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Cheap quad-core tablets heading our way, as MediaTek launches its new chip

MediaTek has released its new quad-core MT8125 processor, which is aimed at the tablet market. The chip is likely to be used in budget orientated smartphones and tablets, whilst still offering decent performance.
June 3, 2013
MediaTek chip

MediaTek has released a new quad-core processor, named the MT8125, which will be targeted for use in tablets. Compared with other big chip manufactures such as Samsung, Nvidia, or Qualcomm, MediaTek processors tend to be cheaper, meaning that we might soon see a few more reasonably priced quad-core tablets and smartphones.

The new processor is built from four in-order ARM Cortex A7 cores, meaning that it’s not going to be an absolute powerhouse when it comes to processing capabilities. The MT8125 will instead be an energy efficient solution that still has enough juice to power through the most commonly used applications.

The processor will be clocked at an acceptable 1.5 GHz, making it a faster chip than other cheap A7 based quad-cores, and the SoC will also come packing a multi-core PowerVR 5XT series graphics chip, so it won’t be a slouch when it comes to media either. Speaking of media features, the processor comes with Full HD video playback and recording compatibility, support for up to 13-megapixel cameras, and is compatible with Full HD displays, making it suitable for not just budget tablets.

As for other features, the MT8125 also includes MediaTek’s 4-in-1 connectivity combo, which packs Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and FM radio into a single integrated package. Another selling point for tablet and handset designers is that the chip will come in three network varieties, HSPA+, 2G EDGE, and Wi-Fi only versions, which are all pin-to-pin compatible, meaning that designers can easily interchange the chips without having to alter any other components. That way manufacturers can offer consumers a wider choice of products without incurring any additional costs.

In the near future, we could see a few more cheap quad-core tablets on the market powered by this MediaTek chip. And if there’s one thing we need more of, it’s affordable quad-core tablets.