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No Quad-Core Phones From Sony This Year

During Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Sony Mobile product marketing manager Stephen Sneeden said that the company probably won't release quad-core phones in 2012, but will wait until early 2013 instead. But he also added that this is just an assumption on his part, and that Sony will make an official announcement regarding quad-core smartphones when it's ready to do so.

"We're going to join quad-core when we feel that the performance matches the battery efficiency," he told CNET Asia. "Because right now we don't feel that it's 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."

"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," Sneeden added. "That's when we make the right move to quad-core."

As CNET points out, dual-core smartphones have been available on the market since March of 2011, yet Sony just announced its first dual-core smartphone, the Xperia S featuring Qualcomm's 1.5 GHz MSM8260 Snapdragon, just last month. Sony Mobile is also expected to use Qualcomm's dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset in Q2, but Sneeden said handsets will most likely either run "ST Ericsson's NovaThor platform or something from Qualcomm."

During the interview, CNET briefly mentioned the rumored PS Vita phone. Sneeden didn't have much to say about the supposed device, saying only that "cameras and gaming experiences were core strengths of the larger Sony corporation and that Sony Mobile would take advantage of these core strengths."

He added that Sony isn't making any announcements as yet.