When we talk about Quad-Core processors there are few phones and manufacturers that come to mind, certainly not Alcatel and nor MediaTek, though. Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia would definitely spring into mind, but MediaTek have had their eye on bringing a quad-core CPU right down to the lowest end for smartphones. The quad-core CPU from MediaTek will be based around the aging Cortex-A7 design and can't hope to hold a candle to a Tegra 3 or Exynos 4412 that are based on the Cortex-A9 design. There's little point on liking these chips to the quad-core Cortex A15 chips coming from Nvidia and Samsung as they'd destroy these CPUs.
The MT6589 from MediaTek is said to be able to complete a number of tasks associated with higher-end phones, like 1080p playback at 30fps and power displays with the Full HD resolution as well. All this sounds promising but with such an aging core design running the show I question whether or not these chips are going to be powerful enough to impress.
The word according to Engadget, is that the first phone to come with these low-end quad-core chips is Alcatel's One Touch Scribe HD. Now, don't go getting ideas of the age-old Alcatel making a come back as they haven't been the company they were for years now and the name lives on through a Chinese company, TCL, that own rights to the branding. Take a look at the capabilities of this new chip below:
While quad-core is certainly a good advantage when it comes to overall processing power, we'd like to see more efficient chips being used in all phones but we suppose that bringing this sort of tech down to the low-end is important. More competition is great and with the likes of HTC and Samsung struggling to bring their budget offerings to prices low enough for those in the market it would be nice to see good devices from brands like Alcatel, Huawei and ZTE. There's no word on whether or not this will be available in the U.S. or in Europe but it will be widely available in Asia which is fast becoming an important market for Android.