First MediaTek MT6591 powered hexa-core smartphone launches in India


For those who think that an octa-core CPU is a bit of an overkill for a smartphone, Karbonn Mobiles, an Indian manufacturer has released a 6-core device at a very affordable price point.

Launched in the capital of India a few hours back, the Karbonn Titanium Hexa says it all in the model name itself. It comes with MediaTek’s elusive MT6591 6 core 1.5GHz CPU along with a solid 2GB of RAM among other specifications that will perhaps give potential buyers a choice wider than just the Micromax Canvas Knight.

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The Karbonn Titanium Hexa packs a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080p FHD display in the ‘affordable high-end’ category and is powered by a rather disappointing 2050. What’s heartening, however, is the fact that the Titanium Hexa features Android v4.4 KitKat on-board — or the company claims so, at least. Reason why we like it so much is because other MediaTek devices are still lagging on Android v4.2.2, wanting for updates.

Other specifications of the device include 16GB on-board storage, a 13 mega-pixel rear camera and 5 mega-pixel front camera. The Karbonn Titanium Hexa is priced 16,900 INR ($277) for folks in India.

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23 Comments

  1. Rob
    March 19, 2014

    I find it odd that an Indian manufacturer is the first to use this chip that has had virtually no publicity. the actual spec seems quite good. It’s nice to see more has happened other than the Oppo 7 launch today which quite frankly had been a bit of a let down.

  2. Rob
    March 19, 2014

    I find it odd that an Indian manufacturer is the first to use this chip that has had virtually no publicity. the actual spec seems quite good. It’s nice to see more has happened other than the Oppo 7 launch today which quite frankly had been a bit of a let down.

  3. Aeonia
    March 20, 2014

    what’s the gpu on the mtk6591?

    • March 20, 2014

      Mali-450

      • Ken Gray
        March 21, 2014

        Proof ? MALI powered MTK chips have always had part numbers ending in 2 previously (6572,6582,6592).

  4. dutchgio
    March 20, 2014

    This isn’t Kitkat.
    Look at the statusbar; the icons aren’t white and its not transparant as well.
    The icons don’t seem like kitkat neither, so expect this is just 4.2.2

    • March 20, 2014

      Very likely, but I hope it’s OEM customization (being optimistic)

      • dutchgio
        March 20, 2014

        Explain to me the following:
        – why would an OEM make Android 4.4 look like Android 4.2?
        Just don’t…
        It isn’t KitKat, its just the good ood Jellybean 4.2.

    • Liam
      March 22, 2014

      It is not a real photo of the phone.
      I will however be very surprised as to why mediate gave this 4.4, and not their octo-core. Its frustrating how they never release updates for their SoCs

  5. Mark
    March 20, 2014

    Has MediaTek fixed its lousy GPS yet? Yes I know you can sort of fix it with various hacks but really you shouldn’t have to

  6. Guest
    March 20, 2014

    what’s the gpu on the mtk6591?

    • Yash Garg
      March 20, 2014

      Mali-450

    • Ken Gray
      March 21, 2014

      Proof ? MALI powered MTK chips have always had part numbers ending in 2 previously (6572,6582,6592).

    • Ken Gray
      March 21, 2014

      Proof ? MALI powered MTK chips have always had part numbers ending in 2 previously (6572,6582,6592).

  7. dutchgio
    March 20, 2014

    This isn’t Kitkat.
    Look at the statusbar; the icons aren’t white and its not transparant as well.
    The icons don’t seem like kitkat neither, so expect this is just 4.2.2

    • Yash Garg
      March 20, 2014

      Very likely, but I hope it’s OEM customization (being optimistic)

    • dutchgio
      March 20, 2014

      Explain to me the following:
      – why would an OEM make Android 4.4 look like Android 4.2?
      Just don’t…
      It isn’t KitKat, its just the good ood Jellybean 4.2.

    • Guest
      March 22, 2014

      It is not a real photo of the phone.
      I will however be very surprised as to why mediate gave this 4.4, and not their octo-core. Its frustrating how they never release updates for their SoCs

  8. Guest
    March 20, 2014

    Has MediaTek fixed its lousy GPS yet? Yes I know you can sort of fix it with various hacks but really you shouldn’t have to

    • Guest
      March 20, 2014

      It is not Mediatek fault. Its lack of good GPS antenna in cheap phones. I have Lenovo P780 with MTK6589 and i get GPS fix in 10 seconds. Really:

  9. freak
    March 20, 2014

    octacore device by karbonn have been launched too

  10. Guest
    March 20, 2014

    octacore device by karbonn have been launched too