MediaTek is renowned to offer cheap silicon primarily in the Chinese market, putting the Taiwanese company in direct competition with Allwinner and Rockchip. Their SoCs have found their way in a vast array or budget smartphones and tablets but the MediaTek isn’t just going to stop there.
The firm today announced the latest addition to their midrange silicon offering; the MT8127 standalone application processor which is specifically targeted at tablets. The latter packs four Cortex-A7 cores clocking at 1.5GHz accompanied with the Mali-450MP4. The SoC is built on a 28nm node and integrates WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0,FM and GPS on-die. There’s no built-in Modem but this shouldn’t be surprising as most (if not all) MTK SoCs rely on an external modem solution for network connectivity.
The MT8127 demonstrates MediaTek’s continuous commitment to improving technologies that consequently elevate the end-user experience – Joe Chen, General Manager of MediaTek’s Home Entertainment Business unit.
MediaTek may be late to the part but their new SoC now natively supports HEVC (High Efficiency Video Encoding)/H.265, this essentially means that the SoC can now play 4K and 8K content (up to 8192 x 4320 pixels). The MT8127 ISP also features supports 13MP sensors, there’s also support for H.264 1080P/30fps.
MediaTek still hadn’t been able to compete with the Qualcomm alternative when it came to providing kernel sources or abiding to the GPL and that it unlikely to change any time soon. It’ll be nevertheless interesting to see how the MT8127 compares to the competition.