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MediaTek's Finbarr Moynihan talks smartphones and more at CES 2017

During CES 2017, we got a chance to chat with MediaTek's general manager of sales Finbarr Moynihan about his company's growth in 2016 and more.

Published onJanuary 10, 2017

At CES 2017, Android Authority’s own Darcy Lacouvee had a conversation with Finbarr Moynihan, the general director of sales at mobile processor company MediaTek. During the chat, Moynihan talked about how his company grew during 2016 and much more.

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During the chat, Moynihan stated that MediaTek actually puts a lot of time and effort on software and system solutions development, on top of its more well known hardware business.  He says that gives the company a way to offer a better end-user experience.

Moynihan said that MediaTek can also offer hardware for a wide level of devices. Amazon is one of the biggest customers for the company, as it users MediaTek SoC solutions in its low cost Fire tablets in combination with its Fire OS. However, Moynihan says that other companies with different needs will get different types of support.

The company’s Helio X and Helio P processors have gotten more and more attention. The Helio X series, with its high-performance specs, and the Helio P series, with somewhat lower performance but with a balance of lower power consumption, are now taking up as much as 20 percent of MediaTek’s volume, according to Moynihan. Part of the reason is the rise of Chinese OEMs who are embracing the use of those chips.

Moynihan also talked about where he sees smartphones going in the near future. He says that while overall growth worldwide might be slowing, large markets like India and China still have tons of growth potential. Also, while high-end premium phone sales may be slowing, there might still be growth in the mid and lower end smartphones, along with the growth of using unlocked phones in the US.

Be sure to check out the entire chat with MediaTek’s Finbarr Moynihan at our YouTube channel, and stay tuned for even more interviews with top executives from CES 2017.

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