Do you remember those rumours that Sony was readying a new flagship device with an octa-core MediaTek SoC? This device has popped up in the rumour mill once more, this time with a codename and a few additional details. Based on these, it now look like the Sony Xperia Tianchi will not be a new flagship device but a low-cost 6-inch phablet instead.
According to Chinese website MyDrivers, the Sony Xperia Tianchi will come with the aforementioned octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor and a 6-inch HD (720×1280) display. While pricing details are not known, the report indicates that “the price will not be too expensive” according to the Google translation.
The MediaTek MT6592 had been expected to enter mass production in November. Devices using it had not been expected until early 2014. It now appears that, if these rumours are indeed true, MediaTek may be ahead of schedule and ready to garner some attention for its new SoC.
Sony could unveil the Xperia Tianchi as early as November 12 at a press event in China. It could be unveiled along with the Xperia Z1S, a variant of the Xperia Z1 f headed to Japan.
The report adds that the Sony Xperia C which also uses a MediaTek SoC is doing well for the company. It was now reportedly sold over 1 million units.