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Google rumored to work with MediaTek for budget Nexus smartphone

04/18, 7:58am

Low-cost Nexus smartphone could be priced at under $100

The next model in the Google Nexus smartphone collection could be a low-budget handset, according to reports. Google is said by report sources to be working with Taiwan-based chip producer MediaTek on a mobile device that, while relatively low in overall specification, could end up being sold by the company for under $100 off-contract.

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Huawei Glory 4 for China claimed to use octa-core processor

11/26, 6:31am

Second smartphone from Huawei with eight-core chip teased this week

More details about another Huawei smartphone with eight-core chip have surfaced, including an image showing part of the device. Teased by Huawei CEO Richard Yu last week as forming part of the Ascend P6S, the same MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor will apparently be appearing in the Huawei Glory 4 sometime in the future.

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Huawei president confirms eight-core Ascend P6S on the way

11/18, 7:58am

Octa-core processor to appear in updated Huawei smartphone

An updated version of the Huawei Ascend P6 is on the horizon, one which will see it having an octa-core processor. Huawei president Xu Xun Quan revealed that the Ascend P6S smartphone will be getting the eight-core treatment in the future, though refrained from hinting at exactly when the device will be coming on the market.

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Archos and MediaTek ship mid-range Titanium smartphone line

10/17, 6:40pm

Line boasts four dual-core models ranging from 4 to 5.3 inches

Electronics manufacturers Archos and MediaTek have partnered to release the Archos Titanium smartphone line, with four mid-range fully-featured smartphones with prices starting at 100 ($137). The new Archos Titanium smartphones include dual-SIM support with HSPA+ speeds, and are fully Google certified running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, giving them complete access to the Google Play store.

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Facebook spearheads initiative to get developing countries online

08/21, 12:14pm

Technology companies working on cheaper Internet access plans

A group of technology companies have grouped together to launch a new initiative to bring Internet access to parts of the global population that do not have it. The collective, consisting of Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, Samsung and led by Facebook, launched Internet.org and will work together on projects to provide access to those without an Internet connection.

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First MediaTek triple-SIM 3G smartphones inbound

08/05, 8:15am

MediaTek tech behind first triple-SIM smartphones start to hit the market

Chipmaker MediaTek is powering the technology behind a recently leaked GooPhone and the new LG Optimus L4 II that has just reached the market in Brazil. Both the devices can switch between three carriers and can be utilized simultaneously. Each SIM can receive calls, transmit data, send SMS messages and remain in stand-by mode concurrently without over taxing the battery.

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MediaTek launches new quad-core System-On-Chip for budget smartphones

05/02, 7:11am

SoC includes integrated Wi-Fi, FM, Bluetooth radios, HSPA modem

MediaTek has launched its new quad-core System-on-Chip aimed for use in smartphones designed for emerging markets. The MT6572 is claimed to be the first dual-core SoC in the world with integrated Wi-Fi, FM, GPS, and Bluetooth functionality, something that could help lower the production cost of budget-ranged smartphones further.

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Chinese Neo N003, 5-inch 1080p, just $145

03/11, 6:06am

Neo N003 brings 5-inch 1080p display and quad-core CPU for $145

Chinese users are inline to get the cheapest 5-inch 1080p handset to date. The Neo N003 will be priced at the equivalent of just $145 (899 yuan) when it goes on sale in the next month. In addition, the Neo N003 will be packing a MediaTek MT6589 quad-core processor.


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First MediaTek-based Android phones shadow HTC, LG

02/20, 7:25pm

Phones may destined for Chinese market and more

Last week, Chinese chip-maker MediaTek launched a new mobile chipset that melded a 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor and a PowerVR SGX5 GPU. The MT6575 has the potential to be used for entry-level smartphones running Android 4.0. Although not quite at that performance level, the chip has shown up in three handsets destined for the Chinese market.

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MediaTek Cortex-A9 chipset promises cheap Android 4.0

02/13, 10:15pm

Components aimed at entry-level smartphones

MediaTek has announced a new mobile chipset, the MT6575, that promises to bring Android 4.0 to entry-level smartphones. The hardware is based on a 1GHz Cortex-A9 processor, stepping up from the 650MHz chip of the previous-generation components that were utilized in Lenovo's A60 handset.

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Imagination licenses PowerVR 6 tech, hints Apple onboard

06/15, 10:15am

Imagination PowerVR 6 gets six licenses

Imagination Technologies hinted strongly at the roadmap for Apple and other mobile device makers late Tuesday with word that it had handed out the first licenses for PowerVR 6 series graphics. It confirmed that ST-Ericsson's future Nova chips, as well as later TI OMAP processors and unnamed hardware from MediaTek, would use the new technology. Three others were also onboard but were being kept secret, alluding to Apple as one of the clients.

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Rambus sues NVIDIA, five more in threat to industry

12/02, 1:55pm

Rambus sues NVIDIA and five others over DDR RAM

Rambus late Wednesday sued six semiconductor firms in a patent dispute that could jeopardize electronics. The multiple suits filed in a Northern District of California court accuse Broadcom, Freescale, LSI, MediaTek, NVIDIA and STMicro of copying Rambus technology for DDR memory, including GDDR memory for graphics, as well as common connection standards such as DisplayPort, PCI Express, SAS and SATA. It claimed ownership of some of the techniques after having bought the patents from Velio Communications in 2003, EETimes noted.

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MediaTek joins Open Handset Alliance, promises cheap Android

07/12, 3:35pm

China's MediaTek joins Open Handset Alliance

Chinese chipset supplier MediaTek said on Monday that it has joined the Google-ran Open Handset Alliance. The company makes some of the world's least expensive handsets, though sales have mainly been relegated to mainland China. With its latest move and a recent tie-up with Qualcomm, this could mean some Android-powered handsets at entry-level prices could come to North America soon.

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Android-based Ophone due on China Mobile in May?

04/20, 11:10am

Ophone in China by May

China Mobile is due to release the Lenovo-made Ophone this May, beating Apple's iPhone to the market, which itself is rumored to go on sale in China in June through carrier Unicom, says a Monday DigiTimes report. The two touchscreen smartphones share similarities, including a similar look to the touch-enabled user interface on a large touchscreen, though the Ophone is already known to be based on China Mobile's customized version of Android known as the Open Mobile System (OMS).

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