TCL Preparing Unannounced Samsung Exynos-Powered Phablet

TCL are the parent company behind Alcatel mobiles, but they also manufacture a range of own-brand smartphones, such as the 2015 Vodafone Smart first 6 and prime 6. And we have news today that TCL are preparing a new device, the P650M Phablet, which was benchmarked at the GFXBench website. As part of this processor, the device's specifications were revealed: the P650M is based around the 5.6-inch screen and features a new Samsung Exynos processor, the 7580.

The P650M, is based around a 5.6-inch, 1080p resolution (that is, 1,920 by 1,080 pixel) display. The System-on-Chip is the Samsung Exynos 7580, which is an octa core processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.6 GHz, based around eight ARM Cortex-A53 processor cores and the ARM Mali-T720 GPU. The device comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage space, although only 10 GB is available to customers at first boot. There's a 13MP rear camera complete with autofocus and a flash, plus a 5MP front facing camera for video calling and selfies. Both cameras record 1080p video. The device has a reasonably lengthy list of connected sensors such as NFC, WiFi, Bluetooth, ambient light, gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity and a compass, but oddly GPS is showing as not present. We also see that the device was tested running Android 5.0.2, but there's no word on the battery capacity.

There's also the new Samsung Exynos 7580 processor, which is an unannounced System-on-Chip. The notes detail that this is an octa core A53 processor with a clock speed of up to 1.6 GHz. The Cortex-A53 is a 64-bit capable processor. It's possible that the 7580 has a big.LITTLE architecture, similar to a number of Qualcomm Snapdragon processors such as the Snapdragon 615, which features a pair of quad-core chips, one with a lower maximum clock speed and designed for the lower power duties and the other quad-core unit has a higher clock speed and is designed for the heavier processor load. Many big.LITTLE cores are able to pick and choose what core(s) are used at any particular time and are not restricted to running with either the lower or higher cores, but may instead use all eight. Either way, the Exynos 7580 is a mid-range processor rather than a flagship unit, despite the number of cores. The ARM Cortex-A53 is a moderately performing, high-efficiency processor and has served well across a number of SoCs and devices.

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I grew up with 8-bit computers and moved into PDAs in my professional life, using a number of devices from early Windows CE clamshells and later. Today, my main devices are a Nexus 5X, a Sony Xperia Z Tablet and a coffee cup.