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10 of the best octa-core smartphones available now

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10 of the best octa-core smartphones available now
As of last year, we have smartphones that pack processors with more cores than lots of high-end PCs or laptops. Sure enough, more cores don’t necessarily bring more speed. There are plenty of factors that influence how smooth a smartphone works - including the technology used by its chipset (regardless of the number of cores it has), the amount of RAM, and how well the UI is optimized. Nevertheless, it’s fascinating to look at how fast things are evolving in the mobile world. If you wanted to buy a multi-core smartphone in 2010, you had 0 (zero) options to choose from. Now, less than fours years later, there are quite a lot of different models that feature octa-core processors (all running Android), and we’ll present some of the best among them below.

Besides the handsets included in our list, there are many other octa-core smartphones available in Asia (mostly in China and India), all using MediaTek chipsets. But they’re made by companies that aren’t well-known internationally, so they’re not of interest to us.

In chronological order:

Samsung Galaxy S4

While the US variants of the Galaxy S4 have quad-core Snapdragon processors, the European and Korean models feature Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa 5410 CPU. Yes, the S4 is an ex-flagship handset that’s more than one year old, but it can still be a great option for anyone who doesn’t mind that newer and more powerful flagships are now making headlines.


Meizu MX3

Like the Galaxy S4, the Meizu MX3 is a 2013 flagship smartphone - though it’s newer than Samsung’s handset, as it was released in October last year. Interestingly, the MX3 also comes with an Exynos 5 Octa 5410 processor, being one of the few non-Samsung devices that use an Exynos chipset. Meizu is selling the MX3 unlocked for prices starting at $399, and it can ship it internationally.


Samsung Galaxy Note 3

The Note 3 is another Samsung handset that comes in Snapdragon and Exynos 5 Octa flavors. If you want an octa-core Galaxy Note 3 you need to know that this doesn’t have LTE connectivity (though it offers HSPA+). Of course, apart from the different processors, the two versions are identical, offering features that include a 5.7-inch 1080p display, Samsung’s well-known S Pen stylus, 13 MP rear camera, and 3 GB of RAM.


Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+

The OneTouch Idol X+ is among he first widely-available smartphones to come with MediaTek’s MT6592 octa-core processor. Obviously, being a low-cost processor, the MT6592 can’t stand next to, say, Qualcomm’s high-end CPUs, but it makes a fairly good pair with the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+. The handset costs less than $400, and offers a nice set of features - like a 5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 2 GB of RAM, and a 13 MP rear camera.


Xiaomi Redmi Note

Xiaomi’s largest smartphone to date - the Redmi Note - is also one of the cheapest octa-core handsets on the market today. The Redmi Note is powered by the same MediaTek MT6592 processor, further featuring a 5.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable internal memory. Xiaomi is selling the Redmi Note for prices starting at about $130 - though you have to be in China to buy the handset at its lowest price.


Gionee Elife S5.5

Gionee announced the Elife S5.5 in February this year, presenting it as the world’s slimmest smartphone. We couldn’t argue with that, because the handset’s only 5.55mm-thin. A super slim profile isn't the only highlight feature of the Elife S5.5, as the device comes with a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display, 5 MP front-facing camera, 13 MP rear camera, 2 GB of RAM, and an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 CPU.


Samsung Galaxy S5

Most Galaxy S5 versions are equipped with a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, and only one model features a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5422 CPU: the SM-G900H. Available in some Asian markets (including India), the Exynos-powered S5 does not have LTE. Other than that, it’s identical to the Snapdragon model, thus offering a water-resistant body, a 5.1-inch 1080p display, 16 MP rear camera, heart rate sensor, 2 GB of RAM, and a 2800 mAh battery.


HTC Desire 616

The Desire 616 is HTC’s first (and only - for now) octa-core smartphone. Since it’s an affordable device, costing less than $300 unlocked, the Desire 616 uses the same very popular MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor that's found inside several other handsets on this list. The rest of its features are decent, including BoomSound speakers, a 5-inch 720p display, 1 GB of RAM, expandable internal memory, and an 8 MP rear camera.


Huawei Honor 6

Announced in June as Huawei's newest flagship smartphone, the Honor 6 is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 920 processor made by Huawei itself. The handset has an all-aluminum frame, it's 7.5mm-thin, and sports a 5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels. Other features include a 5 MP front-facing camera, 13 MP rear camera, 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal memory, and a 3000 mAh battery. Prices for the Honor 6 start at around $350.


