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Qualcomm drops prices for its entry-level chipsets; MediaTek not worried

0. phoneArena posted on 11 Jul 2014, 06:43

Qualcomm has recently decided to lower the prices of its entry-level chipsets. Nevertheless, competitor MediaTek isn't worried about a possible dip in its sales, since Qualcomm's lower-end solutions haven't been receiving nearly as much love as their top-tier Snapdragon line.

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posted on 11 Jul 2014, 07:56 13

1. ianneo (Posts: 41; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)

MediaTek should be worried, since their processors are mostly crap. Qualcomm is superior is almost every single aspect. Including development and custom ROMs and Root.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 09:07 1

3. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Well, not so much after Qualcomm having sent a DMCA takedown notice to many sites and themselves just recently (yeah, it was a major goof but they are repairing it).

Still I agree, MediaTek chips are pretty slow and inefficient. It was only fairly decent as a processor on my Cowon media players that only dealt with music and some videos at a somewhat low resolution.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 10:12

4. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

mediatek,s processors are legendary slow and sucks badly... its good that qualcomm dropped the prices... I hope qualcomm will not suck at low level

posted on 12 Jul 2014, 04:49

9. mistertimi (Posts: 77; Member since: 28 May 2014)

good thing custom ROMs and Root probably apply to the 0.5% of 1billion android users haha.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 08:59 4

2. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

Mediatek's dual core CPU is worse than qualcomm's quad core CPU in term of power consumption. I can prove it because I have both phones. Not to mention dead GPS & compass. Mediatek sucks

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 14:17

5. Cyberchum (Posts: 749; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

Only positive about mediatek is their astounding cell reception.

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 15:32

7. cezarepc (Posts: 718; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)

Well, I have an Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD that runs on an old and "crappy" quad-core Mediatek chip.

I also had a GS3, LG G2, and recently got a GS5. To be honest, compared to the all these, the OneTouch pales in comparison. But what we have to understand is the price range they are selling this thing. Performance is not top of the line quality but I can stream 720p content, can browse without lag in Dolphin Jetpack, can multi-task properly, pretty much mostly what I can do on my GS5 (except taking good quality pics and vids, and taking a dive with it, but that's not what this article is about).

About custom roms, well, forget about it. Tried almost every available one for the OneTouch and they're all buggy due to, yes, mostly the mediatek chip. So I'm sticking with the official release, which is pretty smooth and stable anyway.

So. Mediatek shouldn't be worried. Because people who buy phones with their chips in it are not really concerned about benchmarks, or dev support, or even 4G. Most of them just want a phone that can:
-handle streaming high quality content
-save and play music on their phones
-use for navigation every now and then
-do social media stuff
-have a nice and smooth UI
-take uploadable pics/vids (some filters perhaps)

Hate it or not, these are the majority of people, specially in the South East where the biggest pie of Mediatek's income comes from. In SEA, Single-core qualcomm equipped phones may be better supported, but they cost the same as mediatek device with 720p screens and 2GB RAM. Guess how much the dual-core mediatek phones are?

posted on 11 Jul 2014, 16:09

8. raky_b (Posts: 232; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

today a news about unknown MTK phone have been all over internet, it makes new antutu top score (43xxx).
they are guessing what it could bee, Xiaomi MI3s, Miezu MX4, or something else...anyway it will cost less then Snapdragon competition (well, one+1 is at similar price tag, but you just can't get it)
personally, i'm thinking it could be next Nexus model, since Google was saing it will work with MTK on new line of Nexus.

so, MTK is safe....at low cost market, Qualcomm are not even close with prices even with cuts, and MTK's top range chip is priced as Qualcomm's middle range Snap. 400

posted on 13 Jul 2014, 12:18

10. pulkit1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)

when google said they will work with mediatek they were talking about their Android one program and not the nexus line.

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