MediaTek Unveils Powerful New Tablet Chip
MediaTek on Sunday unveiled a new tablet processor that it’s billing as the industry’s first ARM Cortex-A72-based System-on-a-Chip (SoC) for tablets.
The Taiwan-based chip firm’s MT8173 features a 64-bit, quad-core, 2.4GHz central processor based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, with a pair of Cortex-A72 CPU cores matched with two Cortex-A53 CPU cores. Designed to both boost processing power and extend battery life, the new SoC “boasts a six-fold increase in performance compared to the MT8125 released in 2013,” according to MediaTek.
MediaTek is making quite a splash at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, earlier unveiling the MT6753, an ARM 64-bit, octa-core smartphone SoC with support for WorldMode modem capabilities.
In addition to a more powerful CPU, MediaTek’s new tablet chip also sports an Imagination PowerVR GX6250 GPU capable of playing 4K Ultra HD content and supporting “graphics-heavy gaming,” according to the company.