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In the past two days Panasonic, Sony, Sharp and Toshiba reported on their fiscal first quarter results (ended June 30), and, in varying degrees, there has been progress as they try to emerge from prolonged losing streaks.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Osaka, Japan — Sharp Electronics reported higher sales and posted an operating profit and reduced net loss in its fiscal first quarter, ended June 30.
Sales were up 32.6 percent to 607.9 billion yen. Operating income was 3 billion yen, compared with the prior year’s operating loss of 94.1 billion yen, and the net loss was 17.9 billion yen, down from the 138.4 billion yen loss in the prior year.
Tokyo — Sony returned to profitability in its fiscal first quarter, thanks in part to posting a profit in its TV business and favorable foreign exchange rates.
In its quarter, ended June 30, Sony net income was 3.5 billion yen ($35 million) compared with the prior year’s loss of 24.6 billion yen. Operating income increased 30.1 billion yen from the prior year’s first quarter to 36.4 billion yen ($367 million.)
Sales and operating revenue rose 13 percent to 1,712.7 billion yen ($17.3 billion) year on year, Sony reported.
San Diego — Sony Electronics has begun to accept orders for its FMP-X1 4K Ultra media player, set for delivery by July 15.
The $699 player will be preloaded with 10 titles from Sony Pictures Entertainment with more expected later in the year.
Those who have already purchased a Sony 4K Ultra High-Definition TV are eligible to receive a $200 voucher toward the purchase of the media player, according to the company. The voucher will be valid for 60 days from the date of the email.
New York — Manufacturers can’t just make a CE device pink and expect it to automatically resonate with female consumers.
A trio of panels, hosted by Techlicious during CE Week, here, offered market research, retailer perspective and buying advice, all under the umbrella of better understanding women consumers.
As Holly Pavlika, strategy senior VP at social-media shopping company Collective Bias, noted, “We’re one of the most studied groups out there on the Internet.”
San Diego – Sony introduced Thursday a pair of advanced RX-series Cyber-shot point-and-shoot cameras targeting the professional/advanced amateur audiences.
Models DSC-RX1R/B ($2,799 suggested retail price) and DSC-RX100M2/B ($749 suggested retail) both feature advanced CMOS sensors, with the former featuring a 24.3-megapixel 35mm full-frame Exmor sensor and the latter offering a one-inch 20.2-megapixel Exmor R sensor. Both models also include Sony’s latest BIONZ image processors.
Shanghai, China — Sony Mobile unveiled a premium Android LTE smartphone said to offer the world’s largest FullHD display at 6.4 inches.
With a chassis depth of only 0.26 inches (6.5mm), it’s said to be slimmer than any other phone with FullHD display.
Los Angeles — Sony and Microsoft came into E3 with guns blazing Monday, revealing more details on forthcoming next-generation consoles.
Sony fired what was perhaps the largest salvo in the clash by revealing that its PlayStation 4 console would ship in time for the holidays at a $399 suggested retail — $100 less than Microsoft’s Xbox One.
Taipei, Taiwan – Sony has rolled out three Ultrabooks including one that is a slider hybrid laptop/tablet.
The new Ultrabooks are the Vaio Pro 11 and 13 and the Duo 13.
The Pro models feature 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch touch displays and weigh in at 1.92 and 2.34 pounds, respectively. The chassis is made of carbon fiber and has an aluminum hand rest.
Basic features for the three devices are fourth generation Intel Core i7 processors, PCIe solid state drives and near field communication capability.
Palo Alto, Calif. — EyeIO said Friday that Sony Pictures has licensed its Ultra High-Definition compression-encoding technology to support native 4K movie downloads to the home.
Sony Electronics plans to use the technology as the backbone to its previously announced 4K Ultra HD entertainment service that will deliver native 4K movies to owners of Sony’s new 4K Ultra HD TV sets via a new Sony 4K media player, which launches this summer.