The flood of octa-core smartphones has begun, here's what to expect


For good or bad, a month ago, Chinese MediaTek officially launched its all-new MT6592 chipset, powered by eight ARM Cortex-A7 cores, and there's no stopping the flood now. In a typical Android fashion, more is always better, and while there's definitely an argument to be made about the practical feasibility of as many cores, it seems likely at this point, that 2014 will see quite a few devices packing the MT6592 or a similar system-on-chip from the likes of LG, Qualcomm, Exynos, Huawei, Allwinner and Rockchip.

As this is still some pretty new tech, established big brands aren't exactly killing themselves in an attempt to reach the shore first, but that doesn't mean they don't mean to eventually. Truth be told, even if we do assume that octa-core processors are nothing more than show, we still see a future ahead for the seemingly redundant chips. If anything, history has shown that smartphone buyers sometimes get sold on significantly more gimmicky features.

So, who's taken to the task of carrying out the largely ungrateful task of heading the first charge? Chinese companies, for the most part, at least for now. The same, lacking the financial resources of incumbents, are often forced to look for each and every possible scenario that would serve to differentiate their wares, and MediaTek's new chip fits that bill perfectly. That being said, we're already seeing some palpable interest from large companies, such as HTC, LG, Alcatel (TCL), Huawei and Vivo, though we are yet to witness this materialize into an actual product. At this point in time, the number of devices that have/are set to receive the new octa-core chip easily exceeds two dozens, though we've narrowed it down to the more noteworthy ones. Facts of smartphone industry life apply, of course, so there's no knowing whether all the devices on the list will ultimately end up in customers' hands. Nonetheless, if you've caught an episode of octa-core fever, you'll likely want to keep tabs on them.

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47 Comments

1. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

all are good on paper ! but only the ones with the best kernel - gpu rendering optimization will win ! samsung and LG are doing fine! but these chinese need to optimize kernels better!

17. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Also I heard about navigation problems with sensors. So Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Samsung and LG are best.

22. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I have phone with mediatek processor and mediatek is super slow n laggy... who says ios doesnt lag? I used 4s for nearly two years and it lags on many occassions... once my good old friend argued with me about super smoothness of ios and declaring my piece as a faulty unit, I took his 4s and his 4s was lagging too within 5 minuts. Then he had no answer expect that I am crazy and can make any phone lag... by the way what does ios has? sure it will not lag in the hands of brand obsessed ifools...

47. mikelemon

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Its true you are crazy

24. LordDavon

Posts: 183; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

The issue with this processor is that it has a Mali-450 GPU, while other phones with quad or big.LITTLE cores are being built with Mali-628 GPUs. The GPU is being used more efficiently in our phones, and as Apple has shown, is the main champion in a mobile device. I highly doubt the 8 core MediaTek chip is going to gain much footing outside of China for high-end devices until the GPU is increased.

2. starandmountain

Posts: 53; Member since: Apr 01, 2012

How many cellphone makers are there in China? I have to say that i really like their competiveness and drive to perform, hopefully more of them will come to europe because the market here is a little bit boring.

5. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Hundreds. Of course, not all of them are worth much mention, as manufacturing smartphones in China isn't as challenging an endeavor as it is elsewhere, seeing as both equipment and know-how is readily available.

23. ilovesmartphone

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

And also a lot of copycat... lol

40. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Copying and improving is what "Lean Manufacturing" is all about. Everyone including Apple does it.

3. KiranPAUSER

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

Octa core are future, even its a glimmik now but at the same time its a selling factor that people likes.

4. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

What is the update support like for China-made phones? If they are quick or on par with the current top dogs, I don't mind giving them a shot since they look pretty slick and great innards. Hope they will be released worldwide!

6. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

octa core will lags on android again but on wp and ios 2 cores is enough to blizzard performance

11. Teja171 unregistered

Its not true. the ios and wp operating systems aren't as complex as android is. They dont offer so many features/functionality as android does..

15. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

you r wrong it is true... android lags even devices has 2 gb of rams, 2ghz speeds and 4 cores but ios and wp doesnt lag eventhough they have 1gb ram and 1 ghz speed.... when you jailbreak your ios device you have widgets, homescreen animations , live wallpapers but they also works fluidly...

18. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

android is a linux-core platform! SDK machine and so on... it is much complex and featured system than ios and wp! my nexus 7 2013 never lags! and i got a galaxy i9000 with 4.4.2 android that lags minimum ! those laggy days of 2.x.x androids are over! deal with it!

20. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

and also ios and wp ! are limited and everybody is waiting for an improvement is features and costumize ability ! while android is just going further to be perfect! fast/open source/ smart/lagfree with tons of features!

21. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

lol your nexus isnt lagging bcuz its google's device... my sister has galay s3 with 4.3 and lags as hell... it takes 1000 years to rotate screen :D what a performance.... and galay s4 is lagign as well my friend has it and compplains about that... it doesnt important that android has tons of feature , important thing is smooth performance...

34. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

I know what you imply blame but it on samsung with those useless ugly bloatwares not android! i mean why in hell the rom itself uses that much ram ! 700mb!!!!

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you stated is not true but according to your answer you agreed with him.. in Android it will lag because Android offer many features/functionality .. there...

30. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1284; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Yes... Always Empty truck is faster than fully loaded one.. But which one is useful for the money you spent???

38. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

good example but not for mobile os

37. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Lulz that damn excuse. The only lag-free droids are the ones with 3GB RAM which is ridiculous. The fixed hardware for Apple/Windows works because they know exactly where to go. If Google set fixed hardware standards for OEMs to follow, they wouldn't face that problem but it won't be open anymore, it's all about compromise.

27. av911 unregistered

Right, when I search "iOS 7 lag" there are 0 results. /s

41. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

U surely must have asked SIRI then :)

7. eldyagustius

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

No hope for LG when it comes to software updates. Don't know what they'd do with flagship phones. I'm G2 user and I know that the 4.2.2 isn't a big deal for me. But there's many older phones updated to 4.3. Why isn't there any confirmed news about the kitkat update?

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

LG is already rolling out the KitKat update to the G2 owners in South Korea. So, don't worry, you will get it soon.http://www.phonearena.com/news/Android-4.4-starts-rolling-out-in-Korea-for-the-LG-G2_id50671 And there are many phones still haven't get updated to 4.3, some of them are jumping to KitKat. For instance, the Huawei Ascend P6 (currently on 4.2, will jump straight to 4.4 KitKat maybe in January), the Lenovo K900 (currently on 4.2, no news about 4.3 or 4.4 but I think Lenovo will update it soon).

14. MANGUELPR unregistered

LG Optimus G had already KitKat too in many countries.

25. LoveHater

Posts: 235; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

....update was for 4g support not 4.4... and on the front of android lagginess,, google is going to change their game,, art is the first one ,,,hopefully more comes in future which we don't hav idea.

28. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I am a LG G2 user as well. Honesty, going from 4.2 to 4.4, how big of a difference does it really make? I am not trying to argue, but the days of Froyo and Gingerbread are over. Those are the days that update REALLY matters. We will probably get our updates at the end of Q1. For now, let's just be happy and continue to "knock knock" on our phones lol

29. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

i find 4.4.2 to be a nice upgrade to 4.2.2. i have slimkat on my at&t lg g2 and it is buttery smooth. also i enjoy the new google launcher and "ok google". i find i use it alot more than i thought i would. it's a little bit of a performance upgrade because it can now be used with devices that have 512mb ram, but it's also a feature upgrade. so i think the upgrade from 4.2.2 to 4.4.2 is warranted.

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