Do you own a MediaTek-based device?


For years now, US-based Qualcomm has dominated the smartphone processors industry ruthlessly, with barely any worthwhile competition. As time went by, however, its position started to diminish — first, it was Taiwanese MediaTek's ever bolder advances in Asia, and now Samsung's emergence as a viable alternative with its Exynos division. But it all started with MediaTek — a poor man's Snapdragon in most people's heads.

Suffices to say that MediaTek went in an entirely different direction from Qualcomm by chasing after emerging markets and entry-to-mid-range devices. For a time, it was hard to justify a flagship with a MediaTek processor, but times changed — we now have quite potent MT chips that are capable enough to run through most any task problem-free. They usually don't score quite as well as the highest of high-ends from Qualcomm in some tests, but MediaTek keeps on cracking at it, and results have already followed and are likely to keep on flowing. This has led to an increase in the chipmaker's share, and the adoption of its wares even by major manufacturers such as HTC, Sony, and LG, and rumors have it that the company is angling for the likes of Samsung too. A plethora of emerging Chinese manufacturers also make use of its silicon. 

With all of the above in mind, it's about time we asked: Does your personal daily driver or any secondary devices you have utilize a MediaTek chipset?

Do you own a MediaTek-based device?

I own a MediaTek-based device
24.43%
I own several MediaTek-based devices
7.04%
I don't own any MediaTek-based devices
64.63%
I don't know
3.9%

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46 Comments

1. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Only over my dead body I would have a device with a Mediatek inside. Those GPUs really need to change... And more and more we're seeing Medium Range with mediatek so beware. On high end? Never, I'll get a device with it. So far it seems Exynos is the way to go this year, as 810 failed miserably (and sadly to lead other OEMs to carry this s* burden, HTC M9 anyone?)

10. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I owned Mediatek powered phone two years ago(midranger) and it was lengendary slow with poor graphic capabilities... recently, mediatek has shown quite advancement but I think their graphic capabilities still sucks... Samsung exynos is a real and viable competitor to QCom

14. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

As opposed to the SD615 and 410 that are worse? Qualcomm went with the wrong process and they lost this round to Mediatek and Marvell. Yes a 10-15$ 4-8 cores SoC is not a 50$ SoC but people like you need to figure that out.

43. g2a5b0e unregistered

You lost all credibility when you said they lost to Marvell.

19. alexvv

Posts: 165; Member since: Oct 16, 2013

i completely agree about their high-end processors, but mali-t760 mp2 for a sub 200 euro device is actually really good and much better than the old adreno 305/6.

20. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

"Only over my dead body I would have a device with a Mediatek inside." Consider yourself lucky that you can say such a thing. The power to have the option to choose a device based on SOC. For high end devices yeah of course it's Exynos/Snaps, but the price man. Most people Mediatek is targeting just look at the price and don't even look at specs. A good performance at the price range they are paying is certainly welcome (and good in the long term for Android).

22. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Well S810 should be performing a lot better i agree but it is not burning my hands so, it is not disasterous I am an HTC One M9 owner btw All what S810 needs is some more optimized drivers And btw, in Taiwan, m9 recieved a maintenance update that improved the camera performance a lot! And brought more battery life and performance too! It is a bummer that the international M9 is still waiting for this update but hey, the S810 powered M9 can be really powerful and it can be a lot improved via sw updates ;)

25. Simona unregistered

29. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

HTC's M9 failure got nothing to do with SD 810 there is no better chipset except Samsung's s6 one.

39. Simona unregistered

Kirin from Huawei is very good .. compete with others like SD or Exy

24. Simona unregistered

So how can be failed product high end ?? And u even \DON'T understand the technology or architecture of Semiconductor Electronics.. ! You are stupid naive little boy who only goes with that what is available commonly or what is popular.. But u don't understand development of SoC at all u just want to play your crappy stupid games u 10 year old boy .. If the mediatek would be so popular you wud be saying like ; ''noo waay i wud use Exynor or SDragon.. no way''.. You need to grow up and understand meaning of electronic technologies.. Until next time .. Regards

35. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Is this irony? First of all you're the one behaving like a stupid little boy just because he disagrees with your views, if mediatek would be more popular they would still be crap, no other way around it. Mediatek based devices are slower in user experience, much slower in gpu performance. If you understood the architecture of "semiconductor electronics" you wouldn't defend the company that just slaps cores and more cores, an off the shelf entry level GPU and clocks them all off the charts just to get good antutu scores. Laughable.

38. Simona unregistered

What u want powerfulness for ?? s**tty games? DAMN! phone is for fkin' making phone calls ,sms, email or internet ? That is phone supposed to be for no? don't u think ? Or u have purchased phone for stupid benchmarks ?? Man u brainwashed with your ''more powerful'' stupidity .. like greedy for money ; more , more more , more and more.. You are just another not grown kiddo .. You can stick your useless and pointless benchmarks you know where.. They doesn't bring any benefit to smartphone users.. Or just for short time nice feeling that you see more higher number .. Go play your stupid games .. which brainwash you even more. stupido ..

42. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

wow.. that was a tough read.. maybe some proof reading before posting? Anyways a phone is for anything you want, how can you define what a phone is used for? A phone can be all of those things and more and if I want to do it all at the same time I can with a more powerful phone. the fact is that a Metiatek chip is underpowered and not at all for a power user ( yet). Does that mean its bad? Nope but to call someone a child because they want more power is childish in its own self.

47. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

I don't know who's sadder, you for that pathetic post or the two people that thumbed it up. Yes it's for "fkin" making phone calls, sms, email or internet and that's what i use my phone for, so you're wrong for starters. If i purchased a phone for stupid benchmarks i wouldn't have an HTC One M8. "You are just another not grown kiddo" By how mad you got at my comment we can clearly see who's the kid, not to mention the Spongebob profile pic. LOL I don't play games on my phone lmfao, you're wrong yet again. I was just talking in a more general scenario of the advantages to consumers of a certain SoC, as you apparently don't know different people different needs, some people like to game on their phones, DEAL WITH IT. Grow the f**k up.

36. waddup121 unregistered

The only bad thing is that Mediatek don't make high-end chipsets yet, but they are getting there. Maybe in the near future I will.

2. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Mediatek is like Windows Phone , mediocre at best considering the competition.

18. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

The funniest part of your crappy analogy is that windows phones only use snapdragon processors.

26. Simona unregistered

it's a business .. they won't be supporting china economy tho .. everything is politics

30. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

It got nothing to do with politics mediatek chips are mostly China only.

40. Simona unregistered

no I am saying windows phones are just from nokia or microsoft so they will support only qualcom you know..

46. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No I don't understand how you figure that out!!!

3. singhkaran9830 unregistered

I own a Micromax Canvas 2 plus,Mediatek MT6589M, and its completely s**t.

6. cmpunk

Posts: 88; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

LMAO!

27. Simona unregistered

why u own it then ?

45. singhkaran9830 unregistered

It was my first mediatek device,thought it would perform well as it was 1.2GHz Quad core,but it didn't.Though the device has great battery backup around 6-7 hrs SOT but it stands nowhere near a 1Ghz dual core Snapdragon.Its has very less resale value.

4. ABC_123

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

I was own one.

5. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

I have it and it runs without problems. No heat issues and for me its sufficient coz I dont have adobe premier or 3DS max :p

7. cmpunk

Posts: 88; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I own an old Galaxy Note 1 with CM 12.1beta (android 5.1.1). It still works like a charm

8. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Do you even read, what this article is all about.

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