Posts tagged with: MediaTek
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    Seeing how its Helio P10 chipset has become a recent favorite with smartphone OEMs looking to equip a proper mid-ranger with the right engine, MediaTek is back at it with a second generation of Helio P products, this time numbered as P20 and P25. It also took time to update its X series with the introduction of a high-end Helio X30 SoC. Let's start off with the P20 and P25. The main advantages to these octa-core powerhouses over their predecessor are mainly in a slightly faster clock rate for the CPU and GPU, a 16nm process from TSMC and support for LPDDR4x RAM, providing for a much faster ...

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    Boost Mobile is about to grab a handful of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus boxes for a launch next Friday, but it also has a "power-full" phone from LG to deal with. Oddly enough, so does its parent company, Sprint. Both postpaid and prepaid operations will begin selling the LG X power, a phone with 4,100mAh battery, an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 and Android Marshmallow. What could be a two-day phone for those who want to buy it will cost $0 down and $9 per month for two years on Sprint or a flat $129.99 on Boost Mobile. Sprint and Boost are both touting new unlimited data plans with ...

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    Laptop? Sure. Tablet? You bet. Touchy screen? We're all keen. And with a price of only $399, we'd say that such a Chromebook has met its time. The Acer Chromebook R13 is the Taiwanese OEM's first such device to have the Google Play Store — you may know of that on cross-country competitor ASUS's Chromebook Flip — straight from the box and the first to sport a MediaTek chip for the device class (a quad-core M8173C CorePilot unit, if you're wondering). The 13.3-inch IPS touchscreen is rated at full HD resolution and comes below a 720p webcam. Talking memory, there's 4GB of RAM standard ...

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    In an age where most Chinese manufacturers have websites that avoid overusing bold sans-serif fonts — mostly Impact — and really bad grammar, it seems that upstart Vernee hasn't gotten the memo. Sure, the manufacturer does the crazy things a new player would get to like flash sales, but we'd assume that it knew that the font for memes has been cordoned off limits for a while now. Whatever the case, it has announced a November release frame for the Vernee Mars, a phone that will feature the next step up from the Helio P10, the Helio P20 (MediaTek's MT6757). It runs on the same eight ...

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    Xiaomi might have racked up some 1.5 million sales for its Mi Max smartphone, but all achievements are fleeting in an industry that keeps the butter churning. So, when's the next big release date? According to the company, it's to be July 27. The Redmi Weibo page posted up the existence of a Redmi Pro that will debut along with some "a mysterious sidekick" on that date. Whether it's the Redmi Note 4 or a Mi Note 2 or the Galaxy Note 7-whoops, wrong post... anyways, there's plenty of thought that could go into this. It could be an accessory or a weirdo smart surfboard — we're talking ...

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    Qualcomm isn’t only recognized as the undisputed heavyweight champion of smartphone SoCs these days due to the raw performance of its custom Kryo CPU cores and Adreno GPU comprising the Snapdragon 820 silicon, but also thanks to Quick Charge 3.0 technology. On its official web page, the wall-uncoupling solution is proudly touted as capable of helping devices “like the LG G5 achieve up to an 80% charge in just 35 minutes.” Impressive feat, though believe it or not, MediaTek aims to eclipse it by getting you from 0 to 70 percent in a measly 20 minutes. Meet Pump Express 3.0, the ...

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    Meizu's been soaking in more coverage recently with its PRO 6 smartphone (that still hasn't actually gone to market just yet) and has a lot of buzz about for its next premium smartphone, too. Let's talk, though, about the value-bombing MX-series that should be arriving sometime — anytime — in the second half of the year. Thanks to the benchmark developers at AnTuTu dropping some science on Weibo, we have a lot to look forward to this summer/fall/winter. First off, it seems that the Meizu MX6 will be sporting the MediaTek Helio X20 processor, just a tiny step down from the newer X25 on ...

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    When Apple has a bad quarter, it has a bed of big numbers to fall back on. When the company's parts suppliers have a bad quarter, they don't necessarily have much of a backup to rely on. Nikkei Asian Review has tracked drops in earnings at fifteen Taiwanese tech firms, most of them component suppliers serving Apple. Comparing first quarter performances year-over-year, the companies saw an average revenue decline of 7 percent versus a 17 percent increase in 2015. While that figure pales to the 13 percent loss Apple recorded last quarter, for some companies, it comes after several months ...

