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HTC Sensation Z710t for China Mobile uses ST-Ericsson's dual-core NovaThor chipset, Qualcomm weeps

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HTC Sensation Z710t for China Mobile uses ST-Ericsson's dual-core NovaThor chipset, Qualcomm weeps
ST-Ericsson has been trying to get in the smartphone game for a while now with its dual-core chipsets, which, similar to Qualcomm's offerings, represent true SoCs, with integrated baseband radios and all. It's been shopping the ARM-based chipsets now mainly to Nokia for its Windows Phone 8 handsets next year, since the Finns are a huge customer of its baseband and other silicon.

It seems that the company finally managed to score a big brand name in smartphones to put its new chipset in a flagship device, albeit bound for the Chinese market. China Mobile uses its homebrew TD-SCDMA standard, and ST-Ericsson has come to the rescue with its 1GHz dual-core NovaThor A9500 platform, which comes with the usual goodies like 3D capabilities, Full HD capture and playback, advanced browsing and so on.

The HTC Sensation Z710t is probably the first brand name flagship smartphone to use an ST-Ericsson SoC, and it shares the same specs with the HTC Sensation 4G, but for the chipset, of course. We'd love to see some benchmarks and battery life numbers from this newcomer to gauge the performance.

This has probably been a China-specific collaboration between the two companies, because of the TD-SCDMA radio. We doubt that HTC will look for alternatives to Qualcomm, which is its minority shareholder to boot.

source: ST-Ericsson via Reuters

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posted on 26 Sep 2011, 05:14

1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

bbye snapdragon!!! wooooo

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 05:21

2. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 813; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)

I wonder if this chipset will be used for the next gen SE phones next year. . . I'm so interested with this chipsets performance though, nice catchy chipset name by the way. . .

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:21 1

7. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

What's wrong with snapdragon there pretty good chips. Not the best but better than nvidia I think. Da sings chips are the fastest chips out there I do believ and it's too bad they do not support LTE

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 05:31

3. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

ST-Ericsson no more Sony-Ericsson??

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:14

4. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

Different partnership. I think Sri son is the same Sri son that's partnered with Sony though. What's weird is does any body know if the xperia phones or other Sony ericson phones use that chipset. And the other thing is what's or who is the st part of that partnership. I guess I could google it be right back

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:19

5. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

That is the other partner. I tried to put a link from the wiki article but I guess it had some banned words in in the link. Which I don't understand but what ever.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 06:21

6. deepak verma (unregistered)

its the first time that st ericsson launched its mobile platform. none of sony phone has this mobile platform. it is a very good processor with great battery backup

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 09:22

8. Lawrence (unregistered)

NovaThor chips have Mali-400 graphics, same as Samsung Exynos!

ST-Ericsson has only made very low-end chips before.

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 11:21

9. maniacks (unregistered)

ST-ERICSSON's Novathor ... wow...They have the best power management solutions...
Finally we can have android fones with goood bakups... yaay \m/

posted on 26 Sep 2011, 13:21

10. TelecomGuru (unregistered)

Just to clarify for those that do not know. ST-Ericsson is a joint venture between ST-Microelectronics and Ericsson Mobile Platforms (EMP). Sony Ericsson, naturally, was a joint venture Between Sony/Ericsson which took the handset business, EMP produced chipsets which went into several manufacturers devices. Until 3years ago, EMP was the only supplier to Sony Ericsson and provided a complete platform with access and application processor. Sony Ericsson moved to Qualcomm to provide better application processor capabilities ST had its own line of Nomdik application processors and so a merger of access modem vs application processors was a nice fit and hence the now NovaThor range was born. To state either company individually made "low-end" chips is somewhat absurd. I assume the majority of comments are solely based on the application side of the 'phone'?

posted on 27 Sep 2011, 01:04

11. deepak verma (unregistered)

i agree with you. In this phone both the modem and application processor are of st ericsson. HTC like this processor very much thats why they replaced the qualcomm's processor. If this st ericsson processor get a good response in china then htc might launch it worldwide.

posted on 02 Oct 2011, 13:46

13. RJ (unregistered)

Nice to see a true competitor to Qualcomm (integrated Modem + Application processor) being part of a flagship smartphone!
I'm sure we'll see more of NovaThor in worldwide Android phones!

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