Rumours MediaTek to launch MTK6290 quad-core phone chip with 4G/LTE support

mediatekThe market in 4G smartphones is expected to boom over the next couple of years and already, CPU manufacturers are bringing out their wares to temp handset makers.

Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek is rumoured to be readying a new quad-core CPU for later this year that will feature a built-in 4G modem.

The MTK6290 is said to be an upgraded version of its popular MTK6589 quad-core Cortex A7 processor that hits 1.2GHz clock speed. It’ll be manufactured at the same 28-nanometre scale but we wonder whether it’s battery life will be affected by its 4G radio, given as early general reports are that 4G connectivity uses more battery power than 3G/2G options. No battery life details have been confirmed with this MTK6290 chip.

Actual app processing performance however, is expected to be the same.

No specific details or pricing have been released as yet, however, the rumours are that MediaTek will release samples of the chip by December this year.

Reports are that popular Chinese brands ZTE, Lenovo and Huawei are expected to use the chip for new phone designs early in the new year.

The MTK6589 is a popular low-cost quad-core SoC CPU appearing in smartphones and tablets, combining that Cortex A7 architecture with a PowerVR SGX544 MP graphics core handling display and graphics-intensive apps such as games.

 

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