A MediaTek product roadmap spanning the period between Q3 2013 - Q2 2015 leaked online. As expected, it's full of nice surprises. The most interesting additions to the Taiwanese silicon slinger's line-up will be a 6-core ("hexacore"), and two powerful octa-core chipsets. Here's what's in tow:
- MT6591 - six cores of unspecified architecture running at 1.5Ghz. Support for up to 1080p display resolution and TD-SCDMA/WCDMA networks. It's primed for Q1 2014, which means the chip should be officially announced by April.
- MT6595 - eight heterogeneous cores of unspecified architecture in a big.LITTLE arrangement. The lower-powered cores are clocked to 2.2GHz, and the higher-powered are clocked to 2.5GHz. The chipset will support up to 20MP image signal processing, 4K 30fps video, and up to WQXGA display resolution (1600x2560). Networking support is LTE Category 4 and HSPA+. The chipset is coming in early Q3 2014, which could mean an announcement sometime in September.
- MT6752 - this will be MediaTek's first 64-bit octa-core CPU. Its reveal was expected for this year's MWC, however, the company announced only the 64-bit quad-core MT6732. The MT6752 features true octa-core processing with eight Cortex-A53 64-bit cores clocked at 1.7GHz, up to 16MP image signal processing, up to 1080p/30fps video and display resolution, and LTE Category 4/HSPA+ support. Both chips are "pin to pin compatible", which makes the MT6752 something of a "drop-in" replacement for the MT6732 for manufacturers. The 64-bit octa-core SoC is primed for the middle of Q4 2014, which probably means a mid-November announcement and early 2015 manufacturing phase.