MediaTek and Micromax Informatics Collaborate on Mid-to-Premium Range Smartphones to Fuel India LTE Market Growth

New Delhi, India – September 2, 2015 – In the pursuit to democratize India’s 4G LTE-ready smartphone market, MediaTek Inc., a global leader in fabless semiconductor design, today announced an enhanced strategic collaboration with Micromax Informatics, India’s leading handset player. The partnership aims to accelerate 4G accessibility and fuel faster smartphone adoption in India’s rapidly growing market.

As part of the company’s India roadmap, MediaTek announced the availability of the MediaTek helio family, the premium smartphone chipsets that deliver greater performance and efficiency; and the intention for Micromax Informatics to become the first Indian brand to launch a device on the new MediaTek helio premium platform using the MediaTek helio X10. In addition, the companies also released the latest mid-range 4G LTE phone – Micromax Canvas Fire 4G – running on MediaTek’s MT6735. The Canvas Fire 4G is an extension of Micromax Informatics’ Fire series, which has been custom built for music lovers.

“India is at the cusp of digital revolution and at Micromax Informatics we have been putting in concerted efforts to bring the best in class 4G LTE smartphones to take Internet usage to an unprecedented level. Today’s partnership exemplifies the same endeavor and we are delighted to partner with MediaTek for its helio Family” said Mr. Vineet Taneja, CEO, Micromax Informatics. “We have always endeavored to offer products based on certain needs of the consumer. Moving forward, we will lead the 4G adoption in the country by converting all our popular value Canvas series to 4G. Canvas Fire 4G is the first in a series of such launches.”

This move to the premium segment also reflects consumer sentiment stemming from a new survey commissioned by MediaTek. Rather than the traditional thinking that brand and price are the main drivers, instead, when consumers in India purchase a smartphone, their top three considerations are:

Researchers agree India will grow its 4G LTE market more than any other country. Strategy Analytics predicts by 2017, India would overtake Japan to be the world’s 3rd largest 4G LTE market. It will also surpass the U.S the same year, to be the world's second largest smartphone market. 65 percent of India’s current Internet traffic comes from mobile devices, according to consulting firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byer’s 2015 “Internet Trends” report.

“MediaTek is one of the leaders in the global LTE baseband market in Q1 2015 with a double-digit market share. The company is well positioned to play a key role in the emerging Indian LTE market by enabling affordable LTE handsets with its premium class chipsets such as the MT6735 and MediaTek helio X10, building on its 3G success in India,” said Mr. Sravan Kundojjala, Associate Director, Strategy Analytics.

“India is the next 4G LTE smartphone battleground and key to MediaTek’s mission to power billions of devices globally,” said Dr. Finbarr Moynihan, General Manager of International Sales, MediaTek. “With MediaTek’s wide portfolio of LTE products from entry to premium, we have the right business and technology strategy, along with local collaborations to make LTE a reality for Indian consumers. The technology is going to change to higher speeds and networks and MediaTek is pleased to collaborate with Micromax Informatics to deliver a stable and affordable 4G handset experience.”

As two of several MediaTek 4G LTE-enabled SoCs, the MT6735 and MediaTek helio X10 represent MediaTek’s mission to make leading technology inclusive and accessible to consumers globally. MediaTek helio X10, part of the MediaTek helio processor family, satisfies multimedia requirements of even the most demanding users, featuring subsystems that support many technologies never before possible or seen in a smartphone. The MT6735 is known for supporting full HD video recording and playback while conserving a phone’s battery power, at a more affordable price.

MediaTek has invested in India since 2007, collaborating with Indian brands. India represents MediaTek’s second largest market globally. By company estimates, the company is the top smartphone SoC supplier to Indian brands and has the largest market share of chipsets in mobile devices sold in India.

About the survey

The MediaTek India Consumer Research Survey was conducted via an online survey from July 31 to August 7, 2015. YouGov performed the data collection. A total of 1,200 smartphone owners and intenders from India were sampled, across Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai and other markets.

Key findings:

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About MediaTek

Since 1997, MediaTek has been a pioneering fabless semiconductor company and a market leader in cutting-edge systems-on-chip (SoC) for mobile devices, wireless networking, HDTV, DVD and Blu-ray. Our tightly-integrated, innovative chip designs help manufacturers optimize supply chains, reduce the development time of new products, and extend a competitive edge in crowded markets. Through MediaTek Labs, the company is also building a developer hub that will support device creation, application development, and services for the Internet of Things era. By building technologies that help connect individuals to the world around them, MediaTek is enabling people to expand their horizons and more easily achieve their goals. We believe anyone can achieve something amazing. And we believe they can do it every single day. We call this idea Everyday Genius and it drives everything we do. Visit mediatek.com for more information.

About Micromax Informatics Ltd

Micromax Informatics Limited is one of the leading consumer electronics company in India and the 10th largest mobile phone player in the world (Counterpoint Research). Over the past 5 years, Micromax has pioneered the democratization of technology for masses by offering affordable innovations through their product offerings and removing barriers for large scale adoption of advanced technologies. Micromax is currently the largest mobile vendor in India with a market share of 22 percent in Q3 of 2014 (Canalys Report). The brand’s product portfolio embraces more than 60 models today, ranging from feature rich, dual – SIM phones, 3G Android smartphones, tablets, LED televisions and data cards. The company also has many firsts to its credit when it comes to the mobile handset market including the 30-day battery backup, dual SIM phones, QWERTY keypads, universal remote control mobile phones, first quad-core budget smart phone etc. The company has its operations across Russia and SAARC markets. Micromax sells more than 3 million Mobility Devices every month, with a presence in more than 560 districts through 1, 30,000 retail outlets in India. With presence across India and global presence in Russia and SAARC markets, the Indian brand is reaching out to the global frontier with innovative products that challenge the status quo that Innovation comes with a price.