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MediaTek Unveils Mobile Processors with Eight Cores – How Practical Are They?

Posted on the 21 November 2013 by Nrjperera @nrjperera


MediaTek is looking to be the next big game-changer in mobile processors as it has teamed up with ARM to launch its’ latest MT6592 mobile processor which comes packed with eight low-power Cortex-A7 cores, they call it “the world’s first true octa-core mobile processor.”But, can you imagine how much of battery power it would take to power up a CPU with eight cores.

According to Engadget, all the cores on this 28nm chip can work at up to 1.7GHz and 2GHz. Which is basically enough to run Call of Duty Ghosts on your smartphone. It also provides better support for visuals when combined with 700MHz ARM Mali-450 MP graphics processor which offers 4K H.264 video decoding and full HD UI drawing at 60fps.

All these features sounds very tempting. However, practically speaking, a device that gets powered by an octa-core mobile processor and 700MHz ARM Mali-450 MP graphics probably won’t last for more than 4 – 5 hours. Besides, these high-tech improvements won’t be much of a use until all your apps and games receives support for eight-cores. So far, only Google Chrome and some other video players are capable of supporting eight cores.

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MediaTek plans to launch the first device with an Octa-Core chip by the end of this year. Surely, we will get to see how soon it heats and maybe blow up in the pocket of someone as it comes out. Octa-core chips may be the next-generation of mobile processors, although it won’t be practical until someone find more suitable components to work along with it.

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