Qualcomm has always dominated the high-end smartphone space, but that’s slowly changing. MediaTek this week unveiled its Dimensity 9200 SoC for high-end Android phones, which appears to be a very strong option, but it’s happening as Google is also pushing its Samsung-produced Tensor chip forward. Could MediaTek turn out to be the better partner for Google?
MediaTek Stories November 11
MediaTek Stories November 10
MediaTek’s new flagship chip slows down 32-bit support as Android moves to its 64-bit future
Google has been moving Android to a future that’s 64-bit only for years, but it’s been a slow process. After the Pixel 7 blocked installation of 32-bit apps last month, MediaTek has partially dropped hardware support for 32-bit on the Dimensity 9200, pushing Android one step closer to a 64-bit-only future.
MediaTek’s new Chromebook chips bring better display support for entry-level laptops
While Intel and AMD rule the premium laptop sector on ChromeOS, MediaTek has shown time and time again to be a pretty solid choice for entry-level Chromebooks. This week, MediaTek is announcing the Kompanio 520 and 528 chips, which improve display support among other things for affordable Chromebooks.
MediaTek Stories November 8
MediaTek has just debuted its latest flagship chip and set the bar for 2023 Android phones. The MediaTek Dimensity 9200 delivers Arm’s new Cortex X3 CPU, Immortalis GPU, and the company’s first flagship chip with mmWave 5G support.
MediaTek Stories November 1
MediaTek’s next flagship chip beats even Apple’s GPU according to leaked benchmarks
MediaTek isn’t the first name most folks think of when it comes to a powerful mobile chip, but the brand seems determined to change that. This week, a leaked benchmark of the MediaTek Dimensity 9200, a sequel to last years Dimensity 9000, shows a beastly GPU that tops the charts.
MediaTek Stories June 21
MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ offers a performance boost for late-2022 Android phones
Last year, MediaTek unveiled the Dimensity 9000 as a flagship chipset to give Qualcomm a run for its money. Now, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ is giving that chip a mid-cycle refresh with slight improvements. Here’s what’s new.
MediaTek Stories May 23
MediaTek Dimensity 1050 is the company’s first chip with mmWave 5G
MediaTek was once known for being the go-to choice for super-cheap Android phones, but the company has been changing that reputation in recent years. This week, MediaTek is announcing the Dimensirty 1050, its first chip with mmWave 5G, as well as some other chips.
MediaTek Stories April 6
Samsung ‘expected’ to adopt MediaTek chips in Galaxy S22 FE and Galaxy S23 in some regions
Samsung’s Fan Edition series was a hit on debut, and while the latest model was delayed heavily, it still turned out to be a great device. Now, it seems the series is set for another shake-up, with the Galaxy S22 FE rumored to use a chipset from MediaTek, a choice that might even expand to the Galaxy S23 later.
MediaTek Stories March 2
Qualcomm has long dominated the Android smartphone market, but it seems times are changing. It’s possible that MediaTek has taken the top slot in the US from Qualcomm, and the IDC says that Google Tensor is at least partially to blame for Qualcomm losing its seat.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series is usually the first thought when it comes to what powers an Android phone in the US, but it seems times are changing. According to a new report, MediaTek processors are now the most common chips found in Android phones sold in the US — Qualcomm disagrees.
MediaTek Stories January 27
MediaTek has officially unveiled its next-generation Kompanio 1380 chipset designed for use in high-end Chromebooks and Chrome OS hardware.
MediaTek Stories November 19, 2021
MediaTek powers quite a lot of Android phones, but the company’s higher-end offerings have never lived up to the likes of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon line. However, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 may finally change that story if the company’s claims turn out to be true.
MediaTek Stories September 10, 2021
MediaTek Stories April 13, 2021
While Chromebooks have long been used as affordable, low-power computers, there’s also a growing market for premium, high-end devices running Chrome OS. To that end, Nvidia and MediaTek have announced that they are now working together on bringing RTX graphics to future Chromebooks.
MediaTek Stories January 20, 2021
MediaTek Stories December 29, 2020
For the first time in MediaTek’s history, the Taiwanese firm surpassed Qualcomm in terms of sales of devices utilizing their chipsets in Q3 2020.
MediaTek Stories November 11, 2020
MediaTek is taking on Qualcomm with yet another 5G-enabled chipset, this time in the form of the Dimensity 700 chip.
