MediaTek, whose chips now are stuffed inside low-end, mid-range and top-shelf handsets in Asia (including the recently announced HTC One M9 Plus) has announced two new chipsets designed for tablets. The MT8163 and MT8736 SoCs both feature four cores and 64-bit architecture. But there are some major differences between the two.
The MT8163 chipset is designed for tablets that feature Wi-Fi connectivity only. MediaTek promotes the SoC as one that can produce AnTuTu scores in the 30,000 area. It offers four Cortex A53 cores and can support Android 5.1, H.265 video, dual band Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. The chip can also handle screen resolution up to 1080p. There is some talk that manufacturers will be paying $5 a unit for the MT8163.