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First set of devices with MediaTek’s 10-core Helio X20 chip coming next month

MediaTek MT2601

MediaTek MT2601

The #MediaTek #HelioX20 SoC is expected to be a very powerful unit with benchmark scores and results backing up those claims. A new report now suggests that the first lot of devices featuring this chipset will hit the markets as soon as next month. This chipset uses a 10-core CPU architecture and as such, is a very powerful offering.

The HTC One A9 smartphone is said to be one of the first devices to be using the chipset. Knowing how the smartphone will be unveiled later this month, it’s not hard to imagine that the device will be available in the markets by October. Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi is due a flagship as we learned yesterday, so the company could join HTC in releasing a Helio X20 running device.

Meizu is also said to be bringing its very own Helio X20 smartphone soon, so we could be looking at a number of handsets as we head towards the end of 2015. The chipset uses 10 CPU cores in all, with 8 of them being Cortex-A53 cores while the remaining two are the Cortex-A72 cores.

Source: myDrivers – Translated

Via: Gizmo China

HTC could release another version of the One M9 this year

HTC One M9 - MediaTek

The HTC One M9 smartphone made the news originally for the controversial Snapdragon 810 SoC and the overheating issues that came along with it. A new report from Asia is now telling us that HTC might be planning to release a new version of the One M9 flagship, packing a MediaTek made SoC underneath.

It goes without saying that this variant will probably be directed towards the Asian markets as global regions already have the Snapdragon 810 powered version of the One M9 right now. It is rumored that the smartphone might use the 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 chipset, which could give it a leg up over the competition.

That being said, nothing has been confirmed right now, so take all of this with a grain of salt for the time being. Given the torrid time that HTC is facing right now, a move like this makes complete sense. But we’re not too sure if that will be enough to get the company out of the rut.

Source: ePrice – Translated

Via: Android Headlines

MediaTek unveils new MT2601 chipset for Android Wear smartwatches

MediaTek MT2601

MediaTek MT2601

Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek has just unveiled a new mobile SoC known as the MT2601 which is made specifically for Android Wear running wearables. This could open the doors for several new low cost Android Wear smartwatches in the market this year as OEMs solely use Snapdragon chips for Google’s smartwatch OS.

This here is a dual core chip with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz and is based on ARM’s Cortex-A7 CPU architecture. It also has the ARM Mali-400 MP GPU, so it’s no slouch as far as hardware is concerned. MediaTek has covered all the usual connectivity options with the chipset, which saves the trouble for OEMs. The manufacturer claims that this chip can support display resolutions of up to 960 x 540, which would be overkill for something like a wearable.

General Manager of New Business Development at MediaTek, J.C. Hsu said – “The MT2601 has an incredibly small die size and is highly optimized for cost and power performance. The platform solution, comprised of MT2601 integrated with Android Wear software, will fuel the maker revolution and empower the application developer community.”

Via: Android Authority

Chip maker predicts sales of over 2 million Android One smartphones in 2014

Android One

Android One

Google launched Android One a couple of days ago to a rousing reception. Although these affordable stock Android running smartphones are only available in India for the time being, Google has already partnered with a variety of manufacturers to bring the devices to the rest of the world markets. And now, the primary chip maker for the current crop of Android One smartphones, MediaTek, is predicting these devices to surpass the 2 million sales mark by the end of the year.

With Qualcomm expected to join Android One subsequently, the number could be even greater, especially if the global expansion is sped up. MediaTek believes that India alone could see sales of 1.5 – 2 million Android One smartphones, which might not be a far fetched estimate considering the demand it’s allegedly seeing already. Indian retailers are reportedly sold out of the first batch of Android One devices within just two days. And considering the affordable price tag of $106, this wasn’t completely unexpected.

In any case, we’ll wait until Android One is launched in global markets before jumping to conclusions. What do you think?

Source: BGR

Via: Phone Arena

MediaTek announces new 64-bit octa core chipset with support for 2K displays

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The 64-bit mobile SoC race just got a little hotter with MediaTek announcing the new MT6795 octa-core chip. Like most of its rival contemporaries, the MT6795 comes with support for the best hardware going around, including 2K displays. What makes MediaTek’s offering stand out however is the fact that it costs much less compared to what’s being offered by the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung. This means that we could see plenty of smartphones and tablets packing the chipset by the end of this year.

