No matter how careful a tech company is there is no guarantee that your latest product will remain a secret until launch. This is exactly what Mediatek learned this weekend when full specifications of the MT6592 and MT6588 processors were posted online.
While it is no secrecy that the 8-core MT6592 and quad-core MT6588 would be officially unveiled on 20th November in Shenzhen, complete specifications of each have remained elusive up until this weekend.
Quad-core Mediatek MT6588 specifications
Mediatek have had a stellar year thanks to the quad-core MT6589 range of processors, and although the current quad-core chips remain very good they will no longer remain king of the quad-core hill. The new MT6588 chipset is built-on a 28nm Cortex A7 architecture and available at speeds for up to 1.7Ghz. Faster CPU speed is backed up be an update in graphics performance as the MT6588 gets a Mali450-mp4 GPU running at 600mhz. Other than added support for HEVC and VP9 video codecs the rest of the specs are similar to the current MT6589(T) including support for 1920 x 1080 displays, 13 mega-pixel cameras, and integrated WIFI, Bluetooth,FM radio and GPS.
8-core Mediatek MT6592 full specifications
For most phone users a quad-core processor is going to provide ample performance, but for those who want the best of the best Mediatek will also be offering the 8-core MT6592 chipset. Again, the 8-core chip is base on 28nm architecture but will be offered in either 1.7Ghz or 2.0Ghz options. The flagship 8-core chip will also have a speedier 700mhz Mali450-mp4 GPU and the same added video codecs.
When can we expect 8-core Mediatek phones?
We have already seen the officially unveiling of the Bird Snapdragon XL 8-core phone (although a sales date has not been announced) and we have seen leaks that suggest Zopo, Mlais, Xiaocai, UMi, Jiayu and possible Sony also have MT6592 phones almost ready to launch.
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With development already underway for months and an official announcement on 20th November, we could see the first 8-core Mediatek Chinese phones on sale before the end of the year!