Sony rumored to be delivering Windows Phone handsets in July

Sony rumored to be delivering Windows Phone handsets in July
According to Pierre Perron, head of Sony Mobile Europe, the manufacturer is talking to Microsoft about some unnamed project. This dovetails perfectly with speculation that Sony will be rolling out a pair of Windows Phone flavored handsets this coming July. Actually, Sony Ericsson and Microsoft did team up on older models, such as the original Sony Xperia X1. The device with the panel based interface, was powered by Windows Mobile Professional 6.1.

While Perron later backtracked a little from his comment, it doesn't matter. Other rumors have Sony starting a test run of several thousand Windows Phone handsets. It is expected that the Sony phones will be the first to roll off the assembly line with the new GDR updates being planned by Microsoft.


Besides producing devices with Windows Mobile, a few years ago, Sony Ericsson had manufactured a prototype of a phone that ran on the Windows Phone 7 platform. Codenamed "Julie," the model never did get offered to the public.

source: @tomwarren via WMPoweruser

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45 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

First concentrate on Z2 release Sony. Your money is in android not in WP.

8. kerell78us

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Why are you so worried?

38. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

True,, is not like he's buying either one lol

42. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

lol WP fanboy. I'm getting either this or the S5 next month

45. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

"this" referring to a Sony made WP?! ahhaaa, sorry couldn't help myself.

10. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Everybody who is getting WP is getting Nokia anyway. (Not that Nokia would nescessarily be better than Sony, but Nokia brand is the reason why people are buying Windows Phones anyway).

13. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

That is definitely obvious and probably the reason windows has a small share in the US. Slap your OS on different devices and see what happens.

14. kerell78us

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Guess it stands to reason that people will also buy because of the name Sony as well. Or maybe they are others like myself you wanted neither Andriod nor iOS. I saw my colleagues issues with Andriod and it's lag, crashes and constant restarting. At the time I had a Blackberry; I took the leap and bought a Lumia device (both mobile operators in my country sold only Nokia); now 5 out of 7 have WP, 1 iPhone 4s (drives him nuts now but he's had it since launch) and the other Andriod. The Andriod user is trying to buy Lumia 1520 to which I secretly upgraded only for him to say "Sh*t, you've beaten me to the punch; I am trying to buy that phone".

15. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

I've only had three smart phones so far. 1st. IPhone 4. Great experience. 2nd iPhone 5. Great experience but was bored with it. And now I am using a Nexus 5. This is my first android experience and I have mixed feelings about it. I like that I can change its interface, i.e. launchers and themes, but I do have problems with its day to day operations sometimes. My biggest issue is whenever I receive a call, the touch commands become useless. Talk about irritating. This leads me to try a Windows phone next time I'm available for an upgrade. More than likely it'll be a Nokia, but if I dig Windows phone, that could lead me to try windows on a different device other than Nokia.

20. kerell78us

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I currently own the NL1520, however I do plan on buying another high end WP from a recognized OEM; thus far there are Samsung and Sony. Should Sony launch their phone in July and it's a mid-range or high-end, it'll definitely be Sony.

25. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

are you s ballmer's son?

31. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Damn, must be tough to be the broke kid in pre-school, you guys should be nice to him instead of rubbing your vanity purchases in his face.

18. DFranch

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Only because Nokia is the only manufacturer who really takes WP seriously. Samsung & HTC only dabble in it. That might change now that WP is free, and they can basically make the same phone in android and WP flavors.

21. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Where is our Microsoft Windows phone at, right?! I always thought Windows could have designed a chassis for a laptop and call it their own. I know it's not their game, but hey, look, they built a game console. Why not their own phone? Windows hardware and OS! I'm still dreaming.

26. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

We buy Nokia because Nokia stand for it's class.

28. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Regardless of its OS?

29. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

This is such a dumb comment Thats like saying only get Samsung device for Android because they made them famous. Sony is actually split. They make absolutely no Google PC's & no Windows Phone (mobile device) platform. They have the ability to make & go in either or both directions & have a good eco system to boot; with their movies, music, apps & games. Let them have at it. I have the Icon & S4. I can't wait to see what they will bring.

11. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

maybe they r planning to release z2 with z3 :D

12. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

That's why Sony is losing money from SAMEsung.

16. DFranch

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Actually, Android costs them money they pay to Microsoft. WP8.1 is free.

19. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

That's true.

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Exactly. Why bother wast youre resource on a company that SUES AGAINST Android now MS BEGS FOR SONY one of the top companies for help to bulid a WINDOWS PHONE. Plus they don't want to add XBOX app on their phones when they concentrate on PLAYSTATION MOBILE app

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Let wp grow dude. We need alternative os. We can't rely on just one os. Wp is unique, I hope in couple years wp would get around 20% market share.

30. CEMIII

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

This is such a dumb comment Thats like saying only get Samsung device for Android because they made them famous. Sony is actually split. They make absolutely no Google PC's & no Windows Phone (mobile device) platform. They have the ability to make & go in either or both directions & have a good eco system to boot; with their movies, music, apps & games. Let them have at it. I have the Icon & S4. I can't wait to see what they will bring.

2. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Oooo. An Xperia Z chassis with WP OS sounds cool.

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Chasis, yes. WP OS, no.

5. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

Yes to both for experimentation.

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Chasis yes, windows os yes, droid no. I don't want to babysit a droid phone. I would rather take iOS. My note3 is there for one reason and it is not droid.

3. aldridhl

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

"It's about timeee."

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Have to see how this plays out.... Playstation Mobile....Xbox Live... will they co exists on the same phone?

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