Sony Mobile’s New Year message hints at what’s to come in 2014

by XB on 31st December 2013

in News, Rumours

Sony Mobile New Year MessageSony Mobile published its New Year message earlier today thanking its fans in what “has been an incredible year.” The post reflected on some of Sony’s most popular products in 2013, although strangely there was no mention of its mid-range champion, the Xperia SP.

However, what was interesting within the post, was some teaser information about what we can expect from Sony Mobile in 2014. It appears that Sony’s OmniBalance design used in most of the 2013 range will continue to be used in new 2014 handsets. Also, perhaps unsurprising is the news that water resistance will be a key feature going forward.

Sony also confirmed that the Xperia Z1 will remain its flagship as we move into 2014. However, what we don’t know is how long this will remain the case. Sony has traditionally launched a new flagship at the end of Q1 in every year since 2010, could the company be breaking that cycle in 2014?

Sony also talked about new form factors, although this teaser doesn’t give us any clue as to whether it was talking about new form factors on the phone side or on the wearable front. It sounds like there is a lot to be excited about in 2014 and we can’t wait to see what’s in store.

Snippets from Sony Mobile’s New Year Message

The OmniBalance design will also appear in 2014 Sony Xperia phones

Our OmniBalance design is, and will remain, a key element of what makes our products special.

Water resistance will continue to be a feature

The water resistance design feature resonated with both the media and customers in a way that even we had not anticipated. The message coming back from consumers was clear. They loved being able to text in the rain and listen to music by the pool, safe in the knowledge that they weren’t risking damage to their smartphone.

Xperia Z1 will remain Sony’s flagship into 2014

[Xperia Z1] is our strongest selling smartphone to date and will continue as our flagship into 2014.

New form factors on the way from Sony?

2014 is going to be an incredible year, we’ve got some truly exciting products coming up, new form factors to explore and more from our wearables team.

SmartWatch 2 exceeded expectations

Our second generation SmartWatch 2 has exceeded our expectations in terms of sales. We are leaders in this space and there will be a lot to talk about in 2014.

Via Sony Mobile Blog.

  • saif

    All the very best SONY and XperiaBlog.Hope you both surprise us whole year

  • Rene Pedroso

    I really hope that Sony sticks to the ”Z” series as their premium high end device for mobile.

  • Assa7in King

    Happy NEW YEAR to XPERIABLOG and all the Fellow Xperia OWNERS !! And good luck SONY MAY U HAVE THE BEST YEAR !!!

  • gogo

    I am waiting for the next flagship! Go Sony!

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    Update these devices to kitkat ASAP in 2014

    Xperia Z1
    Xperia Z Ultra
    Xperia Z
    Xperia ZL
    Xperia ZR
    Xperia SP
    Xperia T
    Xperia TX
    Xperia V

    and that makes u the king of 2014

  • AlCri

    even in 2014, ……. like NO OTHER….. c’mon SONY!

  • InspectorGadget80

    Can’t wait for CES. and SONY must put their device on every carrier/pre paid to exceed sales. and beat SAMSUNG.

  • Racecar

    What about a Tablet Z refreshment model ? It would nice if it was like a stretched z ultra.

  • osamaH Al-Amri

    Every year I buy the first flagship of that year .. Kept my Z and skipped the Z1 so I will buy the upcoming 2014 Q1 flagship.. However, seems like my Z will last with me longer this time >.>

    Happy new year everyone :)
    Happy new year Xperia blog :))
    Happy new year my beloved Sony :)))

  • laci_csk

    Happy New Year Xperia blog, and Happy New Year everyone, and Happy Updates in 2014.

  • Ani

    How they can forget about xperia sp?

  • Giannikosmo

    I wish happy new Year to everyone! Sony is in the game now and i’m sure that will increase its sales in 2014!!! Xperia Z2 will be the best phone in 2014 and everyone will admit it! :D

  • Sony


  • sony is best

    soon my fiend soon sony will beat samsung..THEN and only then sony go to a positon that desrve it/

  • kkkk

    You forgot Xperia S, damn!

  • JohnConnor

    I think Xperia S can’t be updated due to Qualcomm’s limitation of the SnapDragon chipset used in Xperia S

  • cachanilla86

    The Xperia S its already “Obsolete”, read about
    Planned obsolescence.

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  • Vhan Modders

    Xperia S is Forgotten device and Just a Memories.
    Admit it already..

  • aa

    While you’re at it, update the SP to 4.3 first…

  • Bryan Ng

    My Xperia Z really rocks now i upgraded it to 4.3 the UI is smoother than it was at 4.2. Well done and Happy New Year Sony :-)

  • P9

    love u Sony

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    its Qualcomm who forgot Xperia S/Acro S/Ion. These handsets were running on Qualcomm’s S3 chipset and Qualcomm stopped providing drivers for those handsets running on S3 and lower chipsets. There is nothing to do with Sony.

  • upczhou

    ???TX??????? ????????????????????????????????????????

