Windows Phone handset coming from Sony next year?

Windows Phone handset coming from Sony next year?
According to a report published on Tuesday, Sony and Microsoft are reportedly in talks that would result in the Japanese OEM producing a Windows Phone model in 2014. Citing an anonymous but trusted source, the report states that the device would be marked with the Sony VAIO brand. So far, there is not a signed deal between the two companies.

In 2010, Sony built a Windows Phone 7 model called the "Jolie" which never made it past the prototype stage. A functional "Jolie" prototype was auctioned off earlier this year on eBay. Back at MWC 2012, when we spoke to a Sony Xperia executive, we were basically told that even though Sony was keeping the door open to the idea of one day producing a Windows Phone, no one cared about the platform.

But that was then, and this is now. Windows Phone picked up some momentum in 2013 on the back of its popular entry-level models. In addition, the GDR3 update now allows Windows Phone manufacturers to produce handsets with specs similar to high-end Android phones.

Nokia currently controls 92% of the Windows Phone market, and Windows Phone handsets made by other manufacturers like Samsung and HTC have not been big hits. Besides Sony, Microsoft would like to see Chinese upstart ZTE return to the fold. The company said last month that it would return to Windows Phone next year. Both Sony and ZTE are said to be waiting for the release of Windows Phone 8.1, and have some extra motivation from Microsoft. The latter is believed to be willing to eliminate all licensing fees to get the pair to get to work making handsets for the platform.


source: TheInformation via Engadget

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25 Comments

24. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

I would love to see a Jolie style WP8 phone.. I love Sonys phones, etc.. always seem to be to be the best quality there is. I look forward to seeing what Sony would produce. I think 2014 though will be the year of new phone designs.. companies are getting to the point they cant get thinner or lighter or squarer or bigger. Looking for return of some QWERTY models ( more looking forward too than thinking that will occur). I expect by end of the year, we could see phone watches without the need for a phone.. That would make wearable worth it.

23. DanielWalsh1294

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

What a waste of time this would be for Sony.

21. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the quality of my Son's Sony Android phones. The Experia Play had one of the best audio speakers for clear phone calls I have ever used- BlackBerry included. The Experia TL was a solid, dependable effort. They are always at the top of my list if I were to hit Android. My wife would LOVE the 6.4" screen and quality of the Z Ultra if only it was an option. Put WP on a Sony?? Geez, that would be tempting......

19. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I believe the vaio will be for windows phone and xperia for the android line...it will be like Samsung with the ativs being windows phone and galaxy being android

17. TechCrazyedBoy

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 12, 2013

Actually thats good... Sony should stick with Xperia than freaking Vaio.. Sony will maybe beat HTC and Samsung in the WP8 department because of the design of Sony's phones and dust,waterproof..

16. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

this is exciting, my favourite brand and my favourite platform, i have a good feeling about his

12. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

I could see it selling well if they target the lower end of the market first. Then maybe the midrange. Sony has always had excellent midrangers. Having a vaio phone sounds really sexy but the xperia brand is what they're known for now

4. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

oh.i hope not,having used windows phone i hope they dont.focus on topping HTC and Lg in android and maybe even Samsung

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Well, I hope they do.. Lol❕

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I don't like the "VAIO" name, they should keep it to "XPERIA" since WM-powered devices also had the same brand.

5. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I'm sorry, but I have to disagree.. If Sony does make a line of WP devices then they need to have there own name,, just for differentiation... Just my opinion.

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

But their (Sony Ericsson) first phones were powered by WM. Their first Android phone was made two years later.

8. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

That was the past.. Lol. We need something new, and snazzy, right❔

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Right. But I really hope they keep the XPERIA brand for the phones.

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Oh yeah, for android I'm sure they will.. That's a cool name❕

15. Damo579

Posts: 268; Member since: May 18, 2013

They made Symbian phones before windows mobile. I had one called the p1

18. the_matchless

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

Ahhh P1 was one great phone it was a bold move towards open source concept (the UIQ division) while being a part of the conservative Symbian. No wonder why P1 was developer's favourite and it set the tone for the next gen of open sources such as xda developers and stuff...

2. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I've always said that Nokia needs a strong competitor in the WP market to encourage them to keep making terrific devices.. HTC is too stubborn to realize that that could be them, but hopefully Sony isn't.. Sony makes terrific hardware, and could give Lumia devices some serious competition if they can provide the amount of support that Microkia provides to Lumia devices.. Windows Phone keeps on moving forward, and it doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.. This would be great news❕

1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

The old Nokia VS Sony battle would be great. Hope to see both of them on top soon.

11. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Nokia is an independent company now (after acquisition ) that doesn't produce Smartphones .. The old Nokia is no more... amending your statement to Microsoft vs Sony Nokia is in hibernation waiting for 2016 when it will rise from its ashes like a phoenix and avenge what MicroSoft did ( Hopefully ) :P

13. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Well Windows Phone has Xbox integration, how can Sony throw in its PlayStation Mobile if they will decide to jump into the WP platform? They're direct competitors.

14. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

They are not going to just jump right into the WP platform. Maybe there will not be Playstation Mobile for WP but there are still Android devices that I am sure Sony will continue producing!

25. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. Sony is gonna just leave out one of their devices for the upcoming PS Now service? Doubt it. This cant happen..they are direct competitors like you said.

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

If I was Sony I'll tell M$ NO. Unless they drop their fight against Android with all those law suits, plus Sony don't see a profit from Windows and probably won't make any.

22. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Except that Sony is part of the Rockstar consortium that is suing Google. This seems like a perfect fit for them.

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