Future Amazon slates to be powered by MediaTek?

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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15 Comments

1. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

What happened to the Snapdragon 800?

5. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 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.

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

3. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

it really isn't that good either

4. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

11. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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.

7. stephenju

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 08, 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.

9. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

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

14. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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.

6. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

8. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 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.

12. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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.

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 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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