How to know if your phone is an MTK device

Before we delve into the topic of the day, it will be very important for us to first identify what MTK stands for and what it truly mean for the benefit of those who it might sound alien to.

What does MTK stand for?

In relation to this topic, MTK stands for MediaTek, and MediaTek is a well-known chip manufacturing company based in Taiwan that mostly outsources their products, hence they are regarded as Fabless companies.
How to know if your phone is an MTK device

They specialize in manufacturing the Central Processing Unit (CPU chips) for wireless telecommunications, HDTVs, DVD etc. Their largest demands come from the Chinese mobile tech market.


From that little description of MTK, you can deduce by now that when we say MTK phones, we are talking of phones that make use of MTK chips.

Since MTK are largest suppliers of their chips to the Chinese mobile tech markets, it now tells us that most of the mobile devices produced in China are MTK devices.

Note: I said most and not all, because there is other notable semiconductor companies aside from MTK that also serve the Chinese market and other mobile tech markets across the globe. For example we also have other notable one like SPD (Spreadtrum).


But we are focusing on how to detect MTK devices when you are on hand with them. Since these chips are hardware components and with models embedded inside the devices, it will be difficult to tell if they are MTK devices, SPD and others by looking at or handling the device without uncoupling.

It is a common idea that most ranges of Chinese phones like Tecno, Gionee, Infinix etc. are MTK devices. But as we mentioned above, you can’t categorically tell by mere seeing or handling them.

In-fact what I want to tell you now will even go a long way helping you in differentiating original Android devices from fake ones. In other words, cloned phones from other manufacturers mimicking original manufacturers like Samsung, hTC, LG and the rest can easily be detected with this method.


Now for you to really determine whether your android devices are MTK devices or not, follow the simple steps below;

= =>With your android device on hand, just head to Google Play Store.

= =>Search for and download this simple and free app CPU-Z

= =>After installation, launch the app and you will see all your phones and hardware components models. You can see image below.

= =>While on the open app, you will see about 5 menu buttons at the top; SOC (System on Chips), System, Battery, Sensors and About menus.
CPU-Z for android

On the SOC menu, you will see the chip and model of your device boldly written at the top portion of your screen. On the other way round you can also navigate to the system menu to see the hardware component. The models for MTK devices always start with Mt prefix, while that of Spreadtrum often start with SPD or SC.

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You can use this app to detect other models and chipsets of any android device. Now for those cloned Samsung devices, when you use this app and find out that the chipsets are MTK, it should tell you that it is not from signed Samsung original products, as Samsung have their self-manufactured chipset as in the Exynos and aside from theirs, they also prefer using American chipsets like Qualcomm Snapdragon, Nvidia etc to MTK chipset.

You will notice that I was able to use single stone in this piece to kill two birds for you, and so if you are happy with this, please you can use the comment box to express yourself and also share to your friends so they can also gain from this knowledge.
How to know if your phone is an MTK device How to know if your phone is an MTK device Reviewed by Edwin Akwudolu on 2:23:00 PM Rating: 5

50 comments:

  1. Thankz for the info, it has been very helpful to me. but my problem is .How do i know the chipset if the phone is hanging? Like not boating at all , or if the phone is locked my a lock code?. Thank you for the Good work.

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  2. thanks man I checked it and its correct, my techno p9 is am MRI device...... andrew

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  3. sir,i found this site luckily becos of problems i had installing Clockworkmod custom recoveries i downloaded online.
    With ur instruction...the hardware component of mine says QCOM which i suspect means Qualcomm...Could this be true that TECNO also use qualcomm chipsets?
    Also please where can i find qualcomm drivers for my phone? and workable CWM recovery for Qualcomm based Tecno Phones....

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  4. Please I MADE AN ERROR IN MY FORMER COMMENT
    sir,i found this site luckily becos of problems i had installing Clockworkmod custom recoveries i downloaded online.
    With ur instruction...the hardware component of mine says ARM V7 which i suspect means its not mtk...Could this be true that TECNO also use other chipsets?
    Also please where can i find qualcomm drivers for my phone? and workable CWM recovery for ARM V7 based Tecno Phones....

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    1. Check very well the model of your phone in the hardware component, if it begins with Mt as suggested above then it is an MTK. The ARM V7 is a form of processor architecture that even MTK devices also make use of.

      Tecno mostly use MTK chipset and the other one they sometimes use is the Spreadtrum chipset.

      Are you sure your device make use of qualcomm chipset? Which phone is that that you are using?

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  5. Check very well the model of your phone in the hardware component, if it begins with Mt as suggested above then it is an MTK. The ARM V7 is a form of processor architecture that even MTK devices also make use of.

    Tecno mostly use MTK chipset and the other one they sometimes use is the Spreadtrum chipset.

    Are you sure your device make use of qualcomm chipset? Which phone is that that you are using?

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  6. is it possible to change the imie no of any infinix phone..maybe like to bb imei no so dat I can use Glo Bis?

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  7. Hello, i use htc t610, my chip manufacturer is arm-cortex a7, can it still work as an mtk device. Thanks......ayo

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    1. Compliment of the season!

      ARM-CORTEX A7 is an architecture that are used by Chip manufacturers, it does not necessary qualify as MTK device because other Chip manufacturers like Qualcomm and the rest also make use of the ARM CORTEX architecture and not only MTK.

      So for it to qualify as MTK, as stated above, if the model of the chip begins with Mt, then it qualifies as MTK, if not, it is not an MTK device.

