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Apr 25, 2014

Cheap Nexus 6 Model to Pack a 64-Bit Processor




Recently, Mountain View-based Internet giant Google has been rumored to plan the release of a cheaper version of the Nexus 6 handset, which is reportedly set to land on shelves sometime towards the end of this year.

Up until now, Google and its hardware partners have released Nexus devices with high-end hardware packed inside, though with appealing price tags attached to them. However, it seems that this might change when Nexus 6 arrives this fall. Apparently, the company has decided to release a cheap Nexus model that would target the entry-level market, though it seems that it will still pack it with appealing hardware inside. Rumor has it that the phone will hit shelves at less than $100, and that it will sport a MediaTek processor inside, which should provide it with the possibility to deliver decent performance capabilities, despite its low cost. A new report coming from Economic Daily News claims that the MediaTek processor that will be included inside the mobile phone might be the 64-bit 1.5GHz quad-core MT6732 chip.

Moreover, the news site notes that, provided that this CPU does not make it inside the phone, the 2.0GHz octa-core MT6752 chipset will. Both of these processors come with Mali-T760 GPUs and with support for LTE connectivity, which should indeed deliver great performance capabilities to all users. Moreover, both of these are 64-bit chipsets, using the new ARMv8 instruction set, as PhoneArena notes. The inclusion of one of these processors in the upcoming cheaper Nexus 6 variant will ensure that even users on a budget will still be able to deliver the performance capabilities that high-end phones can provide at the moment. Despite the fact that MediaTek-powered handsets are considered to be inferior due to the fact that they sport much lower price tags, they are still capable of more than decent performance levels.

Should Google indeed plan the release of a $100 Nexus 6 handset with a 64-bit processor inside, it will certainly manage to attract a lot of users to the Android OS at the entry-level market, posing some issues to rivals such as Windows Phone, which are highly popular in this segment at the moment. However, no official confirmation on Google’s plans on this has been provided as of now, and it would not come too much as a surprise if the new rumor does not pan out. Hopefully, additional details on the matter will be provided sooner rather than later, so stay tuned for more on this.

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