Sony’s recent launches of high-end smartphones did leave people wondering if the Japanese giant would ever come out with something which has some of the high-end features but be more within reach of the budget conscious consumer. Even the slightly lower priced variants of the Xperia Z, were still pricey enough to discourage those with not-so-deep pockets. Somewhere in December 2012, there was word on the street that Sony might also be working on developing low-cost quad-core muscled handsets which will use a chip from a different manufacturer not as well known as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series or Nvidia’s Tegra CPUs. And it looks like that has turned out to be true after all.
A leaked smartphone from Sony, codenamed the C3, seems to be Sony’s entry into the budget Quad-core smartphone space. Quad-core devices with a budget price tag have been a myth for long, till Mediatek, a firm which manufactures mobile chips for smartphone manufacturers in Asia came into the picture with the MediaTek MT6589 chip. The MediaTek MT6589 SoC uses a 28nm manufacturing process and comes with Cortex A7 processor cores which can be clocked at up to 1.2GHz. LPDDR2 RAM is supported, and the PowerVR SGX544 GPU is comfortably able to handle 720 x 1280 resolution displays along with camera modules of upto 13 Megapixels. And all of that at a cost far lower than wat would be if one were to use a Qualcomm or Nvidia chip. While Mediatek’s quad chips might not be able to blow your mind with Snapdragon 600 or Tegra 4 like performance, they cetainly
The Sony C3 will reportedly come packing the either the MT6589 or the upgraded MT6589T that comes with a slightly higher clock speed of 1.5 Ghz as against the 1.2GHz of rhe MT6589. Looks wise the C3 certainly looks like a Xperia Z clone, which is a good thing for those who want the looks of Sony’s high-end flagship on a budget.
While Mediatek powered budget smartphones are not seen much in the U.S market, emerging Asian markets like India and China are full of them. Using a lower cost SoC helps manufacturers put out high-end products at a price tag which is affordable by most. While Sony seems to have moved away to an approach which focuses on producing high-end superphones, it woul sdeem that Sony does not want to let a big opportunity in emerging markets go to waste.
Availability and pricing is yet not known, but we will keep you posted as soon as we know more.