MediaTek Stories September 1, 2020
The MediaTek Helio G95 offers affordable smartphones another gaming-focused chip
MediaTek is on a roll at the moment, releasing yet another affordable gaming-focused chip in the form of the Helio G95 that will likely find its way into budget phones across the globe.
MediaTek Stories August 18, 2020
MediaTek launches yet another mid-range 5G chip in the form of the Dimensity 800U
MediaTek has announced yet another mid-range chipset in the form of the Dimensity 800U, which will provide an upcoming wave of mid-range smartphones with 5G connectivity.
MediaTek Stories July 23, 2020
MediaTek Stories June 30, 2020
MediaTek unveils Helio G25 and G35 chipsets aimed at low-end gaming phones
MediaTek has now unveiled another duo of affordable chipsets in the form of the Helio G25 and G35 which are aimed at improving the low-end mobile gaming experience.
MediaTek Stories May 18, 2020
MediaTek announces affordable Dimensity 820 midrange 5G chipset
MediaTek Stories May 6, 2020
MediaTek Stories March 3, 2020
Overall, Android is a pretty secure operating system, but bugs and exploits can form anywhere, and eventually they do. This week, a severe security exploit was revealed relating to MediaTek chipsets, and the bad news is that many devices affected probably won’t ever be patched.
MediaTek Stories February 12, 2020
[Update: Crisis meeting] Here are all the companies not attending MWC 2020 due to coronavirus
The potential risk of the coronavirus has loomed over MWC 2020 in Barcelona since the first wave of news of the outbreak first broke during the early stage of this year.
MediaTek Stories February 3, 2020
MediaTek Stories January 14, 2020
MediaTek launches Helio G70 series chips designed for mid-range gaming phones
MediaTek has officially launched the Helio G70 series processors which are designed to enhance the gaming experience for mid-range devices.
MediaTek Stories September 25, 2019
After Hours: New Spotify playlists, MediaTek’s Android TV chipset, more
MediaTek Stories July 30, 2019
MediaTek launches Helio G90 and G90T chips aimed at budget gaming phones
Budget chipset maker MediaTek has unveiled two brand new affordable gaming chips that should help power the next wave of dedicated gaming phones called the Helio G90 and G90T.
MediaTek Stories May 29, 2019
MediaTek unveils 5G chipset made to make 5G phones affordable
MediaTek has unveiled its latest 5G 7-nanometer chipset which could help bring the superfast wireless connectivity to budget handsets globally.
MediaTek Stories July 27, 2016
MediaTek Stories May 31, 2016
Sony brings its budget-friendly Xperia E5 to the market
In the myriad of flagship devices that get announced almost every month, we tend to forget that a big chunk of Android customers comprises people that care little about all the fancy features higher-end devices carry, and mostly need a tool to get a few things done.
That’s the market Sony is targeting with its latest handset. After quickly retracting all mentions of the Xperia E5 from social media briefly after unveiling it last week, the Japanese firm is officially announcing the device today…
MediaTek Stories April 25, 2016
In an announcement which could deal a further blow to Qualcomm’s slowing processor business, Xiaomi is seemingly about to reveal plans to build its own CPUs in-house. In a report published by Korea Times, it’s claimed that the major Chinese smartphone maker will use the industry-standard ARM license technology to make its own ‘Rifle’-branded SoCs.
MediaTek Stories April 21, 2016
Acer’s latest Iconia Tab 10 is an affordable full HD tablet with front facing speakers
At a press event today, Acer announced several new laptops, including a new Chromebook, and a new 10-inch tablet in the Iconia Tab series. The Iconia Tab 10 is geared towards media consumption with a full HD screen, front facing speakers, and several software optimizations.
MediaTek Stories January 7, 2016
MediaTek Stories January 5, 2016
MediaTek announces new processor designed specifically for smartwatches
Taiwanese processor manufacturer, MediaTek has announced that it will soon begin producing a brand new compact processor built specifically for smartwatches. The company claims that it’s the first system-in-package chip to offer GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth LE and a MIPI-supported high resolution display all in one unit.
Although exact power and specifications aren’t mentioned, MediaTek claims that its chip is 41 percent smaller than solution from its competitors and can also enable much longer battery life. The press release states that devices with the MediaTek MT2523 chip can last more than a week on a single charge. If true, this could be a game-changer. Manufacturers will be able to make smaller, slimmer watches that last more than just the standard two days on a full charge.
