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Market share of smartphones with 8-core processors is actually going to drop in 2014

Published Mar 14th, 2014 8:45PM EDT
2014 Eight-core Android Smartphones and Tablets

A new report from Taiwan says that while various Android device makers have plans to introduce more smartphones packing eight-core mobile processors this year, the market share of such devices will actually decline in 2014. Digitimes industry sources said that brand and white-box device makers will choose quad-core models in their upcoming devices “to build their share in the entry-level to mid-range segment.”

Various companies including Samsung, MediaTek and even Huawei have eight-core chips in mind for high-end devices. Samsung is expected to include its new eight-core CPUs in versions of this year’s flagship handsets including the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4, while Huawei also plans to ship an eight-core smartphone. Samsung will also be using hexa-cores for some of its mobile devices.

MediaTek is reportedly in talks with “a number of handset vendors” for its own such processors, but apparently very few of them have actually completed “the design-in process for eight-core models, which will limit shipments” this year.

While eight-core processors appear to not be ready to go mainstream just yet, a recent report revealed that 64-bit processor shipments will significantly increase in the coming years, backed by Apple but also by more and more competitors that will start using such chips in their smartphones and tablets.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.