Sony CEO to kickoff CES 2014 with keynote speech

Sony CEO to kickoff CES 2014 with keynote speech
January will be here before too long, and with it will come CES 2014. It was announced on Sunday that the honor of kicking off the festivities with the keynote speech will go to Sony CEO Kaz Hirai. Sony has recently had success showing off new handsets at CES. In 2012, the Sony Xperia S received some attention with its thin translucent strip near the bottom of the device. Last year, we named the Sony Xperia Z the Best Smartphone at the show and the device wowed the crowd by showing off its resistance to water.

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.

source: SEMC

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29 Comments

1. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

???????

26. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

599 US DOLLARS! GIANT ENEMY CRAB! KRAZY KAZ!

2. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 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: May 29, 2013

Ps4 is their only decent not overpriced product.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

How are Sony products worse than others?

8. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

If anything, I would say they are better.

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Price wise they are not as good as other brands.

20. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 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: Mar 05, 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: Oct 04, 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: Mar 05, 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 unregistered

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: Aug 31, 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: Mar 05, 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: Aug 31, 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 unregistered

In terms of flagships, only HTC one and iphone 5s and Z1 designs can be called premium. don't be delusional.

15. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Hi Opinion. Pleased to meet you.

24. Amir1 unregistered

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: Aug 21, 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 unregistered

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: Sep 30, 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 unregistered

Z2 AND the PlayStation mobile app. And put their phone on every carrier. Love my Z1

27. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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: Apr 18, 2013

"Last year, we named the Sony Xperia Z" we're still in 2013

16. oister85 unregistered

I think leaks are good, it keep the commotion running for the handset also it help with marketing.

21. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

plz minimise the bazel

22. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

So I expect 3 consecutive year of winning at CES for most highlight device!!! GO Sony

28. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

still waiting for sony on sprint maybe this will be our highlight.

29. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

we might see Z2 LOL..

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