Connected Vision: Sony vs. Samsung CES

There are a lot of exhibitors at this year’s CES and it can be overwhelming just looking at what they have to offer.  Still, you can’t get enough of the top brands showing off their new gadgets.  Since this year’s theme is about connected devices, I think it would be fun to compare these products.  There are a lot of brands out there toting their vision of the connected future, but Sony and Samsung had two of the most comprehensive outlines for their connected goals moving forward.  Let’s compare.

Smart TVs

Sony introduced a new line of Bravia TVs: the entry-level BX, the stepped-up EX, and the flagship HX, which the company describes as having the ability to deliver the best picture quality available and offer a range of features to give consumers flexibility in choosing the right entertainment solution.

As for Samsung, they unveiled their first 55” Super OLED TV and the UNES8000 flagship LED TV featuring Smart Interaction, which enables Smart TV owners to communicate with their TVs via voice control, motion control and face recognition. They also announced the: revamped AllShare service, AllShare Play which enables consumers to easily access personal content regardless of where you are in the world or whether it is stored on a TV, tablet, camera, phone or PC; Evolution Kit that brings enhancements to content and performance to select 2012 or newer Smart TVs.

I think Samsung takes the point for this one.

Wi-Fi Cameras

Sony announced the Bloggie Live camera, which is able to capture full HD video, 12.7 megapixel stills, has a stereo micrphone, an LED light, and now live streaming via built-in Wi-Fi for the first time in a full HD pocket camera.

While Samsung unveiled their Smart camera WB850F, a Wi-Fi-enabled long-zoom camera boasting a 21x super zoom, Samsung’s best yet. The device’s pioneering 16 Megapixel BSI CMOS sensor reduces image noise and distortion, has a 3.0” VGA AMOLED screen; GPS and Live Landmark.

Two points for Samsung.


Sony announce a new line of Xperias: Xperia ion, the first LTE Xperia smartphone from Sony available exclusively with AT&T in the US, and the Xperia S, the first smartphone in the Xperia NXT series – next generation smartphones from Sony, with Sony HD for stunning viewing experiences. There’s alsotTwo new smartphones for the Japanese market: the Xperia acro HD, the follow-up to Xperia acro with popular Japan-specific features including infrared port data exchange, mobile wallet and mobile TV, and the Xperia NX, a variant of Xperia S for the Japanese market.  While Samsung brought the Galaxy Note, which features the world’s first and largest 5.3” HD Super AMOLED display and comes with an advanced pen-input technology, called the S Pen, and combines with Galaxy Note’s full touch screen to introduce a unique user experience.

Sony gets the point in this category, they brought more smartphones than Samsung. But it’s important to note that Samsung’s building out its own smartphone platform, Bada, as part of its connected future, and already has quite a presence in the Android market.

Cloud and Connectivity

Sony launched the PlayMemories series which includes: PlayMemories Online for easily managing and sharing videos and photos through the cloud, PlayMemories Home for organizing and editing content on a personal computer, PlayMemories Studio for organizing, editing and viewing on PLAYSTATION 3, and PlayMemories Mobile for transferring content from Wi-Fi enabled Bloggie  to a smartphone and tablet.

As for Samsung, they introduced the AllShare Play service, which allows you to share content on various connected devices like PCs, TVs, mobile phones, and digital cameras.  But the AllShare service isn’t limited to mobile devices, as it can control your washing machine or let you see the progress of your wash, or allows you to alter the cycle.

Samsung definitely wins this round.

Samsung wins 3-1 against Sony due to their vision and their existing product/platform line up.  Sony’s certainly in it for the long haul, with revamped plans for Google TV and social gaming, though Samsung’s smartphone presence makes it more accessible to the widespread consumer base on a global scale.