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Sony prepping a sub-$200 Android phones onslaught next year, tasks Foxconn and Compal with the production

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Sony prepping a sub-$200 Android phones onslaught next year, tasks Foxconn and Compal with the production
If the Xperia tipo/tipo dual and even the Xperia U are any indication, Sony has every chance to fight for the entry and lower mid-range Android market segment alongside Samsung, LG, Huawei or ZTE.

And the company isn't leaving that possibility to chance, either, knowing fully well that there is a gigantic market for affordable Android handsets still untapped in emerging markets with billions of population.

Reports from the Taiwanese supply chain indicate that is preparing to venture big time into the sub-$200 segment it started with the Xperia tipo this year, launching several comparable models in the first half of 2013. Foxconn has been outsourced the Tipo production, while Compal and Arima will be the other assemblers that will be tasked with Sony's entry level Androids manufacture next year. 

A cheap Android with the Sony brand sounds like something hard to pass on for the average consumer, so Sony might have a winner on its hands with this decision. It is apparently prepping to sell millions upon millions of those sub-$200 phones, but the Taiwanese ODM sources are reportedly trying to cool it off, saying the shipments might come lower than projected by Sony, because of an overlapping product portfolio and confusing marketing efforts that have to be undertaken.

source: Digitimes

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posted on 23 Aug 2012, 04:58 1

1. loken (Posts: 462; Member since: 09 May 2012)


Maybe Xperia J Too? 150 euro

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:04

2. megaSUNNY (Posts: 55; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


maybe...

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 09:43 2

3. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


XPERIA TIPO/TIPO DUAL , XPERIA J , XPERIA U and XPERIA MIRO

all are int the 200$ summer slam and will help Sony eat more of Samsung n htc !

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 10:59 1

4. ryq24 (Posts: 444; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


this is good for consumers! more choices! i hope sony will succeed.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 18:49

5. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


wow... sony should do it... but they shouldnt forgot that they should still put some awesome specs there!

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 19:33

6. roscuthiii (Posts: 1720; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


"She's a brick... (dah-nuh nuh-nuh) house!"

Sorry, forist thing that popped into my head is it looks kinda thick, should be good though.

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