Mediatek's new MT6795 chipset popped up on a leaked roadmap, and this thing looks pretty impressive. The Taiwan-based company is one of many in Southeast Asia that is stepping up and rivalling current market leaders in both specs and pricing. The MT6795 hardware looks impressive enough on paper to give the Snapdragon 810 a run for its money.
The Mediatek MT6795 uses the same 28nm manufacturing process as the Snapdragon 810, but it has a 64-bit octa-core chipset with Cortex A57 and A53 cores. The leaked document shows the processor clocked at 2.2 GHz and may be clocked as high as 2.5 GHz. The GPU in use is a PowerV G6200, which should at least be able to hang with the Adreno 430 that is on the Snapdragon 810 chipset. The MT6795 has dual-channel LPDDR3 933 MHz memory, compared to the 64-bit LPDD4F 1600 MHz memory used on the S810. Mediatek is using the same pin configuration on the MT6795 that they used on the MT6592, so the upgraded chipset will be easy to implement for manufacturers. The chip will support 2K display with a display resolution of up to 2560 x 1600. It will also support camera sensors up to 20-megapixels.
Mediatek says they'll have the new chip ready to launch before the end of 2014. New flagship phones in China and elsewhere could come with the MT6795 as early as Q1 2015. We don't think Qualcomm has anything to worry about yet, but they need to watch out. Mediatek is nipping at their heels.
Other Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei are stepping their game up and challenging big time Android OEMs like Samsung and LG. Both companies are moving out of China and into global markets. The U.S. is on that list, and I can't wait until we have a slew of inexpensive flagship smartphone options available. These phones will probably arrive in here off-contract, too. The smartphone and tablet landscape is just starting to get interesting.
Can Mediatek hang with Qualcomm? Check out the leaked roadmap below and let us know what you think in the comments.