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Google teaming up with MediaTek to build $100 low to mid-range Nexus phone?

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Google teaming up with MediaTek to build $100 low to mid-range Nexus phone?
A rumor out of China Friday morning, indicates that there could be a low to mid-range Nexus handset on the way. Thanks to the use of MediaTek's low priced silicon, we are talking about a low to mid-range stock Android phone, priced at $100. And that is without a subsidy. Why the shocked look on your face? We've detailed a number of times how Chinese Android handset manufacturers are producing "value" models with quad-core CPUs, priced under $130 USD. The secret sauce is MediaTek's low priced processors.

Consider the Xiaomi Hongmi, also known as the Red Rice. Using the quad-core MT-6589 processor from MediaTek, the whole phone costs Xiaomi $85 for materials. The handset is sold in China for the equivalent of $130 USD. The chip accounts for 20% of what Xiaomi pays for the parts used to make the popular model.

According to those in the know, this low to mid-range priced Nexus model would not replace a flagship spec'd Nexus 6. Still, this project might have become more important for Google in light of the recent leaks involving the long rumored Amazon smartphone. The speculation now is that the Amazon handset will offer a 3D interface with four front-facing sensors. The phone is expected to be unveiled in June, and launched at the end of September with a forked Android OS, similar to what Amazon uses with its Kindle Fire line.

source: MTKSJ (translated) via gforgames

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posted on 18 Apr 2014, 05:25 1

1. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2505; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


This would be great for Google/NSA. Not so great for the rest of the Android hardware makers.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 05:58 2

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3058; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Hell no. Crap evil chipsets

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 07:19 4

20. rihel_95 (Posts: 208; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Don't know why everyone hate MediaTek. Some of you just fail to see performance:budget ratio for this chips compared to Qualcomm, Nvidia, Broadcom, Novathor and others. And they are pretty good. I have used one. Maybe people must change there perspective of Chinese.

PS- I am an Indian.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 09:44 2

31. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


This is Google's response to the Nokia X. If this rumor is real, Microsoft is in for a real treat.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 10:38

33. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 194; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


The X series was never intended to be a serious competitor. Just something to fill the gap of actual smartphones sub-520 price

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 12:01 1

38. Doakie (Posts: 1174; Member since: 06 May 2009)


What is the price of the 520 in other countries? Because here in the USA you can buy a AT&T prepaid 520 for $49.99 USD and on T-Mobile you can buy a 521 for $59.99 USD. I can't imagine the Nokia X series with be anywhere close to that price point. The only decent phone I've seen offered here in the USA near that price range new is the Alcatel One Touch Evolve for T-Mobile. $49.99 USD, very similarly spec'd to the 520 except with only 4 GB of internal storage. The fact that Nokia has given 8 GB to the 520 at that price range is what makes the 520 amazing. Had they just taken the 520 and put their forked version of Android on it it would probably be awesome. All they would need to do is change the labels on the capacitive buttons...

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 04:42

49. boosook (Posts: 929; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


There's no need for a response to the nokia x. ;)

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 11:51

37. Cicero (Posts: 259; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


I'm not so sure about it. I have 2 Asus MemoPad HD 7" tablets, for my kids, with quad core Mediatek procesors. And they are smooth enough for the heavy games played by my kids.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 18:20 1

45. trollz (Posts: 28; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


And mediatek is closed souced so no custom roms

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 05:31 4

2. Planterz (Posts: 675; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


What about the issues with Media Tek's processors and 4.4 KK?

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 06:19 5

10. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1120; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


must be the reason why they are teaming up with mediatek

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 12:03 1

39. Doakie (Posts: 1174; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I was just thinking: this must be Google trying to get Mediatek up to speed on all the newest Android versions.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 05:32

3. realjjj (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


Google needs to support Asian SoC makers a lot more, it's insane that most Mediatek based phones still come with Jelly Bean. Mediatek has huge volumes and others like Rickchip and Allwinner are significant too. So making such a device and helping Mediatek get the latest version of Android work on their chips would be great for everybody and would make plenty of sense.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 09:04 1

30. sgodsell (Posts: 1039; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


You must be kidding. Android already does. You do realize that Android uses the Linux kernel. If SoC OEMS can get their chips to work with the Linux kernel, then it will work with Android as well.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 05:34 8

4. wargreymon (Posts: 140; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


Isnt MediaTek breaking the GPL by not releasing kernel sources and other stuff?

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 23:31

46. nlbates66 (Posts: 282; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)


exactly.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 05:35 2

5. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2445; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


This would be great for those who wants updated OS for their low end devices. Everything Stock.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 05:40 2

6. express77 (unregistered)


Update problem might be solved in devices with MediaTek processors after this. Good for custom rom makers and users.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 05:40 2

7. Anshulonweb (Posts: 295; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


bring this in india and China and people will buy it as it was selling for free.......

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 06:11 3

9. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 692; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Am I the only one who is waiting for Nvidia or Qualcomm to acquire Mediatek (or even Google)?

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 06:25 1

11. papss (unregistered)


I'm surprised google didn't just buy them and say they created these chips..

