MTK G50 Processor found in Android Headunits

MTK G50 is not a real processor, just another name for the 8227L_Demo SoC.

MTK is MediaTek, a massive company that churned the 8227L by the million. The 8227L SoC is still sold in the same old guise as the 8227L_ALPS_DEMO android headunits.

New name, the same product

There is no MediaTek G50 with the 1 GB RAM specifications ever produced—this Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A7 SoC processor going by the G50 name. Fitted in the low end (lowest end) android head units is the 8227L.

What’s in a name?

Processor names are all about marketing, and the 8227L_Demo name has been dragged through the dirt due to all the fakery and deception attached to it caused by a few sellers. But not just that, 4 cores and 1 GB RAM associated with the 8227L are known for a very poor Android experience.

New name MTK G50

The new name, MTK G50, sounds like a new processor. New processors are faster than the old generation of chips, just by using never-fab technology and chip design. You could imagine that some would assume the MTK G50 is a new chip with all that new chip goodness.

Or could the new MTKG50 name just be used as a smokescreen to hide the true nature of the chip fitted to these low-end Android head units? If it’s not called the 8227L_DEMO, it can’t be bad, right?

Same Spec

The MTK G50 has the same spec as the 8227L chips, so although it may have a different name, it is still the same core at heart, beating very slowly.


Quad-Core processor with just 4 ARM Cortex-A7 MPCore Clock speed of 1.1 GHz to 1.3 GHz 32 Bit processing with 2 GB Maximum RAM Typically 1 GB RAM Fitted.


ARM Cortex-A7 cores are grouped into 4. As a groundbreaking design, a Quad-core configuration has now been surpassed by much more powerful and higher core-count configurations. The Cortex-A7 uses the Armv7-A architecture, giving only 32-bit processing operations. Modern processing cores can operate at 64-bit for future apps and performance improvements.


The very old quad-core design, with its 4 ARM Cortex-A7 MPcores clocked at around 1 GHz, is very slow by modern standards. This chip was designed to run Android 4.4.4 and struggles even running Android 6. Today’s consumers expect more speed and fluidity from their electrical devices today. The mass adoption of mid to high-end phones means that people know how well these Android devices should operate. The MTK G50 (MTK8227L) is not up to modern expectations of processing performance.

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