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Sub-$100 Quad-core smartphones to be launched by year’s end

2013 could well be the year when quad-core processors invade the entry-level market. According to a report from Digitimes, citing anonymous Chinese handset manufacturers, there will be quad-core smartphones on the market with a retail price of $100 (around £70) by the end of the year.

That’s around a quarter of the price of the cheapest quad-core smartphone on the market, the LG Nexus 4 and even more affordable than the cheapest dual-core smartphone in the UK, the Sony Xperia U.

The Digitimes piece claims that Chinese companies such as Lenovo and ZTE will launch quad-core smartphones based on the MediaTek MT6589 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8x25 SoCs before the Chinese New Year holidays next month with prices varying between roughly £100 and £155.

The entry level smartphone market in the UK is still dominated by single-core SoC models with a few sub-£100 models managing to hit 1GHz.

We suspect that an all quad-core line-up consisting of anything from Cortex-A5 to Cortex-A15 models may cause confusion especially as some may resort to higher clock speeds on value parts (a technique we saw in tablets) to promote their products.

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