What are the differences between Mediatek MT6589M, MT6589 and MT6589T SoC


With the launch of the UMi X2 Turbo many readers have been asking what are the differences between the MT6589 and the newer MT6589T? Keep reading for those answers and more!

The Chinese phone market is exploding thanks to Google’s Android OS and Mediatek’s range of high-power, low-cost processors. Mediatek are a Taiwanese chip manufacturer who have risen to fame and fortune be manufacturing SoC (System on a Chip) solutions aimed primarily at the Chinese phone market. The popularity if Mediatek is expanded past Asia now and companies and customers around the world look to Mediatek low-cost, high-performance processors.

This year Mediatek launched their first quad-core SoC named the MT6589 (MTK6589). The MT6589, and its variants are Cortex A7 28nm chips capable of running at 1.2Ghz. The MT6589 also provides support for up to 13 mega-pixel cameras, 1080p video capture, and 1920 x 1080 FHD LCD displays, making it the perfect chip for this year’s flagship Chinese phones.

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3 models of MT6589

Due to popularity Mediatek have launched 2 additional versions of the MT6589, an entry-level MT6589M and an updated MT6589T. Each chip is based on the standard MT6589 however features slightly different specifications. For example the MT6589M only supports 8 mega-pixel cameras, 720p video capture and QHD resolution displays, while the MT6589T (Turbo) runs at a faster 1.5Ghz with a faster 357Mhz GPU.

To make things simpler we have created the below table which highlights the differences between these 3 quad-core Mediatek processors.

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74 Comments

  1. Brian from Manchester
    May 8, 2013

    OMG ..all I want for xmas is the jiayu G4 premium Turbo…..

  2. May 8, 2013

    but i remember like mt6589 support up to 42 mbps even zopo zp980 supports it.

  3. vaibhav
    May 8, 2013

    what about mt6582,mt658x looks cheap

    • Marius
      May 8, 2013

      I’d like to know more about mt6582 too… I think it uses Mali graphics.

  4. Chris
    May 8, 2013

    What about SGX544 … is only single core @ all SoC? Not MP3 or MP4?

    • Marius
      May 8, 2013

      It’s just a single core version. Mediatek were looking for something cheap so … it’s not an Exynos you know, that one has a different price too.
      That’s why I feel 1920×1080 is too much even for a mtk6589.

      • Chris
        May 10, 2013

        Ok, thanks. I can test it when i get my ZP980 next week 😉

  5. May 8, 2013

    So which smartphone are avaible and have the mtk6589T.
    Also what antutu score does it get?
    Cant you simply clock your current mtk6589 to have the same speed? i mean the die size didnt shrinked so what chang have they made in the hardware?

  6. BigFoot007
    May 8, 2013

    You have wrong information modem – the maximum HSDPA + speed is 42 Mbps, not 21

  7. GS88
    May 8, 2013

    When will there be a chinese phone-maker that releases a budget-prized phone with a screen size that isn’t bigger than 4.3″ with the MT6589. 🙁 Still waiting for it!

    Really like the bang-for-bucks Jiayu G4 and G3 but the screensizes are too big in my opinion!!

    • Manos
      May 8, 2013

      Well done Andi!
      Jiayu is far too slow to make a phone with turbo cpu ! This is realy bad… 4.3” or 4” it will be next year for sure the big ones are coming out this year.

      The 4.7 is fine but only if it has a 3000 bat or more like the Lenovo p780 with 5” and 4000bat…

  8. rene
    May 8, 2013

    looks like Chinese phones are outdated before they are on the market. LOL

    • Marius
      May 8, 2013

      Not really. There are Chinese phones with Qualcomm SOCs or even Intel SOCs. Mediatek aims for the the budget user, to provide best bang for the buck and in that it’s second to none.
      Sure for 200$ you only get 13 000 in Antutut whereas the S4 has more than twice as much. At the end of the day though … do you really need all that power ? I have a 1.2 dual core A5 Qualcomm SOC and it’s more than enough for my needs ( 6000 in Antutu ).

      • Gabriele Gubinelli (@kayuz6)
        May 9, 2013

        i think that is more important the ram for the performance of a phone, the RAM 🙂

    • Bob
      January 6, 2014

      I agree with you… this phone is not even LTE…
      you will change it in one year… where is fair durability ????

  9. Brian Jackson
    May 8, 2013

    OMG ..all I want for xmas is the jiayu G4 premium Turbo…..

  10. Guest
    May 8, 2013

    but i remember like mt6589 support up to 42 mbps even zopo zp980 supports it.

  11. Guest
    May 8, 2013

    what about mt6582,mt658x looks cheap

    • Guest
      May 8, 2013

      I’d like to know more about mt6582 too… I think it uses Mali graphics.

  12. Guest
    May 8, 2013

    What about SGX544 … is only single core @ all SoC? Not MP3 or MP4?

    • Guest
      May 8, 2013

      It’s just a single core version. Mediatek were looking for something cheap so … it’s not an Exynos you know, that one has a different price too.
      That’s why I feel 1920×1080 is too much even for a mtk6589.

    • Guest
      May 10, 2013

      Ok, thanks. I can test it when i get my ZP980 next week 😉

  13. Guest
    May 8, 2013

    So which smartphone are avaible and have the mtk6589T.
    Also what antutu score does it get?
    Cant you simply clock your current mtk6589 to have the same speed? i mean the die size didnt shrinked so what chang have they made in the hardware?

