Rumor: Samsung's Entry-Level Phones To Use MediaTek Chipsets


Samsung is a company who is known for wanting to make sure their devices come with as many in-house components as possible. Of course, they are not alone in this approach to smartphone-building as it is a surefire way to keep costs as low as possible, while also maintaining a suitable and wanted level of quality across a device. Although, that is not always the case with the Galaxy Note 7 battery issue being a prime example.

Either way, Samsung has become known as one of those companies who leads the way in expanding its inclusion of in-house components and none more so than with its processors. While Samsung still does turn to Qualcomm for their processor solutions for the US variants of many of its devices, Samsung has also been opting to include its Exynos range of processors in as many of its own smartphones as possible, including international versions of its leading phones. However, a new report now emerging today suggests that might not be the case when it comes to Samsung's more entry-level options.

The new information comes from Mobiletelefon and looks to confirm that Samsung is planning on turning to MediaTek for its processing needs for a number of its entry-level devices. The information on this is limited at best, with no real details on which devices will adopt MediaTek solutions or even, in which regions the MediaTek-powered handsets might become available. Although, the report does detail that it is expected that Samsung may occupy as much as 10-percent of all chips produced by MediaTek, as a means to fulfill its needs. It also remains unclear as to whether this could be a temporary solution (for instance, Samsung looking to fill a temporary gap between demand and supply) or whether this will form the basis of a more long-term relationship between Samsung and MediaTek, in select regions. Although one thing which is likely to be the case, is that with Samsung constantly using their own high-end processors as well as Qualcomm's solutions, the employing of any MediaTek options (including their higher-profile chips) is highly unlikely to make its way anytime soon to high-end Samsung smartphones.

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