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

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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50 Comments

1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Hell no. Crap evil chipsets

20. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 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.

31. AppleHateBoy unregistered

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

33. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

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

38. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 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...

49. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

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

37. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 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.

45. trollz

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 11, 2013

And mediatek is closed souced so no custom roms

2. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

10. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

must be the reason why they are teaming up with mediatek

39. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

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

3. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7369; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

4. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

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

46. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

exactly.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

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

6. express77 unregistered

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

7. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

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

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

11. papss unregistered

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

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

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

17. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nokia, ruined then bought an flouted as WP OEM.

18. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

19. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Oh for sure, you got it Pontiac.

21. papss unregistered

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

23. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Other then a totally unique OEM, still with many patents an good design language. Hardly the pale shadow that former Nokia had.

24. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Had=has. Autocorrect fail.

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

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