10 notable MediaTek-powered smartphones

10 notable MediaTek-powered smartphones
While smartphone users in North America and Europe are usually reluctant when it comes to buying handsets that feature MediaTek processors, devices using these chipsets are hugely popular in various Asian markets (Japan and South Korea not included).

Based in Taiwan, MediaTek provides SoCs that allow smartphone manufacturers to sell their devices at extremely attractive price points. At the moment, lots of low-end, mid-range, and high end smartphone models are using MediaTek processors - they were first popular in China (the world’s largest mobile market), and are rapidly gaining market share in many other countries.

MediaTek has certainly made an impact on the global smartphone market in the last few years, so we’re thinking that a selection of notable handsets powered by its chipsets will be of interest to many users. As you'll notice, all the smartphones that we're presenting below are based on Android.

Manufacturers are listed in alphabetical order:

Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+

Announced in January this year, and released not long after that, the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+ uses an octa-core 2.0 GHz MediaTek MT6592 processor with an ARM Mali450 GPU. The Idol X+ was launched running Android Jelly Bean, but it’s been upgraded to KitKat several months ago. The handset features a 5-inch 1080p display, 13 MP rear camera, 2 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of non-expandable internal memory, and a 2500 mAh battery. The OneTouch Idol X+ is 7.9mm-thin, and currently costs $360. While you can easily find the smartphone in Europe, it doesn’t look like you can buy it in North America.


Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2

The OneTouch Hero 2 is powered by the same octa-core MT6592 processor as the Alcatel OneTouch Idol X+, but it’s newer and larger, sporting a 6-inch 1080p display. Another major difference is the fact that the Hero 2 comes with a stylus pen, thus being a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 competitor (at least theoretically). The Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2 runs Android KitKat out of the box, further featuring a 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 3100 mAh battery. The extra-large handset was released in September, and can be bought for around $400 (though, once again, it looks like it’s not available in North America).

Gionee Elife S5.5 / BLU Vivo IV

At the time of its release (in the first half of the year), the Gionee Elife S5.5 was the world’s slimmest smartphone, measuring 145.1 x 70.2 x 5.55 mm. Of course, newer and thinner handsets have been launched since then, but the Elife S5.5 still remains one of the skinniest phones on the market. Its features include a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED Plus display, octa-core 1.7 GHz MT6592 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of non-expandable internal memory, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, and a 2300 mAh battery. The Gionee Elife S5.5 is widely available in Asia and Europe, while customers in the US can buy it under the name of BLU Vivo IV for around $300. Both variants have been updated to Android 4.4 KitKat.


HTC Desire 616

HTC didn’t have any MediaTek-powered smartphones until this year, when it introduced the Desire 310 and Desire 616. The latter was released in June as the company’s first octa-core handset, featuring a MT6592 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. Despite having an octa-core CPU, the Desire 616 is a mid-range device. It offers a 5-inch 720p display, BoomSound speakers, dual SIM capabilities, 1 GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, a 2000 mAh battery, and Android Jelly Bean (we don’t know if any software updates will be available). Although HTC created the Desire 616 for Asian markets, customers in the US can buy it via Amazon for around $230.


Huawei Honor 3X Pro

The Honor 3X Pro is a relatively high-end Android KitKat smartphone that costs only $240 (unfortunately, it’s available only in China). What’s interesting about the Honor 3X Pro is that it has a faux leather back - similar to what some of Samsung’s recent handsets are offering. The smartphone is powered by an octa-core 1.7 GHz MediaTek processor, also featuring: a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 5 MP front-facing camera, 13 MP rear camera, DTS sound, 2 GB of RAM, expandable internal memory, and a 3000 mAh battery.


Huawei Honor Holly

Launched last month in India, the Honor Holly seems to be a renamed Huawei Honor 3C Play (another China-only device). The smartphone is priced at around $115, and offers quite a lot for that kind of money, including a 5-inch 720p display, 8 MP rear camera, dual SIM capabilities, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal memory. The processor inside the Honor Holly is a quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582.


Lenovo Vibe X2

The Vibe X2 is definitely one of the most interesting Lenovo smartphones to date. It’s a 7.3mm-thin handset that has a multi-layered metal construction, and comes with plenty of high-end features. The Vibe X2 uses one of MediaTek’s latest processors (an octa-core MT6595M clocked at 2.0 GHz), and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s also got a 5-inch 1080p display, LTE connectivity, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, and a 2300 mAh battery. Lenovo released the handset last month in some Asian markets, asking about $400 for it.

Meizu MX4

Launched in China in September, the MX4 is Meizu’s newest flagship smartphone, and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6595 CPU. The handset runs Android KitKat with Meizu’s Flyme 4.0 UI on top, and sports a 5.4-inch display with an unusual pixel resolution of 1152 x 1920. Other features include LTE, a 20.7 MP rear camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage space, and a 3100 mAh battery. You can order a Meizu MX4 internationally for $449.

