This could be the year that Qualcomm actually feels some competition. A leaked MediaTek roadmap reveals that the company has a series of worthy processors scheduled for releases throughout 2015. They will provide MediaTek with a chance to capitalize on the mid-range segment as well as touch upon the high-end.
MediaTek has announced a new mobile processor specifically for Google’s Android Wear lineup. The MT206 SoC was designed so manufacturers could use an efficient, small, and affordable processor in their wearable devices.
The MT206 includes a 1.2 GHz dual-core A7 processor, a Mali-400 GPU, and supports up to qHD screen resolutions. It also connects with most of the standard connectivity options you’re used to, including Bluetooth and wireless networks. The biggest selling point for manufacturers with the MT206 is the small size of the SoC. It has 41.5% few components and less power draw than other chips, so it’s cheaper and more efficient to use, especially since it’s designed specifically for Android Wear.
Take a look at the processor in any Android device in the United States and there is a very good chance that a Qualcomm Snapdragon is found. The same cannot be said for devices in other parts of the world though. Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Intel, and MediaTek will all be fighting to power devices in different regions. With the next HTC flagship in China, MediaTek is reportedly supplying the processor. The exact reason behind HTC’s decision to go with MediaTek is unknown, but there have been rumors that Snapdragon 810 production is rocky. By splitting the work among two suppliers, HTC can deliver a global launch.
Bringing together an Ultra HD TV with Google’s Android TV platform is made possible due to a processor built by MediaTek. The Taiwanese company announced today that, in collaboration with Google, it can bring together advanced televisions with software the supplies improved functionality to the big screen. The MT5595 is a quad-core big.LITTLE SoC containing two Cortex-A17 and two Cortex-A7 processors. The content on an Ultra HD TV can run fine with the MT5595 because of the Google VP9 and HEVC support.
Android TV devices with the MediaTek MT5595 are scheduled to arrive this March.
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AnTuTu has released their top 10 performance rankings for smartphones for the third quarter of 2014. At the top of the list is the Meizu MX4 which made a statement with its MediaTek processor in holding off other contenders. MediaTek also grabbed the second spot with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Despite the prowess of the chip, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line still powered most of the devices in the top 10.
MediaTek announced today the launch of a new global initiative they are calling MediaTek Labs to provide resources for the development of wearables and “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices. The new project tries to provide support for a variety of groups that may be involved in efforts to create new devices across a wide range of skill levels. According to Marc Naddell, vice president for the new MediaTek Labs, “with the launch of MediaTek Labs we’re opening up a new world of possibilities for everyone — from hobbyists and students through to professional developers and designers — to unleash their creativity and innovation. We believe that the innovation enabled by MediaTek Labs will drive the next wave of consumer gadgets and apps that will connect billions of things and people around the world.”
According to a report published in China this weekend, Xiaomi is getting ready to launch a high-end Redmi Note successor which it hopes will take on Meizu’s recently-announced MX4.
The device is set to pack a 5.5-inch display, be powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6595 chipset with four 2.2GHz Cortex-A17 and four 1.7GHz Cortex A-7 cores, include 3GB of RAM, incorporate a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as an astonishing 8-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 3,500 mAh non-removable battery.
With the first batch of Android One devices on the way, MediaTek has released the kernel source code for the devices for developers to take advantage of. The source is available on Google’s Android repository.
Other OEMs that use MediaTek processors typically aren’t compliant with releasing source code for their hardware, so it’s nice to see the company bypassing the company and releasing this on their own. Hopefully we’ll see other companies follow suit.
source: Google Source
MediaTek’s MT6795 processor, which will be available by the end of the year, is a ‘true’ octa-core solution with LTE and 2K (1600 x 2500 pixel resolution) display support.
It’s a 64-bit chip, which is a break from MediaTek’s usual target market — the company has focused on mid-range devices in the past, and this chip is certainly catered to the higher end phones. It runs at up to 2.2 GHz and has dual-channel LPDDR3 memory up to 933 MHz.
The chip will let you play back 480 FPS 1080p full HD videos at 1/16 the original speed, at 30 FPS. You’ll also be able to record and playback 4K Ultra HD videos while using less power.
The high-end chips’s launch comes alongside the MT6752 for mid-range phones and the MT67932 for entry-level phones. Hit the break for the full press release from MediaTek and a video of the chip in action.
According to a report out of China, MediaTek is getting ready to fan the flames of the processor market by releasing an affordable processor with support for 4G LTE and Quad HD displays. The MT6595 will be an octa-core 32-bit processor capable of running at speeds of up to 2.5GHz.