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 inches
    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1850 mAh
  • OS Android 4.3

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37 Comments

36. whysoserious

Posts: 318; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Definitely. The difference between the number of GS3 or HOX sales compared to Xperia S sales are enough evidence to prove so. Given the fact that the Xperia S was released way ahead of S3 and HOX.

30. soshi

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 08, 2012

In the term of function they not wrong, but for get the attention yes. Sony can steal attention easily because they have brand and design, giving spec will be much better. I hope they make quad core not because I want it but to make their dual core phone cheaper in price

29. KaloqnYo

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

The S4 chip and Adreno 225 are equal to the Tegra 3 chip and it's gpu ! You can see the HTC One S vs One X performance comparison !

28. kurejikame

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 27, 2012

Here's the thing. I know that for right now the dual core s4 can basically handle anything that is going to be thrown at. At the same time, what does the future hold for Android? It may seem like overkill now, but say Android 5.0 brings a whole experience that requires more that just a dual core. It may or may not, but I'd want my device to last me at least a year without feeling that it can't handle whatever new software or apps are being developed. With the s4 pro and the A15 within the near future, I feel like it's worth it to wait a few months as it will be at least a year before anything substantially more powerful comes out. I'm still rocking a Droid Incredible. I have Jellybean on it, and it runs decently smooth. To be honest, I don't have a problem waiting for a device that is close to exactly what I want, even if it takes a while. My "ideal" phone would be have a 4.3-4.6 Super AMOLED Plus screen, 2 gigs of ram, as of right now either the quad s4 pro or the dual Exynos with Cortex-A15, the new stacked sensor from Sony(I'm trying to be realistic. Pureview probably won't being coming to any other than Nokia), at least a 3000 mAh battery, the latest verison of Android, and a decent build quality and feel. I have dropped my DInc so many times, and the only thing damaged is the front housing which has a few barely noticeable dings. Maybe I shouldn't be dropping my phone, but I think it should be able to handle some abuse. Anyway just my two cents :)

27. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

T and V for the win!.... :)

26. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

SONY says themselves they DON'T NEED A QUAD core in their phones. and believe me SONY knows their processors and hardware. XPERIA T will be my next phone just glad I stayed away from the iON

25. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I think a quad-core is cool but for now is just to show off and some dual-core phones are as good as quad-core. I'm with sony.

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?

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????

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

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...

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

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.

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.

4. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

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

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.

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...

1. redmd

Posts: 1965; 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.

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