MediaTek, the world’s second largest mobile chip maker, seems to be quite serious with its expansion plans this year. The chip maker has announced its latest MT6753 chipset today, based on the 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 architecture.
The MT6753 chip succeeds the MT6752 chip that was released early last year. The new chip comes with eight processing cores, similar to its predecessor. The eight cores have been clocked at 1.5GHz and the chip includes the Mali-T720 GPU with Open GL ES 3.0 and Open CL 1.2 API support. The new chip can supports displays with up to 1920 x 1080 resolution with 60 fps frame rate. It includes support for H.265 1080p video playback at 30fps with minimal power draw. There is also support for up to 16MP resolution cameras.
The MT6753 is the first Mediatek chipset to include full network connectivity support. This means that the chipset can not only connect to the TD-LTE networks in China like the previous MediaTek chipsets, but also includes support for FDD-LTE networks used in the western markets. It comes with LTE Cat.4 support that allows for maximum LTE download speeds of 150Mbps. Also included is support for DC HSPA +, TD-SCDMA, EDGE, and CDMA2000 1x/EVDO Rev.A frequencies. Thanks to the extensive network support, devices powered with the latest chip can be used for seamless roaming across various contries around the world. Other connectivity features include Miracast, Wi-Fi dual-band and Bluetooth 4.0 LE.
MediaTek chips have so far been used mainly in smartphones meant for the Chinese and other Asian markets alone. With the new MT6753 chip, MediaTek is looking at expanding in western markets as well since the chip can connect to major LTE bands used in the US and European market. The first devices with this new chip are expected to be available by the second quarter of this year.