MediaTek's MT6572, First Dual-Core ARM SoC with Integrated WiFi, FM, GPS, and Bluetooth For Low Cost Smartphones

Just days ago, the IDC reported that smartphone shipments outpaced those of feature phones for the first time, and although feature phones offer an extremely low-cost option for those needing basic mobile communication, it’s clear that more people are hungry for the amenities of smartphones.

Fortunately, low-end smartphones are proliferating, and now MediaTek has developed a chip to help push performance on those devices up a notch with the MT6572 dual-core ARM SoC (Cortex A7, 1.2GHz). The MT6572 is built with the 28nm process technology and features integrated WiFi, FM, GPS, and Bluetooth. On the graphics side, MediaTek included 3D graphics and support for HD 720p video, a 5MP camera, and display resolutions up to 960x540. The platform also includes MediaTek’s advanced multi-mode Rel. 8 HSPA+/TD-SCDMA modem.

Entry- to mid-level smartphone with a MediaTek chip inside (credit: TechZek)

MediaTek built the MT6572 in part with the idea to not only improve performance for entry-level smartphones, but also to lower the associated costs, simplify product development, and speeding up time-to-market. This chip follows the MT6573 that the company released last year.

We can expect to see “hundreds” of devices with the MT6572 inside as early as June of this year.