Report: Market share of octa-core powered smartphones will slide this year

Report: Market share of octa-core powered smartphones will slide this year
According to industry sources, the percentage of smartphones shipped with an octa-core processor will decline this year. The main reason is that branded and white-box smartphone vendors in China continue to roll out quad-core powered models in order to increase their market shares in the low to mid-range category. And while many manufacturers are excited about the true octa-core MT6592 chip from MediaTek, relatively few smartphone vendors have designed octa-core powered silicon into their products. These sources don't see demand for octa-core chips coming until next year.

The sources add that MediaTek has kept a fairly wide price gap between its quad-core and octa-core chips in order to keep demand flowing for the former. The speculation is that MediaTek isn't ready yet to use pricing as a way to drive business to the MT6592.

While the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature Sammy's homegrown Exynos octa-core chip, the ubiquitous industry sources are not totally convinced that Samsung's new flagship will be the runaway hit that many expect it to be.

source: DigiTimes

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22 Comments

1. afegit

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

All I know is that Samsung's A57 Exynos Infinity will destroy Apple's 2.6ghs Diul Core in both power, efficiency and multi-tasking. 2014 will be the year of the Octacore, mark my words. >inb4 i get rekt by apple fangrills.

2. iphoneplz

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

apple is know to make amzing products and i am 100% sure that the next iphone will complete destroy the s5 and the the next note

3. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The note 4 rumors sound quite promising but the S5 yeah I thinks so too.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31291; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Yaaaaaawwwwwwwnnnnnn.

21. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

really,then why not use and be happy with a iP4 and not buy the iP5s,,,? It's all about specs and power and defining and implementing the modification

15. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Exynos sucks. Snapdragon and Apple A series rules

19. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Exynos has and always been much better than Snapdragons CPU,,, What would you know about CPU,,,,? Go to Anandtech site. Is that why a Exynos A15 at 1,6Ghz vs a S800 2.3Ghz are on par. Let's get rid off those A7 and just have A15 Exynos. So you are telling me the A15 Arm Cortex is crap, and your beloved A9 a less powerful CPU which needs 2w to operate is better than Exynos A15 and Tegra5,,? Which planet are you from?

4. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

All i know that Octa core is sh*t useless crap whether it is a gimmicky big.LITTLE or true octa sh*t.

5. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

haha what you can do just give a sht in every article

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You can always argue brother. Thats my opinion you can prove wrong.

6. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I agree, even quad-cores seems too much. I think dual-cores are more than enough in most cases.

8. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Indeed, more cores does not always mean more power/speed. Clock rate and the types of core seem more important, as well as having a competent GPU to back it up.

10. WindowsiDroid

Posts: 138; Member since: Jul 22, 2013

That's why I praise Intel Powerful Dual core Atom Processors like the Atom Z2580 which score in Antutu up to 22k, and even it is just dual core it doesn't lag unlike the other quad cores.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, I some have the use system monitor cpu floating widget on my Nexus 5 and I nearly always see only two cores active. Just when opening an app or an "intensive" gaming the 3rd and 4th core active. I hope Qualcomm releases a A57 based dual core CPU soon for the Q3 phones

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Try Trinity kernel, turns all four on. Race to finish ftw!

17. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

But what about battery life? From what I've seen it reduces battery life

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Quad cores are more battery efficient than dual cores. Idle cores can be shut down. Only to be power up when the load demand it. I am very impress with the Android kernels that able to use the quad cores in this manner. I am interested in Octa cores to see whether Android kernels could do the same there. Install CPU-Z to see what I mean; https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cpuid.cpu_z

9. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

As I've always said, Mediatek can put 16 cores on a ship and it will lag.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I am getting an octa core coolpad 9976a..

16. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I don't know much about processors, but I think they should focus more on increasing clock speeds on quad core processors instead of going to octa cores.

20. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

A V12 is better than a V8 and W12 better than a V12,

22. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

But aren't there only some apps and processes that can use all of the cores?

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