Weve 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 CPUs for Samsungs 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 CPUs as well as Qualcomms 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 end 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 wouldnt see two variants of the same phone with two different chips (i.e. Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 with this years flagships: S7, S7 edge, and Note7). Samsungs partnership with MediaTek could put the chipmaker on the map and increase its market share on a global scale.
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