Sony Mobile is considering the development of its own application processors for use in mobile devices, according to a report from DigiTimes. The report says that both Sony Mobile and LG plan to develop in-house chips, following on other manufacturers that already do this such as Apple, Samsung and Huawei.
If true, this could eventually mean a move away from Qualcomm and MediaTek as the two main chipset suppliers for Xperia devices to date. The report goes on to say that Global Unichip, the Taiwanese-based dedicated fabless ASIC provider, has won development orders from “Asia-based handset vendors”.
However, we’d exhibit caution on this rumour. Sony doesn’t have the buckets of cash that the aforementioned companies have when it comes to developing a class-leading chipset. Would this news worry about how competitive Sony could be? Would you prefer Sony to use the latest off-the-shelf chips from Qualcomm or MediaTek? Or do you feel, this is an important step for Sony to differentiate itself? We’d love to your thoughts below.
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