      So just check up the model as indicated above.

      Do have a nice week ahead

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  8. Thanks for the info.. You jst educated me more... Thanks a lot...

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  9. i need a bb imei....mitch_4gunners@yahoo.com

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  10. Awesome job my friend, I'm trying to learn how to do this and I just learn something new today. Thanks a lot!!!

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  11. what if my phone is dead and i want to bring back to life but i do not know what model is it, how can i find the right rom for my phone? i have a fake lg g3 but i tried doing it with sp flash tools and with a rom MTK6582 and it says that chip type not match, so what i am doing wrong or what else need to install? or is just because i am trying to install the wrong rom? i really need help i am getting pissed off really lol

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  12. Other phones that doesn't use MTK like Samsung, HTC etc, can their IMEI number be changed, probably using mobile uncle app, can they?

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    1. No, you cant chant their IMEI using Mobile Uncle. And their IMEI cannot be easily changed like the MTK phones

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    2. Who says htc don't use mtk chipsets? They do

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  13. Can I buy mtk iphone. I just had an offer for iphone 5s. Can I go ahead and buy it brother

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    1. If at all there is mtk iphone, then it must be a cloned one because Apple does not manufacture their phones with MTK chipset but rather have their own branded chipsets,

      If the iphone 5s you had offer for is an MTK, then just know that it is a cloned phone and not from Apple

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  14. Thanks a lot for the post! It was very helpful.
    keep up the good work.

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  15. I use huawei p6 and it says on cpu-z that it is Hisilicon k3v2 chipset.what does dat mean?,and can the imei be changed to a blackberr's?

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    1. It simply means that the processor of your phone is Hisilicon K3v2. Hisilicon K3V2 is Huawei self manufactured chipset that they use on their phones, though similar to MTK but it is not MTK.

      I have not really tried changing the IMEI of Hisilicon phone, so for now, I cannot categorically tell you for now if it can easily be changed, but a trial from you will not be a bad idea by following the steps here

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  16. my Oga. ..nice write up..i was really educated. .
    please kindly send me a bb imei....i will be greatful. .my email is completeinhim01@gmail.com

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  17. Nice job mr Edwin.. God bless you.. Please I want to know if FEATURES
    CPU
    Quad-core 2.3 GHz (US/EMEA)/ 2.5 GHz (Asia, China) Krait 400

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  18. Can work in Nigeria.. Thanks

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  19. thanks man.. i really needed this to know if my phone can use mtk droid tools to backup my rom (since i am going to be flashing a new one and wanna stay on the safe side)

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  20. Hello Edwin, I still don't get it, Is the processor with MTK chip is bad or good to use it and if is bad, how bad is it to use it please? thank you friend. I have just ordered from China a Tablet PC 10" Octa Core, Brand name OEM, Processor Manufacture is MTK.

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    1. Hi,

      Did anyone told that MTK chip is bad? There's nothing wrong with the chip and MTK is a very famous brand in chip making

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  21. I'm using it, n its working

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  22. Am using a Kogan brand "AgoraHD+" & this app correctly identified this & so gives credence to the other info given
    Thanks

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  23. Tanx bro, u r doin a very GR8 job! I'v learnt so much from ur articles. Kip d gud work goin! Plz hw can I change d IMEI number(rooting) of gionee m3 mini to enable it use a GlO BB subscription? Tanx CJ

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  24. Hi Ive learned alot from here thanks bro

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  25. how we know that a simple chinese keypad phone is MTK or SPD ?

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  26. nice. but i want to just know if you can check the MTK,etc of other phones whiles you have the CPU-Z on your phone ?

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  27. how can i change the imei of a phone ?

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    1. Hi Sophia,

      Follow the steps Here to change the imei of a phone

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  28. Thank you heaps for the post.Truly informative.I'm using Samsung GT-S7562.

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  29. I have indeed been educated
    I'll like to know if it works for MTN too cos you have been mentioning GLO all along and if not can you show me the one that works with an MTN sim
    tnx

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  30. Hello Edwin Akwudolu you are doing really great job by educating people with technology..your site is very helful and learnable...keep it up man..Allah Bless You.

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  31. informative and useful post. thanks!

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  32. My android phone's chipset is ARM Cortex A7.Can MTK droidtool work for it?Plz reply me.Thank you.

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    1. Your chipset cannot actually be ARM Cortex A7 because ARM Cortex are the architecture on which chipsets are built upon.

      Read Here to know more about Arm Cortex architecture

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    2. Hello,
      Mr Edwin Akwudolu, i have this ARM Cortex A7 issue, i will like you to help me on.
      How exactly would i get to know my phone processor?
      I have been battling with this recently, when my phone IMEI cant be found. I will also appreciate if you can guide me, on how to insert the IMEI back to the phone

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  33. Thank you so much.... It's really helpful....

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  34. This guy deserved all the accolade he received

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  35. I have samsungj7. I want to increase my phone audio voice. Using mtk tool. But tools and code not working. It is not boot. How to increSe my phone voice

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  36. How do i know Cpu of Dead Phone ? my phone is dead now i want to know cpu is it mtk or spd or any other ? any solution bro ...

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  37. dear sir,
    I installed mtk engineering mode in my rooted android Sony experia e3 and their hardware is qcom but mtk is not working in it.you have any other way to use Jio 4g sim in my 3g phone

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  38. Hey every one if possible can you pl tell give the list of mobiles which we can change imei number

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