Samsung Galaxy Alpha
 
The Galaxy Alpha isn’t literally available now, but you’ll be able to buy it very soon: starting early September. The Alpha is Samsung’s first handset to use the new octa-core Exynos 5 5430 processor, and it’s also one of the company’s few smartphones to be partially made out of metal. With its 6.7mm-thin profile, the Galaxy Alpha has a distinct look, and many are seeing it as a direct competitor to Apple's upcoming iPhone 6. The new Galaxy features a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with 720 x 1280 pixels, 12 MP rear camera, 2.1 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of non-expandable internal memory, and a 1860 mAh battery.


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posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:40 14

1. AnTuTu (Posts: 935; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Where is iPhone on this article lolz ;)

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:57 7

12. javy108 (Posts: 164; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


>.< LOOOL ahahha Good one

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 22:31 6

27. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Octa cores are useless anyway. The S4 Octa lags terribly! Snapdragon FTW!

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 01:38 2

36. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


you are right. even octa core cant handle touchwizz. they need more cores. but iphone btw doesnt lag with two cores.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:34 1

43. sachouba (Posts: 36; Member since: 08 Jun 2014)


Are you silly or what ? There are more transistors on the dual-core A7 than on some octo-cores, that explains why the A7 is more powerful than the Snapdragon 600, many Mediatek and Exynos processors...

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:42

44. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


so octa core thing is just gimmick then
(P.S. Im not silly. Im clever than you )

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:53

42. Ashoaib (Posts: 2355; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


most of the above phones are using mediatek which is legendary slow... 8cores or 8 thousand cores, mediatek is really very slow... if you use mediatek powered set and qualcomm or exynos powered set side by side then you will clearly see how slow mediatek is

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:40 4

2. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


big.LITTLE is a big.LIE, as well as the HMP mumbo jumbo.

Bear in mind : both clusters aren't activiated simultaneously. It's an either-or case.
Benchmarks detected : big
Anything else : LITTLE

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:44 19

3. AnTuTu (Posts: 935; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Doesn't matter what you say, they are still Octa core based awesome devices.

Now go home and cry and ask your dad why iPhone doesn't have Octa Core? hahaha

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:57 7

5. mokhtar (Posts: 264; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


Cuz apple still living in 2007 and people using it are retarded with features from 19 century.. :)

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 01:47 1

37. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


as long as ppl happy wit their device whats the point of having octa or hegza core phone ? I used galaxy s2 for 3 years and never complain about cores. I think you just trying to be funny but in reality your comment has no point.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:51

48. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


ya ya is is speaka english blease iFan

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:38 6

10. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 120; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Update your knowledge. Galaxy s5 does run all cores at the same time..it has the HMP "mumbo jumbo"..both clusters ARE activated aat the same time.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:49 1

11. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


BS. Activating both clusters cause hiccups bound to cache coherency and bandwidth sharing.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:21 11

15. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Its programmed and balanced to function properly.

Its called software.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:27

17. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


And most programmers don't even know how the CPU behaves under certain conditions. That's called reality.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:36 14

21. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Its called smart programming

Just like 4wd

Just like Apples 1gb Ram iphone with a 64bit cpu

Rotflmfao

Even the ios7 takes up 400mb of ram, leaving you with 500mb ram to take full function and control a 64bit cpu with 500mb of ram.

Nice way to brainwash innocents, but not the smart ones.

Who the hell on earth as a programmer would use a 1gb ram to utilize a 64bit cpu.

Surely Apple

Thats called iScum

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:24 8

16. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Lmfao

Thats why Apple took cues from Arms instruction, and then modifies to their own.

If you believe Arm is mumbo jumbo, why the hell Apple buys Arm chips, if its BS…..

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:30 1

20. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


Apple doesn't buy any chips from ARM.

ARM doesn't even have chips in their product palette.

Educate yourself before posting crap.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:39 11

22. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Its Arm holdings instructions

Apple paid Arm

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 01:48 1

38. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


That's called license fee, and it's something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT than buying something.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:46 1

41. Ashoaib (Posts: 2355; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


ok its called license fee, why apple is paying to ARM for a license if ARM is crappy as it sounds from your previous comments? why the greatest in your mind "apple" cant have their own instructions?
if programmer like you or programmers in your circle dont know how cpu behaves in certain conditions then it doesnt mean most programmers in the world also dont know... there are great programmers available in this world... for example, your beloved apple has great programmers who make the software run smoothly on their ancient hardware... you should take an example of your fruit

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 23:05 1

29. gigaraga (Posts: 1357; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Isn't obvious big.LITTLE is supposed to be working individually? And how is a big lie? It's more or less similar to Tegra 3 design. HMP is putting all cores to use. How about you learn some of that 'mumbo jumbo' before placing worthless comments like this.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 10:53 1

49. GalaxyS5 (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


My big.LITTLE GS5 smokes your "cellphone"

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:48 3

4. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


I really dont care all that much about the processor,as long as the UI runs smoothly. Just sayin'

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:23 2

7. GreekGeek (Posts: 844; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Problem is, I have yet to see an Octa device that runs smoothly on a FHD screen.

