If a report published in Digitimes is to be believed, the Japanese phone maker Sony is now planning to use MediaTek quad-core SoC in their upcoming mid-range smartphones/phablets to provide them at lower costs. The company generally uses Qualcomm or ST Ericsson processors to develop its high-end smartphones.

Apart from Sony, other manufacturers like Lenovo, ZTE, Huawei, TCL, Gionee have also adopted the MediaTek SoC to power their upcoming smartphones which will start rolling out in March-April this year, according to Digitimes.

MediaTek MT6589 SoC

As per the earlier report published last year, the company had asked for M6589 sample chips from MediaTek for trial, and it appears that the Sony is quite satisfied with the performance offered by these chips and looking forward to integrate these MediaTek chips in some of their smartphones.

However there is no official confirmation regarding the report from Sony. Also the March/April time frame provided by Digitimes doesn’t seem real, because the company has just announced the Xperia L and Xperia SP, both powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. So, if the company is really busy in developing Mediatek chipset powered smartphones, they wouldn’t be available any time soon at least before the second half of the year.