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Quad-core MediaTek MT6589 SoC gets benchmarked, to debut in early 2013

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Quad-core MediaTek MT6589 SoC gets benchmarked, to debut in early 2013
Several days ago, MediaTek announced its first quad-core SoC. The MT6589, as it is called, packs four Cortex-A7 processor cores and PowerVR SGX544 graphics, which allows it to handle 720p screens, 13MP cameras, and 1080p playback.

Why should you care, you ask? Well, we know that the company's chips are usually found in low-cost devices that rarely leave the Asian market, but that might change in the relatively near future. That's because Sony is currently testing that very same MediaTek MT6589 chip for use in cheap quad-core smartphones. Alternatively, Sony might eventually choose to go with the new quad-core MSM8x26 chips by Qualcomm instead, but that's just us trying to guess what the future holds.

Now, about that MediaTek MT6589 SoC, its four cores can run at up to 1.2GHz. At the same time, the quad-core competition – the Tegra 3 by NVIDIA, Exynos by Samsung, and the Snapdragon S4 Pro, to name a few, clocks its silicon at 1.4GHz and beyond. Furthermore, those Cortex-A7 processor cores are less potent than what is used in other quad-core chips. As a result, it isn't surprising that the MT6589 doesn't score quite as high when benchmarked, although its performance is still more than satisfactory. However, MediaTek's quad-core solution makes up for it by being efficient when it comes to power management and heat dissipation.

At this time, it is still unclear whether any other major smartphone manufacturer would consider using any of MediaTek's chips in its products. The MT6589 is expected to make its commercial debut in Q1 of 2013.

source: Engadget

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posted on 12 Dec 2012, 03:04 3

1. MeoCao (unregistered)


Low cost Androids are better and better. I think this chip may not be able to run heavy games well, but for everything else it will have no troubles. And 720p will be enough for most people.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 03:17

2. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Keep in mind that not only Android, but it can run any OS which complies with the ARM architecture.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 03:48 1

3. MeoCao (unregistered)


You mean WP? LOL

MS must find some1 to make WP8 phones first before thinking about what chips to use.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 09:25

9. eisenbricher (Posts: 964; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


That's why you are so...
Anyway. I mean it can run Linux, various RTOSes, can be used in STBs, media decoders, embedded apps and yes, also WP. Please don't narrow me down as WP fanboy. I am not.
And why do you hate WP so much? Did MS kill your dad?

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 20:02

11. MeoCao (unregistered)


You r very rude dude, I say what I think and not to make you happy, got it?

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 20:30 1

14. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


WP only allows one chip maker and that is qualcomm...no more no less...

thats why ST ericsson will exit mobile chips as well coz they lost their biggest client, nokia!

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 08:24 1

7. dsmboost (Posts: 41; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


If it is the same powervr sgx544 gpu found in the ti omap chipsets, it will run games just as smoothly. People need to understand that the cpu is not used nearly as much as the gpu for games.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 04:46

4. Cyan3boN (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


2013- the end of laggy era for android.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 20:09

13. MeoCao (unregistered)


Not so sure, Android grows very fast and hardware has problems catching up, but with JB things improve hugely for sure.

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 15:55

16. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 269; Member since: 07 May 2012)


ics -jelly beanwas the end

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 05:44

5. Adithya7184 (Posts: 267; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


cortex A7....dear mediatek give it to some children's...they would love to play with it or may not......

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 09:20

8. duckymomo26 (Posts: 19; Member since: 01 Jun 2012)


Whats wrong with cortex a7?

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 20:06 1

12. MeoCao (unregistered)


There are many people still have to use phones with much worse CPUs and don't have money for current quad core phones.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 08:10 1

6. thunderising (Posts: 225; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


stick this into $200 smartphones

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:41

10. MC1123 (Posts: 1220; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i still choose mediatek over allwinner though!

but i like that both company/chip maker wants to push quad core to low end!!!

but im hopinh it to be at least A9..but hoping they could make A15!

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 01:58

15. Darkerm (Posts: 99; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


It this CPU betterthan my Xperia S Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon Dual-core 1.5 GHz with Adreno 220?

posted on 03 Apr 2013, 15:56

17. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 269; Member since: 07 May 2012)


the gpu is

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 12:04

18. zunaidahmed (Posts: 27; Member since: 24 Dec 2011)


Yes, it is, xperia has an a8 dual core which is heavily modified, so a quad core a7 solution should beat the crap out of it(a7 has same performance as a8 but are more energy efficient), and the same story is with the GPU section.

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