Sony’s S-Master audio chip not heading to an Xperia any time soon

by XB on 2nd December 2013

in Rumours

Sony S_Master Digital AmpSony is on a journey of convergence at the moment, bringing together key tech from across its business to create super mobile products. This is what the company needs to do to differentiate itself from the fierce competition and justify a premium price tag. The Sony Xperia Z1 was the first handset on this journey, marrying a number of Sony features including BIONZ imaging, 20.7MP Exmor RS camera sensor and TRILUMINOS display.

Sony fans have also been eagerly awaiting the inclusion of dedicated audio chips to really enhance the WALKMAN experience. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like that is happening any time soon according to Wang Guoxiong, deputy director of Sony’s audio marketing department, who was speaking to

He said that there are no current plans to equip a Sony Xperia device with the S-master digital amplifier. The main reasons cited are to do with complications around heat dissipation and power consumption. However, he offered hope, by suggesting that Sony is studying the feasibility of introducing the chip in an Xperia smartphone at some point down the road. Would you like to see a Sony Xperia smartphone with dedicated audio chips? Or does it come down the pecking order, behind features such as display, camera etc.? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.


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