MediaTek, one the most popular Chinese SoC manufacturer has been enjoying huge success with their current quad core offerings found in a plethora of Chinese handsets such as the Umeox X5. Their silicon has also found their way in more low cost products like the Xperia C and the latest Alcatel One Touch lineup. A recent report from Taiwan suggests that the company is planning to release a beefier 8-core MT6592 SoC around the end of this month.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise as MediaTek powers almost every up and coming Smartphone made in China. The MT6592 SoC will be built using TSMC’s 28nm silicon process & reportedly feature 8 low-power Cortex-A7 clocking at stunning peak frequency of 2GHz! The chip will function like blown 8-Core in contrast with the Exynos 5 Octa which is using the ARM big.LITTLE architecture.
The application processor will also sport a next-generation PowerVR GPU, the exact model hasn’t been disclosed but we expect it to a 5XT with more cores or possibly something from the series 6. – Current leaked AnTuTu benchmark scores place the SoC at the 30,000 mark next to the Snapdragon 800. The first batch of SoCs will be ready by the end of July for OEM development purposes.
Mass production should however kick off in November, with a December release, naturally the first Chinese super-phones based on the new 8-core wonder should pop out in around January 2014 or later in Q1 2014. Exciting times ahead!
We shall see how other competition responds to this, especially Qualcomm which has yet to unveil a 8-core SoC.