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New MediaTek Octa-Core Chip Takes On Snapdragon 800 In Benchmark Tests

July 22, 2013 - Written By Jeremiah Nelson

We have all heard of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile device processors. We are also familiar with NVIDIA’s Tegra processors and Texas Instruments OMAP chip series. Have you heard of MediaTek? The name probably does not ring a bell. MediaTek is a Chinese chip manufacturer that is trying to break in to the mobile device game. A roadmap has just leaked out from Chinese technology site MyDrivers that shows us a blazingly fast new octa-core chip.

The MT6592 from MediaTek should be available to handset manufacturers by the end of the year. Looking at these AnTuTu benchmarks scores, it looks like the MT6592 came to play. It beats the Snapdragon 800 in head-to-head performance as well as power consumption. This chipset looks amazing.

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These benchmark scores are only preliminary ones. High scores on benchmark test don’t always mean that a device will be fast in real-world situations. That also means we can’t tell whether the test was performed on the same device. This is important in getting accurate information and a fair comparison. Assuming these AnTuTu benchmark tests were performed on the same device, just with different chipsets, the MT6592 is very impressive. It beats the Snapdragon 800 chip, with a score of 29,600.

The MT6592 is a Cortex A7, octa-core chip. It has eight A7 cores and can be clocked at up to 2 GHz. This test was performed with the cores clocked at 1.7 GHz. ARM is stating that the chip is very power-efficient. MediaTek has been working to seriously optimize the chipset in order to get this kind performance while keeping power levels down. When compared to other chip configurations that have 4 Cortex A7s and 4 Cortex A15s, this new ship should be more efficient in terms of energy use. That means better, longer battery life and cooler devices. You’ll be able to use your device without it heating up, and you won’t have to charge it as often. This chip will most likely be used in affordable, powerful devices built by Chinese manufacturers. These phones and tablets could be sold for less than $300, off contract. We are can’t wait for these phones to hit the market.