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Sony Xperia Tianchi to feature a MediaTek processor

This phablet for budget-conscious buyers will feature the MediaTek MT6592 processor and a 6-inch screen.

MediaTek's processors for mid-range phablets and tablets may soon be found in devices sold by brands like Asus, Lenovo or Acer, as recent reports claim that all of them approached the Chinese chip maker for its cheap quad- and octa-core SoCs. Now it seems even Sony has plans to use MediaTek's hardware in a 6-inch phablet aimed at budget-conscious buyers.

According to the Chinese media Sony will release a low cost phablet belonging to the Xperia family. Named Xperia Tianchi, this device will use the octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor together with a 6-inch HD screen packing 1,280X720 pixels. Since this is going to be a low cost phablet, it is rather safe to assume that Sony will preinstall Android on it. 

In addition to the Tianchi Sony is also planning a special edition of the Xperia Z1 Mini that will only be available in China. It is not confirmed yet, but the rumors contain more details than in Tianchi's case - the Xperia Z1S will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 4.3-inch HD display, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 2,300 mAh battery, as well as Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

These recent leaks claim that both the Xperia Tianchi and the Xperia Z1S will be unveiled at an event in Shanghai on November 22. We will get back to this topic once Sony officially confirms this event.


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Codrut Nistor, 2013-10-26 (Update: 2013-10-26)