Best Chinese 2015 MediaTek Android smartphones


MediaTek is a fabless chip maker from China that has quickly grown to become one of the largest providers of silicon for the booming Asian phone industry, but with a confusing naming scheme, it's hard to make sense of the countless chips that MediaTek is offering. With more and more first-tier smartphone makers like HTC and Sony adopting MediaTek chips in their phones, it's worth keeping tabs on this company that makes extremely affordable and competitive SoCs.

Before we dive into MediaTek's roadmap, here is a quick overview of the scale of MediaTek’s business so far:
  • the company has $6.76 billion of revenue (NT$213 billion) for 2014
  • it achieved a gross margin of 47.9%
  • its Q4 after-tax profit stood at $329.72 million (NT$10.4 billion), up 20.8 percent on the year
  • Q4 revenue amounted to $1.76 billion (NT$55.4 billion), up 39.3% year-on-year
Currently, MediaTek uses TSMC for the production of its chips, and with production of 16nm FinFETs in Q3 2015, we expect no less than a full-blown top-end Snapdragon competitor from China in 2016, but even this year, MediaTek is looking very competitive with its portfolio. With no further ado, let’s make some sense of the obscure four-digit names of MediaTek chips.


Last-generation, 2014 (slower, still on sale): MT6592 (high-end) | MT6582 (mid-range) | MT6572 (low-end)


Past chips (still available on some phones): MT6589 (high-end) | MT6589T (high-end) | MT6577 (low-end) | MT6592 (mid-range) | MT6517 (low-end)

Disclaimer: Note that we have included a link to one particular store, where you can buy these devices internationally. We have no relation to that particular site, but we have positive experience ordering from them, we have found that it offers some of the best prices online, and has a price matching program.

2015 Flagship-level: MediaTek MT6595

Specs: 4x Cortex A17 (2.2GHz) + 4x Cortex A7 (1.7GHz) in big.LITTLE
Price range of smartphones using the chip: $230-$450
GPU: PowerVR 6200 @ 600 MHz
Cache: 32KB L1, 2MB L2
Memory: 32-bit dual-channel 933 MHz LPDDR3 (14.9 GB/sec)
Announced: Feb 2014

The MediaTek MT6595 is the company's most powerful offer available on smartphones right now. An octa-core chip with 4 performance-driven A17 cores humming at up to 2.2GHz and 4 energy-efficient A7s running at up to 1.7GHz in a big.LITTLE configuration, the MT6595 is has scored wins among some very popular devices like the Meizu MX4 and the Lenovo Vibe X2, and that's quite the breakthrough for MediaTek.

These are some popular phones running on the MT6595:

CoolPad X7

Powered by: MT6595
Price: $299.99 | Buy it on PandaWill

Meizu MX4

Powered by: MT6595
Price: $449.99 | Buy it on PandaWill

Powered by: MT6595
Price: $309.99 | Buy it on PandaWill


2015 Upper mid-range: MediaTek MT6752

Specs: 8x Cortex A53 (1.7GHz)
Price range of smartphones using the chip: $180-$280
GPU: Mali-T760 MP2 @ 700 MHz
Cache: --
Memory: 32-bit single-channel 800 MHz LPDDR3 (6.4 GB/sec)
Announced: Feb 2014

The MediaTek MT6752 is a quite important new chip in the company's lineup, as it has enabled the appearance of a new kind of affordable devices like the Meizu Blue Charm Note. What makes that phone so special? It is an amazing value for the money proposition: a 5.5-inch phablet with a 1080 x 1920-pixel display, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, and such a powerful chip running under the hood for just $160 (999 yuan). However, it's far from the only one: other less-known companies from Asia have started offering similar, or even better value propositions.

Meizu Blue Charm Note (M1 Note)

Powered by: MT6752
Price: $209.99 | Buy it on PandaWill

Jiayu S3

Powered by: MT6752
Price: $189.99 | Buy it on PandaWill


Lenovo Golden Warrior Note 8 (A936)

Powered by: MT6752
Price: $169.49 | Buy it on PandaWill


ECOO E04

Powered by: MT6752
Price: $189.99 | Buy it on PandaWill


Zopo ZP920

Price: $279.99 | Buy it on PandaWill


2015 new affordable: MediaTek MT6732

Specs: 4x Cortex A53 (1.5GHz)
Price range of smartphones using the chip: $120-$210
GPU: Mali-T760 MP2 @ 500 MHz
Cache: --
Memory: 32-bit single-channel 800 MHz LPDDR3 (6.4 GB/sec)
Announced: Feb 2014

The 64-bit MT6732 system chip features a Cortex-A53 quad-core setup running at up to 1.5GHz. This new chip is advertized to be nearly twice as fast as the earlier released MT6582 32-bit quad-core solution, and 20% speedier than MediaTek's MT6592 'true octa-core' chip from 2014. At the same time, MediaTek claims that it has trimmed down power consumption by 30%, and updated the GPU with a  16-cluster Mali-T760 for an overall better user experience.

