In with the new and out with the old! Mediatek is introducing a slew of new processors and Samsung’s Galaxy Core 2 has leaked. But things are not looking as bright for HTC, which is losing its head of design.
Mediatek is one of the very few processor manufacturers presenting the slightest threat to Qualcomm. Things have gotten even better for the Taiwanese processor maker as they announce their latest processors. These are 7 chipsets with specific purposes in mind.
Mediatek processors and their purposes
- MT6595 – First octa-core, LTE-enabled processor for global market.
- MT6752 – First 64-bit octa-core processor with LTE support.
- MT8392 – First octa-core tablet processor.
- MT5328 – Made for 4K TVs.
- MT6630 – First processor with support to all connectivity technologies.
- MT3188 – Processor with a focus on wireless charging.
- Ascer – Made for small wearables.
Opinion: Mediatek is not letting its guard down. They are catering to all markets and form factors with what look like very capable chipsets. I somehow doubt we will see these SoC’s coming to America just yet, which is rather sad. Maybe on a device here and there, but nothing significant.
No day is complete without some sort of Samsung news or leak, and today we have the Samsung Galaxy Core 2 in the spotlight. The Galaxy Core successor is an affordable handset that won’t blow your mind, but also won’t blast your bank account.
The device is said to retail for 9990 rubles (about $280 USD). You can find the specs and images right below.
Samsung Galaxy Core 2 specs
- 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
- 512 MB of RAM
- 4 GB of internal storage (micro SD support)
- 5 MP rear-facing camera / VGA front-facing camera
- 2,000 mAh battery
Opinion: While these specs are not completely horrible, you can do so much better if you go with one of the other Asian manufacturers out there. Take OnePlus as the first example that comes to mind. With only $20 more you can get a top-of-the-line smartphone.
Some big personalities are deciding to part ways with their companies. Just yesterday, Vic Gundotra announced he was leaving Google, and now HTC is losing its head of design.
Scott Croyle has worked with HTC since 2008, when his company One & Co was acquired by the Taiwanese manufacturer. He led the industrial design and user experience teams at HTC. Of course, we can thank him for being a huge influence in the amazing design of the HTC One M7, M8 and other devices.
HTC claims this will be more of a “long-term transition”. Croyle will go off to work on his own projects, but he will continue to work as a consultant for the next few months. It seems he won’t have much of an influence on next year’s flagship device, though.
His second-in-command, Jonah Becker, is likely to take over. Will he be able to follow Scott’s legacy of amazing designs and stunning build quality?
Opinion: HTC build quality and design is beat by none (at least in my opinion), so it is a bit scary to see the head of design stepping out. As a current owner of the HTC One M8, I have to wonder how the successor will turn out. Are we in for a big surprise? And if so, is it good or bad?