Mediatek is usually a chip maker that provides its CPUs to lesser known OEMs from China, but recently they’ve been cooperating with the likes of ASUS and Acer for their more affordable slates. If a recent rumor is to believed, now even Amazon wants to work with them and Mediatek may see its chips on the next gen Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
Previous speculations placed a Snapdragon 800 inside the future slates and one thing is for sure: we won’t see a Texas Instrument chip here and also it won’t be a Tegra chip. Amazon is said to be looking into the MediaTek MT8135 chip instead of these alternatives. One of last month’s leaks mentioned some specs for the new Amazon tablets, like Retina Display for the 8.9 inch model and a Full HD resolution on the 7 incher.
Both were said to be packing Snapdragon 800 chips at 2 GHz, but do you really need such processors on a tablet focused more on e-reading and media consumption? Mediatek has reached the news a lot since it confirmed working on a true 8 core processor, available close to the year end on several devices. The MT8135 is the new chip, the first big.LITTLE ARM chip to use heterogenous multi processing.
What do you think Amazon will choose? Qualcomm or Mediatek?