Are low-cost 1080p quad-core smartphones from Sony, Lenovo, and others coming soon?

March 22, 2013
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Anyone and everyone would love to get their hands on the latest series of flagship smartphones on offer from Sony (Xperia Z and ZL), HT C (One), and Samsung (Galaxy S4). The three devices boast uber-powerful quad-core (and octa-core) processors, amazing 1080p displays, and depending on your preference, beautiful design aesthetics. Of course, the high price-point of is a definite turn-off for a lot of consumers. What if there was a way to get your hands on somewhat similar devices, at less than half the cost?

That’s what MediaTek is aiming to do with their cost-effective quad-core MT6589 processor. The availability of this processor, which is usually clocked at a comparatively lower 1.2 Ghz, has allowed a slew of Chinese and Indian manufacturers to flood their respective markets with budget-friendly quad-core devices, and in the case of former, with 1080p displays, which fall in the $150 – $300 range. While popular in their home markets, consumers around the world find it difficult to trust these devices, with a lack of support the biggest concern.

Well that is going to change quite soon as well, with internationally-renowned manufacturers like Sony, Lenovo, Huawei, and ZTE joining the party. According to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News report, MediaTek has received orders from around 20 manufacturers for their cost-effective chips, which include names like Sony and Lenovo. The paper also added that most of these OEMs will start rolling out MT6589 powered devices soon, in March or April. MediaTek is also planning a 10% price cut, from $20 to $18, after April, in an effort to increase shipments.

The performance of the MediaTek processor may not be on par with the more powerful ones from Nvidia, Samsung, and Qualcomm, but is definitely more than just functional, with decent benchmark results across the board. With the very low price point of the devices, it’s definitely worth it.

For example, while the Sony Xperia Z and ZL are quite popular in India, I know that consumers would flock to Sony stores if the company released a budget-friendly quad-core smartphone in the market. Of course, if companies like Sony, Lenovo, and Huawei do enter this segment of the market, local manufacturers have a lot to worry about, and will definitely need to step up their game. It’ll be very interesting to see how this scenario plays out.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited about possible low-cost quad-core smartphones from manufacturers like Sony? Let us know in the comments section below.

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/diliproy55 dilip roy

    good news

  • True_Neutral

    Yes, if only so that Sony will release kernel sources for the MTK6589.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AnkitSingh0803 Ankit Singh

    and i thought sony was quitting the low end segment

  • Ivan Myring

    Hope this happens!
    They all need to do good cheap phones since the nexus 4!
    Viva la revolution!

    Don’t want any other phone till the nexus 5!

  • raindog469

    Progress marches on, but I don’t care how many pixels the screen has if I don’t have a hardware keyboard. Connectbot is my #3 app after Handcent and the web browser of the moment, and that’s unlikely to change. From what I gather, that makes me nobody, so I’ll be sticking with my single-core, 480p slider for a while (or until someone comes up with a brilliant keyboard case for the Galaxy S4).

    Yes, I’ve used both Swype and the Hacker’s Keyboard extensively. They’re okay on my tablet when I don’t have my Bluetooth keyboard, though touch typing is impossible. On my phone they take up too much screen real estate and using the phone in portrait makes even an 80 column terminal painful.

    On the plus side, using my Android devices to do real work more than games or playing media means a single-core processor is still plenty for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodrigo.freijanes Rodrigo Freijanes

    I sold my Galaxy Note N7000 and I am thinking about buying Chinese S7589 smartphone.

    Quad Core MT6589
    5.7″ HD 1280 x 720 screen
    Capacitive pen like Samsung Note
    1GB RAM
    U$180

    Or maybe N9589 model that I think has IPS screen, but design of S7589 is better because of screen position on device.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rodrigo.freijanes Rodrigo Freijanes

      All of it because I have Galaxy Note 10.1.

  • http://twitter.com/aylc riverlake

    This is good news I need a reasonably priced smart phone

  • ken

    Great news, in fact I don’t care powerful chip or not, what I care is the price, design and after-sales support.