At this year’s Mobile World Congress, quad-core processing was the hot feature to have in a new device. We saw everyone and their brother showing-off quad-core gear, from big names like LG and HTC, to companies like Huawei and Toshiba. Not everyone’s so eager to jump on the quad-core bandwagon, though, and Sony at least may be content to stay to dual-core designs until next year, at the earliest.
Product Marketing Manager Stephen Sneeden revealed in an interview that he doesn’t see Sony rushing to join the quad-core party. By his own admission, this is his just his feeling of the situation, and not formal Sony policy, but his job certainly gives him unique insight into the company’s direction. Given the lack of haste Sony has shown towards going dual-core, we’d say his conclusions may just have some merit to them.
Sneeden thinks that Sony is going to be all about dual-core Cortex A15-based chips for the near future, a core design with improvements similar to those we’ve seen in Qualcomm’s MSM8960. Sneeden cites issues with the maturity of quad-core chip designs, and believes that performance just isn’t where it needs to be yet. As new chips come out, Sony will keep reevaluating things, but it could still be a long wait before we see the first quad-core Sony smartphone or tablet.