Sony to use more MediaTek chips for its low to mid-range phones this year

Sony to use more MediaTek chips for its low to mid-range phones this year
According to sources from Taiwan's handset supply chain, Sony is looking to use more chips produced by MediaTek in its low to mid-range models this year. MediaTek is known for its low priced processors that are favored by many value priced smartphone manufacturers in China. For example, let's look at the just announced Sony Xperia E4. As an entry-level model, Sony will pack the device with a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582 CPU. The phone will be assembled by Arima and three million units of the 3G connected phone have been ordered.

Foxconn and Compal are said to be building 4G enabled handsets for Sony Mobile that will feature MediaTek's MT6752 processor. This is a 64-bit octa-core CPU that will be found driving these low to mid-range models.

Sony's next flagship phone is expected to be the Sony Xperia Z4. Under the hood of this top-shelf phone will be the 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 CPU. That chip will be powering a large number of flagship models including the HTC One (M9) and the LG G4.

With the Xperia Z4 originally expected to be unveiled at MWC next month, it now appears that Sony does not have a media event scheduled for Barcelona although it will attend the show. Instead of releasing a new flagship model every 6 months as originally believed, it appears that Sony is returning to the one-a-year schedule. With the Sony Xperia Z3 unveiled last September 3rd, an introduction of the Xperia Z4 at MWC would have fit in perfectly with the twice-a-year format.

Sony originally claimed that going to a twice-a-year schedule allowed it to stay more competitive with its rivals. But 70% of those consumers responding to a poll said that they would rather see slower, but more inclusive updates.

source: DigiTimes

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Xperia E4
  • Display 5.0 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.4

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21 Comments

18. romeo1

Posts: 828; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Smart move imo. Cheaper phones make them more competitive with the china manufacturers. I think peoplle rather buy a sony device for 150 than a xiaomi of or whatever. Better early than later as the chinese products aren't bad at all. If allot of people buy their products they'll get allot more of the cake and companys like htc and sony will probably disappear in the long run

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I dont know why people here hate MTK so much.

10. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Cuz they are biased, low and midrange mediatek is just as fine as any other cpu.

11. Hashed unregistered

Didn't release drivers necessary for Android OS update, and their performance is garbage.

21. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

what are you talking about ? both mt6589 and 6582 chips have received the drivers.. why do you think google is using mediatek for android one ? Mt 6582 ( android one) are on lollipop already

16. TechNerd

Posts: 66; Member since: May 03, 2014

Most of them probably have never used a mediatek powered device, and if they have it was probably som crappy clone like goophone or star s4

17. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

There are several reasons for it: - They have been false advertizing some of their SoCs are able to compete with the most powerful ones. - They have been in a marketing spree for more cores instead of better cores - They used low performance GPUs in several of their SoCs. Don't get me wrong, I understand that in some phones it makes sense to use Mediatek, in particular all their A53 series seems to be better performing than the Snapdragon one: MT6732/MT6735 is better than Snapdragon 410 (but worse than 610) MT6752/MT6795 are also better than Snapdragon 615 So depends what Sony chose it may be good news.

7. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

More importantly I thought Sony is supposed to trim their low end - midrange fat this time around innit? And wth E4 is a MT6582 device that shouldn't have happened. That's one too many win for MediaTek imo.

5. nomiking8

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Plz Sony kindly announce Android L for Flagships...All models got NOW L but sony users Still use 4.4.4.....

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Why would they downgrade so badly?...

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1574; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

So they can make phones cheaper?

15. TechNerd

Posts: 66; Member since: May 03, 2014

Not just to make them cheaper. But also to cram more performance inte a phone for the same amount of money.

14. TechNerd

Posts: 66; Member since: May 03, 2014

Because Mediatek gives you higher performance for less money. That will be an upgrade.

19. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

yes you are right , snapdragon is a downgrade and epic fail especially SD 410

3. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

well sony to use mediatek in law-midrange phones, samsung to use exynos in s6 R.I.P qualcomm

2. Hashed unregistered

MediaTek is meh.

6. walnuttt

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

absolutely, if Sony is really serious using mediatek then goodbye Sony. I still prefer Snapdragon but not the crap Meditek.

13. TechNerd

Posts: 66; Member since: May 03, 2014

You would be suprised by how much Mediatek has improved their newest generation of 64bit socs.

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

So Snapdragon 400 or 410 was out of the question when deciding on the processor to put on their new phones. Okay Sony.

12. TechNerd

Posts: 66; Member since: May 03, 2014

Mediatek MT6752 and MT6732 is supperior to both of those processors in terms of processing power, and almost equal in power consumption.

20. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

snapdragon 410 is really the worst SOC ever made by Qualcomm snapdragon 410 - 20,000 antutu 5 mt6732 - 32,000 antutu 5 gfxbench snapdragon 410 - 5.6 fps mt6732 - 11 fps ( performance is 2x of adreno 306 ) price is same for both cpu

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