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Octa-core processor MediaTek MT6592 leaks online

The first true octa-core processor for handsets is coming from MediaTek and is expected to be revealed in November.

The Samsung Exynos is the only octa-core chip for mobile devices currently on the market, but it consists of two quad-cores "glued" together, with four cores dedicated to intensive tasks and four cores that handle light work. Earlier this week the first image of the MediaTek MT6592 was spotted, along with a few details about this first octa-core processor capable of using all its cores simultaneously.

The MediaTek MT6592 uses eight identical cores and it managed to score over 30,000 points in the AnTuTu benchmark, almost as much as the notorious Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. While this may not seem impressive it should be noted that MediaTek's processor is a budget part, unlike Qualcomm's chip.

With the quad-core MT6589 being a favorite of the budget market for over a year now, the introduction of an octa-core with 4G LTE support will help MediaTek maintain and consolidate its position in emerging markets. In addition to 4G LTE, the MediaTek MT6592 features quad-core Mali graphics and its eight Cortex-A7-based cores run at speeds up to 2 GHz.

There is no official information regarding availability of the chip yet, but the MT6592 is expected to be uncovered by MediaTek in November and the first handsets using it could arrive as soon as this year's Christmas and New Year shopping season.


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Codrut Nistor, 2013-09-28 (Update: 2013-09-28)