A company official clarified that the company is targeting devices priced at $350 and above, which will most likely be high end offerings, at least in the Asian markets. The likes of Xiaomi, Meizu, Huawei and Oppo could be among the first to bring out devices with the said chipset.

Speaking more about the SoC itself, this is a “true” octa-core chip with each CPU core running at 2.2 GHz. And apart from supporting 2K displays, the chipset is also capable of supporting 480 fps slow-motion video recording (at 1080p). So it’s no slouch in the camera department either. Cat. 4 LTE is supported with the MT6795 and so is multi-mode wireless charging. Overall, it’s a power packed offering from the Chinese manufacturer and will certainly take the world markets by storm in the coming months.

Here are some of the key features of this new chipset:

  • 64-bit True Octa-core LTE SoC with clock speed up to 2.2GHz
  • MediaTek CorePilot unlocks the full power of all eight cores
  • Dual-channel LPDDR3 memory clocked at 933MHz
  • 2K on device display (2560×1600)
  • 120Hz mobile display with Response Time Enhancement Technology and MediaTek ClearMotionTM
  • 480fps 1080p Full HD Super-Slow Motion video feature
  • Support for Rel. 9, Category 4 FDD and TDD LTE (150Mbps/50Mbps), as well as modems for 2G/3G networks
  • Support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac/Bluetooth®/FM/GPS/Glonass/Beidou/ANT+
  • Multi-mode wireless charging supported by MediaTek’s companion multi-mode wireless power receiver IC

Via: Android Central

MediaTek Linkit For Wearables And Internet of Things Gets Major Support

Early this month MediaTek launched Linkit, a platform that is built for the purpose of rapidly developing the wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. Linkit basically integrates the company’s Aster System on Chip (SoC) which is currently the world’s smallest SoC for wearables. This chip allows developers to easily create wearable and IoT products for consumers at competitive process. Now the company has found several partners that are willing to support the platform.

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First is Acer, which has announced that it will be making use of the Linkit development platform for its upcoming personal and cloud initiative. The executives of Acer and MediaTek announced their partnership during the Computex 2014 trade show in Taiwan.

Acer was once the top 2 PC manufacturer in the world but since the market has already changed with smartphones and tablets outselling PCs the company is now turning its sights to the cloud. The company is now focusing on its initiative called Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) which allows consumers and businesses to build clouds on their own PCs.

According to Acer founder and outgoing Chairman Stan Shih, “Acer will be working with MediaTek on the development of BYOC. I’m excited about the potential opportunities it brings for our companies in the field of cloud technology and wearable devices, and am looking forward to seeing innovative new applications and technologies that benefit our customers in the BYOC ecosystem.”

MediaTek Chairman and CEO Ming-Kai Tsai added that “We expect wearable devices and the Internet of things market to take off in the coming years and anticipate that MediaTek will be a big part of the growth. This partnership with Acer will enable us to further fuel the impact that all kinds of devices will have in one’s life.”

Another major company that has partnered with MediaTek to take advantage of the Linkit platform is Gameloft. This company which is best known for creating several popular mobile games intends to expand the video game market to smartwatches. The company has recently announced that its latest game called Danger Dash is going to be optimized for MediaTek’s Linkit platform. The game will allow players to interact using smartwatches that uses the Linkit platform.

Gonzague De Vallois, Senior Vice President Publishing Gameloft, says that “It is always exciting to develop games that are played in ways that were never imagined before. Danger Dash will perfectly showcase the capabilities of the smartwatch in terms of gameplay, and we are delighted to bring it to even more players all around the world.”

These are just two of the first companies that have immediately supported the Linkit platform and we are sure more will follow soon.

