MediaTek launches its dual-core MT6577 chip, pefect for $200 Android smartphones

MediaTek launches its MT6577 chip, pefect for $200 dual-core Android smartphones
While some chip makers like Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and TI are known for their high-end processors for mobile devices, other companies like MediaTek are looking at the opposite side of the spectrum. The Taiwanese semiconductor company launched its MT6577 chip, which is meant to go inside budget-friendly smartphones. And by "budget-friendly", we mean sub-$200 handsets that should deliver decent performance thanks to MediaTek's silicon.

The chip seems pretty promising on paper, fusing together two Cortex A9 cores running at 1GHz and a PowerVR Series 5 GPU. This hardware configuration should have enough power to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 720p display, and even shoot 1080p video. 

So yeah, two thumbs up for cheap, dual-core Androids! The first smartphones that will use the MT6577 should be out in Q3 of 2012 since the chip is ready to ship to interested manufacturers. Speaking of manufacturers, it will be "MediaTek's leading global customers" using the chip in their devices, which means companies like Gigabyte, ZTE, and the rest of the Asian gang.

source: MediaTek via Engadget

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