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Sony Mobile’s top-tier Xperia Z may have been one of CES’s most pleasant non-surprises (seriously, is there anyone Sony didn’t brief about that thing?), and it turns out that the company’s future efforts may be more of the same. According to a recent CNET interview with Xperia Product Manager Stephen Sneeden, Sony is contemplating leaving the entry-level smartphone market to other companies.
“We’re ready to be a premium smartphone provider, logically then, at the very entry level is where you lose the ‘Sonyness,’” Sneeden told CNET.
Should Sony really give this plan a go, they’ll be treading on well-worn ground. HTC announced its own intention to focus on producing a smaller number of quality smartphones nearly one year ago exactly, though it hasn’t been without its problems. The Taiwanese company’s strong hardware releases belie its recent sketchy financial performance. Motorola Mobility also intimated that it would take a similar route, and these days murmurs of a high-end X Phone currently under development at MM continue to make headlines. We’ll soon see if CEO (and former Googler) Dennis Woodside sticks to his guns, as the company makes its transition, but in any case, it may be that Sony’s potential plans may end up doing more harm than good if enough companies decide to take a similar tack.
If all goes according to plan, Sony hopes to be uttered in the same smartphone breath as Samsung and Apple within the next two years. I’m not entirely convinced that Sony would be able to make strides that great even if these two years go off without a hitch, but perhaps the company is owed the benefit of the doubt. After all, they’re clearly pretty damn good at crafting great smartphones when they feel like it; I was generally fond of the Xperia ion, and devices like Z have managed to excite some people in ways Sony has rarely been able to do with a smartphone. This move could be just what the doctor ordered, but I have a feeling it’ll be some time before Sony officially makes up its mind.
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Sony Mobile ’ s top-tier Xperia Z may have been one of CES ’ s most enjoyable non-surprises (seriously, is there anybody Sony didn ’ t brief about that thing?), and it turns out that the business ’ s future efforts could be even more of the exact same. According to a recent CNET meeting with Xperia Product Manager Stephen Sneeden, Sony is considering leaving the entry-level smartphone market to other business.
“ We ’ re ready to be a premium smartphone service provider, logically then, at the extremely entry level is where you lose the ‘ Sonyness, ’ ” Sneeden informed CNET.
Should Sony actually offer this strategy a go, they ’ ll be treading on well-worn ground. HTC revealed its very own purpose to concentrate on producing a smaller number of quality smartphones nearly one year ago precisely, though it hasn ’ t been without its problems. The Taiwanese business ’ s strong hardware releases belie its current questionable financial performance. Motorola Mobility additionally intimated that it would take a comparable path, and these days murmurs of a high-end X Phone currently under advancement at MM remain to make headings. We ’ ll soon see if CEO (and former Googler) Dennis Woodside adheres to his weapons, as the company makes its shift, however in any case, it might be that Sony ’ s prospective strategies could wind up doing even more harm than great if sufficient companies decide to take a similar tack.
If all goes according to plan, Sony wishes to be said in the same smartphone breath as Samsung and Apple within the next 2 years. I ’ m not totally convinced that Sony would have the ability to make strides that excellent even if these two years go off without a hitch, however maybe the business is owed the advantage of the doubt. After all, they ’ re plainly fairly damn good at crafting terrific smartphones when they seem like it; I was generally fond of the Xperia ion, and devices like Z have actually handled to excite some people in ways Sony has seldom been able to finish with a smartphone. This move could be simply exactly what the doctor purchased, however I have a sensation it ’ ll be time prior to Sony officially comprises its mind.
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Take your existing products, and add touch. It’s a formula we’re seeing over and over here at CES, but primarily only with higher-end machines. Toshiba’s brought the same formula to its low-end products, with the new Satellite U845t — it’s basically the old U845, with a touchscreen added. The 14-inch laptop still comes with a Core i3 or i5 processor, up to 6GB of RAM, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and of course Windows 8. The touch-enabled model weighs four pounds, and is 0.8 inches thick — adding touch capabilities tends to increase both the size and weight of a Windows PC. Touch also tends to raise the price, but Toshiba’s introducing the touch-capable U845t for the same price — $ 799.99 — as the non-touch model cost last year. If…
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It goes without saying that it’s been a good year for Qualcomm– so great that the mobile chipmaker invited us over to its San Diego headquarters to share the story. There we satisfied up with President and COO Steve Mollenkopf, who began the session by reviewing the 28nm manufacturing “problems” since mid-year. Without calling any sort of getting involved foundries, Mollenkopf thoroughly restated that the supply struggled to match the “tremendous demand” of the new 28nm Krait-based products at the time, however he thinks Qualcomm will be out of that problem starting this month. “It was something that we had this year and last fiscal year, but moving forward, I do not see that to be a problem,” stated Mollenkopf. Evaluating by the enhancing number of gadgets carrying Qualcomm’s quad-core chipsets, we definitely hope this holds true.