Xiaomi Hongmi

Released at the end of last year for about $130 (only in China), the Hongmi is one of Xiaomi’s most successful handsets, helping the company to become the world’s third-largest smartphone maker. The Hongmi features a quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6589T processor, a 4.7-inch 720p display, 8 MP rear camera, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable storage space. The international variant of the Hongmi is called Xiaomi Redmi 1S, but this one doesn’t use a MediaTek processor, instead being powered by a Snapdragon 400.


Xiaomi Redmi Note

The Redmi Note is another hot seller from Xiaomi. Introduced in March, the Redmi Note costs about $150, and is powered by either an octa-core 1.4 GHz Mediatek MT6592 processor, or a 1.7 GHz variant of the same CPU. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch 720p display, also featuring a 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front-facing camera, 1 GB / 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 3200 mAh battery.

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17 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Do MediaTek's octa-core processors use big.LITTLE architecture or are they actually true octa-core CPU's?...

2. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

8 arm-7 cores. No big. LITTLE configuratIon. Mid end performance.

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

So can all of the cores run at the same time?...

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yes. Even newer exyno soc can have all their core running at the same time. My redmi note can play all the graphic intensive mobile games with no problem. With a non-contractual selling price of $150. It's really a steal.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5718; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

There are many different MediaTek CPUs I did some searching The MT6795 is their flagship has 8 A53 cores and they can run at the same time There's also the MT6592 with 8 A7 cores and they can run at the same time But some of their others like their MT6595, has 4 A17 and 4 A17 with big. LITTLE, but can still use all 8 cores at once Their current/older CPUs have weak single core performance, about the same as the 400, which is why they weren't as good as the 800 Their new MT6795 and MT6752 has 8 64-bit A53 cores The MT6752 got ~800 single core and ~400 multi That's almost on par with the 800's single core and has even better multicore than the 805/A8. Also that was still the 32-bit version of geekbench, so they probably are on par with the 805 in single corehttp://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/808055 So seems like their new CPUs are about on par with the 805/A8 The A8X, Exynos 8433 and 64-bit K1 are still the current top best, since they have much better single core which is more important

12. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I was going to post more or less the same, only I consider the M6595 their flaship as it has a much higher single core performance than the 6795, which as you said is more important.http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/compare/1123984?baseline=807996

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5718; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I think the MT6752 actually not released yet The one I link was clocked at 1.7Ghz instead of 2.0Ghz (maybe a not final one?) and their MT6795 is clocked at 2.2Ghz I think the MT6795 will have better single core than the M6595 But we'll have to wait and see

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The MT6595 and up do use big.Little with Global Task Scheduling, which allows them to use all cores at the same time if need be. However, Mediatek SoCs like the MT6592 use 8 Cortex A7 cores which don't need GTS to work together at the same time.

16. FAKEPERSONA unregistered

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3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Mediatek phone are all big screen and cheap, that's why people love it

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

No one "loves" mediocretek phones, okay! Stop bluffing.

6. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

People with little budget loves them. That's for sure. Besides, their performance for average users are good enough for daily use.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You know what, my Moto G used to perform way better than a Mediatek octa crap BS. Both in day to day performance and gaming. And it was all noticeable.

11. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

Although Mediatek is indeed bad in firmware support, but their performance is consider decent to me as a mid-range/low-end processor. Of course most of the Qualcomm's mid-range/low-end processor is indeed better than Mediatek's processor in general (especially in multitasking and gaming), but Mediatek's processor come with a lower price and the performance is not that far from Qualcomm's one. At least, my colleague's Xperia C and my mom's Redmi 1S perform decently on most daily tasks and some light gaming (my mom is a candy crush fan). Not everyone is a heavy users like my mom, Mediatek's processor is good enough for light and normal users in most cases. Qualcomm processor maybe be better in many ways, but they are also more expensive in general, that's what make Mediatek stand out in the market.

14. Spikes9s

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 09, 2013

LMFAO, before you post, please get some info/reading, the Xiaomi Redmi is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad core CPU clocked at 1,6GHz + Adreno 305 graphics and it has nothing to do with Mediatek and yes please do read the article before you post, here they are only talking about REDMI not the REDMI 1S....:/

15. Spikes9s

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 09, 2013

Dude stop with this crap and hate against Mediatek CPU's! All those hundred milions sodisfied customers running phones with Mediatek CPU on their phone cannot be all wrong!!! People have to quit with this obnoxious behaviour and misleading information about something that is just lies! Get a education and a life, do some reading and buy a real phone with a real octacore Mediatek CPU (Xiaomi Redmi Note will do for 150 Dollars), try it out before bashing them, do some real life testing, benchmarking, compare it with your Moto G and then you can shut your piehole then get some cure for the butthurt....

18. ABC_123

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

Where's Xperia C?

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