MediaTek powered Chromebooks coming towards the end of 2015


It’s been a busy year and perhaps very significant one for MediaTek. The Taiwanese company has really shaken the market with some really impressive mobile SoCs this year. Now, the company plans to enter the laptop market, and following some rumors about the same, the company confirmed that it is indeed developing a new chip for mobile devices (read: laptops) to be used in lowcost Chromebooks.

The Chromebooks market has been slow and growth has been gradual, but worldwide sales are expected to reach 7.3 million units in 2015, an expressive 27 percent increase from 2014. And it is in this growth that MediaTek is betting on. The company wants to offer their Chromebook chips to various manufacturers, basically follow what it does in the mobile handsets market.

One of the leading companies in this industry is Acer, and MediaTek certainly will try to be the supplier of their low-cost range.

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It is worth mentioning that one of the leading companies to offer solutions in this market space is Intel, who MediaTek would be going head-on against when it does enter the Chromebooks scene. Which is actually good, because fair competition always brings good results to the end consumer.

According to MediaTek President C.J. Hsieh, The new chip should to arrive on the market by the end of 2015 or in early 2016. What you think about MediaTek entering in the Chromebook market? It is a good thing? Let us know your opinion about it.

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29 Comments

  1. Marius Cirsta
    June 2, 2015

    It’s certainly a good thing and it might even offer more power than some Intel CPUs and probably better battery life.
    My only problem is that these Mediatek SOCs are never really that open, the GPU is closed source and the SOCs usually never reach mainline kernel support. Still maybe things will change at least for the kernel mainline problem because I doulbe we’ll have open source GPU drivers from PowerVR anytime soon.

    • Adam Irvine
      June 3, 2015

      Yep, its a shame this is true, otherwise we’d have a lot more ROM development over at xda for Mediatek devices…

  2. Troy West
    June 2, 2015

    I really hope this brings down the price of Chromebooks. They’re interesting hardware, but too expensive in my opinion.

  3. sai bhagavan
    June 3, 2015

    Mediatek have never disappointed me so this time…

    • balcobomber25
      June 3, 2015

      They haven’t disappointed me in a quite awhile but a lot of their early SoC’s were crap.

      • sai bhagavan
        June 3, 2015

        Ys may be 6752 was crap but they have improved a lot over these years

        • Muhammad Yasir
          June 4, 2015

          6752 OR 6572 ?

          • sai bhagavan
            June 4, 2015

            yes am sorry typo error it was 6572

      • sai bhagavan
        June 3, 2015

        Ys may be 6752 was crap but they have improved a lot over these years

    • balcobomber25
      June 3, 2015

      They haven’t disappointed me in a quite awhile but a lot of their early SoC’s were crap.

    • Muhammad Yasir
      June 3, 2015

      u will buy a cbook ?

    • Muhammad Yasir
      June 3, 2015

      u will buy a cbook ?

    • sai bhagavan
      June 3, 2015

      No need as of now so not

    • sai bhagavan
      June 3, 2015

      No need as of now so not

  4. balcobomber25
    June 3, 2015

    Variety is never a bad option. I have two Chromebooks. One is the original ARM Samsung which I have had for at least 2 years now. It still runs like it’s brand new, only thing i ever had to do was replace the charger which was $6 on Amazon. The second is a Pixel running Ubuntu.

    • Muhammad Yasir
      June 3, 2015

      can u game on chromebooks ?
      i’ve never had one!
      what are they actually good for and what sets them APART from all other lappys ?

      • balcobomber25
        June 3, 2015

        Gaming is limited to whatever you can play in a browser. They are mostly good for someone who spends most of their time on the internet such as checking Gizchina lol. What sets them apart is they don’t run Windows, they run a forked version of Gentoo Linux called Chrome OS. Chrome OS boots up in 15 seconds or less, never has any malware or spyware problems, has built in security and updates all by itself. In the two years I have had one it still runs like it did when it was brand new. They are not meant for anything power or graphic intensive but for wathching movies, listening to music, typing documents and browsing the internet they are amazing.

        • Muhammad Yasir
          June 4, 2015

          hmm… amazing.
          in a nutshell , the Chrome OS is like a browser on Steroids !
          thanks for the descriptive guide tho 🙂

          • balcobomber25
            June 4, 2015

            Pretty much.

      • balcobomber25
        June 3, 2015

        Gaming is limited to whatever you can play in a browser. They are mostly good for someone who spends most of their time on the internet such as checking Gizchina lol. What sets them apart is they don’t run Windows, they run a forked version of Gentoo Linux called Chrome OS. Chrome OS boots up in 15 seconds or less, never has any malware or spyware problems, has built in security and updates all by itself. In the two years I have had one it still runs like it did when it was brand new. They are not meant for anything power or graphic intensive but for wathching movies, listening to music, typing documents and browsing the internet they are amazing.

    • Muhammad Yasir
      June 3, 2015

      can u game on chromebooks ?
      i’ve never had one!
      what are they actually good for and what sets them APART from all other lappys ?

  5. Muhammad Yasir
    June 3, 2015

    but but… chromebooks dont have windows for gaming !

  6. Muhammad Yasir
    June 3, 2015

    but but… chromebooks dont have windows for gaming !