Report: Sony branded Windows Phone models on the way for 2014

Report: Sony branded Windows Phone models on the way for 2014
According to industry sources, an earlier rumor that had Japanese manufacturer Sony producing a Windows Phone model this year is true. The aforementioned sources say that while Sony will be spending its R&D money on Android and Firefox OS, it will offer Windows Phone handsets through U.S. carriers and in Japan. Microsoft is hoping to increase sales in Sony's home country as a way to expand the global share of its mobile OS.

Sony will partner with Taiwan based ODM Compal Communications for at least 1 to 2 Windows Phone models. The volume expected for those two units is only in the tens of thousands, and another 2-3 models are under discussion.

The industry sources estimae that Nokia will account for 90% of the 50 million Windows Phone 8 units expected to be sold this year. Sony will be one of a group of handset manufacturers bundled together in a category called "other," that together will account for the remaining 10% of sales.

source: DigiTimes

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28 Comments

1. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Cant wait. Gimme something exciting Sony. Do what Nokia has done. Don't disappoint with a generic offering.

6. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

"Do what Nokia has done." Like what? Banging their head on the wall and let Microsoft acquire? You should say "Do what old Nokia has done.", what I mean by "old Nokia" is the original Nokia, the Nokia that isn't acquired by Microsoft. The "new Nokia" is just a clone, the "old Nokia" is temporary dead.

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I mean, "the "old Nokia" is dead for few years.

15. yudi.nemesis unregistered

And it is possible that nokia will die forever just like ericsson's mobile division.

21. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Whatever.. fanboy.

22. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LOL Who are you? You must be a noob here, I'm not a fanboy. I'm the tech lover xperiaDROID. Thanks for calling me a fanboy.

20. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Yea, dont do what Samsung has done.. and just swap OSes on your mid-range phone. Give us a great phone.. do something innovative.

2. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

Release 2-3 phones at good designs, prices and promote them well. Don't put halfhearted effort like samsung or HTC. It will be just waste of time and money.

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

What Samsung did: They took great phone (GS3) changed OS, casing, buttons and color. Ruined by no advertising, no special features, and one color option. They had a chance, but they missed it. Really interesting to see Ativ S2 (if it even comes).

10. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

i don't think samsung and htc's efforts model were halfhearted. they did great. just easily overwhelmed by the popularlity of their android devices.

14. sri_tech

Posts: 188; Member since: May 21, 2013

They did not great, especially Samsung. Samsung never released their flagship phone ATIV S in many major countries including US, China, India, Japan. How could anyone buy the phones if they are not even available. Also, they never promoted these phones wherever they released. HTC did better in that regard but they always overprice their handsets.

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Just thought about the numbers... That's an estimated 137,000 (rounded up) activations a day for wp8. That's pretty admirable. Android and ios were there just a couple years ago. This is good growth.

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

From where you got that number (137,000)?

13. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

He just divided 50 million WP8 devices expected to be sold this year with 365...

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

7. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

As I have repeated often, love me some Sony handsets. Motorola, Sony and Sammy would be my top choices for Android handsets. As a WP fan, this is really great news for me. Wonder as the transistion of Nokia from handset maker to services/solutions company progresses what that means for the amazing software apps/tools that were exclusive to their handsets. Wonder what Sony will bring to the table that MS/Nokia does not. Okay, I admit it. I am kinda excited here.....

9. muser793

Posts: 60; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

As a windows phone fan i will never ever buy a non-nokia windows phone! Where were these companies like sony when nokia put all its resources on windows phone instead of android? They said windows phone doesn't worth any effort. But now that nokia made windows phone a popular os every other companies wanna make windows phones like mad dogs! Go make your laggy android devices, ah i almost forgot you can't earn a penny from android cause every single $ that people spend on android devices goes to samsung pockets.

11. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

you awake?

18. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

I really hope Phonearena can do something about butthurt fanboys :p

23. yudi.nemesis unregistered

Lol.. do you know that even with small market share sony android phones have better sales results compared to nokia window phones.

24. xperiance

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

That is the best bussiness.....you see at the time of wp 7/7.5, investing in wp was a big loss....but as the os started to mature, it started to improve....still i has got a long way to go...but, now launching a windows phone is not a bad idea as it was 1-2 years ago......so, they are launching it now.....afterall,profit is the most important factor... Right!?

28. romeo1

Posts: 804; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

To bad for you that you.will only buy a nokia wp. Wp isn't that popular and sony doesn't want to.make wps like a mad dog. Microsoft is practically begging companys like sony to make wps by giving the license for free.

16. kartikeyarathi8

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Nokia Lumia is like moto devices on android platform. Direct from the source out for pure OS experience n 1st to get OS updates. Wake Lumia allergic ppl

17. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

sony going head to head with nokia's windows

25. apexKBC

Posts: 92; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Spelling is wrong of estimate, in 3rd para 1st line

26. GeekMovement unregistered

That's going to be interesting. I think I'd still stick with Nokia for my windows phones though.

27. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

how would sony put microsofts xbox features on its phone?? their ps3, features would clash with them

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly.... Was just gonna post that I cant see this happening. Or that MS would allow Sony's PS features on its phone.

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