Sony has officially confirmed there will be no handsets from it this year powered by the latest generation quad core chipsets.
With manufacturers jumping on board the quad core bandwagon in droves, expectations are mounting on the Japanese electronics giant to produce phones that are able to keep up with upcoming efforts from Samsung, HTC and LG.
However, Sony said it is no rush to do this until it sees a genuine need for faster processors, at least not until they become more energy-efficient.
Speaking to CNET Asia Stephen Sneeden, Product Marketing Manager for Sony Mobile, said:"We're going to join quad-core when we feel that the performance matches the battery efficiency.
"Because right now we don't feel that is there. What we are going to be doing in the second-half of the year is moving to the Cortex A15 architecture, which we feel outperforms the current quad-core architecture."
He went onto say that at the latest the first quad core kits from Sony will land next year.
"You'll see in 2013, as we're evaluating the quad-core performance where it makes sense, where you're not suffering in quality and the performance truly is there, and there really is something that demanding applications need. That's when we make the right move to quad-core."
Sony recently released the successor to its PlayStation Portable handset console, the PS Vita, which is powered by a quad core processor.
While not a smartphone, it should at least give the company a better insight in to the advantages of such powerful chips on mobile devices and evaluate its options for smartphones moving forward.