Sony might not release quad-core smartphones this year

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



1. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1250; Member since: Aug 13, 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.

5. android_hitman unregistered

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

13. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

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


Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

wow.... sony.... smh

3. android_hitman unregistered

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

26. Dongk

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

u did not get it

4. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

6. buggerrer

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

LOL @ Sony !

27. Dongk

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

LOL @ buggerrer

7. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

8. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

9. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

what must go to hell!

28. Dongk

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

you can go ahead.


Posts: 81; Member since: Feb 17, 2012


11. redmd

Posts: 1948; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

29. Dongk

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 26, 2012


12. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

14. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 2011

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

18. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

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

19. RamyRamz69

Posts: 390; Member since: Dec 12, 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 :)

30. Dongk

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

eat ur words!

15. tahnik

Posts: 201; Member since: Jul 17, 2011

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

16. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

no Nexus for them.. then

17. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 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)

20. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

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

21. Striker

Posts: 92; Member since: Nov 06, 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.

22. Galaxys2...R

Posts: 46; Member since: Oct 04, 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.

23. thelegend6657 unregistered

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

31. Dongk

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

u are not the people u are just thelegend6657.

24. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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

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