Thanks to Mediatek’s low-cost quad-core MT6589 processor, Chinese quad-core phones are dropping toward the $100 mark, but they could get cheaper still with the introduction of the new MT6582.
Like the current quad-core MT6589 and MT6589T chipsets the new MT6582 will be a quad-core processor based on 4 energy efficient Cortex A7 cores and a PowerVR SGX544Mp GPU. Unlike the other chipsets though this new solution will be aimed at a lower price point and will be designed to power lower specification phones.
Mediatek will be launch a standard MT6582 clocked at 1.3Ghz which will be designed to power 720p display, support 8-13 mega-pixel cameos, Bluetooth 4.0 and have all the standard smartphone antennas (WIFI, 3G GPS). An entry level model named the MT6582M will also be available but will only support QHD displays.
Mediatek’s line up of chipsets will continue to grow throughout the year with the introduction of their first 4G LTE chip (MT6290) and the worlds first true 8-core processor (MT6592).