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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 Motoman on 3/4/2013 2:42:09 PM , Rating: 1
Screw the camera. What point is there in taking photos that are 5 times bigger than any screen you would view them on? All that does is waste storage space and transmission time.

But throw in a good physical keyboard, and now we can talk.

By OnyxNite on 3/4/2013 3:05:22 PM , Rating: 2
Some people actually PRINT photos and believe it or not a 1080p (about 2MP) picture doesn't look so great when you print it in a large format such as 8x10 or larger. There is certainly a point for taking photos several times bigger than any screen you would view them on however an argument could certainly be made that 8MP (about 4x what you'll view it on) is sufficient. Keep in mind also that people may want to crop a larger picture into something they want to print and frame so having a larger picture lets you cut out what you don't want without ending up with an image too small to print.

By Netscorer on 3/4/2013 3:28:34 PM , Rating: 2
People print photos from their smartphones? Wow! I guess different strokes for different folks. I have not seen a printed photo in close to 4 years now as everyone have their photos online and shared and everyone always carries a smartphone with them to display the latest cute baby shot in case someone did not noticed.
Those who still print mostly treat smartphone cameras with disdain, as even the best of them can not come close to picture taken with DSLR camera.

By Motoman on 3/4/2013 6:40:49 PM , Rating: 2
Essentially nobody ever prints photos at all. Where you used to see stacks of photo albums you now see stacks of SDHC cards. Which amuses me, when I try to explain to people that they could just offload a full card to a hard drive, and re-use the card...

...a lot of the time with that you just get a deer-in-the-headlights kind of look, as they go to the store to buy more SDHC cards.

By flyingpants1 on 3/5/2013 9:33:36 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, no. People on this site have a warped perception of reality. Everybody prints photos. There is something specifically called a photo printer that you can buy. You can take your SD card to a store and get photos printed at Walmart, which everybody goes to. They go to relatives in all countries and in picture frames and wallets.. I can't believe I have to explain this.

By Motoman on 3/5/2013 10:02:01 AM , Rating: 2
You have to explain it because you're wrong.

Every printer is a photo printer. They don't even make printers anymore that aren't photo printers. At least, not consumer-grade printers.

And virtually no one takes their SD cards to Walmart, or wherever, and has their photos printed anymore. What they do is just fill up SD cards and then throw them in a pile, to be plugged into a PC or maybe a TV at some point to view the photos.

They do go to friends and relatives in all countries - by way of email, or Facebook. But printed out and then mailed? No. Not in any volume that would be noticeable anymore.

Printed photos are dead.

By nikon133 on 3/5/2013 2:57:44 PM , Rating: 2
Not in New Zealand, thanks God.

Whenever I walk next to any local camera shops, some photo kiosks are being used. Easily 50% and over on summer weekends. Probably less on workdays and out of season, but still.

Not everyone has computer in living room, and not everyone likes to browse photos on small camera's screens. I do both but still like filling photo albums. There is some warm familiar feel about that. Most albums we get as presents, but we will buy album occasionally as well.

In addition, I don't know what is it like elsewhere, but here in NZ, huge majority of people still use cameras. You don't see too many smartphones used as cameras on streets and countryside. We get a lot of tourists from Asia, and they love their DSLRs, NEXes... and I love them for that.

By Motoman on 3/4/2013 6:38:44 PM , Rating: 2
...then "some people" can use a damn camera.

For the 99.99999% of people in this world who never print photos, from a cellphone or otherwise, the ridiculously high resolution does nothing but waste the space on your SD card and make grandma wait 3 hours for the 300Mb of pictures you attached to an email to show up.

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