MediaTek brings 5G to low-cost smartphones

MediaTek released a new processor that aims to provide 5G connectivity for budget smartphones, along with a new processor for Chromebook computers; In an effort to meet the growing demand for low-cost laptops in the education market. Taiwan-based chip design firm said its new Dimensity 700 smartphone processor provides 5G connectivity, improves battery life and provides processing capabilities now found in high-end devices. The chip targets budget smartphones, especially in China, where buyers have gravitated towards 5G models.

The processor can run FullHD + screens at a refresh rate of 90 Hz, and supports cameras up to 64 megapixels, with multi-frame noise reduction to get better shots in low light.

(David Ku), Chief Financial Officer of MediaTech, said: There are 5G phones in the Chinese market for 2,500 yuan, or $ 375, but the new chip aims to help phone makers reduce prices to the range of 2,000 yuan, or $ 300.

Kuo described this price point as the magic number; Because phones with the new chip are getting other upgrades beyond 5G, such as the ability to work better with voice assistants from Google, Baidu and Alibaba.

Qualcomm, Media Tech’s biggest competitor in the smartphone processor market, said in July that it plans to bring 5G connectivity to its cheap chips as well, targeting phones that can sell for between $ 300 and $ 500.

As with all current MediaTek chipsets, the new Dimensity 700 processor uses the Sub-6 GHz standard of only 5G.

Kuo said: Mediatek’s development of a processor that supports the mmWave standard of 5G is still on the right track and could be introduced to the market next year.

The new MT8192 and MT8195 processors, which are designed for Chromebooks, which are low-cost laptops that use the operating system from Google, are also increasing demand, as the trend of work at home increases in light of the pandemic.

The company says: Both processors support 4K HDR, PCI-Express Gen 3 and USB 3.2 Gen 1, and each contains an AI processing unit that supports a wide range of applications based on sound and vision.

The artificial intelligence processing unit is designed to handle functions such as: speech recognition, direct translation and gesture control.

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