Sony, for the most part, has relied on Qualcomm for the chipsets found in their phones, but it seems that further down the line with the company’s low and mid-range handsets, Sony could be thinking about turning to MediaTek instead. This is according to a report from DigiTimes who claims to have heard from their supply chain sources that Sony will be increasing the amount of MediaTek chipsets purchased this year.
Does this come as a surprise? Perhaps not and we might even have had a glimpse of it recently. Sony announced the Xperia E4 a couple of days ago and the handset, which features mid-range specs at best, is powered by a MediaTek quad-core chipset. The Xperia E4 is the first handset launched by Sony since the start of 2015, so it might be a bit too early to tell if the rest of their low and mid-range lineup will follow suit, but it’s a possible indication nonetheless.
Aside from the Xperia E4, which features only 3G connectivity, DigiTimes’ sources claim that Sony’s other manufacturing partners such as Foxconn and Compal are expected to churn out more 4G handsets for the company and these new models will supposedly rely on MediaTek’s 64-bit octa-core MT6752 chipset. Interestingly enough this seems to confirm an earlier GFXBench sighting in which a mysterious Sony handset powered by the MT6752 processor was spotted.