Here are the key features of MediaTek Astor and the Linkit platform

  • MediaTek Aster, the smallest SoC in a package size of 5.4×6.2mm specifically designed for wearable devices.
  • LinkIt integrates the MediaTek’s Aster SoC and is a developer platform supported by reference designs that enable creation of various form factors, functionalities, and internet connected services.
  • Synergies between microprocessor unit and communication modules, facilitating development and saving time in new device creation.
  • Modularity in software architecture provides developers with high degree of flexibility.
  • Supports over-the-air (OTA) updates for apps, algorithms and drivers which enable “push and install” software stack (named MediaTek Capsule) from phones or computers to devices built with MediaTek Aster.
  • Plug-in software development kit (SDK) for Arduino and VisualStudio. Support for Eclipse is planned for Q4 this year.
  • Hardware Development Kit (HDK) based on LinkIt board by third party.

via prnewswire, eweek

Mediatek Announces MT8127 SoC Designed For “Super-Midrange” Android Tablets

MediaTek is a company known for its budget ARM-based processors that have decent specs. Most of the entry-level and even high-end Android devices sold in the market today make use of the company’s chips making them one of the major key players in the industry. Just recently the company announced its new System on Chip (SoC) called the MediaTek MT8127 which is designed for the high-end mid-market.

MediaTek MT8127

Joe Chen, General Manager of MediaTek’s Home Entertainment Business unit, said that “The MT8127 demonstrates MediaTek’s continuous commitment to improving technologies that consequently elevate the end-user experience. As the Super-mid market continues to grow, the demand for high-performing yet affordable multimedia features increases exponentially, which is why our quad-core tablet SoC with HEVC video playback is so impactful in the mid-range tablet market. We believe that the MT8127, with its highly integrated system, rich multimedia capabilities and optimal cost-performance ratio, is the best offer in the mid-range tablet market today. It is another example of our dedication to providing high-end technology to the mainstream market.”

Key Features of the MediaTek MT8127 SoC

  • up to 1.5GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor
  • quad-core ARM Mali-450 MP4 GPU
  • Full HD 1080p video playback and recording
  • Support for up to 13MP camera
  • Up to 1920×1200 Full HD display
  • MediaTek MiraVision technology for DTV-grade picture quality
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, FM receiver and GPS
  • Wi-Fi certified Miracast and NFC
  • Full hardware support for the new HEVC (H.265) video playback standard

The MT8127 is a high performance chip that supports the new HEVC (H.265) video playback standard. H.265 videos uses up to 50 percent less video bandwidth compared to the previous H.264 standard. This translates to less power consumed.

One other interesting feature of this chip is that it comes integrated with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, FM receiver and GPS. This is important since it allows manufacturers to save on circuit board space as well as components. It also allows manufacturers a shorter amount of time to release their devices to the market.

The MT8127 uses four ARM Cortex-A7 processors and a quad-core ARM Mali-450 MP4 GPU. It supports Full HD 1080p video playback and recording and up to a 13MP camera. It is also able to support a 1920×1200 LCD screen display which when combined with MediaTek’s MiraVision technology  can provide excellent images on a large screen digital TV.

One of the first Android devices to use this chip is the upcoming One Touch Pixi 7 tablet of Alcatel. According to Vittorio Di Mauro, Vice President and Smart Connectivity Business Unit Director for ALCATEL ONETOUCH, “We are thrilled to launch PIXI 7 tablet. Combining ALCATEL ONETOUCH’s distinct design flare and visually immersive features with the power and efficiency of MediaTek’s MT8127 series chipset, means we are able to deliver a leading mid-range tablet experience for customers around the world.” The other device that will be using this chip is the company’s Pixi 8 tablet which is expected to hit the market later this year.

via mediatek

Rumored low cost Nexus smartphone might use the 64-bit MediaTek chip

Budget Nexus Phone

A recent rumor indicated that Google was looking to launch a sub $100 Nexus smartphone for emerging markets. And a new rumor from Taiwan further expands on that report stating that Google could strike a partnership with Chinese manufacturer MediaTek to supply the chipset for this handset. It is being said that Google is looking to use a 64-bit chip for this low cost Nexus device and MediaTek has two potential candidates with a quad core CPU and a clock speed of 1.5 GHz and 2.0 GHz respectively, so Google could choose either of these chips.

