Full specs for the first true Octa-core MediaTek MT6592 and quad-core MT6588 show great promise


A rather extensive specs sheet covering the ins and outs of the new duo of MediaTek processors, the octa-core MT6592 and the quad-core MT6588, has been leaked on the Chinese Weibo, infamous for its resourcefulness. The new chipsets, as you can see, mark a pretty substantial upgrade – built on a 28nm HPM process, the two new processors have a higher clock on their ARM Cortex-A7 CPUs, support for LPDDR3 RAM and an upgraded GPU prowess, thanks to quad-core Mali450s that also feature a higher clock than their predecessors.

While the MT6588 has received little attention from the media, the far more interesting, true octa-core (meaning it can operate all eight cores at once, unlike Samsung's current line of Exynos chipsets) MT6592 has been on the agenda for quite some time now. Early benchmarks point towards very respectable AnTuTu scores that go up to 28,000, which puts the new SoC between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800 in terms of performance. What's more, MediaTek will probably also price these more competitively.

The new MediaTek duo of processors is set for release on November 20, but considering the company's track record, a lot of people have been wondering whether the octa-core chipset in particular is anything more than a gimmick. And really, it seems like the community overall is split on MediaTek, with the majority having a tendency to severely underestimate the chip maker and the capabilities of its hardware. This is not surprising, considering that MediaTek is prominent with Chinese manufacturers for the most part, despite indications of interest from other, bigger companies like Samsung, Sony, Alcatel and HTC. That's because MediaTek traditionally offered a price point that was simply too enticing for manufacturers to pass up on, while at the same time providing adequate performance. This has changed in one regard only with the current generation of chipsets, like the 1.5GHz quad-core MT6589T – they've gotten more than capable of handling even sophisticated games, yet the affordable price tag still stands. No wonder the big guys have started lining up.

In conclusion, the news here really are that the new MediaTek processors may be hailing the beginning of the oft-spoken about new "era", where prices for even quality, high-performing smartphones will race down to the bottom. We may very well be repeating ourselves here, but the world is a big place, and you, our readership, more than most anyone else, should know exactly how little the everyday person knows (and cares) about the performance of obscurely named processors and in general. They're oblivious to what to them seems like a minuscule improvement, from say Snapdragon 600 to Snapdragon 800. To that person, the only requirement is that his phone runs apps smoothly, takes a great occasional snap, can place and take calls and texts, and looks good. To that person, these new chips are more than enough.

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26 Comments

1. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Bye bye, Qualcomm! And in a couple of years, even processors will be completely designed and manufactured in China.

6. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Never. Qualcomm (and apple?) made the most powerful SOCs of the year.

11. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Only power alone doesn't mean that they are winning. Of course QCom is making powerful processors but ever wondered how do they price the processors? VFM factor for MediaTek is immense. Those who call MediaTek processors crappy, go buy SD800 and live happily. MediaTek isn't for you. One good example will be the success of MicroMax in India. Much credit goes to MediaTek, MMX is nearly matching sales of Samsung here. Go MediaTek!

18. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Mediatek is not even for flagship's... They make the best chips for mirangers, these beat the snapdragon 400 by a lot and will be in similar priced devices.

23. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Idk shatter i think fanboys cant seem to learn that everything cant be high end. Like i said in one of the other mediatec articles. We cant keep using s4 plus cpus forever. Midrange needs a boost. And with the next version of android supporting 512mb of ram it will push android market share up even more with great performance and price per device.

2. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

Nicely concluded!

3. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Not bad considering the price point these chips will be in. Really looking forward to Sony's partnership with Mediatek. That would be a solid boom in the mid-range.

4. xperiance

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 22, 2013

Waiting for xperia tianchi....

5. yoavst

Posts: 17; Member since: Jul 29, 2013

ARM's Big.Little is so much better then just 8 cores of A7... And also 4 core of krait 400... MediaTek, you got great advertising, but this CPU sucks :(

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Not really they would force the price down for high-end processors if available in sufficient quantity.

19. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Big.little is NOT a real octa core for the 5 millionth time. This is the first real arm octa core that is being mass produced.

7. TheM16

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Nice move Sammy...Hope it doesn’t lag like the recent one.

8. Jishnusur

Posts: 174; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

You fools, see it cannot or decode 60FPS videos.. What an EPIC failure!

21. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Where do you get your 1080p 60fps content from? As far as I am aware nobody stores encoded blu ray movies on their phone. Everything you watch on YouTube is 30fps, TVs and movies you stream are 30fps. The phone camera will also be 30fps at 1080p so where are you getting all your 1080 60 content? Don't forget a 60fps video is also much larger than a 30fps.

24. iguanaman

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

From our camera. Galaxy Note 3 owners enjoy 60fps 1080p recording and 30fps 2160p (4k) recording. We even have 120fps 720p. Larger file? Of course! Do we care? Of course not!

25. smash

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 31, 2014

well i though 25fps is enough for a video

9. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

All day commenting that real user experience is what count but then Mediatek comes with the "true octa" gimmick and all that counts is the Antutu... Mediatek MT6592 will NEVER be as good as a Snapdragon 600 casue it uses A7 cores, and in SINGLE THREAD PERFORMANCE (which is the one that counts more for "user experience") it will be low, how low? Quite. Let's make the calculation: Single core performance of an A7 @1.2 GHz is 324 in Geekbenc 2http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/132598 So at @1.7 GHz (assuming perfect scaling) will be: 460 Single Core Performance of Snapdragon 600: 600 (at the same 1.7 GHz clock, but it can go higher) So 30% increase in performance for the Snapdragon, and let's not start talking about the 800, the A15 cores or the GPU performance...

10. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

And I don't understand why no one talks about the real winner for Mediatek. Their most interesting chip for the year is the MT8135 a DUAL core A15 with LITTLE.big and GPU PowerVR G 6200. That's a real performer for the mid-range and the right choice to go. And if they enable the 4 cores to work at the same time it should be possible to sell it as a QUAD core ;D

12. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Exactly!

14. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

Cheap china really no quality at all

26. smash

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 31, 2014

not all china products , just like all the Americans aren't Einsteins

15. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Quality matters boss, even they are cheap chips but after some days where it goes, god knows...

16. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Mtek makes A7 based soc only to reduce manufacturing cost and keep msrp as low as possible...their soc may not appear in flagship devices anytime soon...but may expand in midrange. For 8 core soc...I don't think Android or any mobile OS or available apps are optimized to make good use of 8 cores...soc manufacturers should work to make 2-4 core soc and try to improve single core performance with clock between 1.2 to 2.0 GHz. Anyway...I would call 8 core mobile soc a gimmick for now...or untill Mtek show us their usage scenario.

17. orca99

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

No LTE? Forget it.

22. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Its not for you so why would you ever buy it.

20. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Hope this makes Nvidia and Qualcom drop prices and get products on the market much faster.

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