Sony Xperia phones, and the rich history of Sony Mobile

Fans of Sony Xperia phones will be interested in a concise history of their favourite smartphone brand, a brand that is known for high quality products. Below, I drove into the interesting and rich history of the brand.

Sony Mobile Communications Inc. was a multinational mobile phone  company founded on October 1, 2001. It manufactured mobile phones under its own brand name, Sony.  It once operated as a joint venture with Swedish mobile phone maker, Ericsson, and became known as Sony Ericsson. Note that in the early 2000s, Ericsson was the world’s 3rd largest mobile phone maker behind Nokia and Motorola. Classic Ericsson models included Ericsson T28 flip phone, T68i, R320 and R380 series

Sony Ericsson also produced great multimedia and photography phones in their time, including world leading models like Sony Ericsson T230, T610, P800, and P900 series. The company was known for its top-of-the-line Symbian and Windows Mobile smartphones. Eventually, Sony Ericsson switched to Android OS for its smartphones. Some of the early Android phones included Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro. In its hey days, Sony Ericsson was one of the 5th largest mobile phone makers in the world. But eventually, its fortunes began to wane and gradually, the company began to struggle to hold on to its market share.

Sony Xperia L4 is a product of Sony Mobile

Sony was to later acquire Ericsson’s share of the joint venture in 2012 and the company again became known as Sony Mobile Communications. The company is known for the Xperia smartphone brand, made up of phones which run Android OS. But Sony has continued to struggle in the smartphone market till date.

The history of Sony Xperia phones, in summary

The brand went from Sony, to Sony Ericsson, and then present-day Sony Xperia. When you see a phone with just the “Sony” tag, that phone was made in the early 2000s. They were mostly feature phones, as advanced as they were. Those with the “Sony Ericsson” or “Sony Ericsson Xperia” tags were produced later during the joint venture partnership between Sony and Ericsson. These included some feature phones, Symbian OS smartphones and some Windows-powered smartphones. Phones with the “Sony Xperia” tag are from the the most recent era and all run Android OS.

What country is Sony Mobile from?

Sony Mobile and the Sony Xperia brand are Japanese in origin. Sony is has its headquarters in Japan and Sony Mobile is the mobile phone division.

How well do you know Sony Mobile? If you own or have owned any Sony phone, no matter how long ago, do tell us about it using the comment box below.

Get MobilityArena updates on social media

To be notified of the most important articles and the best smartphone deals, join the Mobility Arena WhatsApp Group.  Do not forget to follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

4 thoughts on “Sony Xperia phones, and the rich history of Sony Mobile”

  1. My first Sony phone was Sony Ericsson w800i, my previous phone was Sony Xperia X and my current phone is Sony Xperia 10.

    And the next phone I have in mind is Sony Xperia 1, may God give me the grace to be able to afford it. I love so many things about Sony xperia phone features. A phone that doesn’t lag or hang, even with 3GB RAM, while some other brand with 4GB RAM still lagging.

    In terms of battery aspect, Sony never disappointed me, Sony might not give you 4000mAh or 5000mAh battery capacity, but believe me, they offers good battery optimization that provides longer hours while using your phone. So much positive things I can say about this brand.

  2. My first Sony phone was the Sony CMD J5. Sony wasn’t a popular brand outside of Japan back then and I never met anyone else who owned one. I got it around 2003. Here is what it looked like:

    Sony CMD J5

    Yes; one of those phones with a horn-like antennae. But it was a well-built phone with a scroll wheel for navigation. It had a grayscale screen and a WAP browser, as well as email. Browsing was via dial-up.

    I have a rich history with Sony and Ericsson. Before the J5, I owned 2 Ericsson phones – R320s and R380s.

    I also went on to own 11 Sony Ericsson phones, namely: T230, P800, T68i, P990i, P1i, T650i, Xperia X1, W595, Xperia X10 Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, and Sony Xperia P. This list spans feature phones, Symbian OS, Windows Mobile OS, and Android OS.

    I believe my romance with Sony ended with the Xperia P in 2013. I haven’t owned a Sony phone since then.

  3. Wow, never knew you rock Sony phones in the past like this, lol. But it seems you don’t feel the same way about this brand anymore

  4. My romance with Sony is over. I’m a camera person and they used to make some of the best camera phones in the past. T68i and P800 were examples.

    Sony’s cameraphones don’t even make the top 10 anymore. Plus, their slow approach to software updates just makes their devices even more unappealing.

Leave a Comment

Home | About Us | Contact Us | Privacy
Copyright © 2014 – 2023 MobilityArena. All rights reserved.
Share via
Copy link