Kristin Schaal [video]

As we prepare to finally get our first taste of Sony Ericsson’s Xperia PLAY here in the U.S., we can’t help but think back and remember Sony Ericsson’s hilarious Web-only spots starring Kristen Schaal. We laughed, we cried, and we even readdressed them in a feature covering gaming as a differentiating factor for Sony Ericsson moving forward. It has been a couple of months since the spots first ran but they’re still racking up hits on YouTube, and we’re happy to report that BGR has managed to obtain a blooper reel containing outtakes from the filming of these promo spots. As funny as Schaal was in the videos, we’re sure there are hours of hilarious outtakes hidden away in a studio somewhere. While we do our best to hunt down all the footage, hit the break for a quick compilation of outtakes from the Schaal promos. More →

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