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MediaTek unveils two new 64-bit chipsets for tablets

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MediaTek unveils two new 64-bit chipsets for tablets
MediaTek, whose chips now are stuffed inside low-end, mid-range and top-shelf handsets in Asia (including the recently announced HTC One M9 Plus) has announced two new chipsets designed for tablets. The MT8163 and MT8736 SoCs both feature four cores and 64-bit architecture. But there are some major differences between the two.

The MT8163 chipset is designed for tablets that feature Wi-Fi connectivity only. MediaTek promotes the SoC as one that can produce AnTuTu scores in the 30,000 area. It offers four Cortex A53 cores and can support Android 5.1, H.265 video, dual band Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. The chip can also handle screen resolution up to 1080p. There is some talk that manufacturers will be paying $5 a unit for the MT8163.

According to MediaTek, the MT8736 with its 64-bit architecture is 20% faster than the competition while using 10% less power. The chipset can handle high-end camera features including picture-in-picture. It supports FDD-LTE, TDD-LTE, WCDMA, CMDA2000, full-mode 4G tablet TDS, and GSM pipelines. It also carries support for dual-band WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth 4.0.

The manufacturer might need to do some tweaking still on both chips. The pair are both believed to employ an AMD produced GPU that scored poorly on benchmark tests. The MT8163 and MT8736 are designed for low-to mid-range slates.


source: Mobile-Dad (translated) via GizmoChina

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posted on 14 Apr 2015, 11:08

1. KENTOZ (Posts: 86; Member since: 03 Apr 2015)


How many lithography of this SoC???

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 12:48 1

8. vuyonc (Posts: 993; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Probably 28nm to keep cost down.

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 17:24

15. waddup121 (unregistered)


The naming for these Mediatek SoCs...confusing as f lol

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 11:18 1

2. aayupanday (Posts: 574; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


The 64-bit revolution has so far been a flop IMO.
Everyone boarded the ship because Apple did it first.

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 11:23 2

3. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No, this timeline was set before Apple did anything. Qualcomm announced a year prior to the A7 announcement that they'd be going 64bit, actually earlier than they finally did. Initially, they were supposed to start demoing 64bit SOCs in early to mid 2014.

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 11:48

5. Settings (Posts: 1501; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


It is easy to say they had 64-bit but since then Apple released (not announced) A7 with their iPhone 5 series. Easy to say Apple started 64-bit revolution on mobile phones.

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 14:51 1

12. tedkord (Posts: 10675; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


No, it's easy to say Apple jumped early on what they knew was coming anyway (and was announced a year before the A7).

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 17:19

14. bur60 (Posts: 838; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


1GB ram on a non multitasking OS with 64bit?

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 11:39

4. Simona (unregistered)


Go GO GO MediaTek . you are best

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 11:50 2

6. Settings (Posts: 1501; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


MTK is not dev friendly. It's just until recent when they released kernel source because of Android One. The kernel source was garbage. Many unnecessary logs and instructions.

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 13:03

10. Simona (unregistered)


Why they been doing it like that ??

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 13:07

11. Settings (Posts: 1501; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Because its cheap.

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 12:12 1

7. Geek.T (Posts: 18; Member since: 04 Apr 2015)


Can any one tell me why those are specifically for Tablets?

posted on 15 Apr 2015, 02:13

16. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1498; Member since: 14 Feb 2015)


I am not sure, but I think because it produces a lot of heat and requires more energy compared to phone SoCs.

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 12:54 3

9. vuyonc (Posts: 993; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Still praying for a proper high end Mediatek SoC with a Radeon GPU from AMD built on Samsung's current 14nm process node (or even true 14nm like Intel's). Qualcomm needs a shake up so we can all enjoy better smartphones!

posted on 14 Apr 2015, 15:27 2

13. Tondern (Posts: 105; Member since: 23 Feb 2015)


It's funny to see them highlighting a 30,000 Antutu score when my Note 3 reaches 43,000 on a Snapdragon 800.

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