Posts Tagged ‘Sony Ericsson’
Mobile World Congress is shaping up to be a solid conference with tons of phones being released at that time. One such phone is the Sony Ericsson’s Hikaru, an update to the W910 Walkman series phone. It comes with the following features:
- A 2.6 inch display
- An 8MP camera
- Walkman player 4.0
- A 3.5mm headset jack
- Stereo speakers
- Dedicated music keys (on its right side)
- And 8GB of internal memory
The phone will be released sometime in Q2. The price is unknown at this time.
Rumors have it that Microsoft might be planning to enter the smartphone market with its own device in later half of 2009. If these rumors are correct, then it goes against what Steve Ballmer and others have always said about Microsoft wanting to license the software. However, with its Danger subsidiary and success with XBox and Zune, Microsoft would be tempted to take on Apple and others in the smartphone arena. If it does, I think they need to look at the new Toshiba TG01 and go with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset instead of the NVIDIA’s Tegra chipset. Also, they need to learn from HTC, Samsung and Sony Ericsson to wrap their clunky Windows Mobile in a more user-friendly and up-to-date user interface. I am not holding my breath, but lets see what comes out Redmond.
Here is a cool invention that turns an ordinary Sony Ericsson cellphone into a mobile medical lab. Professor Aydogan Ozcan of UCLA used off-the-shelf parts costing $50 to produce remarkable images of particles in a small sample of fluid. The amazing thing about this is that the cellphone can be loaded with accompanying algorithm that can then count microparticles in the photo faster than a human can. Alternately, the photos can be sent to a lab using the cellphone which can further analyze the sample and send a text message back with results. This innovation has immediate application in field medicine, disaster recovery efforts, and scores of rural and developing nations where there are fewer hospitals and healthcare is harder to reach.
Yesterday, both Nokia and Samsung announced dismal Q4 results due to the worldwide economic woes. Nokia announced their quarterly profits fell by 53% year over year from €2.6 billion in 2007 to €1.2 billion in 2008. Nokia’s market share fell from 40% in Q4 2007 to 37% in Q4 2008 which equals to 113 million units shipped in Q4. For 2008, Nokia shipped 305 million units, down 9% from 2007. The only bright spot in q4 for Nokia was its services and software sales which were up 37% to €158 million.
Samsung also reported a Q4 loss, its first ever since 2000. However, the loss was primarily due to its chips and LCD businesses. It mobile handset business actually grew in Q4 2008, posting an increase of 14% in sales over Q3 2008. However, its operating profit for Q4 was down by 69% over Q3. Samsung shipped approximately 200 million units in 2008 an increase of 22% over 2007. In Q4, it shipped 52.8 million units, an increase of 2% over Q3 2008 and 14% increase over Q4, 2007.
Sony Ericsson also suffered similar fate as Nokia and Samsung. SE shipped 24.2 million units in Q4 2008 which is 21% below Q4 2007 numbers. Its sales were consequently impacted and at €2.9 billion, were down by 23% over Q4 2007. It reported an operating loss of €262 million which is a 22% decline over Q4, 2007.
LG on the other hand had a great quarter fueled by solid demand in Europe and Asia. It shipped 25.7 million handset in Q4, 2008 which brought in $3 billion in sales revenue and reflect a sales growth of 40.3% YoY and 16% QoQ.
All companies expect Q1 2009 to be down by 5-10% from Q1 2008.
Inside scoop is that SE is working on a Walkman branded gaming phone named Yao or W395. This phone is based on its F305 gaming phone. In addition, it has dedicated gaming buttons on the front. The specs also include a 2Mpxl camera, Bluetooth connectivity and being a Walkman branded phone, it also comes with music software.
SE plans to release it in April though final price and countries are unknown yet.
According to DigiTimes who compiled the list of world wide shippment of mobile phones, LG has overtaken Motorola, albeit barely, by shipping 100 million mobile phones compared to 99.9 million for Motorola. 2009 promises to be a competitive year for both of these manufacturers with Motorola shipping several devices to Verizon this year and LG has promised to have 100 different devices shipped this year too.
The top 5 shippers of mobile phones for 2008 (with millions of units) were:
Nokia – 470
Samsung – 200
LG – 100
Motorola – 99.9
Sony Ericsson 96.6
This means that the top 5 manufacturers shipped nearly a billion phones in 2008.
[Via Boy Genius Report]
Samsung announced that it will be launching an Andriod based, touchscreen phone in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile later this year. While the details are still sketchy, the phone will include Google Maps, G-Talk messenger, G-Mail and Google Search. Also unclear is the launch date and pricing. Though Samsung has said that they were accelerating their development efforts to meet the carriers needs.
In a seperate annoucement, Sony Ericsson said that it is changing its strategy this year and focusing on high-end smartphone including an Android-based device. It has put its idea of developing cheap phones for the emerging markets on hold. Consequently, it does not expect to be profitable this year. While SE has not committed to delivering an Android based device this year, it is expected that the device will come this year given that SE has joined the Open Handset Alliance and has voiced its support for the OS.