Zopo ZP720

Powered by: MT6732
Price: $279.99 | Buy it on PandaWill

Doogee Turbo Mini F1

Powered by: MT6732
Price: $279.99 | Buy it on PandaWill

Powered by: MT6732
Price: $279.99 | Buy it on PandaWill



2014 "True octa-core": MediaTek MT6592

Specs: 8x Cortex A7 (1.7GHz)
Price range of smartphones using the chip: $100-$180
GPU: Mali-450 MP4 @ 700 MHz
Cache: 32 KB L1, 1 MB L2
Memory: Single-channel 32-bit LPDDR2 533 MHz, LPDDR3 666 MHz (5.3 GB/s)
Announced: Nov 2013

MediaTek is the company that started the 'core wars' with its aggressive transition to octa-core chips, and the the MT6592 is what it advertized as the first “true octa-core” chip, where by true the company obviously refers to a chip with no interconnect and a straight, octa-core setup with all cores being of the same Cortex A7 kind. This chip is now trumped in performance even by the lower-end MT6732, and questions remain to the actual value of an octa-core solution, but fact is that the industry is now moving to octa-cores en masse. Note that the MT6592 also comes in a MT6592M (underpowered), MT6592T (hyper-boosted) versions.

Cubot X9

Powered by: MT6592
Price: $149.99 | Buy it on Pandawill

Jiayu S2

Powered by: MT6592
Price: $229.99 | Buy it on Pandawill


2014 Budget solution: MediaTek MT6582

Specs: 4x Cortex A7 (1.3GHz)
Price range of smartphones using the chip: $100-$150
GPU: Mali-400 MP2 @ 500 MHz
Cache: 32 KB L1, 512 KB L2
Memory: 32-bit single-channel 533 MHz LPDDR2/LPDDR3 (4.3 GB/s)
Announced: --

One of the most prolific MediaTek chips, you can find hundreds of various phones running on the MT6582. This quad-core Cortex A7 chip is now trumped by the new 2015 MediaTek system chips, but in the meantime it has repositioned itself in a lower price tier, so if you're looking for a phone at a very affordable price, the MT6582 is still worth looking it from a pure price standpoint.

Elephone G1

Powered by: MT6582
Price: $54.99 | Buy it on Pandawill

(most commonly seen in its MT6572W version)
Specs: 2x Cortex A7 (1GHz) for MT6572W
Price range of smartphones using the chip: $45-$90
GPU: Mali-400 MP1 @ 500 MHz
Cache: 32 KB L1, 256 KB L2
Memory: LPDDR2 266 MHz
Announced: --

Then, we have the MT6572, another hugely popular chip for ultra-affordable smartphones. With time passing, this chip has become a particularly interesting solution as smartphones equipped with its can be found for less than $50, and that's their full off-contract retail price. Simply amazing! Do keep in mind that this is a very underpowered solution, providing a very basic smartphone experience.

V18

Powered by: MT6572
Price: $54.99 | Buy it on Pandawill


The beast in the making: MediaTek MT6795

Specs: 4x Cortex A57 (2.2GHz) + 4x Cortex A53 (1.7GHz) in big.LITTLE
Price range of smartphones using the chip: --
GPU: PowerVR G6200 @ 700 MHz
Cache: --
Memory: 32-bit dual-channel 933 MHz LPDDR3 (14.9 GB/sec)
Announced: July 2014

With all current MediaTek chips, we can't help but look towards the future. MediaTek has some huge ambitions, going as high as to beat Qualcomm's top-level Snapdragon 810 chip, and the MT6795 is a step in the right direction. With no custom ARMv8A cores out on the market, the MT6795 offers practically the same level of CPU performance as the Snapdragon 810 with 4 Cortex A57 performance-driven cores and four energy-savvy A53s.

