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This article was published on July 30, 2019

MediaTek takes on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon with a new gaming chipset for phones

MediaTek takes on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon with a new gaming chipset for phones
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

MediaTek just released its two new gaming-focused chipsets: the G90 and the G90T. These 12nm octa-core chips have a similar design to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon and Huawei’s Kirin chips with ARM Cortex-A76 and A55 cores.

These chips clock up to 2.05GHz and can support a 10GB LPDDR4x RAM. Plus, it sports ARM’s Mali G76 GPU with speeds of up to 800MHz. The CPUs also support a single 64-megapixel camera sensor or a combination of 24-megapixel and 16-megapixel sensors.

The chipmaker says the G90 series is powered by its “HyperEngine game technology” that supports simultaneous dual-band WiFi connection, smooth switching from mobile to wireless networks, improved touch response, and enhanced resource management. It’s also compatible with HDR 10 10-bit color depth for crisp and vivid visuals. 

MediaTek also announced that it’s partnering with Xiaomi to release a gaming phone with its latest chipset soon.

With that, MediaTek hopes to see its chips feature in high-end phones designed for gamers – but even with those specs, it’ll have its work cut out for it in convincing manufacturers to choose its SoCs over those from Qualcomm.

We’ve asked the company for more details, and we’ll update the story accordingly.

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