MediaTek is gearing towards launching what it says will the world’s first “real” octa-core chip, MT6592. Unlike Samsung’s Exynos 5410 Octa processor which has two different pairs of four cores (Cortex-A7 and Cortex-A15), MediaTek’s solution will pack 8 identical cores. It will be unveiled on November 20th in Shenzhen.
However, we don’t expect this chip to be as fast as today’s top end SoCs like Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 or NVIDIA Tegra 4. It will, however, offer a solid bang for the buck, bringing more speed to an army of low-cost smartphones, mostly made by the Chinese vendors.
Availability wise, the first “real” octa-core devices will likely debut in early 2014. MediaTek’s client list includes the likes of Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Micromax, Oppo, Coolpad, Vivo, Gionee and Xiaomi, as well as number of smaller players that are fighting their way in the ever-competitive Chinese smartphone market. We’re not sure which of these companies will get to launch the first smartphone sporting the MT6592 chip, but we’re sure that all of them will have such products selling by the end of the Q1 2014. We’ll get back to you as soon as we hear something new on this. Stay tuned…