Kindle Fire

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.

  • No way in hell it will have a Snapdragon 800, judging by the previous versions it will more than likely have a low cost quad-core or a newer generation faster dual-core like the S4 Pro Krait.

    • Andrew T Roach

      To tell you the truth the Mediatek SoC will most likely perform just as well as a Dual core Krait. And be much cheaper for Amazon.

    • Cameron Schneider

      Damn, turns out they did have the Snapdragon 800.

  • APai

    time to kick some qualcomm butt.

    • Cao Meo

      Qualcomm is great so far, but we sure need more competition

      • APai

        yup. competition is good for us!

  • Cao Meo

    I can’t wait for more powerful innovative CPUs from Mediatek, its chips are very affordable and will create healthy competition to Qualcomm.