At least in Japan and North America, which is quite a shift in strategy from a company that used to be the undisputed leader in computer monitor technology back in the CRT days (remember Trinitron?).
I guess this is what happens when both commoditizeation and super-specialization (IE – Sony didn’t really manufacture the LCD monitors itself – it contracted the process out – like a lot of the major players) take their toll.
Below are some facts:
Sony had the tenth position in the global LCD monitor market in 2005, shipping about 3.07 million units and gaining 2.9% of the worldwide market, according to DisplaySearch. In the fourth quarter of last year, the sales volume of Sony’s LCD monitors totaled 347,000 units in North America, accounting for 40% of its worldwide quarterly shipments, the research firm added.