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Sony Passes HTC in UK Android Smartphone Sales

By - Source: Mobile Magazine | B 6 comments

Sony slips into second place.

While Samsung sits snugly at the top of the UK market for Android smartphone sales, the less successful are battling it out between themselves in the hopes of rising to the same level of prominence. According to recent data, Sony has just overtaken HTC for second place in UK Android sales.

Mobile Magazine reports that in Q3, Sony rose above HTC on the success of its Bond phone, the Xperia T, which has apparently been an excellent branding tool for the company. According to Mobile Magazine, the latest figures say Sony sold 500,000 Android units in Q3 the UK compared to HTC's 440,000. Both still trail behind smartphone king Samsung, which sold 3.2 million Android units.

"All sources are confirming the same trend – that we are jumping into second place in the UK Android segment," Pierre Perron, UK MD of Sony Mobile, told Mobile Magazine. "This is what all our customers are telling us, that Sony Mobile is considered a top player in the UK Android space."

The Sony Xperia T packs a 4.6-inch (720 x 1280) display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon, 1GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, video recording at 1080p@30fps with continuous autofocus, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and support for microSD up to 32GB.

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    Murissokah , December 10, 2012 9:13 AM
    I've always found SONY's android mobiles to have the best design, but they always lacked hardware. The Xperia T is a decent enough phone, it's good to see SONY is getting back on the top game.
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    f-gomes , December 10, 2012 10:21 AM
    Nice. I'm taken by my Xperia U - and it was dirt cheap, too.
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    spp85 , December 10, 2012 10:49 AM
    I prefer Sony smartphones over Samsung because of its good build quality and attractive slick looks. The problem with Sony phones is there poor software support means just for example there ICS upgrade program is horrible the ICS Roms are still quite buggy and there 2011 xperias ICS upgrade is not usable by any mean for daily normal use like broken Wi-Fi, Tethering problems, lagy GUI, restarting, camera video lag and the list goes on..... But if we are not bothered about upgrading OS of the phone and can enjoy the smooth fluid stock ROM then Sony is the best choice .
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    amdwilliam1985 , December 10, 2012 1:41 PM
    I'm totally prefer Samsung phones over Sony phones just like the mass.
    I've played with last year's Sony flagship, it sucks. The UI is not fluid, the icons are very small. It feels like windows xp comparing to SGS3's windows 7. lol.

    also, phone design and build quality doesn't mean anything when you get a case/bumper to cover up everything. Everyone I know of uses $1 to $20 cases to protect their smart phones. It's funny my iPhone 4S friend says he prefers his glass back over my SGS3's plastic back. I'm like, yep, the plastic/rubber feeling of your phone's back cover is "better" than my plastic/rubber back cover ;) 
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    spentshells , December 10, 2012 1:53 PM
    Sony has far better cameras on their phones. Much better than samsung. Myxperia play camera is just as good if not better than the average 5mp point and shoot
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    atmos929 , December 10, 2012 3:47 PM
    and you have james bond to thank for that...