New low-cost Kindle Fire models to use MediaTek MT8135 big.LITTLE SoC, report says
A new report from Taiwan says that MediaTek may have scored an important order with Amazon to provide chips for the retailer’s next-gen low-cost Kindle Fire models.
According to Taiwan Economic Daily, the cheaper Amazon Kindle Fire tablets will use the MediaTek MT8135 SoC, which has quad-core big.LITTLE MP architecture with a twist – the dual-core Cortex-A15 CPU works simultaneously with the dual-core Cortex A7 CPU. For graphics, the MediaTek MT8135 uses a PowerVR G6200 chip and the SoC also comes with Miracast support.
The new SoC has been announced just recently and it will reportedly go to mass production this month.
The news is not confirmed yet, and Amazon is yet to unveil new tablets, but the MediaTek-based new Kindle Fire would apparently be launched at some point in early 2014.
A previous rumor revealed that Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD models would pack Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 800 processor.
The new Kindle Fire models will certainly be among the main Nexus 7 (2013) rivals, so it will certainly be interesting to see what Amazon has planned for this year in the tablet department.