Sony may be set to reveal new Xperia smartphones in November, if recent internet reports are to be believed.
It's being claimed that the company will hold a special event in Shanghai on November 12, where it will take the wraps off two new handsets.
If that sounds a lot like the recently announced Sony Xperia Z1f, that's because it is a lot like the Sony Xperia Z1f. It would seem Sony is pursuing the Samsung method of launching multiple variations of a single handset in different markets.
It's the other new Xperia handset that's of most interest, however. The Sony Xperia 'Tianchi,' as it's apparently being code-named, will be a budget-friendly smartphone with some serious grunt.
That power will come courtesy of an eight-core MediaTek processor clocked at 2GHz. We've seen octa-core processors in the past of course - most notably from Samsung - but MediaTek reckons that its version will be the first true example. This is because all eight cores will be able to operate simultaneously.
As well as a novel processor, the Sony Xperia Tianchi will apparently feature a 6-inch 720p display.
It sounds as if both of these handsets are destined for China first, and quite possibly exclusively. We'll probably know more once November 12 comes and goes.
Next, read our Sony Xperia Z1 vs Xperia Z comparison.