CHINESE PHONE MAKER ZTE reportedly is working on a smartphone powered by an eight-core Mediatek chip.
ZTE, which like Huawei is trying to become a big player in the low-end smartphone market, is designing a decidedly high-end smartphone, according to reports. The firm reportedly is working on a model that sports a Mediatek eight-core ARM15 chip.
ZTE's Apache smartphone is rumoured to have an HD 1080p resolution display and a 13 megapixel camera. As for the firm's choice of chip, China Times reports that Mediatek beat competition from Nvidia and Qualcomm to win the contract.
As a fabless chip designer, Mediatek will tap TSMC and make use of its 28nm process node to produce the eight-core MT6599 chip. Mediatek, which has enjoyed some success in winning contracts in low-end smartphones, will definitely step up against the big players Qualcomm, Nvidia and Samsung should it manage to pull off its eight-core chip in the first half of next year.
Smartphone makers are expected to show off next generation smartphones with more than four cores next year, though it is not clear yet whether additional cores will make any difference to real-world performance. Qualcomm told The INQUIRER that most smartphone users don't need more than two cores and while eight cores might sound good down the pub, there could be little to gain in both battery life and applications outside of benchmarks. µ
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