ST-Ericsson jettisons much of its processor work
ST-Ericsson on Monday backed out of core app processors in an attempt to streamline its work. Research and development, and the matching staff, would be transferred to STMicro. In turn, STMicro would license back the technology it develops so that ST-Ericsson could implement it in modem-equipped processors for smartphones and tablets.
Products competitive with Qualcomm's Snapdragon
ST-Ericsson is expected to unveil its plans to restructure its operations within the next two weeks. Reuters sources now claim that the reorganization of the joint venture between Sweden's Ericsson and France's STMicroelectronics is in line with the company's plans to be acquired by another chipmaker. Potential buyers named include AMD, NVIDIA, Intel, and Texas Instruments.
We try Sony's smallest 2012 Android phone
Perhaps the most interesting of Sony's new smartphone line unveiled tonight was the Xperia U, which we got to try at the event. It's aiming to be the ever-elusive youth phone and has a unique light-up transparent area as well as an unusually powerful dual-core, 1GHz NovaThor chip inside. Read our hands-on to see whether it will give other Android makers, and Apple, a reason for pause.
Sony Xperia P tested at MWC 2012
Sony's live event Sunday saw it introduce two new phones to hit the mid-range of its lineup, headlined by the Xperia U. With a four-inch display using a new ultra-bright WhiteMagic tech, a dual-core 1GHz NovaThor processor, and an eight-megapixel camera that purportedly has a second from sleeping to a shot, it's supposed to raise the bar for mid-range phones. But does it? Read ahead for our hands-on.
Sony Ericsson Pepper may be Xperia neo V sequel
One of Sony Ericsson's rarely mentioned other 2012 smartphones was leaked in earnest on Saturday with photos and detailse. The MT27i, or Pepper, is expected by XperiaBlog to be a direct sequel to the Xperia neo V with a much more squared-off look that's consistent with the Nozomi and likely other models. Performance may be the biggest leap, as it should jump from its single-core chip to a dual-core 1GHz chip, most likely the ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500.
Sony Ericsson Nypon to get Android 4, SE CPU
Word of an upcoming handset from Sony Ericsson running on Android 4.0 was shared on Wednesday by Recombu. Dubbed the Nypon, it also goes by the LT22i model number. The silent videos below also show Sony Ericsson making a rare break from Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor and instead use ST-Ericsson's dual-core, 1GHz NovaThor U8500.
Nokia will use dual-core ST-Ericsson chips
Nokia and ST-Ericsson on Wednesday revealed that future Windows Phone handsets from the former will be powered by dual-core NovaThor chips in the future. The move breaks Microsoft's previous insistence that Windows Phones use Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. Many of them are nearly all-in-one chips that include all but the cellular link inside and may be clues to extra features, such as possible HDMI video out.