First Chinese phones to use MediaTek’s MT6575 chip show up
Last week we told you about MediaTek’s upcoming MT6575 chipset. Hiding behind that unimpressive name is a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A9-based processor, helped by a PowerVR SGX5 graphics processor, with hot-swappable dual-SIM support thrown in for good measure. Add in MediaTek’s signature low pricing on chips, and you get what will probably power millions and millions of phones in China in the near future.
And the first three models prepping to make up those millions of sales have just showed up in a photo shoot. Here they are:
So, two HTC copies and… an LG copy? Anyway, design aside, the one in the middle is said to come with an autostereoscopic 3D touchscreen and HDMI out, and they all have qHD (960×540) resolution. The 3D-capable phone also comes with a built-in 3D interface, dual-SIM support, and it runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread. In fact, they may all be on that particular version of Google’s operating system, although obviously there’s nothing stopping phone makers from using Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich if they want to.
These phones are very close to being mass-produced, so expect them to show up on the Chinese market in a month or two.
The big question that remains is whether this MediaTek chipset will finally make the jump from cheap Chinese knock-offs and Indian brands to the Western world mainstream. It certainly looks like it has the appropriate guts, the price has to be good, so… will this mark MediaTek’s transformation into a global player in the chip business? All we can do is wait and see, but we sure hope so, since more competition in any field is always good news for us consumers.