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Low 10nm processor yields could delay high-end smartphone

Low 10nm processor yields could delay high-end smartphone

Newer doesn’t always mean better, especially when it actually makes things worse. For all the benefits that the new 10 nm FinFET manufacturing process has for making silicon, it could put a dent in the schedule of smartphone makers in the long run. Sources are now reporting that the yields for 10 nm chips are lower than expected and it is causing smartphone manufacturers to delay shipments of their smartphones to late in the second quarter, perhaps even later.

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MediaTek Helio P25 brings dual camera support to mid-range

MediaTek Helio P25 brings dual camera support to mid-range

Dual cameras are the big thing in smartphones these days, to the point that even less expensive, less premium smartphones are starting to flaunt such digital photography features. But simply having two main cameras doesn't exactly mean the rest of the phone is well-equipped to handle the task. That is why MediaTek is launching its new Helio P25 mobile processor to specifically address that need among more "power efficient" smartphones.

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MediaTek Pump Express 3.0 promises 70% charge in 20 minutes

MediaTek Pump Express 3.0 promises 70% charge in 20 minutes

As smartphones get more powerful, they consume more battery as well. While smartphone processors are getting more advanced, battery technology has mostly stayed in the same spot for years now. To ensure an optimal mobile experience, mobile chip makers are also dipping their toes into battery tech, especially fast charging features. Last year Qualcomm revealed its Quick Charge 3.0. Now it's rival MediaTek's turn to this version 3. Its Pump Express 3.0 promises you won't waste time hugging walls by charging your smartphone from 0 to 70% in just 20 minutes. That's equivalent to 5 minutes of charging for 4 hours of talking.

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Acer Iconia Tab 10 touts 4 front speakers, MiraVision engine

Acer Iconia Tab 10 touts 4 front speakers, MiraVision engine

Just because most of Acer's recent product reveals might be centered around Windows laptops, but that doesn't make its other announced items less interesting, like this newest iteration of the company's Android Iconia Tab 10. It has actually been a while since Acer put out a brand new Iconia Tab, so it rightfully splurged on this one. Unambiguously designed for media consumption, the new Iconia Tab 10 boasts of four front-facing speakers, MediaTek's MiraVision technology, and DTS-HD Premium Sound, without burning a whole through your wallet.

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Galaxy S7 with MediaTek Helio X20,X25 seen in Geekbench

Galaxy S7 with MediaTek Helio X20,X25 seen in Geekbench

Give or take some drama, Samsung has been known to offer variants of its flagship smartphones with Exynos and Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. What Samsung has never done before, however, was offer a MediaTek variant. That might be changing if this latest sighting has any truth to it. Spotted at the Geekbench website is a variant of the Galaxy S7, bearing the model number SM-G930W8. What makes this model, or models, different is that they are noted to be running on the Helio X20 and Helio X25, Mediatek's deca-core mobile processors.

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Meizu Pro 6 benchmark shows MediaTek deca-core power

Meizu Pro 6 benchmark shows MediaTek deca-core power

Although it was largely absent from MWC 2016, Meizu might be preparing something just as special and head-turning. The Meizu Pro 6, its next flagship, has yet to take flesh, but, at least according to leaked images and the company's own press event, it will put up quite a show. In addition to curved screen edges on all four sides, the high end Chinese smartphone will be sporting MediaTek's most powerful deca-core processor to date, a fact confirmed by a sighting on the GFXBench website.

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Android MediaTek devices open to de-bugging (hacking aplenty)

Android MediaTek devices open to de-bugging (hacking aplenty)

Earlier this month a potential security issue in Android devices with MediaTek processor was found by researcher Justin Case. This issue apparently exists in Android devices that've gone through the review process with their manufacturers but have not had a "debug" feature deactivated before shipping. While MediaTek is working on a fix for this issue across all devices, there are still smartphones and/or tablets out in the wild with this vulnerability open, and devices hackable with a simple software "flick of a switch" so to speak.

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BLU outs Pure XL with MediaTek Helio X10, Vivo Air LTE

BLU outs Pure XL with MediaTek Helio X10, Vivo Air LTE

In showbiz, bad publicity is still publicity and that might have somewhat worked for Qualcomm lately. Now rival MediaTek needs a bit more exposure, and good ones at that, as well and it will be doing so with some help from BLU Products. The US-based smartphone maker has just announced the Pure XL, the first device in the US to bring MediaTek's new Helio X10 chip to that market. Of course, that is not its only defining feature, as it also sports a QHD screen and a 24 megapixel main camera.

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MediaTek introduces Helio P10 octa-core processing chip

MediaTek introduces Helio P10 octa-core processing chip

MediaTek, one of the leading processor manufacturers for mobile device chipsets, is expanding its newest generation processor family, Helio, by introducing the P series chips. The P10 is a slim, 8 core processor. What this means for mobile device manufacturers, is that they have a the new chip to work with for handsets that aren't going to get an expensive 10 core processor, let alone an extreme performance 20 core processor like last month's MediaTek announcement, the Helio X20. Whereas, the X20 has flagship written all over it, the P10 looks like it will be for future mid to upper range handsets.

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MediaTek’s LinkIt ONE developer kit targets makers and hobbyists

MediaTek’s LinkIt ONE developer kit targets makers and hobbyists

MediaTek is dipping its toe in the market for makers and builders. The company recently showed off its newest offering at the Wearable World Congress. MediaTek put together the LinkIt One development kit, which is a reasonably priced ($79 USD) kit designed for entrepreneurs to make devices ready for the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearables. The chip on the board is tiny, only about the size of a fingernail. Its diminutive size leaves space to integrate additional hardware, and its relatively powerful specs would make it a good fit for small devices, like smart coffee makers.

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MediaTek Pump Express Plus takes on Qualcomm’s Quick Charge

MediaTek Pump Express Plus takes on Qualcomm’s Quick Charge

Cue inappropriate jokes. MediaTek is really putting the heat on Qualcomm, more so after seeing a chink in its armor courtesy of Samsung. Just recently it tried selling the idea of a three-tier deca-core mobile processor even while Qualcomm has just gotten started with 8 cores. Now with its own "Pump Express Plus", it is taking aim at Qualcomm's fast charging technology, Quick Charge 2.0, that is slowly snaking its way into the latest flagships and quickly becoming a much wanted feature in smartphones.

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MediaTek chip leapfrogs Samsung and Apple (in core count, anyway)

MediaTek chip leapfrogs Samsung and Apple (in core count, anyway)

How many cores does your smartphone have? If it's anything less than ten - and it's almost certain to be - then MediaTek has just eclipsed it, its new Helio X20 mobile processor packing a whopping ten cores. The company calls it Tri-Cluster architecture, and is promising the usual mantra of simultaneous power and efficiency. Still, before we discount the chip as just another case of "more is better" thinking, there could well be something to MediaTek's approach.

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