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Sony might not release quad-core smartphones this year

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Sony might not release quad-core smartphones this year
When it comes to dual-core handsets, it took Sony quite a while to release one of its own. The Sony Xperia S was just made available for purchase, even though the LG Optimus 2X, regarded as the first dual-core smartphone, has been around for 14 months already. And now, it seems like the very same thing might happen with quad-core offerings, as Sony is not likely to launch one before the early 2013.

That is what Stephen Sneeden, Product Marketing Manager for Sony, shared with CNET Asia during a recent interview. However, he also made a good point, namely that today's smartphones simply do not need quad-core processors just yet. And that is because the performance gain is simply not worth all the extra power consumption. "We’re going to join quad-core when we feel that the performance matches the battery efficiency. Because right now we don’t feel that [it] is there," were his exact words.

For the time being, Sony will be transitioning to dual-core devices based on the Cortex A15 architecture, which it finds to be superior to today's quad-core options. No specific details were given, but it is safe to assume that the 2012 Sony smartphones will be powered by either NovaThor chipsets made by ST-Ericsson, or Snapdragon S4 silicon.

source: CNET via reghardware

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posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:27 12

1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Agreed. Just because the technology is there doesn't mean it needs to be used, especially if it has no benefit. Hopefully for Sony's sake though, everyone else agrees too.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:38 6

5. android_hitman (Posts: 591; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


the high end from them has the same specs (except the screen and camera) as a HTC Sensation XE... really?? 10 months old technology?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:05 5

13. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


And whats the difference between the Htc One X and Sensation? Quad Core vs Dual core? Just fyi, S4 > Tegra 3

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:28 6

2. HTCOE (Posts: 448; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)


wow.... sony.... smh

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:29 11

3. android_hitman (Posts: 591; Member since: 07 Jul 2010)


sony doesn't get it ... these days the performance sells not the brand (except iphone :P)

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 14:54

26. Dongk (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


u did not get it

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:35 4

4. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


1.8ghz dual core snapdragon s4 with adreno 320 will do everything you can ask from it for at least one year ahead.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:43 1

6. buggerrer (Posts: 285; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


LOL @ Sony !

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 14:55

27. Dongk (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


LOL @ buggerrer

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 06:44 8

7. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


He has a good point in this article, switching to A15 right now would probably be a better thing to do all because of the power efficiency of the A15 and the die reduction, also the power increase is pretty decent.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 07:06 4

8. deacz (Posts: 150; Member since: 02 Nov 2011)


tbh quad core is for gaming and i sure as hell dont want to play shooters on my phone.

Tbh right now my gs2 does everything i use it for at acceptable speeds. Atm I rather have faster single threading that multi.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 07:38 1

9. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


what the...sony must go to hell!

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 14:56

28. Dongk (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


you can go ahead.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:08 3

10. ENIGMA (Posts: 81; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


SAD BAD NEWS WHY SONY UR ALLWAYS BEHIND
TECH IN PHONES
BUT BEST DESIGNS
STYLISH MODERN UNIQUE SEXY

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:14 3

11. redmd (Posts: 868; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


A dual core S4 + latest GPU will do just fine. But knowing that you have a quad core device in your hands brings out the geek pride in you.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 14:57

29. Dongk (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


really?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 08:59 6

12. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I agree with them. Instead of Jumping on whatever comes out, they are trying to find the right balance specs.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 09:06 4

14. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


I'd rather have a phone with S4 than a useless Tegra 3

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 13:13

18. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


You're retarded.. I don't mind if you think the s4 is better, but how is the Tegra 3 useless?

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 13:58 3

19. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


Its useless because its a Quad core processor and doesn't have better performance than a dual core. Its also useless because it doesn't support LTE :)

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 14:58

30. Dongk (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


eat ur words!

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 10:09 6

15. tahnik (Posts: 132; Member since: 17 Jul 2011)


Android doesn't need Quad-core now....

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 12:35 1

16. gallitoking (Posts: 4684; Member since: 17 May 2011)


no Nexus for them.. then

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 12:41 4

17. StreetNerd (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


lol at all those who are crying bout no quad core....
why would u need a quad core when dual cores are enough...

if u want to play games... go play it on consoles or the pc...

all u need are: social media apps, productivity apps and casual games (btw... they are all working fine on a single core....)

give some love for Sony phones (unique designs unlike those boring HTCs)

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 14:03

20. A.aoudi (Posts: 125; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


Sony should concentrate on a new PlayStation and stop their crap xperias

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 15:46 1

21. Striker (Posts: 92; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Weeeell, it does not matter what Sony, Mony, Shamshung or any other wannabe says. It's what Apple will show in the autumn and everybody will follow - just as usual. Only Nokia can bring surprises. The others are just followers. True, true. Even Motorola, which is sad.

posted on 01 Mar 2012, 16:16

22. Galaxys2...R (Posts: 46; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


Tbh everyone keeps banging on about quar core etc but to me the sound quality, call quality, audio quality, camera, battery life matter more. And if these things on a dual core is better than on a quad core I am going for the dual core. I mean for example call me mad if you like. I have a sgs2 n the play and in day to day usage apart from loding the internet pages there isnt much speed difference or battery life difference between the two and infact I prefer sonys software because it enables me to take pics/videos whilst in a phone call or when the battery is under 15% a feature I use alot and I cqn also listen to music while in a phone call or watch my videos when I am in a phone call. On the sgs2 you cant do any of that.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 00:21

23. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Sony /Sony ericsson , always late to the game and always don't get what people wanted

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 15:01

31. Dongk (Posts: 8; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)


u are not the people u are just thelegend6657.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 04:27

24. jellytime (Posts: 135; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


isn't a cortex a15 dual core processor more powerful then a quad core cortex a9 processor?

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 06:50

25. Jericho (Posts: 302; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Sony has been in the electronics business for a long time. And are one of the best and they know what they are doing. They are one of the best's in the industry today. Fyi i think iphone 5 is going to have a dual-core i see it as a good move.

posted on 03 Mar 2012, 20:24

32. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6267; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


That's fine. And they say and know why they won't release a quad core phone. some companies rush quad core phones cause they know they will sell lots. I'm still getting my SONY iON when it launch. I'll wait till next year when SONY release a good QUAD CORE PHONE when ever they do.

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 11:48

33. Techno (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Stephen Sneeden is a smart guy. He made a good decision. But make sure Sony does not lack behind !!

posted on 13 Apr 2012, 11:48

34. Techno (Posts: 6; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Stephen Sneeden is a smart guy. He made a good decision. But make sure Sony does not lack behind !!

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