Sony India aims for INR 3,500 crore sales from Xperia phones

Dennis van Schie (L), the Sony corporate Vice President, and head of sales and marketing of mobile communications, Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif (C) and Kenichiro Hibi (R), managing director of Sony India, pose with a newly launched Xperia Z smartphone at a press event in New Delhi. Image Credit: AFP

Dennis van Schie (L), the Sony corporate Vice President, and head of sales and marketing of mobile communications, Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif (C) and Kenichiro Hibi (R), managing director of Sony India, pose with a newly launched Xperia Z smartphone at a press event in New Delhi. Image Credit: AFP

Sony India revealed at yesterday’s Xperia Z launch event that it is aiming to get INR 3500 crore from the sales of its Xperia smartphones in the next financial year. Sony has launched its flagship Xperia Z and ZL smartphones in India and is planning to release the Xperia Tablet Z in the month of May.

“The launch of Sony Xperia Z is the start of our journey to triple the Xperia sales in India, to Rs 3,500 crore in the coming financial year. The company has taken several steps towards this direction, including tripling the Xperia marketing budget to Rs 300 crore,” Kenichiro Hibi, Managing Director, Sony India noted at the press conference.

“Our ultimate objective is to position Xperia amongst the top 3 smartphone brands in India,” Dennis Van Schie, Corporate Vice-President, Head of Sales and Marketing, Sony Mobile Communications, said.

Hibi also stated that the company will also be doubling the sales channel counters to 8,000 and increasing the service touch points to 300 by end of next financial year. Sony aims to better the after-sales experience of the consumers and in the same bid it will soon start providing replacement phones to consumers who give their device at the Sony service centres for repair.

Sony Jive HD music streaming service

Sony India also announced that the new Xperia Z and ZL phones will come with company’s Jive HD music streaming service that has been developed in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment India and is powered by Infibeam’s Indent music platform.

As a part of this service, company will offer a catalogue of 2 million songs to the consumers, which will be available for free for the first six months as a promotional offer.  Consumers will both be able to stream songs and download them in MP3 format.

Inputs from Business Line

  • Prithvi

    Mr. Hibi, How about selling Xperia V ?

  • http://techdraginfo.blogspot.com/ shenoyjoseph

    At first by seeing the specifications of this device, i thought it will be priced definitely more than 40k INR. But i m shocked Sony has done good job in price factor by making the device at good price 38K.

  • Sudhanshu

    2-3 year back India was one of the most neglected market by these biggies. But now, good to see top players like Sony’s effort to take some pie in Indian Market. IMO we will see some price cut from top manufacturer too due to all these attention. Apple has already started the process by slashing iPhone 5 price. lets see others. Come-on htc.

  • anamika

    3,500 crore sales by selling 35k mobile in India. Do they know the Indian market?

    • http://www.androidos.in Gaurav Shukla

      @anamika No, all Xperia phones and yes, it is steep target.