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 06:40 1

14. AfterShock (Posts: 2535; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Whoa, get your Eco systems confused?
This ain't apple by a long shot

If anything, WP would be closer to doing that then Android.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 06:46

16. papss (unregistered)


Nope I'm talking about google.. Between YouTube, drones and glass tech its a wonder that they haven't bought up the whole industry

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 07:04 1

17. AfterShock (Posts: 2535; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Nokia, ruined then bought an flouted as WP OEM.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 07:13

18. NokiaFTW (Posts: 1894; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Man you really can't stay without mentioning WP in an article. You sir are the real WP fan. Respect to you.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 07:15

19. AfterShock (Posts: 2535; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Oh for sure, you got it Pontiac.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 07:29 3

21. papss (unregistered)


Ruined? What about what google did to Moto? They have nothing left after google sucked them dry

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 07:40

23. AfterShock (Posts: 2535; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Other then a totally unique OEM, still with many patents an good design language.

Hardly the pale shadow that former Nokia had.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 07:43

24. AfterShock (Posts: 2535; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Had=has.
Autocorrect fail.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 07:45 1

25. papss (unregistered)


You are kidding right? They took nearly all their patents, sold they to a foreign company.. At least Nokia retains all their patents and can still make phones in another two years

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 08:21

28. AfterShock (Posts: 2535; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Fair competition forced them to sell Moto.
More or less.

Moto was not stripped of all its patents,
From what I have read, provide links to contrary or all patents being sold please.

Regardless, she is backed by big money again, and a wall of patents from a big OEM.
No harm, no foul.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 09:48

32. DFranch (Posts: 139; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


"According to the deal with Lenovo, Google will keep the majority of Motorola’s huge patent portfolio. The company had valued those patents and other developed technology at $5.5 billion"

http://marketrealist.com/2014/03/must-know-google-sell-motorola-business-lenovo/

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 11:26 3

36. droid_does_more (banned) (Posts: 29; Member since: 25 Jan 2010)


Let's not act like Microsoft(*cough* Skype *cough cough* Hotmail) doesn't do the same thing. Added to the fact that your comment really has no relevance here save to start a flame war.

Besides, Google has NEVER bought a company then claimed to create what that company has made. That's Apple.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 06:39 1

12. NIGER.AREA (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


I wish to see this become real.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 06:39

13. NIGER.AREA (Posts: 11; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


I wish to see this become real.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 06:45 1

15. fireblade (Posts: 657; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Mediatek should fix GPS & compass problem if they want to team up with Google. Power management in mediatek devices is still a problem too.
I think Google should team up with other Chinese CPU maker like rockhip or AllWinner. They are better than Mediatek, IMO.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 10:40

34. xoxoGeorges (Posts: 194; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Yep. Rockchips are pretty decent. Plus competition for MT on the ultra-low end never hurts, it keeps MT in check.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 07:30

22. antonioli (Posts: 171; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)


Oh men, this thing must come to Brazil.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 07:59

26. refillable (Posts: 593; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Google needs to subsidize their phone internationally. As of now, at my favourite phone store I could only see a gap of $50 between an unlocked 32GB G2 and 16GB Nexus 5. The 16GB G2 is priced about the same as the Nexus 5.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 08:12 1

27. tokuzumi (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


I don't see this phone being offered in the US as a Nexus device. Maybe a GPE device. If the phone performed well, I could see picking one up as a backup device.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 12:12 1

41. Doakie (Posts: 1174; Member since: 06 May 2009)


What I REALLY want is a Zenfone 6 GPE priced at $199 USD. I would order that within seconds of its release. I ordered my 16 GB Moto G within minutes of its release for the USA too. There's something about that price range that just drives me into a feeding frenzy.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 08:55 1

29. imkyle (Posts: 979; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I'll take a $199 Nexus phone with the Mediatek Octa-Core CPU. That guy scores 30,000 on Antutu.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 12:13 1

42. Doakie (Posts: 1174; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I would so buy that!

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 10:47

35. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Nexus mini with at least a 720p screen and a sd800 please.

Ideal would be a 1080p 4.3 inch screen with a SD805 though.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 12:08

40. Doakie (Posts: 1174; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Did you miss that this article is about Mediatek processors?

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 00:16

48. Taters (Posts: 2661; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Nope. I know this is a budget phone rumour. I am just stating what they should make instead.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 13:46

43. Suo.Eno (Posts: 150; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)


I won't mind a proper "Nexus-ized" Redmi Note w/ 16Gb internal + LTE so long if it fits the Nexus standard nuts and bolts. But the only good thing I'm seeing out of this is that MediaTek will be forced to be more AOSP compliant at which their preference towards PowerVR GPU IP renders the expectation suspiciously short term...

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 14:31

44. robocopvn (Posts: 175; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


Those MTK SOC cannot compare with Snapdragon 400 :D. And they are on the same price category I suppose

posted on 19 Apr 2014, 00:07

47. fatedcircle14 (Posts: 23; Member since: 18 Mar 2014)


I hope the nexus-mediatek version will have an LTE ...now that mtk is in works for an SoC with LTE capability....

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 09:31

50. samirsshah (Posts: 61; Member since: 10 Mar 2011)


At least Google has the right idea (MediaTek bringing in low price). I do not know why Microsoft still continues with high-priced Qualcomm.

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