MediaTek jumps into the 64-bit space with quad-core 1.5 GHz chipset coming this year
Now that 64-bit is pretty much the buzzword in the mobile chipset space (thank Apple and its A7 solution employed in the iPhone 5S), MediaTek simply can’t afford to sit idly by while the likes of Qualcomm and Intel have all the 64-bit fun. So what is an up-and-coming Taiwanese chip maker to do? Announce its first 64-bit offering, of course.
Which is exactly what MediaTek did at MWC. It’s also unveiled a new slogan, “Everyday genius”, which helps get across its message of focusing primarily on power efficiency and affordability in mobile chipsets.
The MediaTek MT6732 will be available to the company’s phone making partners in Q3, and devices powered by it are expected to be in stores by the end of the year. As well as being 64-bit, the MT6732 sports four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, which are the natural evolution of the Cortex-A7 cores that MediaTek has been using for years. These still aren’t ARM’s most high performing cores, but the A53 are a lot better than the A7 – and still focus on preserving battery life.
The MediaTek chipset will come clocked at 1.5 GHz, in order to deliver a ‘mainstream’ computing experience. In other words, expect this to be the chipset of choice for lower-midrange smartphones, especially those made by Chinese brands. The MT6732 will have support for LTE (of the 150 Mbps variety), Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, 42 Mbps HSPA, 30fps 1080p video recording and playback, and 13 MP cameras.