Mediatek have gone on the record to confirm that they have LTE baseband support in the works and a processor will launch early next year.
The confirmation comes just days after Mediatek and ARM signed a deal to use ARM’s Cortex A50 44 bit architecture in next generation chips, however it is too late in the development cycle to hope the new LTE SoC will be running on this. Instead MTK are looking at the low-end market for their new 4G LTE chip and are more concerned about price at this moment than the overall performance of their solution.
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Also in the works is a Cortex A12 based processor aimed at a mid 2014 launch. This chips will boast up to 40% better battery efficiently as well as improved support for big.LITTLE switching.