China’s Meizu Drops Samsung, Continues Using Taiwan’s MediaTek

7 Oct

China’s Meizu aborted its plan to use Samsung’s chip in its new device due to the chipset’s compatibility with China’s 4G networks.

According to PhoneArena and Xiaomi Today, Meizu was previously reported to be releasing two flagships, Pro 6S and Pro 6 Plus; the former was said to use MediaTek’s Helio P20 chipset, while the later was reported to run on Samsung’s Exynos 8890. The Exynos 8890 was also used in Samsung’s Galaxy S7.

Remarks made by Meizu’s VP of sales and marketing, Li Nan, were allegedly leaked online. Li reportedly said the company will not release a new device running on Exynos 8890 this year as a result of the dual 4G network policy. A Chinese tech site for telecommunication devices said Samsung’s Exynos 8890 does not support full network connectivity in China and may create a potential issue with 4G connectivity. Meizu was reported to be introducing the Helio P20-powered Pro 6S in October.

The full network connectivity in China refers to the support for the 2G, 3G and 4G networks of China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. The Chinese telecom carriers use different technology and therefore the networks are not compatible. Meizu was also previously reported to be introducing three smartphones — one flagship and two entry-level devices — running on Samsung’s chipset. Meizu may also scrap the plan now. As a result, MediaTek maintains Meizu’s major chipset provider until Samsung solves its connectivity issues.

(Article authorized by MoneyDJ; photo courtesy of Samsung)