MediaTek's 10-core CPU & MT6797 SoC fully detailed, mass production to begin this Summer
posted by Luis D. / May 06, 2015, 7:24 AM
The SoC, which is to be made on the ageing 20nm process, also incorporates an ARM Mali-T880 MP4 graphics chip clocked to 700MHz, good for encoding & decoding H.265 4K/2K video at 30 FPS, while powering up to 2560x1600 resolution displays. The chipset can handle up to 25MP camera sensors and comes with Native3D 2.0 technology for taking three-dimensional stills. The end result probably resembles the outcome of the Galaxy S6's Virtual shot mode.
A glaring weakness in an otherwise stellar spec sheet is the lack of LPDDR4 RAM support. The MT6797 is stuck with 993MHz LPDDR3 RAM, while Qualcomm and Samsung have already switched to fast 1600MHz LPDDR4 RAM. On a less relevant note, Qualcomm already has LTE Cat-9 support worked out, while MediaTek is on LTE Cat-6.
Otherwise, MT seems to be on a roll with this chipset, bringing very good performance potential at an affordable price to interested vendors. After all, MediaTek's silicon is quite an important factor in Chinese smartphones' famous performance-to-price ratio, so it's good to see the Taiwanese players keeping up with the top dogs while doing their part to advance mobile CPU technology. MT6797-powered smartphones should reach the market by this year's end.
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Even if they add 100 more cores, a cheap and low performing processor will always be a cheap and low performing processor.
posted on May 06, 2015, 7:38 AM 6
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don't blame the processor...blame the laggy resource hog OS!
posted on May 06, 2015, 7:42 AM 0
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Cortex-A57 and specially A72 is anything but low performing. This chip is actually one of the most interesting I have seen from MT, considering they usually just use lower spec cores like A9 and A53. The GPU might even blow away the Mali T760 MP6 in Exynos 7420.
posted on May 06, 2015, 7:45 AM 6
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I'll hold my judgement until the real life test of this chip. Beside, as everyday phone driver, how much process power do you really need. If you really want to chase spec, go to the PC world. That's where the big boys are at. With phones, it's all pre-build anyway.
posted on May 06, 2015, 8:07 AM 0
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this beast will be the real killer.. real battery killer... (70k+ antutu score i guess, but who care :-/) but its still nice if some brand put this in $400 phone :D
posted on May 06, 2015, 7:39 AM 0
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fandroids wants a 10-core-processor in a mobile phone, right? for bragging? forget the effect on battery life,, overly high specs like multi-core processors, 10gb ram, UHD screen are the ones that matter for gullible fandroids
posted on May 06, 2015, 7:48 AM 3
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All those cores will need incredible optimization... Too damn much going on... I wish an OEM could make a A72 custom super core, make it dual core and pair it with four A17/A53 custom cores or something... No particular reason, I just want to see it implemented or something LOL for the sake of nothingness...
posted on May 06, 2015, 7:42 AM 1
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One mistake in the article: ARM Cortex-A57 cores for middle to heavy usage cases, Should be ARM Cortex-A53 cores for middle to heavy usage cases, And good luck to Mediatek clocking the A72 cores at 2.5GHz in the 20nm without using FinFET. They will really need it in order not to have issues with thermal throttling...
posted on May 06, 2015, 7:44 AM 3
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Except RAM support it seems quite good. Also I guess it's lack of UFS 2.0 support. They put it in 2 very powerful cores and a potent GPU. There is no need to be obsessive over core counts either way. There are interesting stuff in the imaging and video capabilities. Most certainly it will be cheaper than Qualcomm counterpart. Though it's timing a bit letdown.
posted on May 06, 2015, 8:01 AM 1
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MediaTek is master of marketing...3 cluster cpu in mobile soc is ridiculous and serve no purpose other than marketing advantage and lure dumb people! Simple 2/4 A72 core unit with async clock (I know arm design support sync clock) would've been more than enough. If MediaTek is so hell bent on wasting money they should create new in-order 4-wide cpu core based on A53(in-order 2-wide) design.
posted on May 06, 2015, 12:51 PM 2
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