Even though smartphones equipped with 8-core processors like the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will be available in 2014, analysts and industry sources don’t think they will be big sellers this year. Two factors seem to be weighing on the prognosticators. » Read the rest
While much of the focus at MWC 2014 is on smartphone and tablet manufacturers and where they are heading with their devices, other companies are present to help show how they want to power those new devices. Intel was on hand today to announce two new Atom processors, the Merrifield and the Moorefield.
The 64-bit Atom Z3480, formerly known by the codename Merrifield, is a dual-core chip running at 2.13GHz. Using Intel’s 22nm Silvermont architecture, the processor includes an Intel XMM 7160 LTE chip and a PowerVR Series 6 graphics core. Intel says Z3480 equipped devices should start shipping during the second quarter. » Read the rest
MediaTek has announced a new motto, Everyday Genius, to serve as their new branding motif. To help highlight this new marketing direction, MediaTek took the opportunity during MWC 2014 to announce a new quad-core chipset aimed at devices in the “super-mid market” as they describe it. The MT6732 will be a 64-bit processor that will compete with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit chipset. » Read the rest
MediaTek has begun mass-producing their MT8135 quad-core SoC’s, which consists of two clusters including Dual Cortex A15 cores and Dual Cortex A7 cores. The cores work simultaneously, and feature a powerVR Series 6 GPU (PowerVR 6200), and supports Wireless Certified Miracast. Qualcomm certainly has a huge competitor that’s rising fast, as MediaTek’s low cost chips have already been used in Acer, Asus, and Lenovo products to date.
MediaTek has announced a new quad-core processor to be added to their portfolio that they hope will find its way into tablet devices. MediaTek is producing a new MT8125 chip to meet the needs of the fast-growing tablet market. The chip is based on a quad-core Cortex A7 cpu running at 1.5HGz and a PowerVR Series5XT gpu. MediaTek is incorporating MiraVision technology into the tablet’s SoC to be able to support high-end multimedia capabilities. The MT8125 will support full HD 1080p video playback and recording and will be able to drive screen resolutions up to 1920×1200. Along with the multimedia features, MediaTek says the chip can support 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE and WiFi options, meaning tablet producers can more easily offer a variety of options for consumers. One of the first devices that appears headed to market with the new MT8125 is the Lenovo IdeaTab S6000.
You can read the full press release after the break. » Read the rest
Well what do we have here? It’s looking like Huawei has yet another flagship device in the works that looks like it’s going to possibly redefine the brand as we know it. A mysterious EDGE smartphone has been leaked that features a 4.9-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,600mAh battery and a 13MP camera. Sure that sounds ho-hum compared to the competition but Huawei has managed to squeeze all those sexy specs into a 6.3mm profile and a sleek aluminum body.
Rumor has it that Huawei expects to release this Android 4.2-powered device sometime in the second half of 2013, but we’ll be sure to provide more deets as we get them.
We already know that Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 mini is very much real and on the way, but it’s looking like the general public is going to see the smartphone much sooner than expected. Notorious info leaker SamMobile recently received a major tip containing much more information regarding the intriguing new device and claims it may be unveiled as early as this week. The tip alleges that we will see the device arrive in two colors (black mist and white frost) and will come in either single or dual-SIM variants. Additionally, the single-SIM variant will be identified as the GT-9190 and will feature a quad-core chip— while the dual-SIM variant will be identified as the GT-9192 and feature a dual-core processor. Aside from those differences, each variant will feature a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8MP camera and Android 4.2.2.
No word on pricing yet, but the Galaxy S 4 mini should arrive by the end of may or the start of June.
We already had an idea that it was very much real and on the way, but details about the upcoming world’s cheapest quad-core 1080p smartphone’s release date were slim… until now. The Neo N003 smartphone has been leaked for your viewing pleasure and news has surfaced that the mysterious device is due to arrive by the end of April— that is if Neo is able to deal with and overcome potential supply issues. Additionally, Neo has the clear intention of at least trying to get its precious smartphone ahead of competitors.
In case you’ve forgotten— the device will have some interesting specs for an insane price. The N003 is expected to ship with a MediaTek MT6589 chip inside, coupled with 2 gigs of RAM and a 13MP camera. The total cost of the smartphone should come to about 899 yuan (or $145 USD). Let’s just hope we don’t see too much pandemonium upon phone’s release.
Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 may be getting all the headlines, but more than a few competitors are out to show that there are more attractive options out there. Despite the recent introduction of the Ascend D2, there is rampant speculation that Huawei is currently working behind the scenes to develop what is going to be one heck of a beastly smartphone. The device is rumored to certainly be no slouch in comparison to other flagships like the Galaxy S 4 by featuring a next-generation 1.8 GHz K3V3 quad-core chip with a Mali T604 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 4.9-inch 1080p display, 13 Megapixel camera, 2,600 mAh battery. In keeping up with the Galaxy S 4 slim figure, Huawei’s upcoming superphone will be only be 6.3mm in total thickness.
The device is rumored to be available for a 10-20% discount from the Galaxy S 4 in Chinese markets if or when it is officially announced. Of course a sexy, smooth and fast smartphone that’s priced just right would sound appealing to customers— especially those out there in China. We’ll wait and see however, if this latest rumor holds up any weight.
It appears that we’re about to see more cheap and inexpensive Mediatek-powered 1080p smartphones on the horizon. We already knew that Sony was making plans on introducing some quad-core devices for a budget price– but Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE are among 20 or so manufacturers expected to launch devices with the MediaTek MT6589 quad-core chip. In case you’ve forgotten, the MT6589 is an ARM Cortex A7-based units that utilizes all the bells and whistles that can be found in competing chipsets, but at a fraction of the cost. The result is the ability to see some pretty sexy smartphones with 1080p capabilities for a low, low price– just like what we’ve seen with the world’s cheapest smartphone that was recently introduced.
Expect to see the a bigger batch of Mediatek-powered 1080p to be shipped between now and April.