Mediatek launches new ARM chip for sub-$200 ICS smartphones

MediaTek has announced its latest MT6575 ARM chipset platform, which the company hopes will power a myriad of sub-$200 Android Ice Cream Sandwich devices. The new chipset will boast of a ARM Cortex A9- single core processor clocked at 1GHz, apart from boasting a GPU and 3G/HSPA radios.

The company says that the new platform will support qHD displays and will have support for 720p video. While there is no new functionality out here considering the latest high-end ARM chips enable support for higher resolution 1280×720 displays and 1080p video, it should be noted the above-mentioned functionality has never been seen in sub-$200 devices.

MediaTek is saying that the first wave of sub $200 devices based on the MT6575 chip should hit the market by Q1 of 2012.