MediaTek has introduced a brand-new 64-bit processor that will power the fastest Android tablets on the market, at Mobile World Congress, which is set to put them ahead of most other processor producers to this point. The company’s 64-bit MT8173 mobile chip will begin seeing the light of day in devices during the second half of this calendar year, and will include some of the highest-profile devices and tablets to hit the market all year. The major areas of concern that MediaTek wanted to address with this processor was battery life and ensuring that performance would be as great as possible. Most notably, the company wanted to produce a processor that could compete with PC’s in terms of performance and ability to deliver high-quality content on a tablet for an extended period of time.
Fittingly, this comes at a time when Google is pushing its Android platform more for the enterprise environment – which would make this processor ideal for those corporate devices that are looking to maximize effectiveness for the longest period of time. Ultimately, the goal is to handle some of the most-pressing devices, like those with 20MP camera’s or running games with incredibly high refresh rates, and allow them to function in a way that doesn’t challenge growth or productivity. While there aren’t any benchmark statistics to go off of, many are insinuating that this processor could be the one that will challenge Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor – which currently sits as the highest-profile and most-successful processor on the market.
While the MediaTek processor will not be appearing in as many devices, especially not flagship devices which will be released early in the year – it’s worth waiting to see how the processor performs throughout the year after its released. MediaTek could definitely challenge Qualcomm who has struggled in recent months amid rumors that Samsung was considering dropping the long-time processor champion of the tech world.
If that is the case, it would really make for an interesting year – as there really hasn’t been too much competition in terms of processors in recent memory. However, one roadblock that MediaTek will have to get over is the fact that it does not have integrated LTE like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor does, but that might be corrected as time goes on.