MediaTek unveils the MT8121 quad-core chip
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After it announced the licensing of ARM Cortex-A50 technology, Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek takes another step forward and unveils the low-end quad-core MT8121 chip. This way, the company will soon be able to offer processors for mid-range tablets as well while maintaining its position in the low-end market.
The MediaTek MT8121 is a quad-core SoC that integrates Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS, using a Cortex-A7 processor with PowerVR Series 5 graphics (the same graphics processor series used by Samsung in the Exynos 5410). MediaTek did not reveal all the specs of this new chip yet and no tablets using the MT8121 have been announced so far, but reports claim that its mass production has already begun.
Same sources claim that first cheap quad-core tablets powered by the MT8121 should appear starting in early 2014 with prices that could go as low as $70. Hopefully MediaTek's partners will soon confirm the specs, pricing and availability of the first devices to use this chip.
The quad-core MT8121 seems to have all it takes to take over the low-end market so we will get back to this topic as soon as new information becomes available.