Sony Ericsson France CEO Pierre Perron told French a newspaper Les Echos that while Sony Ericsson has indeed been in talks with Microsoft about Windows Phone 7, the company is not likely to pursue it because it would “run the risk of standardizing our smartphones,” and adding “we would be obliged to fight only on design and price, which we want to avoid.”(and maybe because their phone will be receiving timely updates and bug fixes….lol). Perron also seemed to outright dismiss the idea of a tablet from Sony Ericssson (be it Android or otherwise), flatly stating that the company doesn’t want to be the “24th” tablet on the market. So I guess those rumored pics of the SE WP7 phones was fake…
Now Sony Ericsson may not willing to jump on the Windows phone 7’s bandwagon but Sony Ericsson CEO Bert Nordberg promised to make a lot of noise with a new product at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2011. He said that the challenge of making a gaming-oriented smartphone is to secure rights from game publishers. “I’m very glad that we work with a company like Sony, who actually knows how to do it,” he told the WSJ. Now this confirms the PSP Phone.
The company will also release the Sony Ericsson Xperia X12 in early 2011, a smartphone featuring a second-generation 800MHz Snapdragon chipset (think the same one as int the HTC Desire Z) and a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen. This smartphone could possibly get a close tie to the new Sony Internet TV lineup.
In other words, within a few months, Sony Ericsson could suddenly have two high-end smartphone offerings that aren’t relying on social networking features alone. And it looks like that’s exactly what’s going to happen, as the Sony Ericsson CEO said that the company is looking to diversify its Android lineup.