But as with any rumor, we suggest you take this with a grain of salt until there’s further confirmation. If all goes according to plan, this rumored budget Nexus smartphone should break cover by the second half of the year along with a new Nexus tablet as well as the Nexus 5 successor. We’ll keep a close eye on this particular rumor and update you with any new info available.

Source: Economic Daily

Via: Talk Android

Android KitKat Coming to MediaTek Powered Devices This Month

Mobile devices using MediaTek processors usually give more bang for the buck since they cost cheap and offers good performance. The only issue so far is that devices using this processor are still using Android Jelly Bean instead of the latest Android KitKat. This is one of the reasons why most consumers prefer Qualcomm powered devices.

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The reason why MediaTek devices are stuck with Jelly Bean is that the Taiwanese company has not released the source code for most of its latest chips. The source code is needed by device manufacturers and developers to upgrade the firmware, plug security issues, and to fix common bugs.

The company isn’t really holding the source code back and would gladly provide it to anyone who asks for it however it comes at a cost.  This however will increase the price of the smartphone running on MediaTek processors which kind of defeats the purpose of having a cheap device.

The latest report coming out of Taiwan right now is that the fabrication giant is finally listening to the request of consumers and will be releasing Android 4.4 KitKat for most of its chipsets. Devices that use the MT6589 and MT6582 processors as well as the octa-core MT6592 processor are among the first chips to get KitKat this month.

Of course it is still the device manufacturer who will push the KitKat update for their respective models. Benefiting from this the most will be the Chinese companies who have been cheaper devices running on MediaTek processors that are still stuck on Jelly Bean. With the update coming, a KitKat update will make these devices quite attractive.

MediaTek processors are being used in most of the low-end smartphones and tablets in the market today.

Some of the company’s popular chipsets are as follows

  • MT6592: Energy-efficient dual-core performance for entry-level smartphones with HSPA+
  • MT6573: Quad band HSPA platform with a feature-rich performance with powerful 3D graphics for entry-level smartphones
  • MT6575: Dual-SIM HSDPA platformwith powerful 3D graphics for mainstream smartphones
  • MT6577: Dual-core dual-SIM HSPA platform with powerful 3D graphics for mainstream smartphones
  • MT6589: Quad-core dual-SIM HSPA platform with rich multimedia features
  • MT6592: Octa-core HSPA+ platform with fully-scalable performance and excellent performance-per-Watt
  • MT6595: Octa-core LTE platform with the new ARM Cortex-17 processor
  • MT6732: 64-bit quad-core LTE platform with Ultra HD video support for the super-mid market

via android-user

MediaTek’s Pump Express Fast-Charging Technology Reduces Charging Time By 50%

No matter how advanced and powerful a mobile device is, it’s only good if it has power to use. Once the battery gets drained then it becomes useless. MediaTek, one of the world’s leading mobile chip manufacturers, has come up with s new technology that will reduces the charging time of a smartphone or tablet by as much as 50% which effectively makes it ready to use in a shorter period of time.

MediaTek Pump Express

Pump Express is the latest charging technology of the company that is meant to be incorporated into a device’s power management integrated circuit (PMIC) and corresponding DC wall charger. This technology first determines the initial voltage that is needed to recharge the battery. It will then gradually increase this voltage to up to 5 volts to maximize the charging current while still keeping the battery within its thermal limits.

Pump Express technology is available in two forms to allow it to work with different battery capacities. The first is Pump Express which is designed for DC wall chargers with a power output of less than 10 watts (5V). The second is Pump Express Plus which is designed for chargers with a power output of 12 watts or more (up to 12V).

According to Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of MediaTek’s Smartphone Business Unit, “The long wait while a battery recharges has been a persistent inconvenience for smartphone and tablet users. By cutting typical recharge times by up to 50%, Pump Express means mobile devices spend less time tied to a wall socket and its cost-effective design offers manufacturers a simple and effective way to bring fast-charging technology to market.”

Highlights of Pump Express

  • Allows DC wall charger to determine the initial voltage required to recharge the battery, based on its current charge.
  • Voltage is then gradually increased to up to 5V to maximize the charging current
  • Pump Express for DC wall chargers with an output of less than 10W (5V)
  • Pump Express Plus for chargers with an output of 15W or more (up to 12V)

This technology will become available to all new MediaTek devices by the first half of 2014.

