Samsung to use cheapo MediaTek processors for 2014 phones

Samsung to use cheapo MediaTek processors for 2014 phones
Next year Samsung is to go CCC, or Cheap Chinese Chipset, as reports are coming it will start using MediaTek's quad- and octa-core silicon for its low- to midrange handsets.

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.

source: DigiTimes

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29 Comments

1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Cheapsungtic!!! Ho Hey :0

5. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

This is mediatek for low end tizen phones i would assume. Unlike cheapo HTC putting S4 Pros in their One Max

14. ThinkAgain

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Samsung is already making a lot of money per phone (atleast the high end ones), infact they are making more than Apple per phone in some cases. Why cheap Mediatek now? They have their foundries.

29. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

they r using just for mid range or low range smartphones not for flagships

15. newbey123

Posts: 696; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Crapsung strikes again!

16. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

go spam useless comments elsewhere or next time say something productive

25. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

butthurt ifax are not allowed in forums where all adults are discussing serious matters, please go to bed now kiddo.

2. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

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.

4. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

..... 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

6. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

mediatek threat is real to low and mid range competitors coz m using qmobile a900 with quad core mediatek cortex a7 but this thing is really smooth

20. Navaid

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

inko Q ka kia bata rahey ho..

21. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

m telling him qmobile a900 processor is good enough to run phone smooth and its a real threat to low and mid end competitors

12. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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.png http://www.extremetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/58070-640x492.png

17. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Shatter it's still no way near the A53 A57 SOCs! They destroy the Baytrails! Even the Exynos 5420 is on par with it, let alone you still have their mighty E5450 ™

19. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

oh yeah, thanx, how can we forget chipzilla. cant wait for smartphones to rech PC like processing power :)

9. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

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.

13. yudi.nemesis unregistered

I think samsung is the one who should worry, because there are no other major OEMs who are interested to use Exynos.

28. Ronny666

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

You must have been living in a cave for very long time. Lenovo and Xiaomi uses Exynos chipsets and they are not small companies.

3. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Currently using a Mediatek device and performance is above average for mid-range... while priced in the low-range.

7. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This would give many affordable options from Sammy. Sony's Xperia C already uses 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor which costs around Rs. 20,000/- ($325) in India.

8. jeevan28111992

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Ha...I think Samsung is ready to abandon it's Touchwiz Ui...It's totally laggy in galaxy grand...Now we'll see how it works with mediatek...

10. taikucing unregistered

lol. This is stupid. Qualcomm S4 chips are cheaper now. Wait until angry customers complain about the stupid GPS inside mediatek crap.

11. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

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.

27. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

But Meditek Quad uses PowerVR 544MP which is more powerful than Adreno 203, I am Using S4 and low-end that uses Mediatek and it is really good but sometimes it does lag.

18. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

Nobody want high end phones with high price tag but high end phones with low price tag. So mediatek is the biggest rival to all other over the coming decade.

22. Rongocook

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 20, 2013

Tegra 5 is a win win next year when it comes to power.

23. Cyberchum

Posts: 1011; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Why do we like to diss what we are ignorant of??? Mediatek is a good option for low cost phones, use them before bashing then.

24. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Misread the article post recanted. LoL

26. flamencoguy

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

They have good price/performance ratios. They will help to keep costs down. And they will even have an octa-core SoC out by this year

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