MediaTek is a rather small mobile processor manufacturer, well when compared to Qualcomm. Qualcomm seems to have a processor in just about any device we can think of. Even many of Samsung’s devices, because when they launch a new Exynos chip, they don’t wait for LTE to work with it. Anyways, MediaTek announced that it would introduce a true eight-core processor later this year. Qualcomm has no chimed in with a new video that’s nothing more than a troll.
The video is illustrated by a set of guitar amplifiers, the San Diego gang explains that while they rebuild their CPU cores for each generation, they claim that “our competitor” which is labeled with the exact same font and colors as MediaTek’s logo, simply “chooses to duplicate the same old cores” based on ARM’s slower A7-Cortex architecture. You may remember that the Snapdragon 400 that is in the Galaxy Mega 6.3, HTC First, HTC One Mini and a few other devices, uses A7-Cortex cores as well.
Later in the video, Qualcomm uses a Guitar Hero-like visualization to compare the performance difference, as well as showing how octa-core is overrated for most apps. Now that we couldn’t tell that from the Galaxy S4, comparing the Exynos 5 Octa version to the Snapdragon 600 version. Although the Snapdragon 600 did still lag, at least on the Galaxy S4 (from AT&T) that I had to review earlier this year.
Good job Qualcomm with the video. I actually agree, that octa-core on a mobile device is a bit overrated. As there’s really no difference performance wise. In fact, when comparing the Exynos 5 Octa to the Snapdragon 600, it’s slower. But that could also be the software on the Galaxy S4, we all know it’s not the most optimized device out there.
What does everyone think about Qualcomm’s video? It couldn’t have been worse than their CES 2013 keynote, or was it? How many of you think the octa-core processors are overrated when it comes to mobile devices? I’m sure I’m not alone in this. Let us know what you think in the comments below.