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Future Amazon slates to be powered by MediaTek?

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Future Amazon slates to be powered by MediaTek?
A published report in China says that Amazon has signed a deal with MediaTek for the latter to supply chips for the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets. According to the report, Amazon will use the MT8135 quad-core chipset which features ARM’s big.LITTLE design. This includes two Cortex-A15 cores that are fast and used for graphic intensive chores while the two Cortex-A7 cores are used for basic housekeeping.

Signing a deal with Amazon would be quite a coup for the silicon slinger since the online retailer has become the fourth largest tablet vendor in the global market. The company ships 1.8 million to 2 million Kindle Fire units a quarter. The report says that the shipment of MediaTek processors to Amazon will play a big part in boosting MediaTek's shipments to tablet manufacturers in 2014.

While MediaTek has refused to confirm the report, the company did say that it would sign any potential client to a deal.

source: DigiTimes

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posted on 11 Aug 2013, 20:12

1. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1289; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


What happened to the Snapdragon 800?

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 21:23 1

5. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Perhaps they're going to sell a super-duper cheap "you have NO excuse to complain about the price" Kindle. Since everything is going digital and you won't physically own anything anymore, people will be more reluctant to switch ecosystems once they buy enough with someone. Amazon needs more locked in users, no matter how cheap they might be.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 20:13 3

2. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


I don't know why people on this site hate mediatek, it really isn't that bad.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 20:18 6

3. Rehankhan (Posts: 323; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


it really isn't that good either

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 20:24 3

4. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The mediatek quad core turbo is about the same cpu performance as the snapdragon 400, idk how the gpus compare.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 23:56

11. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 804; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Mediatek Socs are Very Good (Not stellar) performance wise. The GPUs are PowerVrs so you already have an idea of how it’ll perform.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 22:02 4

7. stephenju (Posts: 4; Member since: 08 Feb 2013)


It's not that hard to understand. People hate the fact that others can get about the same features and functions for half the price. See Apple fanatics.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 23:03 1

9. Shatter (Posts: 2031; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Phones are becoming like PCs where any CPU thats decent will run the OS smoothly and the only point to get a high end one is if you need a powerhouse.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 04:49

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 3222; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I like MediaTek especially if it's could launch their Octane cores at a reasonably lower price.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 23:03 1

10. taikucing (unregistered)


Agree, it's not that really bad. I have dual core mediatek powered phone, it runs smoothly. The benchmark is almost similar to any dual core phones from the past like galaxy s2.
Still better than what samsung or htc offers at the same price. If i choosed samsung, it would lag as hell because of its single core and I would regret it forever

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 03:04

14. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1056; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


Because their SoCs used to be really the worst ones in the market, using several misslieading marketing tactics and the cause of many of the "lags" that Android had at the time.
NOW they are really not that bad, but the GPUs they use are still in the lower range of the market.

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 21:25 3

6. jove39 (Posts: 1328; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well...its no brainer...Mediatek will quote lowest price and hence the deal!!!

posted on 11 Aug 2013, 22:24

8. Gaurav008 (Posts: 283; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


I already told that earlier in another article. Rumour is that it's only for the entry level Kindle while the higher Kindle HD would be powered by Snapdragon 800.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 00:02

12. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 804; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Mediatek Socs are really good Socs (based on my experience with my current Phone), although they’re not as blazingly fast compred to exynos and SD 800/600, but still all phones that I’ve tried that are equiped with a Mediatek Dual/Quad core Soc ran buttery smooth.

posted on 12 Aug 2013, 03:00 2

13. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1056; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


"two Cortex-A15 cores that are fast and used for graphic intensive chores "????
Serious Alan? Two CPU cores used for graphics? Please correct that that is hurting my eyes!!

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