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Sony Could Unveil a Flagship That’s Running Its Own-Developed SoC at IFA 2017 Trade Show

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Jul 5, 2017
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Sony currently holds the largest market share for camera sensors, and it looks like the Japanese manufacturer wants to penetrate the smartphone SoC space in order to reduce dependency from the likes of Qualcomm and MediaTek. Reports claim that the firm has been working to release a smartphone chipset from 2015, but according to a new rumor, it appears that the first flagship touting the company’s self-developed SoC could finally be unveiled at this year’s IFA 2017 trade show.

Multiple Rumors State That Sony’s Own-Developed SoC Could Deliver Performance That Is Equivalent to That of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, if Not Greater

Sony has already been rumored to release a near-bezel-less flagship during the IFA 2017 event, which is scheduled to kick off on August 31. According to previous rumors, the SoC could deliver performance that is on par with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820, which may indicate that the chipset could be manufactured on the 14nm FinFET architecture.

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Due to lack of experience, manufacturers might find it difficult to commence chip design on the 10nm FinFET architecture, which is why even companies like Xiaomi have decided to dial it back a node and start manufacturing on the 16nm FinFET process.

Sony’s move could be to heavily reduce its dependency on Qualcomm; remember that the Xperia XZ Premium was the first smartphone to tout a Snapdragon 835, but due to lack of shipments of the SoC, the manufacturer could not start selling the flagship until adequate units of the chipset were available.

Though Sony’s own-developed SoC might not command greater performance or efficiency, the company could have greater command on the hardware, allowing it to roll out software updates at a much faster pace compared to what it was doing before.

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The Japanese manufacturer is already a pioneer in smartphone imaging tech, so it is high time that it does something that favors its handset business in the long run.

Do you think Sony’s own SoC will be powering the firm’s bezel-less device at the IFA 2017 trade show? Tell us your thoughts down in the comments.

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