Sony not rushing to quad-core this year, looking at 2013


In the tech race, it’s generally numbers that the various manufacturers strive for. Whether it be more megapixels or a wider screen, the general rule is the bigger, the better. Now we have quad-cores on the horizon, and Sony isn’t convinced, at least according to Stephen Sneeden, product marketing manager for Sony Mobile.

In a conversation with CNET Asia at MWC, Sneeden had this to say about quad-core processors:

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 is there.  What we are going to be doing in the second half of the year is moving to the  Cortex A15 architecture, which we feel outperforms the current quad-core  architecture.

He continued with, “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.” It’s good to see Sony not playing the numbers game, and instead focusing on a quality product. Kudos to them.

So do you agree with Sony’s decision? Let us know in the comments!

Source CNET


  1. Might be a problem, as quad-core acts as a promise for future upgrades. Sooner or later we might see single-core processors labeled “not powerful enough” to qualify for an Android 5.x/6.x upgrade.
    Same might go for dual-core devices. That and the raw power needed for future applications as smartphones and tablets will replace PCs.

    • Both Android 2.3 and 4.0 can easily push a current generation dual core processor to its limits, especially when playing 1080p video. What Android really needs is a quad core CPU based on the Cortex A15 architecture.