Best new octa-core Android smartphones (2015 edition)
When it comes to chipsets, the majority of the newer Android smartphones are no stranger to four or more cores inside. Even more - currently, the maximum number of cores that most up-to-date smartphones employ is eight. But as we all know, this is certainly not a defining characteristic of those high-end beasts that are the absolute pinnacle of their respective manufacturers' engineering prowess.
On the contrary - thanks to Qualcomm and MediaTek, we have a wild variety of low-end and mid-range chipsets that grace the insides of the entry-level and mid-ranged Android troopers available on the market. As an added bonus - more of these are 64-bit ones.
Our more loyal readers might remember that we made a succinct round-up of the more notable octa-core devices that arrived in 2014, but since then, we've seen a serious influx of new eight-core beasts. That's why we decided to put together a round-up of all new devices with octa-core chipset devices that have broken surface since September 2014.
Note that the phones below are sorted in chronological order.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Equipped with an octa-core Exynos Octa 7, Sammy's phablet beast is among the best phablets money can buy you right now. At the time of its unveiling, it was arguably the best spec'd device on the planet (on paper), but much water has flown under the bridge since then. Still, the Galaxy Note 4 will remain the ultimate phablet benchmark for the time being.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
The "Edgy" version of the Note 4 is no stranger to octa-core chipsets, too. Equipped with the very same Exynos Octa 7, the ingenious Galaxy Note Edge provides a similar performance to its bigger cousin. Quad-core chipset fans, despair not - there's also a Snapdragon 805-sporting version of the phablet.
Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2
The device is powered by a 2GHz, octa-core MediaTek MT6592 SoC, which toils in a seamless concert with some 2GB of RAM. It's also made of aluminum and, interestingly enough, comes with a compact handset companion, which is something you don't see every day.
Huawei Ascend Mate7
Huawei's ultimate behemoth comes with a Hisilicon Kirin 925 SoC with “8+1” cores inside. No, that's not a typo - technically, its SoC comes with 9 cores, as one of them is a dedicated audio DSP (digital sound processing) core. Generally speaking, there are eight regular cores on board, which means that the Ascend Mate7 has certainly made the cut in our pick.
HTC Desire 820
Thanks to the 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 615 chipset inside, the HTC Desire 820 device is quite a potent mid-ranger. A 5.5" 720p display, 2GB of RAM, and a 2,600mAh juicer, as well as a 13MP camera sensor complement the specs sheet of this handset.
The Meizu MX4 comes with a MediaTek chipset inside - in particular, that's the octa-core MediaTek MT6595. It consists of four Cortex-A17 cores, running at up to 2.2 GHz when heavier tasks demand it, and another four Cortex-A7 ones that hum up to 1.7 GHz each.
The second-thinnest smartphone on the market, the Oppo R5, comes with Qualcomm's first 64-bit octa-core silicon, the Snapdragon 615 8939 SoC, which comprises eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores. The latter can go up to 1.5GHz if necessary.
Meizu MX4 Pro
The more beastly variation of Meizu's MX4, the MX4 Pro, comes with a 20nm Samsung-made Exynos 5 Octa 5430 chipset, which is the same as the one in the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. This means that it has four Cortex-A15 cores running at 2.0GHz and four Cortex-A7 ones humming at 1.5GHz. All of these work together thanks to the big.LITTLE technology.
Vivo X5 Max
The Vivo X5 Max did not only trump the Oppo R5 in the thinness factor, it also one-upped it in the chipset department - yes, the 4.75mm-thin X5 Max comes with the same Snapdragon 615 8939 chipset inside, but unlike the Oppo, the chip of the X5 Max is clocked in at 1.7GHz.
LG G Flex 2
Like a bolt out of the blue, the LG G Flex 2 was the first device ever to come with a Snapdragon 810 inside. As a refrfesher, this is Qualcomm's top-end 64-bit octa-core silicon, which is expected to power the majority of the high-end Android phones in 2015.
Lenovo Vibe X2 Pro
The improved version of Lenovo's Vibe X2, the Vibe X2 Pro, also employs layered design and puts its faith into the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 - this means that we have eight cores, which can run up to 1.5GHz if a particular task demands so.
HTC Desire 826
The most recent representative of HTC's mid-range Desire line, the Desire 826, also makes use of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 64-bit silicon muscle. Among with the UltraPixel selfie camera up front, the chipset is among the defining features of this handset.
Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
Surely, the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro is way more captivating than the regular Mi Note, as its among the most spec'd-out handsets at the moment - an octa-core, 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chipset and the 4GB of RAM under the hood make sure that it will be quite hard to match the hardware prowess of this Xiaomi phablet.