The Snapdragon 600 has no such problem.

These gimmicky Octa devices should stay in the 720p territory where they belong.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 22:01 2

24. joey_sfb (Posts: 3076; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


You have very limited experience with smartphone devices.

RedMi Note is smooth with good gaming gpu. 27000 antutu isn't too shabby for a $150 5.5" IPS screen, 2GB ram device.

It's dual sim also add convenient that I like. Instead of carry Note 2 and Note 3.

One Xiaomi RedMi Note take good care of my communication and mobile gaming needs.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 22:28

26. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Then octa BS cores are certainly not for you.
Quad Core FTW!

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:58 1

6. D.Lamore (Posts: 196; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


Is the Exynos 5430 a 64 bit or 32 bit processor?

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:36

9. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


It doesn't matter on Android.

Or maybe 32bit is better since it doesn't need to do the power consuming EL switching.

Scroogled.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 23:06 5

30. gigaraga (Posts: 1357; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Not like 64-bit is any better on iOS.

iSH33P

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:30 1

8. twens (Posts: 694; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


32 bit but the 5433 is supposed to be 64 I guess

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:58

13. na7noo7 (Posts: 269; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


We get both Exynos and Snapdragon variants for LTE or fast processor.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:00

14. Topcat488 (Posts: 1169; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


The only Octa-core phones here are the ones with the MediaTek processors in them... The other phones from Samsung are dual Quad-core phones and should be sued for calling themselves Octa-core. O.o

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:58 1

23. fzacek (Posts: 2063; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Quad-core Snapdragon > Octa-core Media-Tek...

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 02:05

40. hurrycanger (Posts: 1229; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


No. They're about the same.
On another article, they said the octa-core MTK6592's GPU was on par with the GPU on the quad-core Snapdragon 200's GPU.

...

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 22:23 1

25. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Octa core is a BS. Most apps don't even use dual cores. Per core performance matters.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 01:10

35. joey_sfb (Posts: 3076; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I used to look down on ARM 7 cores, prefer ARM 9 and ARM 15 cores.

But after using RedMi Note changes my opinion on them.

Good value and good battery life. ARM 15 is still preferred but ARM 7 cores still does its job well.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 23:01

28. gigaraga (Posts: 1357; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Most of the octa-cores are by Samsung and/or MediaTek. Exynos 5430 FTW

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 23:21

31. AfterShock (Posts: 2866; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Quad, oh and yes please in 64 too.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 00:39

32. brasstax (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I was banned for the past few days & I wonder why *scratches head*

You would think that the folks at PA would at least provide the reason as to why. If I was banned for trolling, which I normally don't do, I wonder how the likes of Jake Lee can get away scott free

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 01:00

34. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3574; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Check your email, PA mods usually send one, they specify the reason and the culprit comment too. Don't forget to tell me :)

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 07:04

45. brasstax (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Thats funny.. I am unable to post via my phone. A pop up comes up saying that I have been banned. But I am able to login from my PC & post.

And no.. I have not received any email from the forum mods & I have checked my spam folder as well.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 01:54

39. JakeLee (banned) (Posts: 1021; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)


You mean the likes of S-Murfette, don't you?

BTW, Arte, THE CRAP'O'MAT just got buttkicked.

Now I can share my insights in peace.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 08:38 1

47. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8798; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Lol no my main target is you. ;)

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 00:41

33. brasstax (Posts: 144; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Coming back to this article, I think the Coolpad 9976a is a notable exclusion, even though its not from a "conventional" brand

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 08:27

46. alexvv (Posts: 90; Member since: 16 Oct 2013)


most apps are barely optimized for a quad-core processor, let alone octa-cores. technology isn't just there yet, this why a better architecture dual-core can outperform a mediatek quadcore etc... mediatek octa-core has all the power in the world, but it just can't use it, an s600 can be seriously faster. archtecture is everything, not cores. the a7 beast easily outperforms an s600 and a dual-core krait @1.7ghz is also faster than a s400 quad-core c.-a7.

posted on 24 Aug 2014, 07:59

50. 27satz (Posts: 3; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Exynos processors are good, But not as good as Snapdragon.
Being a user of Samsung Galaxy S4 from past 7 months, I would say it deserves applause on all the aspects of this phone.

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