4G LTE Chinese phones: Quad-core Mediatek MT6589 phones to support LTE?!


Taiwanese based mobile CPU maker Mediatek are working on their Quad-core MT6589 CPU which should see production by January, however the big news is that this new chip could support 4G LTE! Could 4G LTE Chinese phones just be around the corner?

While Chinese phones have been catching up on their foreign counterparts in terms of quality and performance, while beating them all on price, one area which they seem to fail on is network compatibility.

As most of these lower price high performance Chinese phones are designed for the Chinese market the chips in them only tend to support local frequencies, meaning many foreign customers are out of luck when trying to buy a bargain phone from China which will work on their 3G.

However, good news might just be over the horizon as rumours suggest that the next quad-core Mediatek MT6589 CPU could in fact support LTE and may see production as early as January 2013 with many manufacturers already testing prototypes.

Chinese phone manufacturers who currently use MediaTek chips such as Lenovo, Zopo, Newman, JiaYu, Amoi, Ginoee, ETC could all soon be taking on the international market with low-cost, high performance 4G LTE Chinese phones!

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14 Comments

  1. Martin
    October 25, 2012

    Hi Andi,

    did BBK release the quad core VIVO X1 these days?
    ANgry looking posts on MyOppo forum.
    http://bbs.myoppo.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=746042&extra=page%3D1
    http://bbs.myoppo.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=746383&extra=page%3D2
    http://bbs.myoppo.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=746571&extra=page%3D1

    Can you tell what they are about?
    Also on VIVO forum there is like a competition which I would like to enter but I need you to translate it!!!!!
    http://bbs.vivo.com.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=758259&fromuid=927325

    It might come into your help too so…

  2. Martin
    October 25, 2012

    Can you tell me the specs, RAM, screen, storage, memory card slot, 4G LTE, price, front and back camera?

    • October 25, 2012

      This is just an article on the chips not the phones

  3. njren
    October 25, 2012

    Hard to imagine that happening, at least in the U.S. where you’re nobody without carrier subsidies and no carrier is going to slap their name on a Zopo. Fair enough, MediaTek is not so easily discounted, but they really need to add one of the lower-end, bread-and-butter names like LG or Pantech or Kyocera to their customer portfolio.

  4. Guest
    October 25, 2012

    Hi Andi,

    did BBK release the quad core VIVO X1 these days?
    ANgry looking posts on MyOppo forum.
    http://bbs.myoppo.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=746042&extra=page%3D1
    http://bbs.myoppo.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=746383&extra=page%3D2
    http://bbs.myoppo.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=746571&extra=page%3D1

    Can you tell what they are about?
    Also on VIVO forum there is like a competition which I would like to enter but I need you to translate it!!!!!
    http://bbs.vivo.com.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=758259&fromuid=927325

    It might come into your help too so…

  5. Guest
    October 25, 2012

    Can you tell me the specs, RAM, screen, storage, memory card slot, 4G LTE, price, front and back camera?

    • Guest
      October 25, 2012

      This is just an article on the chips not the phones

  6. Guest
    October 25, 2012

    Hard to imagine that happening, at least in the U.S. where you’re nobody without carrier subsidies and no carrier is going to slap their name on a Zopo. Fair enough, MediaTek is not so easily discounted, but they really need to add one of the lower-end, bread-and-butter names like LG or Pantech or Kyocera to their customer portfolio.

  7. ceasar b
    October 27, 2012

    4g lte in U.S. is not the same as 4g lte in europe, can this Mediatek MT6589 support all the different lte frequencies ?

  8. Guest
    October 27, 2012

    4g lte in U.S. is not the same as 4g lte in europe, can this Mediatek MT6589 support all the different lte frequencies ?

  9. Dan
    October 29, 2012

    Hey Andi been a while since i checked up on ya site. Lots to catch up! I’m still confused with the whole cellular network types/standards etc.

    Most countries use the GSM network, and on the GSM network there is 3G support. North America used CDMA, and on the CDMA they too have 3G but not cross compatible with the GSM 3G. Am i correct so far?

    The Chinese phones work on WCDMA, and their WCDMA 3G is not compatible with the GSM 3G?

  10. Guest
    October 29, 2012

    Hey Andi been a while since i checked up on ya site. Lots to catch up! I’m still confused with the whole cellular network types/standards etc.

    Most countries use the GSM network, and on the GSM network there is 3G support. North America used CDMA, and on the CDMA they too have 3G but not cross compatible with the GSM 3G. Am i correct so far?

    The Chinese phones work on WCDMA, and their WCDMA 3G is not compatible with the GSM 3G?

  11. Woe
    March 20, 2013

    does any of these new mtk6589 phones support tmobile u.s 3g? because im tired of running off edge

  12. Guest
    March 20, 2013

    does any of these new mtk6589 phones support tmobile u.s 3g? because im tired of running off edge