Eight-core smartphone chips could become mainstream in China with new MediaTek processor

MediaTek is competing with Qualcomm in the Chinese market, now the world's largest for smartphones

By , IDG News Service |  Hardware

MediaTek is among chip makers in Taiwan and China that have historically sold processors to little-known local electronic companies, called "white-box vendors". These companies typically sell cheap gadgets, including low-end tablets.

This year, whitebox vendors from Asia could ship around 80 million tablets, up from over 50 million in 2012, said Roy Chen, director of mobile computing for ARM. Vendors such as MediaTek, and China-based Allwinner Technology and Rockchip are providing many of the chips, he added.

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