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    MediaTek is definitely not a popular name for flagship smartphones, but this is the company that has enabled one of the best "performance-to-price" ratios that's currently powering a ton of phones in Asia. Even so, we do see companies like HTC choosing MediaTek processors for some flagships lately, so it does seem that the company is focused on gaining trust in the flagship smartphone market, and today's product launch says a lot. MediaTek just held a press event to announce its new Helio X20 MT6797 processor. What makes this new product hot is that it takes a step into the 64-bit ...

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    Do you remember the last time you looked at a phone display and picked up what turned out to be a display unit? Rather than the actual device, merchants often put out fake phones which - from a distance - look real. These often use the same chassis, but contain no components on the inside, so they're super light, and their screens are a glossy picture rather than an actual display. That was our first impression of the BLU Vivo Air, luckily that impression was quickly replaced with respect. The Vivo Air is thin, it's light, and it looks a lot like an iPhone 6. Beyond first impressions, ...

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    By this point, it feels like expectations for the HTC One M9 have largely zeroed-in on what we're likely to see HTC reveal at its March 1 event: from the handset's design to hardware specs, leaks and rumors have slowly crystallized into the understanding we now have. But while that Duo-Camera-less, five-inch, 1080p One M9 may be a safe bet, we can't quite say the same for the rumored One M9 Plus, descriptions of which have remained a little more nebulous. Today we try and cut through some of that uncertainty by taking a look at some possible benchmark data for the handset. Over on ...

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    When it comes to the silicon powering mobile devices, lately we've been thinking about things in terms of SoCs – complete packages like the Snapdragon 810 that's found itself at the heart of some heated rumors, or the Exynos chip Samsung's expected to go with instead of any Qualcomm option at all in the Galaxy S6. But as we poke deeper into these chips we can start talking about things in terms of their individual components – the CPU cores, GPU, and support hardware that build up these packages. Today, ARM revealed a couple of these next-gen components that will go into future SoCs, ...

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    "In the past, Qualcomm would just offer the chips and the manufacturer would do the whole device", said David Tokunaga, one of Qualcomm's senior directors in product management. Chip manufacturers, however, in order to increase their own business, are helping out their own customers (smartphone makers). They do that by offering an entire package of services, instead of just a product (the chip). "Now we offer a whole hardware ecosystem that makes it very easy for customers to just plug and play what they want", added Tokunaga. Reuters reports that chip manufacturers are also helping ...

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    One week back we heard a pretty interesting rumor about Google's possible plans for a future Nexus phone, one that would reach new heights (or should that be lows?) of affordability by selling for a mere $100. While the report was quite light on hardware details that might explain how the phone could be provided at such a low price point, it did name one: the use of a MediaTek processor. That on its own is enough to get Android fans groaning, either due to the reputation of the company's products as lesser alternatives to even lower-end Snapdragon chips, or as so many of you pointed out in ...

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    Google's Nexus series has brought us some fantastic values for Android hardware. The devices are generally quite top-shelf while coming in hundreds of dollars less than their competition. But recently, there's been a new surge of interest in smartphones that are even more affordable than the $300-$400 you might pay for Nexus phone, with models like the Moto G and Lumia 520 (not to mention the new 630) proving that shoppers also want slightly lower-end hardware if that means saving even more money. Now a new rumor out of Asia suggests that Google could be thinking about introducing a ...

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    HTC is feeling pressure to get its sales back on track, and we've already heard a little about how the company might be planning to pull that off. Last week, for instance, a report described an effort to rebalance executive duties, putting some of the sales and marketing responsibility on chairwoman Cher Wang while concentrating Peter Chou's focus on product development. Today we hear some other details about HTC's strategy, including an emphasis on a new source for SoCs. According to analysts, HTC has a four-part plan to turn around its fortunes. There's that business with leadership we ...

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    The smartphone core race may finally be coming to an end. 2013 brought us plenty of new SoC designs, but quad-core still reigns supreme. Still, the allure of octa-core chips has been too much for some manufacturers to resist, as we saw with Samsung and its Exynos 5 Octa. Still, should that really count, without all eight cores pumping away at once? Not content to leave that question hanging, some firms have endeavored to deliver proper full eight-cores-at-once SoC. We know Samsung's working on something along those lines, and software updates might even bring that mode to existing Exynos 5 ...

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    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 ...

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    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 ...

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