Dreaming to lead a new market segment it is christening "Super-mid Market", MediaTek has unveiled its new MT6732 chip in time for MWC 2014. This system-on-chip that it hopes will power the next generation of low to mid range smart devices has two of the hottest buzzwords in mobile chips these days: LTE and 64-bit.
Somewhat like the Cortex-A7, ARM's Cortex-A53 is designed to be the low-powered workhorse of mobile devices, but 64-bit instead of 32-bit. The MT6732 takes four of these Cortex-A53 cores, each running at 1.5 GHz, to deliver the processing power that future 64-bit enabled smartphones and tablets will need. It also brings in a Mali-T760 GPU for improved graphics performance and support for OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL 1.2 standards.
But aside from the 64-bit architecture, this new MediaTek SoC also boasts of other features, like support for both H.264 and H.265 codecs for 1080p 30 fps video playback. Video recording at 1080p 30 fps is only supported for the older H.264 video codec. It also comes built-in with a 13 megapixel camera image sensor with support for picture-in-picture and video-in-video features. The integrated 4G modem supports both FDD and TDD LTE networks but it also has support for older mobile network technologies like 3GPP, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, and EDGE. Dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are also thrown in for new device categories like smartwatches and streaming HDMI dongles.
MediaTek believes that offering performance and connectivity should not have a high price tag attached, but it remains to be seen if its chips will be able to deliver on that promise, especially when the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung announce their own 64-bit offerings. The MediaTek MT6732 will only be available by the third quarter this year, so don't expect any actual products carrying this chip until much later.