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Sony Mobile Says No Go to Quad-core Chips Until 2013

March 2, 2012

If you have been waiting with bated breath for Sony to join the growing list of quad-core Android phones in the market, you may have to wait a little bit longer – like, a year longer – since that seems to be the plan according to Sony Mobile’s Product Marketing Manager Stephen Sneeden. Talking with CNET Asia at the Mobile World Congress earlier in the week, he said that it is likely that the company won’t release Android phones powered by quad-core processor until early 2013.

The Sony Mobile exec said that the company is considering moving to Cortex A15 architecture in the second part of the year, which he feels can run faster than the current quad-core architecture. As for the other reason why Sony is rather hesitant to make that jump, in his own words, “We’re going to join quad-core when we feel that the performance matches the battery efficiency.”

“You’ll see in 2013, as we’re evaluating the quad-core performance where it makes sense, where you’re not suffering in quality and the performance truly is there, and there really is something that demanding applications need. That’s when we make the right move to quad-core,” he added. That’s a fair evaluation given that most apps haven’t really tapped into the full potential of dual-core processors, let alone quad-core ones.

But speed is the name of the game and Sony is often behind the curve from its South Korean and Taiwanese counterparts – especially when it comes to utilizing the shiniest and newest processor around. It took the company more than a year to release dual-core phones compared to the competitors. Fortunately, this is something that Sony has acknowledged in the past as it parted ways with Ericsson.

Nothing is set in stone yet though. Sneeden admitted that this is just his take on the situation. Official announcements regarding quad-core or no quad-core will be made when the company is ready. Of course, Sony can always slap some GSM voice call capability to its quad-core PS Vita and call it a phone. Now, there’s a thought!