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Don't expect MediaTek to release chips that support Windows Phone in 2014

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Don't expect MediaTek to release chips that support Windows Phone in 2014
With its focus on 4G chipsets for the booming Chinese 4G market, and on 3G chips for Chinese manufacturers exporting their wares, MediaTek doesn't have the time to start focusing on Windows Phone this year. Additionally, the company is expected to start shipping a pair of 64-bit CPUs during the third quarter. In other words, the company's plate is already full.

With an R&D department that is manned by 10,000 workers, the lack of a Windows Phone product isn't due to MediaTek's inability to produce such a product. Instead, the company is providing solutions for areas where business is red hot. Right now, that means it is working on 4G chipsets featuring both quad-core and octa-core technology.

This is the opposite approach to the one being taken by Qualcomm. The latter is building Qualcomm Reference Design handsets for Windows Phone. The first smartphones to be built based on the reference design will be launched in the second half of this year.

source DigiTimes

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posted on 21 May 2014, 09:08 4

1. nlbates66 (Posts: 328; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)

bleh, mediatek chips are rubbish anyway, their support even on android for driver source updates (to match newer android versions) is lacklustre so who would actually want their chips in their phone?

posted on 21 May 2014, 15:19 1

8. sgodsell (Posts: 4735; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

Its kind of wrong when the article starts off don't expect mediatek to support WP in 2014. Last time we all heard windows phone is closed source. So the only one that could ever add support to WP for mediatek chips is Microsoft only, and no body else. Granted mediatek is poor for open sourcing some of the kernel drivers for the Android Linux kernel. But news recently stated that they are releasing the code to those drivers. Once that is done, then any and all OS's can be supported. Also some of their newer 64bit 2ghz octa core CPUs have impressive benchmarks.

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:23 3

2. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

MediaTek support isn't required for WP as yet. The Snapdragon 200 is quite cheap enough and can be used to power low end WPs.

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:38 1

3. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

I hate mediatek CPU because of many problems. Not optimized power usage, unfunctional GPS, no updates.

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:41 3

4. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

Probably the only thing I like about WP is only support for quality Snapdragon Kraits. Who wants Mediatek crap anyway LOL.

posted on 21 May 2014, 11:06 2

7. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

hell has frozen over i agree w u

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:51 1

5. jrod78414 (Posts: 102; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

like 1 billion people in asia making your statement meaningless. That makes Mediatek Winning

posted on 21 May 2014, 10:53

6. jrod78414 (Posts: 102; Member since: 18 Dec 2013)

did any body notice PA took down thier post on LG 3. the picures were the same of advertising but had different info. Wierd

posted on 21 May 2014, 17:42

9. GreekGeek (Posts: 1276; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)

MEDIATEK can't run Windows platform simple as that

posted on 21 May 2014, 18:03

10. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I wouldnt say that. MS just uses Qualcomm exclusively right now. Mediatek is used in some Android phones. If Android runs as bad vs WP as some of you say....Mediatek should have no problems with WP.

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