The year 2012 has been a challenging year for Sony. The company has
struggled to keep pace in the home entertainment business with Samsung,
LG and Panasonic. Even on the gaming front, competition for Nintendo and
Microsoft has kept it on its toes. Overall, the company has managed to
post sales to the tunes of 1,948 billion Yen and operating income of
46.4 billion Yen.
In the smartphone space, Sony is trying to make a
comeback after parting ways with Ericsson. The company did launch an
interesting array of smartphones under its Xperia brand such as the
Xperia U, Xperioa Neo, Xperial Sola et al in 2012.
quarterly statement has revealed that in the last quarter of 2012
(October to December), the Japanese smartphone maker managed to ship
8.7 million smartphones, which is slightly less than 8.8 million
smartphone that Sony sold in Q3 2012. Moreover, Sony has managed to keep
its full year shipment guidance of 34 million units in 2012.
had managed to ship only 6 million devices in Q4 2011, which means that
the company has clocked a growth of 45 percent in the last one year.
in 2013, things are looking up for the Japanese smartphone maker. The
company has already announced its Xperia Z and Xperia ZL smartphones,
which have received an encouraging response from the critics. However,
these smartphones are yet to hit the market and the consumer verdict for
these smartphones is still pending.
Another market segment that
Sony should now be eyeing intently is the tablet space. The company did
launch water-poof Xperia S tablet in United States from September 2012.
However, it was forced to withdraw the tablet from market just a month
later because of the defect in the tablet. Sony resumed sales of Xperia S
tablet from November but guess by then the damage had been done.
has tried to make a fresh start in 2013, with its 10-inch Sony Xperia
Tablet Z tablet. This tablet is expected to go on sale in Japan in
spring 2013. So far, the company has not disclosed the price for Xperia
Tablet Z but we expect it to be competitive. Another thing that Sony
will have to do is to beef up its distribution strategy and make sure
that this tablet and other offerings are available in all key markets
and not just a handful.
So it will be interesting to see if Sony
is able to keep up its growth momentum or will it fizzle out owing to
the heavy competition in this space.