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We have actually seen some economical e-readers in our day. Heck, even the huge boys are virtually providing the things away. However, we have actually never ever seen anything rather like the Txtr Beagle. The current production from German business Txtr is anticipated to sell for under & euro; 10 or about $ 13 when it hits the market, with any luck sometime before the vacation season. Certainly, for such a reasonable price, you’re not getting a whole lot of bells and whistles right here. There’s no touchscreen, no backlight, no 3G– not even WiFi is baked into the impossibly thin 5mm body. The screen is just five inches however, if the marketing video (after the break) is to be believed, it offers a more enjoyable experience than reading an iPad or speaking to your considerable other. Just what is inside this barebones device is 4GB of storage space and a Bluetooth radio which, when combined with your phone, can easily move ebooks from your mobile to the Beagle using the free of cost Txtr app (available for Android 4.0 with an iOS variation is in the works). As an alternative of a pricey rechargable cell, power is supplied by a trio of AAA batteries, which the company declares will certainly last you up to a year of routine reading. Almost as interesting as the gadget itself, is the style being made use of to keep the costs down. Txtr is positioning it not as a standalone e-reader, however as a smartphone accessory it hopes that carriers will certainly supply with a small subsidy. The business’s main commercial officer Thomas Leliveld has stated that work is underway to obtain AT&T and Sprint on board, but that talks are still recurring with service providers. Full PR awaits you after the break.
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Nokia may have introduced its first Windows Phone 8 handsets earlier this week, but there’s more to come. We’ve already detailed a mid- to low-end “Zeal” Windows Phone 8 device, due to ship in early 2013, and now we’re hearing from several sources that Nokia has another handset planned. A 4-inch “Flame” Windows Phone 8 device is said to include 512MB RAM, a 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 5-megapixel camera, and 4GB of storage.
Although the specs are fairly low, Flame owners will be able to upgrade the storage with an optional microSD card. The handset will likely be targeted at low-cost markets and offered at similar price points to the existing Lumia 610 and 710 devices. Availability isn’t set in stone just yet, but we hear that the Flame…
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If you were hoping that HTC would dip into the realm of budget smartphones — the kind that make a Desire C look precious — you’ll have to look elsewhere. In a chat with the Wall Street Journal, CEO Peter Chou has drawn a line in the sand that will keep his company building mid-range and high-end smartphones like the One S for the time being. The kind of material compromises needed to hit those bottom-range prices would sully HTC’s good name, he says. Not that Chou has reason to be worried. Shipments in mainland China, where a sub-¥1,000 ($ 158) price helps companies like ZTE, are expected to triple in 2012 and just might prove HTC right. That’s still a considerable gamble given that it’s having trouble keeping its high-end phones in stores for reasons other than sheer demand.
If this hodgepodge of sorta, kinda official confirmation is to be believed, Windows Phone users can look forward to native voice command functionality built-in to the Apollo update. Nokia US’ CEO, Chris Weber, first spilled the speech-to-text beans in an interview with VentureBeat back in early August, referring to the tech as a killer WP feature. Now, a report over on ZDNet backs up that leaked info with resume tidbits from former MS Windows Phone / Mobile Communications team members that had a hand in creating the so-called “Voice-Compose” and “Read-Aloud” features — even tipping us off to a possible Windows 8 and WP 8 convergence. There’s also mention (gleaned from a company job listing) of MS’ lower-end mobile OS splitting into two separate versions — Tango1 and Tango2. We know what you’re thinking. It’s hard to get excited about far-off OS updates when we’re still waiting on Mango’s release. Still, it’s good to know Ballmer and co. aren’t just resting on their Windows laurels.
Graphics card companies don’t live and die by the enthusiast market alone. That may be where the glory is, but it’s the budget cards that really bring in the bacon. For the entry level, AMD just unleashed a trio of sub-$ 100 cards, the Radeon HD 6670, 6570, and 6450. How do they perform? Well, let’s just say you get what you pay for. Reaction from reviewers has been one of mild indifference. Depending on manufacturer, fan noise does appear to be an issue, possibly precluding the cards from being a viable HTPC choice. Otherwise, even the lowly, $ 55 6450 is a worthy upgrade over an integrated graphics chip or a two-year-old discreet card, but it can’t match the performance of NVIDIA’s GT 430, which can be had for only a few dollars more. Consensus was that, with prices of the older 5000 series being slashed, purchasers can get more bang for their GPU buck by sticking with last generation cards (like the Radeon HD 5750) if they’re looking for pure gaming prowess. That said, the GDDR5 flavors of the 6670 provide perfectly playable performance on most modern games (it averaged 45 FPS in Call of Duty: Black Ops) for just $ 99 (the 6570 runs about $ 79). Just beware those models shipping with GDDR3. Benchmarks galore below.
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