Samsung to use cheapo MediaTek processors for 2014 phones
posted by Daniel P. / Oct 04, 2013, 4:24 AM
So far it's been sometimes using Broadcom on some of its low-end handsets, but MediaTek is likely to come even cheaper for Samsung, seeing that most Chinese and Indian Android makers are using precisely these chipsets in their phones.
Most handsets with MediaTek that have come through our hands for review left us rather unimpressed in terms of smooth interface handling or graphics-heavy tasks like 3D gaming. This is evident in benchmarks and explicable given that even the quad-core ones are a frugal but underpowered Cortex-A7 affair.
By the time Samsung signs the agreement and the Chinese start shipping their silicon in volume for the second half of 2014, however, there might be newer versions that will up the performance while keeping power draw to a minimum. Well, maybe not to up to the level Qualcomm does it, but hopefully better than what the Chinese have now. One thing is for sure - Samsung's handsets will become even cheaper to produce, and we hope that some of the savings will be passed on the us users.
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Cheapsungtic!!! Ho Hey :0
posted on Oct 04, 2013, 4:28 AM 8
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This is mediatek for low end tizen phones i would assume. Unlike cheapo HTC putting S4 Pros in their One Max
posted on Oct 04, 2013, 4:42 AM 13
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Crapsung strikes again!
posted on Oct 04, 2013, 8:37 AM 1
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This should be worrying to Qualcomm as Samsung used its chips like the Snapdragon 400 in some mid rangers e.g. S4 Mini, which are big sellers. MediaTek is about to be Qualcomm's biggest problem, 2014 is going to be very interesting.
posted on Oct 04, 2013, 4:31 AM 2
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..... i doubt mediatek is going to be much of a threat to Qualcomm in the high end department though where galaxy S and note series sell millions
posted on Oct 04, 2013, 4:38 AM 7
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Intel is the major threat to qualcomm. We are about to see CPU Wars 2.0 between arm and intel over the upcoming years to see who can squeeze the most power while being power efficient. Intel's baytrail is winning right now but its not released yet so it doesn't count yet. These chips are as good as low end laptop chips. http://www.extremetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/58064.
posted on Oct 04, 2013, 7:48 AM 2
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Mediatek is only an issue for Qualcomm in the LOW range. They only have one decent chipset and I'm not sure if ti has been implemented in any device: MT8135. All the rest of their offer has less power than the old Tegra 3. That can't be called "midrange" in my opinion.
posted on Oct 04, 2013, 5:26 AM 2
I think samsung is the one who should worry, because there are no other major OEMs who are interested to use Exynos.
posted on Oct 04, 2013, 7:53 AM 2
lol. This is stupid. Qualcomm S4 chips are cheaper now. Wait until angry customers complain about the stupid GPS inside mediatek crap.
posted on Oct 04, 2013, 6:33 AM 3
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Well true. Quad-S4 play with Adreno 203 performs better than the A7-quad from Mediatek but only slightly. And Mediatek's price is still lower.
posted on Oct 04, 2013, 6:59 AM 0
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