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Budget Nexus 6 may feature a 64-bit processor

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Budget Nexus 6 may feature a 64-bit processor
Recently, a rumor surfaced saying that Google would be pushing its Nexus program to the limit with the Nexus 6 and aiming for a sub-$100 unlocked price point, rather than the $300 flagship segment. Part of getting the device cost down would be in using a MediaTek processor, and now we're getting an idea which processor that may be.

A report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News says that the specific MediaTek processor used could be either the "quad-core MT6732 64-bit chip clocked at 1.5GHz, or the octa-core MT6752 SoC running at a frequency of 2.0GHz." Both would be powerful chips with Mali-T760 GPUs, and LTE capable, but the real news is that both chips would be 64-bit and use the new ARMv8 instruction set (which is the real reason 64-bit mobile chips offer big performance boosts). 

MediaTek devices tend to be seen as somewhat "lesser" because of the budget pricing on the devices, but these chips sound pretty serious. They may not stack up exactly to a Snapdragon 801, but when you're paying $100 full price for a smartphone, you shouldn't be expecting that anyway. 

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posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:04 3

1. sgodsell (Posts: 1388; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I would buy a couple $100 phones if they have a quad core cortex-A57 CPU.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:17 1

3. sgodsell (Posts: 1388; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Hurry up and get it out there.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:06 2

6. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1040; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Those are cortex A53, not A57

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:47 3

13. Ashoaib (Posts: 2372; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Plz dont use mediatek... come on google... mediatek is legendary slow

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 12:40 1

17. grahaman27 (Posts: 347; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


well it would be vanilla arm cortex a53, which is the same processor that the (unreleased) 64 bit snapdragon 410 uses.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 22:41

26. renz4 (Posts: 251; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


never going to happen

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:07 2

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Will LOL @ the fandroids that mocked the iPhone 5S and its 64 bit SoC and less than 4GB of ram. This "BUDGET" Nexus 6 will have less than 4GB of ram as well. Going to be fun!

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:23 12

4. sgodsell (Posts: 1388; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I am an Android user, but I never mocked the iPhone for having a 64bit CPU. The iPhone has a lot of other things to laugh at. Size being a major one, having a low resolution display (not even HD), no NFC, no standard USB connector, the iOS OS. Those are the things I don't like. But as far as the 64 bit chip, that's okay in my books.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 16:27 1

19. Finalflash (Posts: 1872; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


I am an android user and I mocked iFans for lauding 64 bit as some sort of miracle. It wasn't a miracle then, and it isn't going to be a miracle tomorrow. Only an idiot believes otherwise unless he works with servers in which case he is a decade or so too late to be amazed. The fact that iFans fell for that marketing point was the sad part and some of them were even officially destroyed by an official article on PA because they staked their entire knowledge base and efforts behind it (look up a JakeLee).

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 22:45

22. express77 (unregistered)


I hated it for those stupid restrictions, less features, so much hardware limitations, battery and all the things you mentioned. I wished Steve Jobs was alive. Truly respected guy( For innovative ideas and contributions, not personal life).

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 08:36 2

5. brrunopt (Posts: 544; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


the fandroids moked all the fuzz about "64 bit desktop class" BS , how 64bit made it superior to everything else, and so on..
Where do you see android fans making fuzz for this one having a 64bit CPU ?

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:06 1

7. networkdood (Posts: 6309; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Technically, you are supposed to have 4GB of RAM with a 64 bit processor, but, if this works, then cool - probably be as good as your precious iphone 5C, and at far less the cost for a consumer, Smeagle....

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:38 2

11. shuaibhere (Posts: 1659; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


They don't care if it's 32 bit or 64 bit..
It's comes cheap that's all they want..

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:51 5

14. Ashoaib (Posts: 2372; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


But iphone is not budget with same specs, its noway under 100$... now you got the actual worth of apple, iboy? it worth only 100$ but you iboys pay $600+ for such an under specs phone.. in this situation why fandroids should not mock iphone 5s??

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 13:03

18. ecmedic4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 02 May 2013)


All flagship smartphones components don't cost anywhere near their retail price, there is a lot more that goes into the price of these phones than just the component costs. Even the GS5 is under 300 dollars as far as all the components ie processor, screen, ram, camera, etc. It retails for as much as the iPhone. Gotta take into account all the other costs associated with these products.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 16:34 2

20. Finalflash (Posts: 1872; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


True but the problem is that Apple products are pretty much under 200 dollars, so its not about who's getting shafted, but who is getting shafted harder. Plus you have to look at the future side, whereas those who get updates under android or even WP end up with a better phone with more features, those who get updates under iOS eventually end up with a crippled device with a handful of "features" such as color changes and font resizing.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 21:00

25. iushnt (Posts: 728; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


budget phones should have budgeted price. That goes right with nexus 6 but iPhones being a little smarter than feature phone are being sold at a very high price. there is the difference

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:08

8. networkdood (Posts: 6309; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


A 100 dollar Nexus 6? Sound like some major compromising going on. And, while I like MediaTek - CyanogenMod will not be making a ROM with it as they do deal with MediaTeks....

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:13 3

9. aries.phills (Posts: 133; Member since: 17 May 2011)


A Nexus phone under $100 will always be a hot cake regardless of the processor.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:21 1

10. rkoforever90 (Posts: 88; Member since: 03 Dec 2011)


so there wont a flagship nexus 6. sad , i was planning to get one.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:42 2

12. boosook (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


There will probably be a flagship and a budget version…

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 11:29

16. Luuthian (Posts: 218; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Exactly how I felt. Apparently Google is just never going to give us an ultimate, pure Android experience. They realy don't care. It's all about user numbers, not premium devices.

I know the other reason is they simply don't want to be seen as a competitor out of fear that manufacturers will leave Android, but I've always felt part of that was BS. They'll never get developers onboard for their vision if they don't give people something that actually sticks and makes other manufacturers take notice.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 09:53

15. Suo.Eno (Posts: 200; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


Only reason(s) why I'd put 50% of hope for this to happen will be due to:-
1. Want better SoCs' competition
So that MediaTek can be more AOSP compliant. Raw internal designs may not be up to say Qualcomm's standards but at least on the code side of things that can be remedied once MediaTek play ball with Google's reqs.

2. because if Google won't, one of these days much sooner rather than later Xiaomi, Oppo or OnePlus is going to one up this job for them anyways, at the very least even at double the 100 mark since they don't have Google's clout. OnePlus and Oppo has proven to be the shrewdest of them all by shortcutting things immensely having cut a good deal with CyanogenMod which is probably the most well organized AOSP based custom ROM establishment to date.

And last but definitely not least who the hell in their right mind would refuse a $100 Nexus?

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 20:50 1

21. maxican16 (Posts: 364; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


All the apple idiots talking trash about android fans who talked trash about 64 bit CPUs are entirely missing the point. We're talking about a sub $100 phone here guys. Give it a friggin' rest and grow up.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 22:47

23. express77 (unregistered)


Hope this phone is of better quality, good battery life, no overheating and 16 GB memory(It is 2014). And sd slot.

posted on 26 Apr 2014, 01:37

24. renz4 (Posts: 251; Member since: 10 Aug 2013)


as long as the phone carry the nexus brand you won't be seeing micro SD card slot build for it.

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