A similar technology has been available for quite some time now from Qualcomm called Quick Charge technology with Quick Charge 2.0 recently released. This reduces the amount of time needed to charge a battery by as much as 75%.

via prnewswire

MediaTek Unveils MT6595 Octa-Core Processor With ARM Cortex-A17

Taiwanese company MediaTek has been quite busy these past couple of months. The company is known for releasing the world’s first “true octa-core” processor called the MT6592 which is powered by eight Cortex-A7 cores just recently. Today, the company announced  its second octa-core processor called the MT6595 which now uses four Cortex-A17 cores running at 2.2GHz and four Cortex –A7 cores running at 1.7GHz.

MediaTek MT6595

The MT6595 can use all of its eight cores simultaneously when it is needed. When processing demand is low only the four Cortex-A7 cores are used, like for instance when browsing the web or when updating social media statuses. This allows the device to save on battery power. When processing demand is high such as when playing games the Cortex-A17 cores will kick in adding power to the Cortex-A7 cores.

The MT6595 uses the PowerVR Rogue series 6 GPU which is codenamed “Han”. This GPU has a clock speed of 600MHz and has a performance similar or slightly better compared to Qualcomm’s Adreno 320.

Multimedia is being handled by the company’s own proprietary technology. This processor comes with H.265 Ultra HD hardware-accelerated codec, with support for H.264 and VP9 also in UHD. It also comes with post processing technologies which are ClearMotion and Miravision. ClearMotion allows the elimination of frame jitter while Miravision allows for a better picture quality when streaming. In terms of audio quality this chip supports 24-bit 192 kHz Hi-Fi-quality audio and comes with an integrated DAC that has a >110 dB signal-to-noise ratio. Finally, the chip has a 20MP camera capability able to support 2560×1600 WQXGA for display output.

In terms of wireless technology the MT6595 supports 802.11ac and 4G LTE. It is also now better in accurately determining the position thanks to the Multi-GNSS positioning systems, including GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, and QZSS. There’s also support for Bluetooth LE stack and ANT+ fitness tracking devices.

According to Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit, “MediaTek is focused on delivering a full-range of 4G LTE platforms and the MT6595 will enable our customers to deliver premium products with advanced features to a growing market.”

MT6595 block diagram

MT6595 Features

  • Four ARM Cortex-A17 plus four Cortex-A7 CPUs
  • ARM big.LITTLE architecture with full-system coherency
  • Integrated Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series6 GPU for high-performance graphics
  • Integrated 4G LTE Multi-Mode Modem
  • Rel. 9, Category 4 FDD and TDD LTE with data rates up to 150Mbits/s downlink and 50Mbits/s uplink
  • DC-HSPA+ (42Mbits/s), TD-SCDMA and EDGE for legacy 2G/3G networks
  • 30+ 3GPP RF bands support

Noel Hurley, Vice President and Deputy General Manager, ARM Product Division, congratulated MediaTek on its latest processor saying “Congratulations to MediaTek on being in a leading position to implement the new ARM Cortex-A17 processor in mobile device. MediaTek has a keen understanding of the smartphone market and continues to identify innovative ways to bring a premium mobile experience to the masses.”

The MT6595 will become available to manufacturers in the first half of this year with devices using this platform expected to be released in the market by the second half of this year.

via mediatek

MediaTek Introduces Resonance Charging System, World’s First Multimode Wireless Charging Solution

Wireless charging isn’t a new concept as there are already various mobile devices released in the market with the ability to charge wirelessly. The issue with the current inductive chargers is that only one device can be charged at any given time and that the device must be positioned in a certain way for the charging to proceed.

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MediaTek aims to fix this by coming up with another form of wireless charging called the resonance charging system. This system offers several benefits against the inductive system being used today.

Some of the key benefits include

  • charging devices with freedom of movement with easy, imprecise placement of the device
  • charging multiple devices concurrently from a single affordable charger coil
  • charging different sized devices with largely different power needs from the same charger
  • charging different devices with vastly different form factors free of the need for precise coil to coil alignment
  • charging devices across distances, through furniture or even walls

Mark Estabrook, Director of Strategic Marketing at MediaTek, said that “Most analysts agree that the adoption of wireless power is being slowed by competing specifications. MediaTek has developed leading technology that will overcome those specification differences even across such different technologies as induction and resonance.”

