MediaTek is really pinning itself to be a challenger in the SoC market. To compete with Samsung, Qualcomm and NVIDIA. It has launched a few low budget SoC's which you see in some of the new tablets from Acer and ASUS. Two of their more popular SoC's include the MT6589 quad-core and MT6572 dual-core processors.
Now the Taiwanese company is about to announce the MT6290 at leat that's what a few reliable sources are telling us today. The MediaTek MT6290 is based on the ARM Cortex-A7 architecture. It also resembles the performance of the MediaTek MT6589 with some more features.
The MT6290 will support 4G LTE connections that include TD-lTE and FDD-LTE. In addition to supporting TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, GSM and EDGE networks. But the SoC doesn't support CDMA connections. So those of you on Verizon and Sprint won't be seeing any devices with a MediaTek MT6290 chip inside anytime soon. But you can expect the MT6290 to be used in Chinese smartphones. This SoC works on both China MObile and China Unicom. The MediaTek MT6290 will be shipping in December 2013, so later on this year we'll hear more about it.
MediaTek has often put together some low powered chips, which is why we haven't seen them in high-end devices where we see Qualcomm and NVIDIA. But MediaTek is looking to change that. And it definitely can't hurt to have another SoC manufacturer in the market, right?
How many of you would purchase a phone or tablet with a MediaTek processor inside? I might have to think twice, but if it's powerful enough, why not? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below.