“The MT2523, with its combination low power and rich features, marks a significant step forward for the smart watch and wristband industries, said JC Hsu, MediaTek’s corporate vice president and general manager of IoT business unit. “Power combined with efficiency has always been the hallmark of MediaTek technology solutions and we are leading the charge in bringing this know-how to IoT products.”
MediaTek’s MT2523 product family is based around a highly integrated system in package (SiP) that contains a micro controller unit (MCU), dual-mode Bluetooth, GPS and a power management unit (PMU). The MCU enables wearable devices with lower power consumption and smaller form factors than Android Wear. The display component supports MIPI-DSI and serial interfaces, resulting in a high-resolution mobile screen. It includes 2D capabilities of true color, per pixel alpha channel and anti-aliasing fonts, plus 1-bit index color to save memory and computing power.MT2523’s low power comes from its ARM® Cortex®-M4 processor, which combines high-efficiency signal processing functionality with low power, low cost and ease-of-use benefits.
The new SiP will be available to manufacturers at some point during the first half of this year.
MediaTek Stories September 18, 2015
Google Spain took to its official Twitter handle to announce the news we’ve been waiting on for some time: Android One has finally landed in Europe. Having seen a rollout in several Asian and African countries, this marks the first time we’ve seen Google’s budget-friendly stock Android effort within the EU. The first European Android One handset is the BQ Aquaris A4.5, which is available to buy now direct from BQ in Spain and Portugal…
MediaTek Stories September 11, 2015
Rumored HTC One A9 could feature 10-core Helio X20 processor
Over the past few weeks, maybe even months, it’s been rumored HTC will release a new all-metal smartphone to join its lineup. The HTC One A9 is expected to take design cues from the One M-series, but so far, rumors and leaks have been less than convincing. According to a leaked screenshot, allegedly taken from Geekbench, the One A9 could feature a hugely powerful processor built by MediaTek, and feature 4GB RAM.
Although there’s still plenty of reason to be skeptical, it’s at least interesting to see these rumors crop up repeatedly about the same device. The device benchmark information shows that it has a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor, the same chip found inside the recently announced Acer Predator smartphone. The chip is clocked at 1.96GHz, paired with 4GB RAM on a device which will purportedly run Android 5.1.1.
Twice in recent memory, an HTC event has been teased. Initially rumors predicted a September 6th event, while more recently, a September 29 unveiling was teased. With all this uncertainty surrounding the launch date, it’s worth taking any of the speculation, leaks or rumors with a healthy dose of skepticism. Early leaks were clearly faked, and there’s been a lack of any clear and reliable evidence surrounding the One A9. If today’s leak is anything to go by, a Helio chip could point towards an Asia-specific device. Having a launch event in Japan does nothing but corroborate that speculation.
MediaTek Stories September 4, 2015
If Motorola and OnePlus thought they could have the leather and wooden customization options to themselves, they were wrong. This morning, Alcatel OneTouch, makers of the popular Idol 3 handset, have announced a new range of affordable and highly customizable smartphones. The POP STAR range was announced alongside the rugged and sporty GO PLAY range and an enormous tablet that’s so big, we probably shouldn’t call it a tablet.
MediaTek Stories September 3, 2015
Lenovo is one of the busiest companies at IFA this year. Not only has it had its Motorola smartphones and smartwatches to deal with, but also its own-brand devices. As well as announcing its new budget Chromebook, Lenovo has taken the wraps off new Android-powered smartphones: The PHAB and the Vibe series’.
MediaTek Stories September 2, 2015
Acer just teased a beast: Predator 6 smartphone has 10-core processor, 4 loudspeakers, 4GB RAM and more…
As part of its IFA announcement this morning, Acer teased an upcoming product which could have any spec-hungry smartphone fans drooling with desire. It didn’t give all the details, but what it did share is enough to get us to stand up and pay attention.
Acer’s Predator 6 smartphone will feature a ridiculous deca-core (10 cores!) MediaTek Helio X20 with 4GB RAM and four front-facing speakers. This is designed to be a mobile gaming power-house. Its internal specs are made to handle even the most intensive gaming, while the four speakers will create an immersive experience. If that wasn’t enough, it also has a 21MP camera on the back, because why not?
