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MediaTek launches quad-core MT8125 chipset aimed at budget tablets


Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek has officially announced their budget tablet oriented quad core SoC, the MT8125. Powered by four ARM Cortex A9 CPUs, the MT8125 promises to deliver performance for inexpensive devices.

MediaTek’s MT8125 can be thought of as the tablet equivalent to its (uber) popular MT6589 quad core chipset. The former is a far more powerful chip as it is based on ARM’s Cortex A9 CPU architecture (compared to Cortex A7 in the latter). The MT8125 can be clocked as high as 1.5 GHz for all four cores. MediaTek sticks to the same GPU solution as the MT6589, i.e. PowerVR SGX544 (which is quite powerful, capable of powering games at 1080p).


One of the first products based on MediaTek’s new chipset, the Acer Iconia A1-810

MediaTek MT8125 SoC Features:

  • Up To 1.5 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex A9 CPU
  • PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • Up To 1920 x 1200 Resolution Display Support
  • Up To 13 MP Camera Support
  • 1080p Video Recording And Playback
  • Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM, WiFi

MediaTek’s new tablet chipset supports 3G HSPA+, EDGE, WiFi, Bluetooth and Miracast wireless display technology. The chip will come in different packages, some supporting cellular radio (while others not, obviously). Expect to find this chip powering low-cost tablets (that may or may not support voice calling) from China in the upcoming months. Thankfully, you don’t have to wait to see a real world product based on this newly announced chip. Acer has already launched their Iconia A1-810 budget quad core tablet (only $149) while Lenovo is working on the IdeaTab S6000, both backing MediaTek’s latest and greatest.

Source: MediaTek

Preetam Nath
A 3rd year engineering student, Preetam Nath has a keen interest in following the smartphone and tablet sphere. He plays games on his favorite old PC when he's not doing anything. In the mornings, you can often find him at the gym.

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