A resonant system and an inductive system are both similar in a sense that both of them use a primary coil and a secondary coil to crate the charge. The difference is that in an inductive system both coils must be closely aligned. A resonant system does not need to be aligned closely and multiple secondary coils can even be used to pair with the primary coil.

Wireless charging is going to be the wave of the future. In 2013 alone there were 20 million devices that were shipped that were capable of charging wirelessly. This figure is expected to increase by 700 million devices by 2018.

MediaTek plans to make inductive and resonant charging systems interoperable in the near future. Estabrook added that “Industry leaders must work together to quickly adapt to the natural path of technology adoption in order to deliver a complete ecosystem compatible with every device. This is essential to gain the trust and deliver on the needs and wants of the consumer.”

MediaTek plans to make the resonance charging system available to Chinese smartphones in the coming months.

via mediatek

Zopo ZP998 True 8-Core Smartphone Gets Launched, Specs, Pricing Revealed

MediaTek just recently launched its new true 8-core processor called the MT6592 which is not only powerful but power efficient as well. In line with this several smartphone manufacturers have announced their upcoming models that will be using this new chip.

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One such device that is launched today and is the very first smartphone to use the MT6592 is the Zopo ZP998. There have been a lot of rumors lately about this device with nothing official coming from Zopo. Today we have the official specs of the device.

Processor: 8-core MT6592

Zopo has opted to use the 1.7 GHz version of the 8-core MT6592 chipset with 700 MHz Mali 450GPU. This is combined with 2GB of RAM to provide a flawless user experience. Based on the benchmark tests released by MediaTek this could mean that the Zopo ZP998 could have an AnTuTu score of nearly 30,000.

Display: 5.5-inches

Just like what the rumors suggested this device sports a 5.5-inch display. It supports 1920 x 1080 FHD resolutions and has 401ppi. The display is very sensitive in a sense that it can be used with wet hands or even with gloves on.

Camera: 14 mega-pixel F/2.0 rear camera, 5mp front

Most flagship models suffer from terrible camera quality but not the Zopo ZP998. The rear camera is 14 mega-pixels with an aperture of F/2.0. This makes it take excellent photos in low lighting conditions. There’s also a 5 MP at the front which can be used to take video calls and record 1080p videos.

OS: Zopo OS

The device runs a version of Android which the company calls as Zopo OS. One main feature of this OS is that it supports gesture shortcuts. Drawing “C” on the display will open the phone app for example.

Other Features

The other important features of this device include NFC, USB OTG, 5 GHz WIFI, WIFI direct, Bluetooth 4.0, WIFI display, Compass, noise reduction technology and BVE voice technology. There is also a support for dual-SIM as well as a microSD card slot that can support up to 64 GB. The battery being used is 2400mAh which can reportedly provide 270 hours of standby time.

Pricing

The Zopo ZP998 is now available for the international market via the company’s online store. The device has a pre-order price of $299.99. This includes the phone, battery, charger, USB cable, earphones, protective film and cleaning cloth.

via zoposhop

MediaTek announces the MT6592 “true octa core” chipset

MediaTekMediaTek has been prepping the launch of its true octa core chip for quite some time now, and the chipset has been finally made official today by the Chinese manufacturer. The chipset will be known as the MediaTek MT6592 and will be capable of running all eight cores simultaneously, unlike Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa chip. The chipset will reportedly strike a perfect balance between efficiency and performance despite being capable of running all eight cores at up to 2 GHz. MediaTek claims that the new chipset will bring support for 4K video and conversion of 30fps videos to 60fps.

MediaTek has already started sending samples to manufacturers and we can expect devices to launch this year in the markets, although most of them will be probably limited to China. It will be good to have a low cost chipset like this launching on global smartphones as well, which will certainly increase competition among major companies like Samsung and LG which rely on Qualcomm’s offerings for a bulk of its flagships.

Source: GSM Arena

Via: Talk Android