MediaTek SoCs get a ton of flack in the smartphone community, ending up on all manner of lower-end devices. Despite the improvements the company has made to its chips over the years, they’re still largely seen as the sort of compromise OEMs make when they’re thinking more about cost-cutting than performance. That said, there have been signs lately that MediaTek’s stock could be rising, popping up in rumors like that one last month suggesting that HTC might even be thinking about a MediaTek octa-core chip for a new One variant. Now the latest claim to arrive says that Samsung is interested in getting in bed with MediaTek, as well, and will be using the company’s SoCs in models next year.
We haven’t heard any indication that Samsung would abandon its current mixing of Qualcomm Snapdragon and its own Exynos chips for its flagship models, but MediaTek components could well find their way into the company’s lower profile models. Sure, that won’t spell a lot of attention for MediaTek, but considering Samsung’s market share, the volume alone could end up being a big deal.
Reportedly, Samsung could start working with these chips beginning in the second half of 2014, which means we may see the first models featuring them around this time next year.