As some of you should recall, last week we’ve stumbled across fresh rumors coming from China, suggesting that Google and MediaTek might partner up in order to create a very low priced Nexus smartphone. While this doesn’t mean that Google is abandoning the high-end market, these rumors led us to suspect that the search engine giant might want to target developing markets, and compete with the increasing number of emerging smartphone makers from Asia.
Today we bring you more news on that front, as new reports coming from Taiwan are suggesting that the mysterious budget-friendly Google smartphone could make use of a 64-bit SoC. Join us after the break for the full story.
Google’s MediaTek Powered Smartphone to Make Use of 64-bit Architecture
According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily, the low-mid-end Google Nexus smartphone we’ve talked about recently could feature one of MediaTek’s 64-bit SoCs. It’s unclear whether the gadget will benefit from the quad core MT6732 64-bit chip clocked at 1.5 GHz, or the octa core MT6752 SoC running at a frequency of 2.0 GHz. Whatever the case, these chipsets are not designed for the high-end market, despite the fact that they use a 64-bit architecture. That being said, the earlier rumored $100 price tag continues to remain on the table, as a possibility.
According to the above newspaper, MediaTek’s officials are really excited about this Google deal, as it could boost the chip maker’s influence on the western market. MT is putting a lot of emphasis on this collaboration, as a partnership with the search engine giant could also attract the likes of HTC, Sony, LG and even Samsung. It is also claimed that MediaTek’s R&D is closely working with Google in order to speed up the process of developing the aforementioned smartphone.
On the other hand, the source suggests that, while Google has abandoned the Chinese market since 2010, the company “always wanted to return to the local market“. A partnership with MediaTek and a budget-friendly(er) Google Nexus smartphone might ensure the search engine giant’s penetration in the Chinese market.
As far as the smartphone’s release goes, the device will allegedly be ready to hit the shelves in the second half of the year. It remains to be seen if the low-mid-range Nexus will be launched side-by-side with the Nexus 6 flagship, or in a separate time-frame. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted.