Sony announces new flagship model with a dual-core CPU: Is it a mistake?

Sony announces new flagship model with a dual-core CPU: Is it a mistake?
Today was Sony's pre-IFA 2012 press-conference, and as expected, the company announced three new smartphones, the Xperia T, Xperia V and Xperia J, as well as a new tablet, the Xperia Tablet S.

While everything with the devices seems to be just OK, it was interesting to us what you guys think about the new flagship's hardware specs. The Xperia T does look like a great handset, with a beautiful screen, good-looking design and a host of other cool features, but it's an interesting fact that Sony's new top player comes with a dual-core CPU in a world where every smartphone manufacturer wants to equip their creation with a quad-core solution of some sort.

We have to say here that if we have to choose between two high-end smartphones, we won't go for the phone that has more cores, we'll go for the one with the better experience. It's a fact that a device can perform much better than superiorly-spec'd competitors if its software is more optimized. Whether or not that applies to the Xperia T is yet to be seen, of course. Still, even from hardware point of view, the dual-core S4 with Adreno 225 should be more than enough to deliver a smooth UI and short loading times. But, you know that there are many users out there who aren't really into technology and would just buy what appears to be better on paper, and in this case that would probably be something quad-core like the Galaxy S III or One X.

So, what do you think - did Sony make a mistake here by not going for something quad-core? Will customers acknowledge the fact that the higher numbers don't always translate into a better user experience? Please cast your votes in the poll below!

Did Sony make a mistake by not going for quad-core in the Xperia T?

I don't think the dual-core CPU will hurt its sales that much.
61.19%
Definitely. Specs sell in the wireless industry.
38.81%

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Xperia T
  • Display 4.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1850 mAh(7h 3G talk time)

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37 Comments

1. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

late to party as always. Sony is alright. it has a huge fan base after all.

7. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Hey One S krait beats on every benchmark the One X, Dual-core on good architecture can be as good quad-cores.

22. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Go explain that to laymen who will just go with the specs.. These companies dont run on geeks' money alone y' know

23. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Not to forget that Sony keeps its prices a bit on the upper side..

35. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

At least in India, Sony keeps itself expensive. One crazy thing they have recently done is put a Rs. 35000/-( ~ 630 USD) price tag on the scorpion powered Sony Ion. Lolz its in the same league as S3 and One X

33. mrbtree

Posts: 59; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

one s has a qhd display, one x has a hd display, more pixels = more processing power = lower score

34. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

that too

37. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

keep your oppinions in one single F*cking comment.. nobody wants to see all your comments . thank you

31. MeoCao unregistered

The key feature of this phone is the camera, and 2 cores are enough especially with JB coming soon.

2. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

yeah i think it's a mistake because the majority of smartphone users are not a smartphones geek like us, they didn't know or didn't care that the s4 krait is equal to tegra 3 or exynos 4412...

3. Deerajrp

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 15, 2010

even though dual cores are quite capable of handling the present games and apps as of now, in a matter of few months there will be a pleathora of games which will be optimised only for the quads. no body wants to miss out on that!! so yeah sony should have gone with the quad. period! snapdragon s4 pro would have been really awesome if it was coupled with that beautiful screen of the sony.

4. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Not as such as a mistake, but it would of helped sales.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It shouldn't matter, especially if the new iPhone will be launching with a dual-core processor (it will be). Optimized performance and unique features are better than raw power, if they're done right, and hopefully Sony can pull it off.

6. XperiaUser unregistered

i m with Sony. and i also want to buy this instead of s3 n any quad core but in case of market >>>>>> Definitely. Specs sell in the wireless industry.

8. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

i think dual cores are more than capable to handle graphical intensive programs on android.the problem is optimising android os so user can get that buttery smooth interface like waht windows phone offers. Yes there is ice cream sandwich & jelly bean but i still think there is alot of work left to do eg. Linux gurus who optimised android I Love android but they need to spend more time to optimise their devices and manufacturers need to spend time to toy with android and update their phone. i know its money making thing but eventually manufacturers will losse customers. htc sucks when it comes to updating previous phones to ics, look at the htc desire specs and they are outing ic for lower spec'd phones like htc desire c

9. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

I love how America assumes "Moar cores = moar powahh!!!!" We obviously see that specs don't always sell with the iPhone.

10. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Like how no American carriers sell a quad-core phone?

12. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

i love android but google is just lazy to optimise the os even for ics and jellybean as they should forcing manufactuers to make quard cores to get the best performance from their devices. mid 2013 we'll start seeing hexa cores. even graphically intesive games can be optimised. google is getting lazy !!! lazy !!! lazy !!! lazy !!! lazy !!! lazy !!! lazy !!! lazy !!! lazy !!! lazy !!! lazy !!! lazy !!!

21. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You realize Google has absolutely no say in software on phones, except for the Nexus, right? They just give it out to manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Motorola, Sony, etc. and let them do what they will with it.

32. Paradox

Posts: 124; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

I don't think google force any manufacturers to do anything...

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Actually I'm bored to hear Sony and Dual-Core in one sentence...

13. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

i guess you'll be one of the 1st to buy the hexa core that comes out next year.you wont even find use for all those cores.they just need to optimise cpu and graphical intensive apps

14. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...hexa core that comes out next year." Are you sure?

16. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

am not sure just saying thats the next step,based on how technology & android is evolving

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

hexa cores have been out. Technically the Tegra3 is a hexacore. 4+1 design. However, no hexacore other than that is even on the horizon. The CPU development is gonna slow down a bit, they are ramping up GPU power like a madman though. The Exynos5 dual uses a quadcore GPU and the exynos5 quad is supposed to use an Octocore GPU. The end of this year is going to be interesting.. next year is going to be .. veeeery interesting.

20. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

well they should focus on gpu's mostly since thats what handles most of the graphics intesive programs and games. but still optimization is the key. ever use a wp7 device to play hd/ racing games it's silky smooth yet they have outdated gpu's google should focus on optimization as much as they focus on innovation and feautures

15. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

what is up with sony and naming these devices after letters are they going through the whole alphabet????

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

if it was the dual core pro, there wouldnt be an issue since it has a much much stronger GPU. the dual core krait is still a crap chip+GPU combo. main reason I never picked up a US SGS3. No thanks. But, like always, the sony fans will proclaim this the best phone ever, just like they did with last year's underpowered models.

19. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Sony fans are lot different from Samsung fans . They don't rely on POWER alone . They like Sony's design , timescape UI , camera , screen(they prefer lcd with bravia engine to amoled) . So for them their phone is the best . every phone has their advantages .

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Remix, enough with the "crapdragon" stuff... Really. There are comparisons between the international GS3 and the US GS3, and there is basically no difference in overall speed. The S4 is fine. It's more powerful than the Tegra 3, which is enough to run Android with no lag, so that's well enough to make sure there is no difference in everyday performance between the Tegra 3, S4, or Exynos 4412. Now, with custom UIs it's different, because obviously the GS3 with Touchwiz UX and the S4 will be faster than a One X with an S4 and Sense 4 (not including the Sense 4.1 update) because Touchwiz is lighter than Sense 4. Yes, the S4 is a lesser chip to the Exynos 4412. But if that doesn't reflect in everyday performance, does it really matter?

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