  14. Guest
    May 8, 2013

    You have wrong information modem – the maximum HSDPA + speed is 42 Mbps, not 21

  15. Guest
    May 8, 2013

    When will there be a chinese phone-maker that releases a budget-prized phone with a screen size that isn’t bigger than 4.3″ with the MT6589. 🙁 Still waiting for it!

    Really like the bang-for-bucks Jiayu G4 and G3 but the screensizes are too big in my opinion!!

    • Guest
      May 8, 2013

      Well done Andi!
      Jiayu is far too slow to make a phone with turbo cpu ! This is realy bad… 4.3” or 4” it will be next year for sure the big ones are coming out this year.

      The 4.7 is fine but only if it has a 3000 bat or more like the Lenovo p780 with 5” and 4000bat…

  16. Guest
    May 8, 2013

    looks like Chinese phones are outdated before they are on the market. LOL

    • Guest
      May 8, 2013

      Not really. There are Chinese phones with Qualcomm SOCs or even Intel SOCs. Mediatek aims for the the budget user, to provide best bang for the buck and in that it’s second to none.
      Sure for 200$ you only get 13 000 in Antutut whereas the S4 has more than twice as much. At the end of the day though … do you really need all that power ? I have a 1.2 dual core A5 Qualcomm SOC and it’s more than enough for my needs ( 6000 in Antutu ).

    • Guest
      May 10, 2013

      i think that is more important the ram for the performance of a phone, the RAM 🙂

    • Guest
      January 6, 2014

      I agree with you… this phone is not even LTE…
      you will change it in one year… where is fair durability ????

  17. India
    May 9, 2013

    Has anybody bought UMI X2 Turbo in China? Any problems? Reasons for dissatisfaction? I’m about to order it.

    • May 9, 2013

      It hasn’t launched yet. Official date is 15th May

      • Michael Westcott
        May 11, 2013

        Do you know any shops / market stalls in Shenzhen that stock Umi phones Andi?

  18. Guest
    May 10, 2013

    Has anybody bought UMI X2 Turbo in China? Any problems? Reasons for dissatisfaction? I’m about to order it.

    • Guest
      May 10, 2013

      It hasn’t launched yet. Official date is 15th May

    • Guest
      May 11, 2013

      Do you know any shops / market stalls in Shenzhen that stock Umi phones Andi?

  19. saiharikrishnan
    May 11, 2013

    How to overclock the MT6589 chipset

    • bobby
      January 6, 2014

      buy a new one !

  20. Guest
    May 11, 2013

    How to overclock the MT6589 chipset

    • Guest
      January 6, 2014

      buy a new one !

  21. Me
    May 11, 2013

    I read that the standard edition mt6589 has problems with 1080p display’s.
    Can somebody confirm that???

  22. Guest
    May 12, 2013

    I read that the standard edition mt6589 has problems with 1080p display’s.
    Can somebody confirm that???

  23. May 18, 2013

    when this model ll be available for booking in india???

  24. Guest
    May 18, 2013

    when this model ll be available for booking in india???

  25. Tim
    May 22, 2013

    Can we get some updated info on the mlais 58+ with the 6589T chip, like where to buy it? PLZ?!

  26. Guest
    May 23, 2013

    Can we get some updated info on the mlais 58+ with the 6589T chip, like where to buy it? PLZ?!

  27. jagannatha
    July 21, 2013

    I have a clarification to ask

    Can MT 6589T ” android 4.2.2 specifications smart phone connect to TV

    Is connecting phone to tv dependent on hard ware or software. How to find MHL capability from specifications

  28. Guest
    July 21, 2013

    I have a clarification to ask

    Can MT 6589T ” android 4.2.2 specifications smart phone connect to TV

    Is connecting phone to tv dependent on hard ware or software. How to find MHL capability from specifications

  29. rahul valvi
    July 25, 2013

    buddy i have MTK6589M processor that was awesome it were played 1080p video and video capture is also 1080p so that your DETAILS is 2 wrong….

    • disqus_Tj2F0135Cr
      February 25, 2015

      … no it ‘weren’t’, and no it isn’t. OP’s right, the M chipset does not support true 1080p resolution.

  30. Guest
    July 25, 2013

    buddy i have MTK6589M processor that was awesome it were played 1080p video and video capture is also 1080p so that your DETAILS is 2 wrong….

    • disqus_Tj2F0135Cr
      February 25, 2015

      … no it ‘weren’t’, and no it isn’t. OP’s right, the M chipset does not support true 1080p resolution.

  31. vtdone
    October 2, 2013

    What app can I use to show that the CPU is a T variant instead of the stock standard or even an M? Thx.

    • View From The Top
      October 6, 2013

      @ Vtdone – You can use “Android System Info”, “CPU-Z” “Quadrant” and a variety of other apps 🙂

      • vtdone
        October 8, 2013

        Thanks. I’ve tried them all but they all say I’ve only got a 6589 1.2GHz instead of a ‘T’ 1.5GHz version. Looks like I have an older version 🙁

  32. Guest
    October 2, 2013

    What app can I use to show that the CPU is a T variant instead of the stock standard or even an M? Thx.

    • ppp117
      October 6, 2013

      @ Vtdone – You can use “Android System Info”, “CPU-Z” “Quadrant” and a variety of other apps 🙂

    • Guest
      October 9, 2013

      Thanks. I’ve tried them all but they all say I’ve only got a 6589 1.2GHz instead of a ‘T’ 1.5GHz version. Looks like I have an older version 🙁