Sony CEO to kickoff CES 2014 with keynote speech
Ironically, just as its CEO is about to take center stage to kick off this annual, high-profile event, Sony might not be displaying any more phones like the Xperia S and Xperia Z at CES. Earlier this year, we were told exclusively by a tipster that Sony will no longer present flagship phones at the show. This is apparently all part of the Japanese based manufacturer's campaign to prevent leaks by tightening up the rules on who can handle a prototype device.
The Sony Xperia Z1 was heavily leaked under the Sony Honami code name. By the time the phone was officially announced by Sony, practically all of the specs and the design of the phone had already been known.
By the way, in case you are the curious type, or need to settle a bet, Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs gave the keynote speech for the 2013 CES show. As usual CES 2014 will take place in Las Vegas.
26. downphoenix (Posts: 2766; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
599 US DOLLARS! GIANT ENEMY CRAB! KRAZY KAZ!
2. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
Lol its suppose to be Kaz Hirai....not Irai
Sounds good. Go Sony! Time to release some stuff for the US market.
3. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Ps4 is their only decent not overpriced product.
19. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Price wise they are not as good as other brands.
20. GTR722 (Posts: 252; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
Fail troll aside, right now Sony is the leader in SLR depertmente, Nikon and Canon cant catch Sony.
4. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Actually it's Kazuo not Kaz but nice try.
Also +1 to shatter. They need to stop it with proprietary stuff and trying to overcharge for products that aren't necessarily any better than the competition anymore.
6. DAddYE (Posts: 48; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
Sony Xperia Z1, Ultra and smart watch. Who else has same specs same good materials (not the cheap plastic) at same or less price?
9. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Sony at one time 20 years ago was -the- name for electronics. They are no longer that company.
I guess you forgot Sony used plastic for their z1? Oh wait their plastic is more 'premium' isn't it?
You can buy aluminum at any grocery store and it is dirt cheap. Plastic is often used for its practicality. Metal can look prettier but that doesn't mean premium. You want real premium? Get an all sapphire screen and rare metal casing -- oh wait no one does that.
Sony launches all their phones at near 800 when all others always hover at around 700.
I never said they don't make good products. They do. They're just acting like their poop don't stink when it does just like anyone else.
13. Amir1 (Posts: 301; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
Where i live sony smartphones are at the same price as the competition. speak for yourself. Z1 overall is a great high end device. best overall in my book!
7. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
Ok. Mostly he uses Kaz to introduce himself, but ok fair enough. Anyway I'm guessing you and Shatter are mostly Sammy or Apple lovers, but who exactly is the competition you speak of?
Just to let you know Sony doesn't use cheap stuff.
10. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
He says that orally so as to not give foreigners a hard time and just simplify things (it is however a 'nickname' as well). In writing however it would do well to show prudence and write it out properly. Anyways I won't argue that point since its not really an issue, even.
And thanks for assuming I'm a fan of somebody -- psychological projection because you're actually the fan? Did I ever say 'Sony sucks because x's product is better'?
Sony doesn't use cheap stuff and neither does the competition (generally). Every mobile device manufacturer used plastic in just about everything at least 10 phones. If Sony is using plastic because of it's price, durability and literal flexibility. (non interference with wireless signals is a big plus as well as resistance to corrosion and tarnishing and poor conductivity)
12. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)
Maybe you should go ask Kazuo Hirai..why they charge so much or in your case "overcharge" things. I'm sure he can explain it to you. Also don't give me the excuse of saying they are charging for the name "Sony" because they really aren't. If they were then why...it just decreases their profit because 800 isn't exactly an affordable price. This exactly differs from their competition because they sell cheap stuff and overcharge because of their company name.
Yes, "You can buy aluminum at any grocery store and it is dirt cheap." Tell that to Apple and why they overcharge for their products.
Btw I don't like Apple or Samsung. I like Sony and Nokia. You can call me a fanboy if you want. I'd be proud of it.
14. Amir1 (Posts: 301; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
In terms of flagships, only HTC one and iphone 5s and Z1 designs can be called premium. don't be delusional.
24. Amir1 (Posts: 301; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
please, open the dictionary and learn what the word opinion means and what the word fact means. think twice before you press the "post comment" button cause until now you are making fun of yourself.
17. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)
Their screen is cheap. Still not as good as LG's and that of Sharp's screen. Whenever Sony announces a new flagship one can't help but notice that something is still missing. No I am not a SONY hater, also I want them to succeed in producing great stuff.
25. Amir1 (Posts: 301; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
Nobody said that the Z1 is a perfect phone, there's no perfect phone. about the screen, i totally agree that sony needs to bring better offer, mostly in terms of viewing angles. if you look at this as a whole then you can see sony already improved the screen from the Z but sure, it's not enough. i have no doubt that the Z1 successor will bring much more improved viewing angles. in terms of looking straight at the screen the Z1 is on top with the best and arguably the best of the best - most natural colors in many comparisons i see. the next sony flagship is rumored to have 5.2 inch LCD IPS screen. i have no doubt that it's going to be a great one.
23. chuah1997 (Posts: 14; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)
Hmm.....so you call Aluminium and Premium Material Overcharge..while Plastic with that high price is not Overcharge???Nice Logic~ I like it.....(ya...RIP my English...i know and i admit)
18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7035; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Z2 AND the PlayStation mobile app. And put their phone on every carrier. Love my Z1
27. downphoenix (Posts: 2766; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
that is one of Sony's main problems, lack of carriers. They seem to only give a damn about AT&T and Verizon... yea they do own a good share of the market but T-mo and Sprint together accomidate about as much share as AT&T does by itself. Also deals like the Xperia Play being Verizon exclusive, talk about a dumb decision.
11. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)
"Last year, we named the Sony Xperia Z"
we're still in 2013
16. oister85 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
I think leaks are good, it keep the commotion running for the handset also it help with marketing.
22. pyradark (Posts: 809; Member since: 10 Jun 2012)
So I expect 3 consecutive year of winning at CES
for most highlight device!!!
28. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
still waiting for sony on sprint maybe this will be our highlight.