Sony talks up iPhone 5 competitor

Sony's current flagship phone, the Sony Xperia T, got James Bond approval, but didn't exactly set the smartphone world alight. 'You do feel like you've seen it all before' was our conclusion in review. It might have more of a chance with its next flagship phone if one executive is to be believed.

Sony executive Dennis van Schie has been talking to the Financial Times in Germany and talking up Sony's chances of competing in the smartphone market in 2013: 'We will create in the near future a flagship Sony model that can compete with Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S III,' he said. That phone is believed to be showing off in a matter of weeks, specifically at the CES trade show in Las Vegas in January.

Mr van Schie also disclosed that Sony might be set for a foray into the Windows Phone market too, but only if Windows Phone 8 picks up in the meantime. 'If it succeeds' was his reply, hinting that Sony had already done the groundwork on the Microsoft platform and would be ready to go if things did pick up.

Finally, there was talk of new Sony tablets, although with less enthusiasm than the new smartphone. In reference to the changing marketplace for tablets post-Nexus 7, he said 'it has become very difficult to earn money with tablets'. With that in mind, it doesn't sound like new hardware is imminent.

But with Sony planning to show a new phone (or phones) at CES, there's always a chance of something tablet-wise. All will be revealed in a matter of weeks.

Source: Crave

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