BGR interviewed Sony Ericsson’s North American President, Paul Hamnett, covering a wide number of areas including Sony’s future four-screen strategy, the US market and more. However, what caught our ear was some teasing comments on SE’s future smartphone plans.
Hamnett talked about the Xperia PLAY, confirming that it had delivered “pretty good” sales since it hit Verizon and saw another uptick when it appeared on AT&T. However, SE expects the phone to be heavily promoted by its partners for the all-important Christmas period. He also said that he didn’t want the Xperia PLAY to be just “one phone that we tried in a gaming franchise” and said “further iterations” are planned going forward.
This is the first confirmation we have heard from Sony Ericsson that there will be an Xperia PLAY 2 of some guise in the future. Hamnett also confirmed that most future smartphones from Sony Ericsson will be PlayStation Certified in the future.
Hamnett also talked about CES 2012 being a big stage for both Sony and Sony Ericsson. He said that by CES, they would show how the integrated business will excite consumers. He didn’t explicitly mention that this would include new models, but the evidence points to that being the case (i.e. the Xperia arc was announced at CES 2011). So by the sounds of it, we only have around a month to wait to see the first signs of the great integration between Sony’s content/technology with Sony Ericsson devices.