Samsung to use MediaTek chipsets for entry-level smartphones?

Samsung to use MediaTek chipsets for entry-level smartphones?
Samsung will reportedly be turning to MediaTek to deliver chipsets for entry-level smartphones. The chipmaker's Chairman, Tsai Ming Kai, refused to discuss the recent issues relating to the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The executive made a point of stating that the handset manufacturer is a client of the company, explaining his refusal to answer questions about the phablet. That would seem to indicate that Samsung has signed some sort of contract with MediaTek.

For its low-end phones, Samsung currently employs chips made from manufacturers that are not well known, like Spreadtrum. Or, it relies on less powerful or older generation Exynos chips. For example, the entry level Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) is driven by the Exynos 3475 chipset, which features a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU and the Mali-T720 GPU. Future models like this might be powered by a MediaTek SoC instead.

Samsung is rumored to have contracted for 10% of the low-end chips produced by MediaTek. The latter is making a name for itself with its high-end Helio lineup. That includes the deca-core CPU powered Helio X20 and Helio X25. We wouldn't expect Sammy to have any interest in these chips considering it already has the high-end covered with its powerful top-of-the-line Exynos chipsets.

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1. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Laggy UI+Laggy cheap_set = LAGSUNG ! Thx bye !

2. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

the aim is mainly to counter low priced Chinese entry-level and midrange handsets.. hopefully Samsung entry level will be cheaper now

3. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Mediatek chips are better than spreadtrum or 5 generations old exynos chips. I would call that a positive change. No half minded person would have bought low end Samsung phones before, so why even care?

4. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

heio x20/x25 >SD 650/652

5. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015


6. techlover2017

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 22, 2016

No, not in every department.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

X25 score higher on geekbench4... but thats all, SD652 have much better GPU

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

At last, Samsung is finally doing away with Spreadtrum. MediaTek's SoCs have been good, lately.

8. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Mediatek is definitely a better choice than spreadtrum. Better low end devices are coming. :)

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