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No longer a rumor, OnePlus has confirmed it is launching a Nord 2 smartphone with 5G connectivity, though it will not be rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset like the first iteration. Instead, this will be the first OnePlus device to feature a MediaTek system-on-chip (SoC). Perhaps equally surprising, OnePlus is billing the MediaTek-powered Nord 2 as a "flagship killer." We have seen that designation from OnePlus before, though it was in the company's earlier days when it aggressively sought to shake up the smartphone landscape. The OnePlus 2 was deemed such a phone—a flagship killer with premium features and high-end capabilities, at a delightfully much lower price than what a typical... Read more...
Earlier this morning, we brought you news about two new additions to Intel's Tiger Lake-U family: the flagship Core i7-1195G7 and the Core i5-1155G7. But that isn't the only big news happening in the laptop world from Intel. The company also announced the latest developments in its partnership with MediaTek and Fibocom to deliver 5G modems for laptops. It is called the Intel 5G Solution 5000 and is available in a standardized M.2 form-factor for easy deployment. However, PC OEMs must still provide the necessary antennas to enable cellular reception with the 5G modem. MediaTek did a lot of the heavy lifting with this new connectivity option, as the Intel 5G Solution 5000 is largely based on its... Read more...
Last year around this time, Arm announced its next-gen, custom Cortex-X1 core, which was its most potent CPU architecture to date. The Cortex-X1 "prime" core is found inside modern flagship SoCs like Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 and Samsung's Exynos 2100. Today, however, Arm is announcing the successor to the Cortex-X1, unsurprisingly called the Cortex-X2. Cortex-X2: Leading The Performance Charge For The New Armv9 Architecture The Cortex-X2 is based on the new Armv9 architecture, and Arm claims that it will deliver up to a 30 percent uplift in performance over the Cortex-X1 found in devices like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. There's also a claimed 2x uplift in machine learning (ML) performance,... Read more...
Qualcomm has the lion's share of the market with its Snapdragon processors when it comes to Android smartphones. From its low-end 400- and 600-Series SoCs to the high-end 800-Series, Qualcomm has the smartphone market cornered. However, MediaTek is looking to challenge Qualcomm head-on with the Dimensity 900. The Dimensity 900 is a 6nm SoC aimed at the premium mid-range smartphone sector. In that sense, the Dimensity 900 seems poised to challenge the likes of the newly introduced Snapdragon 780G. The SoC is an 8-core design, with dual Cortex-A78 performance cores clocked at 2.4GHz and six Cortex-A55 efficiency cores clocked at 2GHz. For comparison, the Snapdragon 780G uses four 2.4GHz Cortex-A78... Read more...
When we think of MediaTek, the first thing that often comes to mind are budget-oriented SoCs used in low-end smartphones and Chromebooks. On the other hand, NVIDIA's GeForce RTX brand invokes high-end gaming GPUs in gaming desktop and laptop PCs. However, it looks as though those two forces are linking up thanks to a brief mention by NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang during today's GTC 2021 keynote. About halfway through his presentation, Huang presented a slide entitled "Expanding Arm Ecosystem Beyond Mobile," which mentioned MediaTek's collaboration. According to NVIDIA, it will be licensing its GeForce RTX 30 Ampere IP for use in MediaTek MT819x SoCs. "We're announcing a partnership with MediaTek to... Read more...
When the 5G revolution hit smartphones, MediaTek was quick to embrace the emerging wireless standard with integrated 5G SoCs for smartphones. However, the company's 5G modems up until this point have only supported sub-6GHz 5G networks, and not the faster (but admittedly less prevalent) mmWave bands. That all changes with the announcement of MediaTek's new M80 5G modem which supports both sub-6GHz and mmWave 5G into a single-chip design. This puts MediaTek on more even footing with its rivals Samsung and Qualcomm, which have both field sub-6GHz/mmWave solutions in a single chip. The M80 is the successor to the Helio M70, which is currently embedded in MediaTek's Dimensity 5G SoCs.... Read more...
In the Android smartphone world, Qualcomm has an entire army of SoCs blanketing the entry-level, mid-range, premium, and flagship markets. The company just yesterday tried filling any perceivable gap with the "flagship" Snapdragon 870 SoC. But rivals like MediaTek aren't mere pushovers in the smartphone segment, as the company has announced two new flagship SoCs for its OEM partners. At the very top of the stack is the Dimensity 1200, which will take the place of MediaTek's current flagship Dimensity 1000+ SoC. The chip is built on a 6nm process node, which slots in neatly between the mature 7nm and bleeding edge 5nm process nodes. The Dimensity 1200 features a CPU with four Arm Cortex-A78... Read more...