  • Andrew

    hopefully out with things like Z1 but thinner bezel, better display and better camera (software and hardware?) . hell ya. but I might wait for next year Z3. ;p

  • jag

    Happy New year guys, xperiablog and sony!! Let’s support sony all the way!^^ cheers to everyone

  • ProWeirdo

    You should be more precise… What if Sony will update these to Kitkat at December of 2014???

  • Thimitha

    Come on guys SONY gave the best they could give to Xperia S. And it is Android !!! In Android world we have plenty of options ! I own an Xperia S too. Enjoyed what Sony gave until the last JB update and then moved into Cyanogenmod 11. It is unofficial but really stable. Proud and damn happy to have Android 4.4.2 Kitkat in my Xperia S and it runs sooooo smooth !!!

  • Hasnain Maec Abbas

    looking forward to see a Z Ultra 2

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    loooooool comment of the day.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Yea let’s just say that and admit the fact that sony used old hardware too.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    So sony is just gonna show us Z1 mini in CES that’s all, no 2014 flagship like Xperia Z,

  • doraemonboi

    Than go buy Samsung and enjoy their bloatware with timely update which is not even stable. If not why does Samsung user complain so much about lag. Stop bitching here.

  • Diogo Simões

    We have this, now on Beta 3

    Android 4.4 (CM-11.0) for the Xperia S

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    Are you out of your mind? When Sony released Xperia S the S3 Chipset was the latest….

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    Are you out of your mind bro? When Sony released Xperia S the S3 Chipset was the latest…

  • IlGrinta17

    Please tell me how I can get it!
    And have a happy new year

  • roeshak

    It may very be that Sony is planning to move its flagship launch to September and stop launching one in H1. They may just launch the z1 mini and a ZL version of the Z1 d6603 early this year.
    It’s possible because, thus far they’ve struggled to get their new software ready for H1. The Z had to wait for almost a year to get new software so it won’t surprise me. I don’t believe their claim that the z1 is their best selling phone ever, the facts on the ground don’t support this claim at all.
    It’s a shame because I’d hoped that they would have something ready to go toe to toe with the likes of the S5 and HTC one successor but it’s increasingly looking like we won’t see the Z2 until September.

  • Crytek Pfff.

    nope, S3 chipset was a 2011 product and Xperia S is a 2012 phone. its kinda outdated by the time Xperia S been introduced. so it’s both Sony and Qualcomm faults but still you can just use custom ROM. its a hell lot better. :)

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Oh really? Is that why when other OEMs like HTC and Samsung were using S4 chipset on their phones while sony was using S3, You what which phone had S3 chipset? HTC Sensation, the very first dual core phone.
    Read before comment, it was year old chipset. we all know that HTC One X series have either Tegra 3 or S4 variant chipsets.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Happy to see at least CM devs working on Xperia S,
    How’s the battery life on this?

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    Really S4 released only on the same month January when Sony released Xperia S. So how they can use a chipset that released on the same month of their first flagship lunched.

  • Prasanth Namboothiri

    S4 chipsets and Xperia S released on the same month. So how they can use it on a device that already released. that’s y they used it on V T and TX

  • Diego

    HI guys, Amazing 2014, all the best for your achievement in your private and professional life! Cheers, D. Sonyyyyyyy … in Italy waiting for 4.3 for Xperia Z&Z1 … thanks!! ;-)

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  • Billy de Fretes

    thx sony for xperia Z 4.3. smooth, beautiful.. but i hope in 4.4 camera image quality will be better than current 4.3. and of course sound quality

  • Billy de Fretes

    maybe in some place but in indonesia, xperia Z1 is one of the most selling android phone. when people decided to buy new android phone / upgrade, they only chose between Z1 and Note 3.
    i can see lots of people using Z1, Z Ultra, SP, Z, acro S, V in train/bus when i go to work

  • bern

    Hope the next xperia will be integrated with walkman tech.

  • raoul

    Thery know that, they’re just too stupid to stop blah blah about x fucking s

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  • asian101

    Yes! I am also looking forward to the next Z Ultra iteration or Xperia phablet. The Z Ultra is not a perfect product- but, damn, that phone is gorgeous!

  • Stevan Dj

    Just Go to XDA and search for CM11 For XS
    I’ve already install KK 4.4.2 on my Xperia Arc S


    “[Xperia Z1] is our strongest selling smartphone to date and will continue as our flagship into 2014.”
    I’m confused… Does that mean that the next flagship won’t be coming out till H2 2014? And that CES will only be announcing budget models?

  • Regina

    I hope they will have an update for acro S

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  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    So there are rumours going on about how HTC One+ is gonna use 805 chipset and it’s still not released and how can you explained that? well it’s just a rumour yet, but I have seen these rumours getting to be real in real life,

  • Adi waru

    i hope Sony still support Xperia Z in 2014

  • Maca

    Xperia S needs update to fix bugs, firmaware … anything !

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  • sal

    What about xperia L??
    When it ll get 4.3??

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