Sony Honored With 13 CES Innovations 2014 Design And Engineering Honoree Awards

Awarded Products Represent the Absolute Best Technology in Respective Categories


NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics today was recognized with 13 International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Honoree Awards, including four Best of Innovations honoree awards.  The QX Series "lens-style" camera, 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1), VAIO® | Flip PC and PHA-2 portable headphone DAC/amplifier were selected as Best of Innovations honorees, and chosen as the best new products in their respective categories. Nine other Sony products received Innovations Honoree distinctions.

Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.

"We're honored to have won the most Innovation Awards among a competitive field of great consumer electronics," said Phil Molyneux, president and COO of Sony Electronics. "We feel this year's winning products represent significant breakthroughs in our design and evolution of the fast-changing CE industry. Sony will continue to offer new experiences in both productivity and play while always incorporating the best technologies from our display, imaging and audio groups."

Sony Cyber-shot® DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 models – BEST OF INNOVATIONS honoree are in the Digital Imaging category.
Merging the creative power of a premium compact camera with the convenience and connectivity of today's smartphones, Sony's two "lens-style" QX series cameras bring new levels of fun and creativity to the mobile photography experience. The innovative Cyber-shot® DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 models utilize Wi-Fi® connectivity to instantly transform a connected smartphone into a versatile, powerful photographic tool, allowing it to shoot high-quality images and HD videos to rival a premium compact camera. It's an entirely new and different way for consumers to capture and share memories with friends and family. The new compact, ultra-portable cameras can be attached to a connected phone with a supplied mechanically adjustable adapter, or can be held separately in hand or even mounted to a tripod while still maintaining all functionality and connectivity with the smartphone. They can also be operated as completely independent cameras if desired, as both the DSC-QX100 and DSC-QX10 cameras have a shutter release, memory card slot and come with a rechargeable battery.

SONY 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1) - BEST OF INNOVATIONS honoree in the Home/Audio/Video Components product category
The Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player is used to access, download, store and play back 4K content from the Video Unlimited 4K service. With a built-in 2TB hard drive, the FMP-X1 Media Player can store up to 50 feature films in native 4K resolution and uncompressed surround sound, with the ability to expand this by connecting an additional external USB hard drive available separately. The player comes pre-loaded with 10 bonus feature films and video shorts that owners can watch immediately at no additional charge, including Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Karate Kid (2010), Salt, Taxi Driver, That's My Boy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012).

SONY VAIO® | Flip PC – BEST OF INNOVATIONS honoree in the Tablets EReaders and Mobile Computing product category
Sony's new form factor PC, VAIO® | Flip PC, features the flexibility of a convertible with a laptop mode that is equal to a conventional clamshell PC. The unique design of VAIO | Flip PC maintains the full functionality of a conventional notebook PC with the ability to switch between laptop, tablet and viewer modes – the perfect blend of productivity and entertainment. Utilizing a unique 2nd hinge, the display can flip, allowing the PC to change from laptop to tablet or viewer modes. Tablet mode is best for browsing the web, taking pictures and writing with the optional Active Pen. By flipping the display over, users can access viewer mode, a form that is the best for watching videos and movies or showing the screen to someone sitting opposite.

SONY PHA-2 portable headphone DAC/amplifier– BEST OF INNOVATIONS honoree in Headphones product category
The new PHA-2 portable headphone amplifier was conceived to deliver superior sound reproduction from a variety of audio sources and is the first portable DAC/amplifier to be compatible with virtually every high-resolution digital file format, including up to 192 kHz/24-bit PCM and both DSD (2.8MHz) and Double DSD (5.6MHz). Listeners can also enjoy upgraded sound quality with MP3 files and other music sources. It features a variety of advanced technologies, including such refinements as an Asynchronous Transport Mode which utilizes a dedicated signal generator to reduce timing errors for more accurate, jitter-free converter performance. The PHA-2 can be easily connected to both PC and Mac® computers via its USB 2.0 interface, and also includes a dedicated digital input for iPod®, iPhone® and iPad® products. Other portable audio sources such as Android™ smartphones and digital music players can be connected via the analog audio input.

In addition, the below products received the honoree distinction in their respective categories.

  • Tablet Z- HONOREE in the Tablets EReaders and Mobile Computing product category
  • XBR-65X850A - HONOREE in the Video Displays product category
  • HT-ST7- HONOREE in the Home Theater Speakers product category
  • HAP-Z1ES - HONOREE in the High Performance Home Audio product category
  • 4K consumer camera- HONOREE in the Digital Imaging product category
  • Action Cam- HONOREE in the Digital Imaging product category
  • Music Video Recorder- HONOREE in the Digital Imaging product category
  • MDR-10RNC- HONOREE in the Headphones product category
  • VAIO Tap PC- HONOREE in the Tablets EReaders and Mobile Computing product category

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

Sony's QX Series "lens-style" Cameras, 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1), SONY VAIO | Flip PC and PHA-2 portable headphone DAC/amplifier will be displayed in The Venetian at the 2014 International CES, which runs January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Honorees will also be displayed at CES Unveiled: The Official Media Event of the International CES from 4-7 p.m. on Sunday, January 5 in South Seas Ballroom C at Mandalay Bay.

Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on, which list product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.

About Sony Electronics
Headquartered in San Diego, Sony Electronics is a leading provider of audio/video electronics and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Operations include research and development, design, engineering, sales, marketing, distribution and customer service. Sony is noted for a wide range of consumer audio-visual products, such as the BRAVIA® LCD 4K, 3D and high-definition televisions, Cyber-shot® digital camera, Alpha Digital SLR camera, Handycam® camcorder and Walkman® personal stereo. Sony is also an innovator in the IT arena with its VAIO® personal computers Reader devices and Sony Tablets; and in high-definition professional broadcast equipment, highlighted by the XDCAM® HD and CineAlta™ lines of cameras and camcorders, and the SXRD™ 4K digital projector. For more information, visit or join the Sony Community:;;;; and

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