By Jonathan Wolfe:Sony Corporation (SNE) has crept up slowly in the smartphone market, from being well outside the top 5, and now sitting 4th for market share, sending out 9.8 million units in the 4th quarter 2012, behind competitors Samsung (SSNLF.PK), Apple (AAPL), and Huawei.
ByAlex Cho:Sony (SNE) is expected to release the Xperia Z1s on January 22nd. The latest Xperia device is exclusive to T-Mobile (TMUS), and comes with cutting edge tech. Sony's device business grew by 39.3% year-over-year in the second quarter of its 2013 fiscal year. Sony's mobile business is the primary catalyst for earnings growth.
Sony is pushing the concept of its waterproof smartphone to new depths. The company announced at CES today that its ultra-waterproof new smartphone, the Xperia Z1S, will be available in the U.S. starting January 22 through T-Mobile.
The battle over smart phone market share has taken some interesting turns this past year. The majority of attention has been focused on Apple (AAPL) versus Samsung (SSNLF.PK) and whether Nokia (NOK) and Blackberry (BBRY) can regain relevance.