MediaTek might not be the biggest name in the laptop computing industry. However, its latest Chromebook processors deserve some recognition. It says that the pair of chipsets balance extended battery life with competitive performance, delivering great value to consumers.
Of course, no power user is shopping for a Chromebook. That doesn’t mean the budget-friendly laptops aren’t important. They are a vital resource for schools, libraries, and anyone looking for entry-level computing.
MediaTek has two new chips coming to the market. The 6nm MT8195 is designed for premium Chromebooks and the 7nm MT8192 is designed for broader use in the Chromebook lineup.
The company’s new MT8195 features an octa-core CPU. It has four Arm CortexA78 cores to handle demanding tasks while four Arm Cortex-A55 cores maximize battery life and crunch through background tasks. That combination is a powerful one-two punch that gives end users respectable performance and a long-lasting battery.
Meanwhile, the chipset features a five-core Arm-Mali G57 GPU. That isn’t going to win any awards or facilitate triple-A gameplay but it is good enough for everyday use. The MT8192 has quad-channel 2133MHz LPDDR4X memory.
Notably, the MT8195 is capable of running three displays simultaneously. For a budget-friendly laptop, that’s an impressive feat. It also supports Dolby Vision and 7.1 surround sound audio. Those features will help Chromebooks equipped with the new chipset differentiate themselves from cheaper versions.
Two standout features for today’s world include a built-in dynamic range image signal processor and a hardware depth engine. MediaTek says that these will allow Chromebook manufacturers to include large cameras, up to 80MP, or dual 16MP sensors.
With more people turning to remote work solutions like videoconferencing, this is an important addition.
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MediaTek has managed to pack a lot of features into its latest chipsets. Both the MT8195 and the MT8192 support 4K HDR video decoding, PCI-Express Gen 3, and USB 3.2 Gen 1.
On top of this, they boast a “high-performance AI processing unit” (APU) that is designed to support vision and voice apps. That’s a big addition that will make Chromebooks much more useful as artificial intelligence (AI) continues to integrate itself into daily life. The APU handles things like image recognition, voice recognition, and real-time translation.
Those interested in a new Chromebook featuring the MT8912 chipset should look for the first devices, which are slated to arrive in the second quarter of 2021. Chromebook devices sporting the MT8195 will arrive later next year.