Google teaming up with MediaTek to build $100 low to mid-range Nexus phone?
posted by Alan F. / Apr 18, 2014, 5:20 AM
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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This would be great for Google/NSA. Not so great for the rest of the Android hardware makers.
posted on Apr 18, 2014, 5:25 AM 1
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Hell no. Crap evil chipsets
posted on Apr 18, 2014, 5:58 AM 2
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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.
posted on Apr 18, 2014, 7:19 AM 4
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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...
posted on Apr 18, 2014, 12:01 PM 1
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What about the issues with Media Tek's processors and 4.4 KK?
posted on Apr 18, 2014, 5:31 AM 4
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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.
posted on Apr 18, 2014, 5:32 AM 0
I'm surprised google didn't just buy them and say they created these chips..
posted on Apr 18, 2014, 6:25 AM 1
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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.
posted on Apr 18, 2014, 6:40 AM 1
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