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Sony wants to be #3

Sony has announced that it has aspirations of becoming the third largest company in the global smartphone market right behind Apple and Samsung. To make that job, Sony will have to beat Chinese companies including Huawei Technology and ZTE.

Both of those Chinese smartphone makers have eyes on the third-place spot in the global smartphone market. The challenge for Sony will be that both Huawei and ZTE are very strong in their home market of China, which also happens to be one of the biggest growth markets in the world.

Currently, Sony sits in the fourth-place spot in the global smartphone market according to IDC. That spot puts Sony right between the two Chinese smartphone makers with Huawei in third and ZTE in fifth place. Apple and Samsung are way ahead of the other manufacturers in the smartphone market combined for over half the global market.


Xperia Z
 
Sony recently unveiled its Z and ZL "superphones" at CES 2013 that will help the company attack the high-end of the smartphone market. The flagship Xperia Z is a waterproof smartphone that packs in a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 5" 1080p display, and a 13MP camera.

Source: Reuters



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By retrospooty on 3/4/2013 10:10:10 AM , Rating: 2
"Take an Xperia Z, swap the Quad-Core Snapdragon for a Dual-Core, drop the needless 1080p screen to a 720p one."

They have phones like this out... Pretty much every high end phone from last year. What you are looking for exists and in most cases is more than $100 cheaper.


By nafhan on 3/4/2013 10:40:32 AM , Rating: 2
Also, the high-end phones from last year tend to have better support, better compatibility, better build quality, etc., etc. than current gen low-end and mid-range devices.


By TSS on 3/4/2013 10:47:15 AM , Rating: 2
Then it swings the other way though. Why couple a 1080p screen with a S4 pro and not a S600?

Anand just tested the optimus G vs the optimus G pro, which is basically the same thing. The egypt benchmark dropped like a stone on the G Pro due to the higher resolution.

This phone might look nice but if sony wants to be atleast #3 in the world market they've gotta run them games. With the increase in power in other phones this phone will start lagging behind first, and nobody's going to buy that. And people are definitly not buying these kinds of phones to turn the resolution down.

If sony really wants to be big they need to do what sony doesn't want to do: take a hit on their margins and sell at low prices to gain market share. They wanna make bank, and get market share (lol at anything below $200 not having an SD expansion slot). That's just not gonna happen.


By othercents on 3/4/2013 11:20:17 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Anand just tested the optimus G vs the optimus G pro, which is basically the same thing. The egypt benchmark dropped like a stone on the G Pro due to the higher resolution.
This isn't reflective on the Quadrant benchmark. Both the LG Optimus G Pro and the HTC One scored high marks. I don't see the screen resolution being an issue with performance, however I also don't believe there will be any visible difference between 1080p and 720p on a 5.5" or 4.7" display.


By RufusM on 3/4/2013 12:42:04 PM , Rating: 3
The smartphone market now is like the PC market was a while back: They're trying to differentiate their products by the "More GeeBees must be better." tactic.

It used to be the MHz/GHz, monitor resolution, etc. wars in desktop/laptop days. It's the same thing in smartphones and tablets now but with cores, screen resolutions, mobile data speed, etc.

Like the PC, the smartphone race will soon be all about software since the hardware is getting so fast, so quickly.


By theapparition on 3/4/2013 1:58:57 PM , Rating: 2
I think you're all missing the point.

A smartphone's sales in the US are only as good as the network they're sold on. The SGSIII is a pretty decent phone, but there are quite few that are much better on paper. The difference is Samsung got this phone on all 4 of the US major networks, and even on a few smaller networks.

Show me any Sony phone sold on Verizon, the largest US carrier. There are none currently. That's almost a third of the US market forfeited right there. Any Sony smartphones on Sprint? Nope. Now over half the US market is unavailable to them. To do better, they need to get a model on every single carrier.

Despite our tech obsession, which is why we read these sites, most consumers don't scour spec sheets looking for a Qualcomm S4 Pro and 13MP camera. They walk into their current carrier's local store and buy what's available, and what the sales staff is telling them is the best. Until we tech obsessed get that concept through our heads, we're not going to grasp why some models look great on paper but don't sell.

And I'm looking right at you, Nexus 4, the phone that could've been.


By retrospooty on 3/4/2013 7:18:51 PM , Rating: 2
"most consumers don't scour spec sheets looking for a Qualcomm S4 Pro and 13MP camera. They walk into their current carrier's local store and buy what's available"

Yup... And its true of alot of techies too. There are a whole crapload of great phones out and/or announced and coming out soon that I would love to get my hands on, but in the end, I will only be getting that is available on Verizon. It its not there, it cant be on my list.


By OnyxNite on 3/4/2013 11:23:26 AM , Rating: 2
Really? Please point me to a waterproof smartphone with a Snapdragon S4 PRO dual-core (MSM8960T - note the "T" on the end) processor, 2GB of RAM, < 4.7" 720p display, and a 13MP camera. I'd really like one.


By retrospooty on 3/4/2013 6:47:39 PM , Rating: 2
What are you even talking about? He said he would like a modern phone, but doesnt need 1080p or quad core. That is pretty much last years phones. You wanna go through every single spec and find a dial core S4 pro? It doesnt exist. The "pro" is a quad core model. You want a high end low end phone? Good luck. Or are you just being an ass to make a point?


By OnyxNite on 3/5/2013 12:04:11 PM , Rating: 2
The OP said he wanted an Xperia Z, but with a Dual Core and a 720p screen. To which you replied: "They have phones like this out... Pretty much every high end phone from last year. What you are looking for exists and in most cases is more than $100 cheaper."

So all I did was take the Xperia Z specs from the article, and do what the OP said, replace the quad core with a dual and the 1080p screen with the 720p one. You said such a beast exists and I simply asked where because I'd certainly like one. I haven't seen a single phone that meets those specs even though your claim is "pretty much every high end phone from last year" does.

As for a dual core S4 Pro it does indeed exist, I even gave you it's model number. Want me to point you to a press release on Qualcomms site or something?


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