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MediaTek Helio A22 to deliver AI features to mid-range

MediaTek Helio A22 to deliver AI features to mid-range

Qualcomm may have become the household name in the mobile application processor (AP) market but it is hardly the only one. Even before Apple’s A chips or Samsung’s Exynos, there was MediaTek. Often the preferred processor of Chinese brands and less expensive smartphones, MediaTek has been making promises of high-end features at affordable prices, at least as far as its chips are concerned. Now the Taiwanese company is trying to nibble at Qualcomm’s bottom line with its new Helio A series designed to bring camera and AI features to the budget smartphone market.

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Apple’s 2020 iPhone reportedly snubs Intel [Updated]

Apple’s 2020 iPhone reportedly snubs Intel [Updated]

The 2020 iPhone won't be using Intel's latest wireless chipset, new reports suggest, with Apple dealing a supplier blow to the chip-maker in the midst of its market-share grab from rival Qualcomm. However, even if the report is true, Intel's apparent loss won't necessarily be Qualcomm's gain.

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Apple HomePod by Beats: Cheaper but not enough to save it

Apple HomePod by Beats: Cheaper but not enough to save it

Apple products don't always become an overnight success. Some take years of constant marketing to hammer them into consumers' skulls. So while the HomePod's reported lackluster sales are disappointing for Apple fans, they might not be as fatal as some predict it to be. That said, the company seems to be trying to salvage its image by making a rather odd move. Not only is it coming out with a cheaper HomePod, according to reports it might not be launched as a HomePod at all.

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Nokia 1 detailed for super cute Android GO release

Nokia 1 detailed for super cute Android GO release

With Nokia 1, the company's brought back some features that worked well with Windows Phone devices of yore. Here, though, they're rolling with Android. The Nokia 1 brings a "familiar design" to the present in what Nokia describes as "our most affordable package yet." This is an Android GO device, which means it's a low-end device, but its still slick.

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Apple MediaTek 2018 iPhone deal tipped as Qualcomm spat continues

Apple MediaTek 2018 iPhone deal tipped as Qualcomm spat continues

A rumor surfaced today claiming that Apple will tap MediaTek for 2018 iPhone modems in an effort to distance itself from Qualcomm. Apple and Qualcomm are in the middle of a fierce legal fight that has, among other things, seen Qualcomm attempt to block some iPhone imports in the US. The potential partnership, should it actually happen, would follow Apple's move from Qualcomm toward Intel as a source for iPhone modem chipsets.

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iPhones and iPads next year to completely ditch Qualcomm chips

iPhones and iPads next year to completely ditch Qualcomm chips

When you take each other to court, you best be prepared for the fallout outside of the courtroom. Lawsuits cut both ways, as Apple and Qualcomm are finding out. The two have been throwing accusations at each other over business practices and pricing and that might soon have a substantial effect on iPhone and iPad users next year. Sources are saying that Apple is working towards ridding next year’s mobile devices of any trace of Qualcomm, eying to replace it with modems from Intel and MediaTek instead.

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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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