Mediatek faces low Helio X30 SoC orders, could be in trouble?

It seems that things could go south for Mediatek, especially if some of the latest reports prove to be true. One of them says that the company begins to sense some trouble with its Helio X30 SoC and the orders that have already been made for it by major manufacturers, with a lot of them starting to pull out on their original agreements!

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LeEco is – no doubt- one of these companies after their serious financial troubles, that have made them reevaluate their yearly estimates. This doesn’t mean however that Mediatek is guilt-free. There are a lot rumors saying that the Helio X30 SoC has performance issues and is being affected by mass production challenges, since it’s built using the 10nm fabrication process just like its competitor, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835.


Obviously the latter is facing some supply issues as well forcing many manufacturers to change the launch dates of their flagship like HTC, Sony or even Xiaomi. Thankfully – for Qualcomm- it hasn’t shown so far any performance issues (or heating problems) which is good. Who can forget after all the overheating issues of the Snapdragon 810 SoC?

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  1. goodwill
    March 15, 2017

    I think Mediatek will likely not survive if they do not change their direction tho. They had the oppotunity but instead wasted on mediocre chips. Even Xiaomi is pursuing it’s own inhouse chip. All theses moves will only single out Mediatek from the sales, really. Maybe, Mediatek should venture into producing their own Android smartphones, that will put them in a strong position.

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 15, 2017

      I like the own phones idea

      • goodwill
        March 15, 2017

        Yeah, I think they can do alot if they venture into smartphones, specially since they are already a chipset manufacturer. As it is, right now, they can’t compete with Qualcomm. One of their biggest customer, Meizu are patching things up with Qualcomm and rumoured to have a Snapdragon powered phone in line. Having that said, It’d only be southward from here if they stay on their current course.

  2. johala02
    March 16, 2017

    I suppose it would be good for Samsung-Qualcomm if MediaTek would go out of business. But very bad for many of the mobile brands since Samsung seems always get the latest snapdragon processors before others.

    So I hope some brands will support MediaTek.

    • Karly Johnston
      March 16, 2017

      HiSilicon would simply take their place. Even Xiaomi is getting into the business.

    • Wolvie
      March 16, 2017

      It is very bad if really meditek really out of business because it means lesser competitor to fight the big bad wolves like Qualcomm, Kirin, Exynos.

      So far i only see mediatek as the only soc manufacturers that can fight against the monopoly of qualcomm. At least last time mediatek fought quite fiercely at low end and mid-level soc.

      But Mediatek is taking too long to wake up to realize that qualcomm start to going all out at low-end and mid-level soc also. It has been proven effective when they launched SD65x series and supported by big china brands like Xiaomi, LeEco, OnePlus that selling at affordable prices (read: Low Price)

      So unless mediatek willing to change their stupid old strategy and start manufacturing soc that have enough juice (read : Fast and got good GPU) with much lower price than qualcomm. If they cannot do this then sadly i think it is goodbye for mediatek.

      Of course those high-rank mediatek CEOs still think their decision are much superior than us and keep doing the same stupid thing selling their stupid oldie MTK6737 (and all their stupid new variants like MTK6735, etc) that is obsolete and slow. Mediatek thought they still can fight qualcomm only with low pricing soc huh ? Better think again as big brother qualcomm coming fast and furious with much lower pricing.

      Performance soc + Low pricing = winning the game.

      Ah then sorry mediatek, maybe Game Over for you already for you.