MediaTek Announces World’s First Mobile Octa-core Processor
MediaTek has officially announced world’s first octa-core processor, MT6592, and it might be possible that we can see some of the devices by next year’s Mobile World Congress.
In just 28nm package, the processor has eight low-power ARM A7 cores and explores ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture wherein all eight cores operate simultaneously at the clock speed between 1.7GHz to 2GHz, depending on the bin.
MediaTek has pointed that Chrome can explore all eight-cores and similarly some multi-window functions, video players and other map apps. The manufacturer claims that the new MT6592 will surpass the existing Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 in terms of performance, power consumption and temperature. Here is a performance comparison chart.
The MT6592 consists of an image signal processors that can support 16 megapixel camera modules; a Mali-450 MP graphics processor that runs with a clock frequency of 700MHz and delivers smooth full HD UI drawing at 60fps; and video frame rate upscaling at 60fps that can reduce monitor blur to a considerable extent. With full HD H.265/VP9 playback, the chip will be able to save about 40% of file storage space.
However, MediaTek still needs to put more focus on the 4G space where Qualcomm still holds a strong foothold. A word with General Manager Xie Qingjiang suggests that the company will launch its 4G modem by the end of this year and device manufactures can start rolling its devices with the MediaTek quad-core or octa-core chips in the first half of 2014. Now the most pertinent issue that strikes the mind is regarding the pricing of the devices that sports this chipset. However on being asked, Xie Qingjiang referred to the affordability of the existing quad-core MT6589 handsets.