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MediaTek announces new processor aimed at smart wearable market

MediaTek just announced a new processor aimed specifically at the wearable market. When most wearables and smart watch manufacturers choose to use re-purposed older processors like Snapdragon 400, someone decided it’s high time that hardware components made specifically for smaller gadgets are a must.

 

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MT2523 is a complete system-in-package for wearables that take usage of GPS, dual-mode Bluetooth LE, efficient Cortex M4 CPU and support for high-resolution screens. This system in a package is supposedly efficient, with a 41% smaller PCB area than previous models. It is estimated that devices powered by this chip would last for a whole week on one charge. It has a built-in GPS that should help a wearable in being more fitness-oriented. The fitness tracker world could be the best niche for the MT2523.

 

Most smart watches running on Android Wear have been built around a Cortex-A7 CPU core, which is more powerful than the M4 core in MT2523. If this is true, this chip will most likely power modestly-packed wearables and fitness trackers. MediaTek says that its newest chip will be available for usage in the first quarter of 2016, so you should expect to see it in devices later this year.

 

Source: MediaTek via Android Police

 

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip to ship in the second half of 2015

Qualcomm revealed their new Snapdragon 820 processor at MWC earlier this week and it appears it will also begin shipping in the second half of the year. The 810 is only present in HTC One M9 and LG G Flex 2 at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that a new and improved version can’t be up and running already.

The press release does not go into detail with speeds and raw capabilities, but it does accentuate wireless radio innovations, enhanced photos and security features for example. Snapdragon 820 does use 64-bit architecture and the codename it has is Zeroth with a CPU architecture codenamed Kryo.

This announcement comes as a relief for Qualcomm who has been going through a tough phase recently because of the Samsung test troubles. Samsung chose an Exynos processor over Snapdragon 810 because of speculated test overheating for both Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, and the tests show its proprietary processor is much faster than Qualcomm-based opposition.

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HTC reportedly working on an octa-core device

HTC is reportedly working on an octa-core-run smartphone. The Taiwanese manufacturer teased its product in a photo which shows a mid-range device Weibo believes could be an octa-core device.

Considering the fact that HTC does not make its own processors, we are safe to assume that the processor will be a Qualcomm chip, probably the already existing Snapdragon 615, a 64-bit octa-core processor which will appear in the new Desire 820 as well.

HTC already has a manufactured device, which means that the ideas regarding a device powered by Snapdragon 810 (one of the most powerful chips for portable devices on the market) will not become reality soon as the powerful chip will probably be used in a new One series phone, the M9, and it is too soon to be talking about that.

Because a mid-range phone is not too much fun to talk about, how about you tell us in the comments below what you would like to see in the next One (M9) device, aka, HTC’s 2015 flagship?

Source: Droid Life

Photo: Weibo

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Media Tek announces its first 64-bit octa-core LTE chip

Media Tek is working on a new 64-bit octa-core LTE chip, the first of the bunch for the company! Apparently, the company does not have the best reputation regarding source code and timely releases, which means it will lose a lot when it comes to the competitive Android world, but this new project which is close to completion will give it a nice edge over the competition… let’s hope so, at least.

Today, Media Tek announced its first 64-bit octa-core processor destined for smartphones. It bears the number MT6795 and has a maximum speed of 2.2 GHz. It appears it will support native 2K displays and processes slow motion videos at 480fps in 1080p.

It appears that the release will be around the end of the year, but we are not sure it will get out of the Asian market too soon. The possibility of releasing the source code along with the chip is all that remains for the fans at the moment. What do you think of this announcement?