Could HTC really tap MediaTek for an octa-core One?
Sometimes we hear a rumor that sounds really great on first impression, but after taking a beat to consider just what would have to happen in order to make it come true, we find our enthusiasm quickly taking another form. That’s sort of the boat we’re in this afternoon, with talk going around about a possible octa-core HTC One.
“Well, that’s great,” you might think, but just what octa-core chip would HTC use? Samsung has sold its Exynos 5 Octa to other OEMs, but we really can’t see it entering into such an arrangement with HTC of all companies. That’s led to speculation that MediaTek might be providing the silicon for such a phone.
It’s not the craziest idea – HTC has an existing relationship with MediaTek – but we haven’t seen it use the company’s chips in anything approaching a high-end handset. The One brand is the best thing HTC has going for it right now, and we worry what stepping away from Qualcomm SoCs could mean for its future.
If it’s any consolation, the evidence at the heart of this octa-core One rumor is pretty shaky, at best. All we get is the screenshot below, which would be trivial to forge. If it is true, at least, beyond this octa-core MediaTek chip, this refreshed One could upgrade to 3GB of RAM, catching up to the Galaxy Note 3.