Choosing a MediaTek CPU would help HTC lower the cost of its next flagship phone.
HTC is focusing on mid-range devices at CES, but that doesn’t mean the Taiwanese manufacturer isn’t working on a yearly refresh of its One flagship lineup. The HTC Hima has been rumored for some time now, with its specs having leaked multiple times. All those leaks had said that the Hima would feature a Snapdragon 810 processor, like other major flagships that are coming out this year, but now, a report from China Times is saying that HTC could opt for a MediaTek chip to power the device in China.
According to the source of the information, the probability of Chinese consumers getting a MediaTek-powered Hima is pretty high. No reason is given for why HTC might make such a move, but we can only guess that the company is doing it in order to offer its upcoming flagship at a lower price in price-sensitive markets like China, where local manufacturers currently offer fancy specs at low prices that major manufacturers have been unable to match.
Also unclear is what MediaTek chip HTC would use. If it’s looking to offer the same performance on the MediaTek variant as the Snapdragon model, HTC will probably have to go with the MT6795, which offers similar features like the Snapdragon 810 – eight processor cores, 64-bit processing, and LTE connectivity. Of course, with all such rumors, this one needs to be taken with a pinch of salt, unless some solid piece of information comes along before the phone’s official announcement.
Source: China Times