Snapdragon vs Mediatek

Sometime back I wrote about having issues with GPS on my phone. I use the phone to track activities such as walking and I noticed it was becoming unreliable due to inaccuracy in measuring distance.

I did some troubleshooting to isolate the issues. I opened two different activity tracking Apps and noticed that both Apps were experiencing the same issue. This meant that this was NOT a software issue.

I then took an old Nokia Lumia 520 phone and used it to track activity alongside the Tecno C9 phone. I realised that the old Nokia Lumia was pinpoint accurate while the Tecno was struggling. I also tested with an iPad mini and noticed it was also pinpoint accurate in terms of location.

After further research I realized that the phones we have do not have the same location accuracy capacity.

There are four main GPS systems namely; GPS which is American, GLONASS which is Rusian, Galileo which is European and BeiDou which is Chinese.

Depending on your phone Chipset you will have different location accuracy. This is because some of the chipsets allow you to receive GPS from more than one of the GPS systems above.

For instance, in the example above the Nokia Lumia has a Qualcom Snapdragon chipset and can access both GPS and GLONASS. The Tecno has a Mediatek chipset and can only access the GPS system. The more GPS systems the phone can receive the more accurate it will be in determining location. Such a phone will also be faster in detecting location due to stronger GPS signal.

This is something we never bother about when buying a phone yet it can cause issues when you are using location dependent Apps such as the tax hailing ones.

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Is this an FYI article?

As we always say…mediachieth = :meffi::meffi::meffi:

Tafasali usidanganye watu apa. Na naona hata @Soprano ame-endorse what you are saying…which is even more depressing.

The GPS antennae is not part of the silicon chip. The Wifi antennae, the LTE antennae, GPS antennae and all other antennae (Some have even a AM/FM antennae are not part of the chipset. Mediatek has nothing to do with this.

Nowadays, most GPS antennae are integrated in some sort of a combined antennae together with Wifi, LTe, Gps, Radio etc. Very good phones like iphones may have even 4 of these antennae integrated in one super antennae on the phone.

Don’t forget phone GPS antennae are among the weakest form of antennae. So please usidanganye watu.

Your problem is that infinix phones and Nokia Phones have a huge problem. Don’t defend Nokia. The Nokia 5 and 3 have a very bad reputation on their GPS antennae.

Your problem can be solved very easily, My guess is that the antennae might have lost contact with the circuit board which can be solved with a few tools na simu inarudi sawa sawa. Nikipata time nitaweka thread.

In the meantime. Read more about GPS antennae here. Ukitaka article ya 2019 pia nawesa kuretea.


I might not have liked all that he had to say but I did not have time to raise an issue. I like the part he says that HE HAS DONE research.