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

50. samirsshah

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

At least Google has the right idea (MediaTek bringing in low price). I do not know why Microsoft still continues with high-priced Qualcomm.

47. fatedcircle14

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

I hope the nexus-mediatek version will have an LTE ...now that mtk is in works for an SoC with LTE capability....

44. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Those MTK SOC cannot compare with Snapdragon 400 :D. And they are on the same price category I suppose

43. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I won't mind a proper "Nexus-ized" Redmi Note w/ 16Gb internal + LTE so long if it fits the Nexus standard nuts and bolts. But the only good thing I'm seeing out of this is that MediaTek will be forced to be more AOSP compliant at which their preference towards PowerVR GPU IP renders the expectation suspiciously short term...

35. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nexus mini with at least a 720p screen and a sd800 please. Ideal would be a 1080p 4.3 inch screen with a SD805 though.

40. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Did you miss that this article is about Mediatek processors?

48. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Nope. I know this is a budget phone rumour. I am just stating what they should make instead.

29. imkyle

Posts: 1117; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I'll take a $199 Nexus phone with the Mediatek Octa-Core CPU. That guy scores 30,000 on Antutu.

42. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I would so buy that!

27. tokuzumi

Posts: 2031; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I don't see this phone being offered in the US as a Nexus device. Maybe a GPE device. If the phone performed well, I could see picking one up as a backup device.

41. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

What I REALLY want is a Zenfone 6 GPE priced at $199 USD. I would order that within seconds of its release. I ordered my 16 GB Moto G within minutes of its release for the USA too. There's something about that price range that just drives me into a feeding frenzy.

26. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Google needs to subsidize their phone internationally. As of now, at my favourite phone store I could only see a gap of $50 between an unlocked 32GB G2 and 16GB Nexus 5. The 16GB G2 is priced about the same as the Nexus 5.

22. antonioli

Posts: 200; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Oh men, this thing must come to Brazil.

15. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Mediatek should fix GPS & compass problem if they want to team up with Google. Power management in mediatek devices is still a problem too. I think Google should team up with other Chinese CPU maker like rockhip or AllWinner. They are better than Mediatek, IMO.

34. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Yep. Rockchips are pretty decent. Plus competition for MT on the ultra-low end never hurts, it keeps MT in check.

13. NIGER.AREA

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

I wish to see this become real.

12. NIGER.AREA

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

I wish to see this become real.

11. papss unregistered

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

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; 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: 4147; 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: 4147; 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: 4147; 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: 4147; 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

28. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Fair competition forced them to sell Moto. More or less. Moto was not stripped of all its patents, From what I have read, provide links to contrary or all patents being sold please. Regardless, she is backed by big money again, and a wall of patents from a big OEM. No harm, no foul.

32. DFranch

Posts: 571; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"According to the deal with Lenovo, Google will keep the majority of Motorola’s huge patent portfolio. The company had valued those patents and other developed technology at $5.5 billion" http://marketrealist.com/2014/03/must-know-google-sell-motorola-business-lenovo/

36. droid_does_more

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 25, 2010

Let's not act like Microsoft(*cough* Skype *cough cough* Hotmail) doesn't do the same thing. Added to the fact that your comment really has no relevance here save to start a flame war. Besides, Google has NEVER bought a company then claimed to create what that company has made. That's Apple.

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