MediaTek 4G TD-LTE MT6290 chip heading to market late 2013


Not so long ago we reported that Mediatek were working on a new SoC which will support 4G LTE networks. More details of the chip have come to light along with a rough idea when we will see it in action.

Mediatek’s main market is the Chinese mainland, and as most of you will already know there isn’t much of a 4G LTE network here just yet, but things are changing. As the Chinese government have been signing deals with Chinese telecom giants to build the countries TD-LTE network, Mediatek have been working in unison developing a new low-cost processor which will support the faster network.

Currenly known as the MT6290, this new TD-LTE chip is said to be based on the current low-power, high-performance, 28nm architecture the quad-core MT6589(T) is based on. There are obviously going to be a number of differences between the old and new SoC, but the main feature of the MT6290 is that it will support TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, GSM/EDGE.

The first batch of 4G MT6290 processors is scheduled for launch in December of this year, meaning we will likely see 4G TD-LTE phones from big players such as Lenovo, ZTE, Huawei and others from January.

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24 Comments

  1. Fran
    June 12, 2013

    Mmmm… Maybe on 2019 Jiayu models?

    • Manos
      June 12, 2013

      +1

  2. alex
    June 12, 2013

    Andy, as a successor of MT6589 will the new MT6590 SoC be dual sim as well ? I suppose so, but not sure, what do you think?

    • alex
      June 12, 2013

      Pardon me, the question is aimed at Robin, the author, and new Soc is MT6290, my bad 🙂

    • June 12, 2013

      Can’t know for sure, but let’s hope it is 🙂

  3. Hoang
    June 12, 2013

    Still single core GPU? 🙁

  4. Jon
    June 12, 2013

    I wonder how many GHz the CPU will be and how many cores/MHz the GPU will have.

    • June 12, 2013

      1.3 at least apparently. No details on the GPU yet

  5. Guest
    June 12, 2013

    Mmmm… Maybe on 2019 Jiayu models?

    • Guest
      June 12, 2013

      +1

  6. Guest
    June 12, 2013

    Andy, as a successor of MT6589 will the new MT6590 SoC be dual sim as well ? I suppose so, but not sure, what do you think?

    • Guest
      June 12, 2013

      Pardon me, the question is aimed at Robin, the author, and new Soc is MT6290, my bad 🙂

    • Guest
      June 12, 2013

      Can’t know for sure, but let’s hope it is 🙂

  7. June 12, 2013

    A multicore GPU would be nice, it would be welcome at the lower price points.

  8. Guest
    June 12, 2013

    Still single core GPU? 🙁

  9. Guest
    June 12, 2013

    I wonder how many GHz the CPU will be and how many cores/MHz the GPU will have.

    • Guest
      June 12, 2013

      1.3 at least apparently. No details on the GPU yet

  10. kzm
    June 12, 2013

    i hope they will support those FDD-LTE as mention in the article

  11. Guest
    June 12, 2013

    A multicore GPU would be nice, it would be welcome at the lower price points.

  12. Guest
    June 13, 2013

    i hope they will support those FDD-LTE as mention in the article

  13. Dimas
    June 13, 2013

    What I can do if I need a low-cost 4G-LTE phablet today?

    • Camaman
      June 14, 2013

      Wait…

  14. Guest
    June 13, 2013

    What I can do if I need a low-cost 4G-LTE phablet today?

    • Guest
      June 14, 2013

      Wait…