Disadvantages of Mobile with MediaTek Processor

When choosing a new mobile phone, many aspects are taken into account, from its design and price, to the capacity of the battery or its internal storage that allows us to save many applications, photos, videos and so on. However, sometimes we do not pay attention to something as essential as “the heart of the smartphone” the processor, the component that moves everything. There are several manufacturers of mobile processors, and today we will talk about one of them, namely, the disadvantages of the MediaTek processor.

MediaTek loses strength against Qualcomm

In recent times, some smartphone manufacturers have stopped integrating the high-end processors manufactured by MediaTek into their smartphones, replacing them with mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. It’s kind of funny, right? Why would a mobile manufacturer want to switch from a high-end processor to a mid-range processor? Maybe because that high-end processor is not as high-end as it claims to be?

At the moment, two are the indisputable kings in the sector of the manufacture of mobile processors. On the one hand, Qualcomm with its series of Snapdragon chips that, I’m sure, sound to all of you. On the other hand MediaTek, with whose processors Helio X10, Helio X20 and Helio X30 seemed to take an important leap forward. But Qualcomm and MediaTek are not the only ones. Huawei also manufactures its own processors, the Kirin series, as does Samsung (Exynos series) or Apple (A series). But why are manufacturers refusing to offer their smartphones with integrated MediaTek processor?

Main disadvantages of a MediaTek processor

First of all, it is convenient to clarify that, despite the essential importance of the processor in a mobile phone, other aspects such as the GPU, RAM, operating system and even the applications we usually use, also have a lot to do with Sensation that we obtain of power, performance, fluidity, et cetera. Therefore, what we will see below are generalities, not absolute truths. First, because there are several models of MediaTek processors, some more powerful than others, some more energy efficient than others, and so on. And secondly, because the same processor MediaTek will not respond in the same way on a smartphone with 512 GB of RAM and Android 4.4.

To clarify this aspect, we can point out that some of the disadvantages that have been observed in the mobile processors of Mediatek are related to the following aspects:

  • Battery . For many users, the battery is essential because they need their smartphone to reach the end of the day without worries. For this, the capacity of the same (the mAh it supports), constitute a fundamental factor, but so is the processor’s management of the battery. On similar smartphones but with different processors (you know that it is common for brands to differentiate processors by region), MediaTek processors manage the battery less efficiently than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. This results in a  decrease in autonomy  with the passage of the months, and also in an  overheating of the terminal that, in no way, is pleasant.
  • The fluency. If you have two or three gigabytes of RAM, an upgraded or at least not old version of Android, and your phone is supposed to be “good” but hard for you to toss when switching between simple apps with multitasking, then Is that something happens. Usually, this happens when we find a MediaTek processor, which has a hard time jumping between applications as basic and custom master WhatsApp and Telegram, something that a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is not a problem. In fact, you may find smartphones at a price of laughter that, including a Snapdragon, offer more fluidity than another more expensive but with MediaTek processor.
  • ROMs and updates. Many Android phone users prefer to work with custom ROMs because they want to squeeze all the possibilities offered by their terminal, which they have paid for that, right? However, MediaTek has a hard time releasing the source code of its processors, which translates into greater difficulty in importing custom ROMs. On the other hand, this also affects the operating system’s own updates: leaving aside the terrible problem of fragmentation of Android, not a few users who, after a few months with a terminal in their hands, have discovered the sad news that They will not be able to update it.
  • The stability. We talked about fluidity, battery life and autonomy, and updates and customized ROMs, but the fourth most important area where MediaTek usually clicks is stability, ie unexpected closures more usual than they should be, which is never. And this usually happens on different custom ROMs, so the problem is not, at least, exclusively of this one, although in some case, evidently, it can be.

Given the disadvantages that usually offer Mediatek processors, and taking into account that the price of between two versions of the same smartphone is usually similar, whenever possible you should be advised to do with a phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon processor as, globally, Has proven to be more efficient and deliver better performance than MediaTek.


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