We've already heard about two phones likely to arrive with the MT6795: the HTC A55 (expected to get launched under the 'Desire' series: not a flagship, but close to that level), and the brand new entrant on the market in the form of LeTV. LeTV promises to release a lineup of phones with amazing screen-to-size ratio, and the release date is set for March 23rd, several weeks after the official debut of the Samsung Galaxy S6.


MediaTek MT6753

Specs: 8x Cortex A53 (1.7GHz)
Price range of smartphones using the chip: --
GPU: Mali-T760MP2
Cache: --
Memory: --
Announced: October 2014

We also have the MT6753 / MT6735 combo of mid-range/affordable chips that stand out with great connectivity including 4G LTE Category 4, covering FDD-LTE / TDD-LTE / WCDMA / TD-SCDMA / GSM and CDMA2000 1x and EVDO standards. While no phones with those chips are announced just yet, we expect a flood of such devices in the second half of the year. The MT6753 is supports 1080p display resolution and up to 16MP cameras with 1080p@30fps video recording.

MediaTek MT6735

Specs: 4x Cortex A53 (1.5GHz)
Price range of smartphones using the chip: --
GPU: Mali-T720
Cache: --
Memory: --
Announced: October 2014

We've already given you the breakdown of this chip above, but we should note that the MT6735 differs from the MT6753 not just by the fact that it has four and not eight Cortex A53 cores, but also by the fact that devices running on it will be even more affordable. Quite honestly, we fail to see all that much of an advantage in having an octa-core chip for daily tasks, so we'd be looking at the MT6735 with intense interest.

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18 Comments

1. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Orgtec Wa , Lenoxo Vibe X2 , Elephone G4.5 and 6 and plenty more

2. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

Dont just say its Chinese. Taiwan belongs to Republic of China-Nationalists

9. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Taiwan has her own govt and military. They ruled themselves since the end of ww2, so Taiwan is a sovereign country.

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1570; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

And Taiwan has no UN seat nor foreign embassy's to represent their 'sovereignty'. So it's clearly anything but a country.

15. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Says a mainlander, who want to grab Taiwan. Go to Taiwan, and ask their people if they really want to be with China.

11. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

You have to admit that China could easily take over Taiwan, if they disregard their reputation. Or, they could make it like Hong Kong and Macau and keep it democratic.

16. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I know you're a brainwashed mainlander by the CCP like others. But saying that taking over Taiwan is easy is a joke, dude. Taiwan has very advanced weapon to crush China. Not to mention US allied troop.

3. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

they really need to simplify their naming scheme, make it easier to remember and know where each SoC fits in terms of performance, I know for me personally I often ignore devices with their chips simply because I have no idea what level of performance they offer, low/medium/high end? without having to google everytime I wouldn't know.

4. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Isn't Mediatek founded and owned by the Taiwanese?

17. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

It is, absolutely. We've used China in this article since that is what most people associate those phones we've presented with, and some of the gadgets are not from Taiwan, but from mainland.

5. Giavanibro unregistered

Wow there are TWO things I noticed whilst reading this article: 1: Mojority of smart phones have a Sony sensor.( it's funny how they even show it in there renders) 2: All of the design cues are borrowed or are strongly influenced by Apple and Sony Phones,( iphone 5/6 and z2/Z3) Do you agree?

6. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Because Sony and apple are the best design phones now a days. Every smart phone uses Sony sensor and camera.

7. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Apple admitted that they admire Sony. When it comes to design, Sony is the best.

8. SuperNova

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Hey Phonearena, MediaTek ia a TAIWANESE company. Taiwan is not CHINA. Taiwan has its own govt and military. Please be informed and correct it.

10. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

I wonder how many people will be commenting about the Jiayu S3.

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1570; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I was about to comment on the Cubot X3, how they copied the Gionee Elife and that in itself was copied from something else.

14. iWin_Droid

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

I like how MediaTek brags about their scores on AnTuTu but in real life performance, their cheap use of lower-end Mali and Imagination Technologies' GPUs fail to deliver the same buttery smooth performance compared to Exynos, Snapdragon, Intel and Apple. Heck, even the Adreno 320 GPU of the Snapdragon S4 Pro from three years still pumps out more Gigaflops than the GPUs of their MT6595, MT6592 and MT6752 chipsets.

18. alarmsystem

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

ok, thank you very much h

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