Although a lot of the media attention is often focused on flagship devices like the iPhone 12 Pro, Galaxy Note 20, and Surface Duo, most consumers can easily get away with less... in fact, a whole lot less. We've seen this first-hand with devices like the OnePlus Nord N10 which offers 5G connectivity and decent specs for around the $400 price point. But what about folks that don't care about 5G, and perhaps don't feel like throwing down even two Benjamins for a new device? That's where Motorola comes in with the new Moto E7. For starters, the Moto E7 makes use of MediaTek's budget-oriented Helio G25 SoC (2GHz, 8-core, Cortex-A53), paired with just 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal... Read more...
It looks like Qualcomm is getting more competition in the 5G SoC market, and we welcome the additional rivalry. MediaTek today announced the 7nm Dimensity 700 SoC, which will bring 5G connectivity to even cheaper devices. 5G is the latest buzzword in the wireless industry and smartphone OEMs are increasingly embracing the technology at even lower price points. Eventually, 5G availability will become just as commonplace as 4G LTE, and the Dimensity 700 is the latest step in that direction. The Dimensity 700 embraces this drive down-market with two high-performance Arm Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.2GHz, and six 2GHz Cortex-A55 efficiency cores. For graphics duties, MediaTek is using a Mali-G57... Read more...
In August, after a long line of accusations, US companies, such as Qualcomm and MediaTek, were barred from selling to Huawei. On Friday, MediaTek stated it went to the U.S government to request permission to sell to Huawei.  Recently, Qualcomm went to request permission with the argument that MediaTek could take advantage of the situation. As it turns out, though, all these companies are on the same playing field. In fact, according to the Reuters report, analysts believe that MediaTek could take the biggest hit if they were not allowed to sell to Huawei.  Though they could be in financial rough waters, MediaTek is still respectful of the system. With the appeal to the government, they... Read more...
It was almost a year ago when Intel and MediaTek announced they were partnering to deliver 5G modems for future Windows PCs. Fast forward to today and the two companies have more news to share, on the 5G front—in collaboration with Intel, MediaTek has developed and received certification for its first 5G modem to come from this partnership. MediaTek's new T700 5G modem will bring high-speed 5G connectivity to Intel-powered PCs in the near future. It continues to be a work in progress, but the T700 5G modem has completed 5G standalone (SA) tests in real-world scenarios, and will soon be ready to go. Intel, meanwhile, has been validating and developing platform optimizations for the new chip.... Read more...
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are hot topics in virtually all tech sectors at this moment in time. The technology is gaining traction in many industries, from massive social networks that are analyzing mountains of data, to the tiniest of IoT smart home and mobile devices. Even during our everyday workflow here at HotHardware, we currently utilize a few key AI-enabled applications to enhance our content. Further, if you’ve ever talked to a smartphone for speech-to-text messaging or for Google Assistant recommendations, AI has impacted your connected experiences as well. For those that may be unfamiliar with how machine learning and AI technologies work, we should probably... Read more...
Qualcomm isn't the only game in town when it comes to SoCs for Android smartphones, but its chips are definitely the most visible and most widely used. However, MediaTek has been looking to change that dynamic with the release of SoCs like the Dimensity 1000 and Dimensity 1000+. Now, the company is taking on Qualcomm in the "premium" mid-range market with the new Dimensity 820 SoC. Just as the Dimensity 1000+ is a higher-performing version of the Dimensity 1000, the Dimensity 820 is an enhanced version of the existing Dimensity 800.  The Dimensity 820 features an octa-core design, with four Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.6GHz (compared to just 2GHz on the Dimensity 800)... Read more...
Given that Qualcomm is the dominant force in the Android realm when it comes to mobile SoCs, it’s easy to forget that there are other competitors out there like Samsung’s Exynos family and offerings from MediaTek. MediaTek raised eyebrows last year with its flagship Dimensity 1000 flagship SoC that offered an integrated 5G modem, and today, the company is announcing an update to that chip called the Dimensity 1000+. While this is not a complete architectural overhaul, its “+” suffix does bring with it some welcome enhancements over the standard Dimensity 1000. For starters, there is now support for 144Hz displays, which should make the SoC more appealing to smartphone... Read more...
A week ago, we brought you news of a cheating scandal involving MediaTek and its popular [with low-end smartphones] Helio P95 SoC. The company was found to be gaming the system in UL's PCMark benchmark utility, posting overall scores that were inflated by as much as 30 percent due to a hidden “Sports Mode”. The Helio P95 scores were so high in fact, that they outpaced the performance of MediaTek's flagship Dimensity 1000 5G SoC. AnandTech's initial investigation prompted a response from MediaTek, but it denied any wrongdoing, and didn't admit to cheating. Instead, the company stated the following: Many companies design devices to run on the highest possible... Read more...