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    Meizu's billboard device right now may be the PRO 6, but it also has a major product line that serves the price bracket under that spotlight and that's its MX-series (you see the MX5 as our header). And to be frank, we're pretty darn surprised that we haven't gone on the trail for the MX6. After all, it's said to have a major ten-core processor we've been hashing on about. The major detail from Weibo tech maven @KJuma this weekend is that there will indeed be a MX6 and it will come in the "second half of the year." Mind you, the MX5 came out on June 30 of last year, so while we're ...

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    Artemis Fowl was a book I never read while in school, but you'll be reading a lot about a certain "Artemis" in a bit. It's the codename to ARM's new 10nm-based mobile processor that's to replace the Cortex-A72. The A72 is the two-core powerhouse that tops the ten-core packages that are MediaTek's Helio X20 and X25 chipsets. But as we're already talking about the Helio X30, we're looking at some benchmark scores that supposedly come in part from the "Artemis" in action. Pan Juitang, prolific Weibo microblogger and analyst at Huaquang Research out of China, has spilled some AnTuTu marks he ...

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    Samsung probably made the right call when delaying or altogether canceling the oft-rumored GS7 Plus and S7 Edge+ variants, but the brand dilution curse seems to be sticking to the world’s heavyweight smartphone champ like tar. Already, there’s reason for discord between owners of Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890-powered Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge models, as the latter SoC apparently incorporates an inferior GPU. Meanwhile, plans for an S7 Active are clearly advancing, though standard S7s look fairly robust and withstand water interaction. And then you have a couple more configurations built ...

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    While Qualcomm prefers to take a step back from the processor arms race, Taiwan's MediaTek is taking two steps forward. It not only announced that the first smartphones with its tri-cluster, deca-core Helio X20 chipset are almost ready to go, but another Chinese hardware partner is set to take up an even more advanced SoC that the chipmaker didn't even announce. MediaTek took to a stage in Shenzhen to address media on where the Helio X20 is going and, after a long road from its introduction last year, it's going to appear in products starting next month. PhoneArena and other outlets ...

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    In case you were wondering just how badly last year’s Snapdragon 810 overheating snafus hurt Qualcomm’s overall SoC sales, it turns out things weren’t so very grim. In fact, QCM retained its global smartphone AP domination, according to research by Strategy Analytics, somehow managing to account for more than the combined market shares of the industry’s first and second runner-ups. That’s right, Snapdragon silicon controlled 42 percent of revenue generated by smartphones sold worldwide in 2015, while Apple-designed chips grabbed 21 percent, and MediaTek’s fast-rising ...

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    Lenovo subsidiary ZUK has been working on its Z2 handset, a sequel to its first one released back in August. But the parent company has been very much keen on having ZUK lead the company's innovations — the international Z1 featured Cyanogen OS. More change is on the way for two ZUK models, both slated to have 4.7-inch 720p displays and the MediaTek Helio P10 chipset, the latest high-end silicon from the Taiwanese manufacturer for mid-range phones. There will also be a fingerprint sensor and ZUK's ZUI skin, though we don't know what OS it will mask (Cyanogen or Android). The only real ...

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    MediaTek is still a strong believer in a full-bore approach to applications processing. Its new Helio P20 chipset, just debuted at MWC, shows that belief off. Still, for a spec sheet that yells of big numbers, the company has put a restraint on what this silicon can power — think "badass mid-range phone," if you can. The P20 uses the Cortex-A53 for all eight cores, clockable up to 2.3GHz. It has three RAM bays — two for LPDDR4X at 1.6GHz, one LPDDR3 at 933MHz. A newer Mali T-880 GPU gets into the mix here, clocked at 900MHz. The chipset's LTE modem is said to offer Category 6 speeds ...

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    China first saw an evolved form of the HTC One A9 late last year. Europe now finally gets a chance to look at the phone and so do we at MWC. Everything lives larger on the One X9: from the 5.5-inch screen — still 1080p and also a return to Super LCD — to that 13-megapixel f/2.0 camera with OIS 2.0 to the whole design aesthetic of the A9. BoomSound gets a comeback with Dolby-enhanced loudness. Capacitive keys, for better or worse, are also here, along with a 5-megapixel selfie cam. Android Marshmallow and Sense UI come upon a MediaTek X10 octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM, ...

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    MediaTek may not be on the short list of SoC companies whose chips you seek out when buying a new phone, but the company's latest components have delivered some solid performance for their price, and it's felt like the company's status has been on the rise. Unfortunately, a new discovery casts a shadow over all that, as it's revealed that a number of MediaTek-based phones shipped to the public with a development debug backdoor still in place, potentially opening users up to malicious attacks. The problem code was intended to allow Chinese carriers to fully test these handsets prior to the ...

