MediaTek beats Samsung with the world’s first true Octa-core MT6592 processor. MediaTek is the manufacturer of cheap quad core and dual core chipsets for the Chinese Smartphone manufacturers and other local Asian manufacturers such as Micromax, Karbonn etc. The world’s first true Octa-core processor will have 8 cores that will work together in tandem at a clock speed of 1.6GHz to 2GHz. It is being said that it will match or surpass the performance of the current most powerful System on Chip (SoC) Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.
As compared to Samsung’s implementation of Octa-core chips, which can only activate half of its CPUs at any given time, the true Octa core runs all 8 cores simultaneously. It can allocate processor cores to different applications or tasks such as individual browser tabs to CPU cores or user input to individual cores, and this enhances the power efficiency, multi-tasking performance and user experience. The multi-threaded programming also enables improved video framerate processing for premium gaming experience and renders 3D effects more smoothly.
The world’s first true Octa core processor also provides up to 18% reduction in battery consumption while decoding HEVC Full HD video and 20% more frame rates while on display mode as compared to the current quad-core processors. You can read everything about the future beast here. MediaTek hasn’t revealed the launch date and detailed specifications as of now.
In related news, MediaTek also announced a new quad core MT8135 chipset with the ARM big.LITTLE architecture for tablets and other mobile devices. It packs two ARM Cortex-A7 processor cores and two other ARM Cortex-A15 processor cores which work together with Imagination’s PowerVR Series 6 Graphics processor. MediaTek also integrated 4-in-1 connectivity solution which includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and FM Radio. MT8135 also support WiFi certified Miracast standard for streaming of multimedia content easily between two supported devices.
The PowerVR Series 6 graphics chip will deliver more than five times the boost in graphics performance as compared to previous generation MediaTek chipsets. This is the second quad-core SoC solution to feature ARM big.LITTLE architecture, the first being Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor. The timeline hasn’t been provided for this SoC as well. MT8135 has the potential to deliver good performance in the mid range tablet segment while MT6592 has got the potential to turn around the whole game. The only question remains how cost effective this new breed of SoCs will be in the final integrated environment.