Cheating in synthetic benchmarks is an old practice; one that has been uncovered and litigated many times over through the years. Most recently, Huawei was caught gaming the system with a number of its smartphones (3DMark scores were inflated by as much as 47 percent), after which it apologized and ended the practice. Now it’s time for MediaTek to have its feet held to the fire over alleged benchmark cheating. This latest reporting comes to us from AnandTech, which discovered that MediaTek is up to some funny business when it comes to the Helio P95 SoC, which is used in the European market Oppo Reno3 Pro smartphone. The Helio P95 is nearly identical to its predecessor, the... Read more...
In an age where flagship Samsung Galaxy smartphones start at $999, and can creep up to $1,399 in Galaxy S20 Ultraform, it's nice to know that some Android OEMs are still focusing on the opposite end of the pricing spectrum. In this case, we're talking about Motorola, which has just debuted its new Moto G8 Power Lite. The Moto G8 Power Lite won't win any speed contests, as it uses a budget-friendly 2.3GHz MediaTek Helio P35 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM. However, not everyone wants to hit insane frame rates in Fortnite or Call of Duty: Mobile, and will be well served with the performance that octa-core Helio P35 offers. There's also 64GB of onboard storage, which can be expanded to 256GB if... Read more...
BlackBerry (via TCL) was the last major OEM that attempted to include a workable physical keyboard in a modern Android smartphone. However, a relative newcomer to the game -- Planet Computers -- is looking to spread some physical QWERTY goodness around the world with the Astro Slide. The highlight of the Astro Slide is definitely the physical keyboard, which slides out from under the display. Although we've all pretty much grown accustomed to on-screen keyboards after the iPhone first popularized them in 2007, there are still those that clamor for the nostalgic charm of individual, physical keys. The keyboard on the Astro Slide is even backlit for nighttime typing sessions. Rather than going... Read more...
Qualcomm isn't the company looking to take over the mid-range to premium segment of the smartphone market with a new 5G mobile platform. MediaTek is also stepping into the ring with the Dimensity 800 Series, which is a lower-cost version of the Dimensity 1000 Series that was announced late last year. When it comes to performance, MediaTek has outfitted the Dimensity 800’s CPU with a big.LITTLE arrangement featuring four high-performance Cortex-A76 cores paired with four Cortex-A55 efficiency cores. Both sets of cores can operate at up to 2GHz. MediaTek has also added a Dimensity 1000-class, 4-core GPU along with its in-house APU 3.0 AI processing engine (up to 2.4 TOPs compute... Read more...
Yesterday, we revealed that Intel and MediaTek are working together to bring standalone MediaTek 5G modems to PCs starting in early 2021. Today, MediaTek is following up on that news with the official announcement of the Dimensity 1000 SoC for mobile devices, which includes an integrated 5G modem. The Dimensity 1000 is an all-new design with an octa-core configuration. In this case, MediaTek is using four high-performance Cortex-A77 cores (@ 2.6GHz) and four Cortex A55 efficiency cores (@ 2GHz). According to MediaTek, the CPU can be paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR4x memory, and there is apparently no support for the faster and more efficient LPDDR5 spec. The CPU is backed by a Mali-G77... Read more...
There is no question that the 5G revolution is coming, and if analysts are correct, the switchover from 4G to 5G might happen faster than the 3G to 4G transition. Intel is well aware of this inevitability and is looking to ensure that PCs are at the forefront of this next-generation cellular-wireless standard. Today, Intel announced that it is partnering with MediaTek to develop and certify 5G modem solutions for next-generation PCs. Intel will provide the specifications that it requires for certification, and MediaTek will provide the resulting hardware to Intel's OEM partners. Intel will in turn develop platform software/hardware and drivers for the hardware, which will... Read more...
MediaTek has announced its latest SoCs for mobile devices, and it is aimed squarely at the gaming smartphone market. The new chipsets both fall into the G series and include the Helio G90 and the G90T. The company says that when these chips are paired with its HyperEngine technology, the entire smartphone is tuned for the best gameplay experience. G90 series SoCs combine the latest CPU and GPU cores with ultra-fast memory and improved AI performance for fast and fluid gaming action. MediaTek says that the mobile gaming market is growing quickly and its G90 series will help deliver the best gaming experience to users. Both the G90 series chips are octa-core units with Arm Cortex-A76 and Cortex-A55s... Read more...
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