Taiwanese chipmaker MediaTek on Tuesday said it is working with Reliance Jio for using its chipset that is designed for entry-level Android Oreo (Go edition)-running smartphones. MediaTek General Manager (Wireless Communications BU) TL Lee said the devices are expected to be rolled out in the first quarter of the year. “In addition to their own 4G feature phone, Jio is working very hard with not only MediaTek but also Google for smartphone devices… entry level Android Go,” he told reporters here. Last month, Google had unveiled the Android Oreo (Go edition) for smartphones that have 1GB RAM or less. These low-cost smartphones are expected to play an important role in further expanding Internet adoption in markets like India.
Indian handset maker Micromax recently confirmed to launch the first Android Oreo (Go edition) smartphone – Bharat Go – in the coming weeks. Some reports said that price of Micromax Bharat Go will be less than Rs. 2,000. Lee said MediaTek is focused on bringing more premium features like support for face unlock, 18:9 display, and dual 4G VoLTE (VoLTE network support on both the SIM card slots) on entry and mid level smartphones in the country. “We work with a lot of handset makers, Indian, Chinese and international. Our focus this year is to bring more premium features that can be extended to end customers in entry and mid level smartphones,” he added.
Besides, MediaTek announced that it has designed Sensio – a 6-in-1 biosensor module that can allow users to monitor health parameters such as blood pressure and oxygen levels through their smartphones. To make that happen, the company is engaged in dialogue with multiple players globally in the health ecosystem for deploying the module, Lee said.