While Sony is moving forward with their smartphone endeavors into 2012, and many people thought we had seen the last of Sony Ericsson-branded devices late last year, it looks like the Sony Ericsson partnership isn’t quite over yet, at least not with partnerships. It has been announced that Sony Ericsson has partnered with Billabong, a clothing brand based in Australia, which has spawned this brand new version of an already released device.
The handset above is the Sony Ericsson Xperia Active, but featuring the Billabong brand right on the back. The Billabong name isn’t just on the physical aesthetics, either, as the device will feature branded wallpapers pre-loaded on the handset, as well as videos. There is also going to be a Billabong Live application pre-installed, which will allow you to keep track of surfing news.
The device is available now, so check out the full press release below for more information. If you happen to be in one of the “selected markets” where the device is available, be sure to let us know if you pick one up.
Sony Ericsson Drops into Extreme Action Sports with Billabong
Global partnership promises entertainment and access to exclusive experiences for consumers and fans
XperiaTM active Billabong Edition now available in select markets
London, UK – February 3 , 2012 – Sony Ericsson today announced an expanded global strategic alliance with Billabong, a brand that promotes an authentic lifestyle and the true values of core boardsports (surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and wakeboarding), which connects the Xperia smartphone brand to a new and highly influential consumer audience and extends to a retail offering for smartphone users. At the center of the partnership is the XperiaTM active Billabong Edition smartphones designed with extreme sports enthusiasts in mind.
“Billabong brings a new, enthusiastic and engaging audience who are early technology adopters and influencers in the areas of sports and technology,”said Stephan Croix, VP Head of Global Marketing Creation for Sony Ericsson. “This partnership is a perfect fit with our brand and the XperiaTM range of smartphones.”
The XperiaTM active Billabong edition is an ideal smartphone for extreme sports enthusiasts who can capture all of the excitement up close and personal. This tough, scratch-resistant smartphone is packed with technologies such as wet finger tracking and has received some of the highest marks in dustproof and water resistance categories (IP67). Click here for more information on the Xperia active.
“The partnership is an expansion of our long term relationship with Sony and an extention of an Asia Pacific alliance developed with Sony Ericsson in 2011,” said Scott Wallace, Billabong’s International VP of Strategic Partnerships & New Media. “Our customers are very tech savvy and their top interests include music, photography, social media and, of course, action sports. Each of these interests can be captured or experienced through the XperiaTM active and we are working on some exciting apps and accessories that should add to the user’s experience. The first to benefit will be the athletes at our major international events who will be testing the XperiaTM active device in conditions as diverse as the snowfields in Austria, surfing the big waves of Tahiti and even skateboarding in Singapore.”
The partnership extends beyond the XperiaTM active as Sony Ericsson and Billabong have also co-created exclusive content for additional XperiaTM devices. The XperiaTM active Billabong Edition will feature preloaded Billabong screenscavers, videos and Billabong LIVE, a mobile app now available in the Sony Ericsson channel in Android Market, and the Xperia TM PLAY will boast an exclusive surf game, Billabong Surf Trip.
Sony Ericsson XperiaTM smartphones will be featured in major Billabong events worldwide. In addition, Sony Ericsson has more to offer its retailer and operator partners with this unique alliance which gives way to an amplified retail strategy with assets, such as merchandise and event access, which will be used in retail promotions.