MediaTek Reveals Samsung Is A Customer

By 09:54 Thu, 05 Aug 2021 Comments


We’ve actually heard rumors of Samsung wanting to buy MediaTek chips for quite some time now, the last rumor came March of last year where a Manager of MediaTek alleged that Samsung was in talks with the chipmaker to source Central Processing Units (CPUs) for Samsung’s lower to mid ranger smartphones, in particular, its Tizen-powered devices.

Nikkei reports that MediaTek Chairman Tsai Ming-kai recently participated at a tech conference and was asked to comment on the Samsung battery recall fiasco, to which he replied that it was “not possible for [him] to comment…” on these events, “as Samsung is a customer,”.


Currently, Samsung uses both its own (Samsung-manufactured) Exynos Central Processing Units (CPUs) as well as Qualcomm’s processors. Exynos chips are seen more in mid to lower tiered smartphones that Samsung makes.

Although he did not specifically mention what components the chipmaker is going to sell to Samsung, it looks like Samsung is looking to outsource its chips for a couple of possible reasons: Samsung wants to wean its dependence on Qualcomm, and at the same time, the company perhaps wants to dedicate its chip-making resources to manufacture Exynos chips for its higher discontinue phones where MediaTek can fill the void of mid to low-ranger devices that would be left open.

If this were to happen, maybe we wouldn’t see two variants of the same phone with two different chips (i.e. Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 with this year’s flagships: S7, S7 edge, and Note7). Samsung’s partnership with MediaTek could put the chipmaker on the map and increase its market share on a global scale.

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