No other details were shared. We don’t know pricing or availability. We don’t even know for certain if it’s going to run Android, they didn’t say. It’s safe to assume that it will be an Android device given the specifications and that the Predator 8 is launching soon, and definitely runs Android 5.1 Lollipop. We’ll keep you updated once the phone gets an official announcement with all the important details. Update: It definitely runs Android.
Image via: GearDiary on Twitter.
MediaTek Stories August 27, 2015
Obi Worldphones — a company co-founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley — has unveiled its first two affordable and aesthetically striking smartphones. Both phones are named after California cities: SF1 named after San Francisco and SJ1.5 named after San Jose and feature similar designs, although there are clear differences in specifications and performance.
MediaTek Stories August 3, 2015
Just a few days after the press renders leaked, Sony has officially taken the wraps off its newest ‘super mid-range smartphones’. The Xperia C5 Ultra is a large phablet, while the M5 is a more traditional size and shape for a smartphone. Both are aiming to offer almost-flagship specs for a lower price, and will hit store shelves in select markets from the middle of August.
MediaTek Stories May 4, 2015
HTC is now following up its flagship One M9 launch with a year’s worth of variants to satisfy local tastes. In China, that is manifesting it what is fairly being called the “M9ew” and will include larger M9+ proportions and a cheaper plastic shell according to local reports.
The figure above this unpublished products topped the models’ M9ew “, the body should look plastic material, bottom of the screen is also equipped with the same M9 + fingerprint reader. Specifications, it uses a 5.2-inch “1,440 x 1,560 (2,560 and wrong should be it …)” IPS screen, while the eight-core 2.2GHz processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB built-in storage capacity (up to 128GB Support microSD card expansion). Camera parts, only a 20MP main camera on the back, the front of the front lens still spend UltraPixel HTC’s own technology.
The specs and SD card expansion seem solid aside from the Mediatec processor but frankly, I’d take a One M8 Google Play Edition in a heartbeat over this. How about you? expand full story
MediaTek Stories September 15, 2014
Google today made good on its promise to bring high-quality affordable Android phones to developing markets with the launch of three locally-made Android One models in India, each selling for the equivalent of around $100. Each handset is made by a different Indian manufacturer, Spice with the Android One Dream UNO Mi-498, Micromax with the Canvas A1 and Karbonn the Sparkle V.
The hardware requirements for Android One devices were set by Google to deliver a good experience with the latest stock versions of Android. All three handsets are supplied with the latest KitKat 4.4.4, and Google is promising that they will receive two years of updates, starting with the Android L update … expand full story
MediaTek Stories July 24, 2014
It may look like iOS, but this functional “Wico6” iPhone 6 clone is actually running a heavily skinned version of Android. Published by YouTuber Danny Winget, this functional clone mimics Apple’s iPhone in almost every way possible, all the way down to the packaging and accessories. So what’s the big deal? Apple clones pop up all of the time. Well, the Wico6 is designed to look like all of the iPhone 6 dummies we’ve seen up to the point.
This “fully functional” device does work as a smartphone (SIM card slot and all), but it’s not running iOS. There’s nothing fancy here as far as specifications go, but its user interface is shockingly detailed and does a very good job mimicking iOS. This device is powered by a 2.4GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and has a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 (234 ppi). Nothing impressive, but apparently it gets the job done.
MediaTek Stories July 14, 2014
Chromebooks are already being marketed as affordable alternatives to traditional laptops, but Google’s browser-based computing platform could soon offer hardware at a sub-$200 price point. Taiwanese SoC maker MediaTek recently added an ARM Cortex A7 board codenamed “Moose” to the open source Chromium OS base. This system is based on the company’s low-end MT8127 quad-core processor, which clocks in at 1.5GHz.
MediaTek Stories April 18, 2014
It would be surprising if Google didn’t unveil a new Nexus device before the end of the year. Currently, the Nexus 10 is still out of stock and Google’s Nexus 5 is beginning to show its age. If anything, we hope to see a Nexus 6 in the near future, but Google might be working on a frugal Nexus smartphone as well.
According to Chinese site MTKSJ.com (via GforGames), Google may be working with chip maker MediaTek on a budget Nexus device that could be priced as low as $100. This could really shake things up in the mobile market and would be a direct competitor to ex-Google company Motorola and its Moto G smartphone. The Nexus line is already known for its low-priced devices with high-end specifications, but a $100 Nexus device could definitely broaden Google’s mobile market share.