MediaTek announces first true octa-core processor

MediaTek announces first true octa-core processor
Earlier this month, there was talk about a new octa-core chip coming from MediaTek. On Saturday morning, the company announced the world's first true octa-core processor. Now you might be wondering about the Samsung Exynos 5 octa-core processor. But as you might recall, with that chip, only one group of four cores is active at a time. With the new processor introduced by MediaTek, all eight cores are active at the same time, leading to smoother game playing, web browsing, improved video playback, and improved battery consumption. MediaTek says that all 8 cores can be used without overheating. We told you earlier this month that the chip scored around 30,000 on AnTuTu which is what top-shelf models are tallying on the benchmark site these days. Clock speed ranges from 1.7GHz to 2GHz with video decoding of 1080p at 30fps.

Let's face it, if Samsung had its name on the silicon instead of MediaTek, even the Vatican would be placing a call to Korea, congratulating Samsung for the achievement. As it is, MediaTek is becoming known, but for selling low priced chips to phone manufacturers trying to compete in emerging markets. By purchasing chips from MediaTek instead of Qualcomm, handset makers are saving big money. The reason why MediaTek can sell chips for such a low price is because it does not own a fab that needs to be maintained. The company already has a better than 50% market share for low and mid-range chips for mobile phones and with the octa-core MT6592 leading the way, the company could soon overtake Qualcomm to become the largest handset chip maker.

The big thing for MediaTek is to get some major OEMs, the ones that normally wouldn't touch a MediaTek chip for a top-shelf model, to give the MT6592 a shot before other chipmakers start offering a true octa-core processor of their own. The MediaTek chip is being sent out to potential customers now for them to sample, with mass production scheduled in November.


source: MediaTek via AndroidAuthority

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56 Comments

55. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow, great!!!

52. Doctor_Drei

Posts: 18; Member since: Jul 27, 2013

Hopefully Samsung or other big brands will use it on their devices like what Sony did. (teknogadyet.com)

39. Sondae

Posts: 291; Member since: Jan 02, 2013

I cant wait of this chip to be release in the market if this really compete againts qualcomm and exynos of samsung. If this product will be successful in the market then it will be octa craze specially on a rebrandad phone that is being sold here in asia.

50. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Now all the HTC One/S4 clones will just as powerful as the real thing lol.

37. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

In a year or so, mediatek could build a 16 (hexa) core chip, based on the A53 core. The tiny A53 consumes amazing 20% the power of the A9, with the ability to outperform it, per clock speed , once the 64bits are fully implemented. Those who think a 16 core is an overkill.. keep in mind that the A53 is about one quarter the size of a A15/Krait 400..so the chip wouldn't be bigger at all..in fact, printed on 20nm litography, it should be smaller than current quad cores

36. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

It makes it look like the exynos can only run 4 power saving cores or 4 high performance cores. This is so not the case. It can run any four combination at any given time balancing performance and battery life.

35. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Wow! Finally a 8 core phone! Now I have all the computing power I need!! Im going to get rid of XPS 8600 i7 now!! Yay Not!

29. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Watch out high end phones. People are starting to buy cheaper products with almost the same experience. Well, at least on my country, , philippines.

47. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

If the US didn't have corrupt carriers and used the 2100mhz band like the rest of the world those phones would be popular here too.

53. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

One of the reasons the carriers are using lower mhz frequencies is for building penetration. Sprint's WiMax was up in the 2k mhz range and sucked out loud once you went in a structure. It's a fact of life that lower frequencies penetrate the materials in buildings better. Just look at walkie talkies, the uhf ones that advertise 5-25 miles ranges specify in open air with no obstructions. That's why the ones you see security guards and contractors using are vhf. When I was a contractor a pair of our vhf models died. We tried some uhf models and inside a building they were good for nothing. We ended up using our cell phones which were Verizon (I believe they use 700 or 750 for their 3G bands) and they worked fine. If it doesnt work inside what's the point?

21. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

LG and Sony are on the bandwagon of Mediatek's processors.. Gear up. :D

11. galanoth

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

So it's like AMD vs Intel.

16. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Its diffrent because arm is open source, eventually it will be AMD vs ARM vs Intel in phones and tablets. AMD will be for graphics and low cost, intel will be for performance and expensive and their lower end chips targeted at arm, arm is a balance between the two but worse than intels cpu power and worse than AMDs phone/tablet apus graphics.

9. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

Cheap is the mantra of this era. To be king you need to be cheap. Look at google, samsung, other chinese phone makes they are king because they are cheap. No wonder apple will loose out unless they introduce crappy cheap iphone minis:-)

12. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

neither google nexus devices are cheap in non google play countries nor samsung best selling devices are cheap and what exactly are you smoking about chinese phone makers being king?

23. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

nexus 4 is priced the same as lumia 720 here. philippines

33. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

I dont think so, coz in our country Lumia 720= 13k vs Nexus 4= 18k >.

19. Droid773

Posts: 49; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

Cheap your azzzzzzzz. Get a life morrrrrron

8. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

Samsung's octa core is glimmick. Snapdragon 800 is better than that. Mediatek has done really good job. Now the rest will follow later this year.

14. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

still exynos evolved scored more than any of this chips..

17. ihatesmartphone unregistered

glimmick?? LOL XD

26. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Troll alert.

30. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

big.LITTLE was created by ARM as a reference design. It has nothing to do with Samsung, it fact they're the first manufacturer who adopted the design. Go troll elsewhere.

32. iStabrak

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

Snapdragon is no way near that A15! If the Exynos was clocked at 2.3 like the S800 it would destroy it! ARM made a big mistake clocking those A7s at 1.2 instead at 1.7 or 2.0 Ghz. Snapdragon is efficient and friendly ExynosA15 has pure raw power which needs 3000 Mah battery to be sufficient.

5. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

I hope Qualcomm is watching this with the morning breakfast.

3. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

This deserves to be really called an octacore unlike the Exynos which should be called as a 4+4.

7. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

big.LITTLE

10. Rehankhan

Posts: 323; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

big little planet lol

42. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Big.little is a marketing scheme, most people that are not into tech but know enough about phone specs think the exynos 5 is an 8 core cpu.

13. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

but still the new exynos evolved scored more than this chip...cuz it has pure 4 a15 cores which is equal or powerful than this 8 a7 cores...

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