KaiOS, popular mobile operating system for smart feature phones that powers the JioPhone and the Nokia 8110 4G has announced their collaboration to integrate KaiOS with a series of MediaTek chipsets to power 3G and 4G devices. As part of this cooperation, the KaiOS mobile operating system will now run on the 3G MT6572 platform, and the latest MT6731, with support for dual-4G SIM cards.
MediaTek chipsets on these smart feature phones will be equipped with 3G and 4G capabilities, while requiring very little memory, starting at 512MB of RAM and as low as 256MB on some devices.
MediaTek’s MT6731 quad-core 64-bit platform with ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and IMG PowerVR GE8100-class GPU is targeted at smart-feature phones with support for up to HVGA displays and brings dual 4G SIM technology to the entry-segment mobile phone market and offers a highly cost-optimized platform for device makers in both carrier and open markets.
It has support for up to 5MP cameras, with dual camera options available, in addition there is support for HD videos at up to 30fps in h.264, with HD video decoding using the modern and efficient (H.265) HEVC codec.
KaiOS has already shipped on more than 80 million devices in over 100 countries. The platform is based on HTML5 and other open web technologies, and supports 3G and 4G/LTE, as well as Wi-Fi, GPS, and NFC.
The first KaiOS-powered MT6572 and MT6731 3G/4G smart feature phones are expected to be launched in Q2 2019.
Commenting on the same, TL Lee, General Manager of MediaTek’s wireless business unit, said:
With KaiOS’ support for MediaTek entry-segment 3G/4G chipsets, we can deliver more affordable and reliable devices, longer battery life and improve the overall user experience when compared with the old-school 2G/3G feature phones. KaiOS is putting digital services in the hands of populations that need them the most which aligns with MediaTek’s mission to make great technology accessible to everyone.
KaiOS Technologies CEO Sebastien Codeville, said:
Because of our work with MediaTek, we’ll be able to connect more people in important markets where MediaTek has a strong presence, such as India, Southeastern Asia, and Africa.Through collaborative efforts like this, we can finally offer a broad range of affordable devices capable of supporting advanced applications and functionality in these markets.