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It seems that Asus may have to turn to MediaTek for its next generation of ZenFone smartphones. According to a report by DigiTimes, the company has failed to be amongst the first wave of Qualcomm’s customers to get the Snapdragon 835 platform. As per the report, the company is unwilling to use the Snapdragon 821, thereby pushing back the launch of the smartphone until June or July.
Sources have told the publication that the failure to acquire Qualcomm’s flagship may lead to Asus to look towards MediaTek for supplying its processors. MediaTek’s current flagship SoC, the Helio X30 sports a deca-core setup and is manufactured using the 10nm process. The Vernee Apollo 2, which was announced back in February, was the first smartphone to be powered by the SoC.
Currently, only Samsung and Sony have announced smartphones that are powered by Qualcomm’s new flagship mobile platform, namely the US variant of the Galaxy S8 and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium. There were also reports that Samsung has priority on the platform. Other companies tipped to launch Snapdragon 835 smartphones later this year are Xiaomi, HTC and OnePlus.