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    If you haven't been thinking of Japanese smartphone manufacturers lately, — Sony included — well, we don't blame you. But while all the new sprouts have been in China, Europe and even in the US, FREETEL has now given North America two reasons to look at it: a potential OnePlus 2 killer and what might become the continent's first Android flip phone. In addition to two lower-end Android devices, FREETEL will bring its latest flagship, dubbed the Kiwami. It has a six-inch quad HD display, cameras back and front at 21 and 8 megapixels respectively, a fingerprint sensor, and a 3,400mAh ...

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    Twitter leaker LlabTooFeR spotted a Wi-Fi Alliance certificate for the HTC One X9. This device, which would follow on the One A9, has been a hot topic among leakers in the mobile tech industry. We've been wondering about the chipset this supposed high-end-turned-mid-range phone would have and now we have a clue. LlabTooFeR believes that the model number listed is concurrent with the "E56ML" codename and "HTC One X9" moniker. In the full document (that you can download below), the MT6630 is listed as the Wi-Fi component. MediaTek first introduced the MT6630 with the octa-core MT6595 ...

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    Chipsets ahoy! What's with manufacturers coming up with their own systems-on-a-chip lately? Sure, Apple and Samsung have had great prominence in doing it. Huawei also has its own HiSilicon subsidiary that has brought more prestige to the Kirin line recently. LG's figuring out its own way with Intel. But Sony's denying rumors it's doing anything by itself. What's going on with manufacturers' factories? Apparently, tons of money if you're in China. ZTE just got a ¥2.4 billion ($73.8 million as of this post) infusion from the National IC Industry Investment Fund. The company plans on using ...

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    Call us surprised. Just a few days after introducing its latest halo technology, Qualcomm might be experiencing some whiplash after making clear the company's attitude toward a high-end quad-core chipset. Threads and streams were more important than a processor core, but it's the latter that makes all the difference in the mid- and low-end markets. So if Qualcomm is pushing on with octa-core Snapdragon 600-series SoCs — not because it wants to, but because it "has to" — why are sources claiming that there's an octa-core Snapdragon 820 on the way? Like the four-core version, the newer ...

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    Although MediaTek only took the wraps off its latest flagship chip, the deca-core 64-bit Helio X20, in May, still laying the groundwork for the first smartphones powered by the “Tri-Cluster” CPU, an even more complex sequel is said to be in the pipeline already. Could this, along with false rumors of the HTC One A9 packing X20 heat, suggest the 20 nm-based silicon was a flop, requiring an immediate 16 nm replacement? Or is MTK simply trying its best to rival Qualcomm and Samsung’s newest Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 workhorses? No one can answer that for sure, but if the MediaTek ...

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    Ah, Taiwan. For tiny quasi-country not recognized by the UN, it can fit a lot onto an island. Home to great food, extremely varied climate and a ton of techies — semiconductors to original equipment manufacturers to plain 'ol manufacturing in general. HTC has set up shop here along with Acer and ASUS. To make Taiwan feel important. the Ministry of Economic Affairs puts out an annual valuations list of the 20 largest global companies in the country. And for the third year in a row, Asustek has grabbed the top dollar spot on the list, cashing in at US$1.78B. Yeah, we know it's small fries, ...

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    We saw Chinese online entertainment and shopping empire LeTV climb above a million sales in three months of its first offering smartphones. Personally, this editor was pretty interested in the LeTV Smart Bike they also had, but then again, I'd go for any bike right now. But more importantly, what we're talking about now focuses on the next iterations in a couple of the company's models: the LeTV 1S and the LeTV Max 2. The LeTV Max sequel is said to have the Snapdragon 820 SoC (following on the Max's incorporation of the 810) and — this development being the latest for the device — a ...

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    HTC introduced its One M9 flagship some five months ago, powered by the most controversial chip of the year, the Snapdragon 810. In our testing, we didn't notice the One M9 succumbing to the 810's most frequently reported failure mode, overheating, but plenty of users did end up feeling the handset ran a little warm. Could that be driving HTC to consider taking the One M9 back to the drawing board and coming up with a new edition, one powered by an alternate SoC? That's what a new rumor claims, suggesting that HTC is working on a MediaTek-based One M9. We've already seen HTC embrace ...

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