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MediaTek is a Daydream believer

by on20 May 2016

Qualcomm still keeping quiet

MediaTek has told some media outlets that it plans to support Google's new VR platform called Daydream.

This follows Huawei telling us it will support Daydream on its Kirin and Qualcomm based devices – not necessary just phones. Qualcomm still has to officially announces its support, but it is obvious that Qualcomm won't stay away from such a potentially wide spread platform.

Mediaek works closely with Google and has a lot of design wins with smartphones, Google Cast, connected speakers, some Android wear and a few Android TVs. Now MediaTek announced that it plans to support Daydream too. MediaTek didn't talk much about Virtual Reality but it announced that its Helio X20 and X25 support for VR apps with a 120Hz refresh rate. At least that is what news outlets in its native Taiwan were told.

MediaTek realised the GPU's importance and improved the GPU inside the mainstream Helio P10 to ARM Mali-T860 MP2 at 700MHz. The flagship deca-core with three cluster Helio X20 comes with ARM Mali-T880 MP4 at 780MHz. The faster Helio X25 has an Mali-T880 MP4 at 850 MHz. There are rumours that Helio X30 might offer significant improvements in graphics by using PowerVR 7XT graphics.

There is no doubt that headset VR and wearable Virtual Reality will spread much faster than Oculus and Vive attached VR headsets, becuase they are a smaller investment. It hardly surprises that MediaTek wants to be the part of the trend too.


Last modified on 20 May 2016
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