Mediatek are currently trailing Qualcomm in the LTE processor race, but not for long! Here are full specifications plus everything you need to know about the upcoming Mediatek MT6595.
Mediatek is the chip supply of choice for the majority of the Android smartphones we report on, review, test and own, so when the Taiwanese chip maker has a new product on the horizon how can anyone ignore it?
The next processor from Mediatek has the possibility of being one of the most exciting pieces of hardware the chip giant has ever produced! Sure the current MT6592 octacore was exciting, but without 4G LTE support it has left us all wanting for more.
In the next few months we are going to begin seeing more Chinese phone makers move away from the octacore MT6592 and adopt the new Mediatek MT6595M or the slightly more powerful MT6595 SoC. Just as with current Mediatek chips the MT6595 will proved the next wave of phones with WIFI, GPS, Bluetooth, etc but with the additional of some very exciting new features.
Mediatek MT6595 features
big.LITTLE – Where as the current MT6592 runs all 8-cores at once, the MT6592 uses similar technology to the Samsung Exynos range of processors. The processors will be made up of 4 x Cortex A17 and 4x A7 cores which will run at difference speeds. The processor will decide if what the phone is doing requires the BIG or LITTLE processors and switch between them. The switch will be seamless and should mean simple tasks use the more energy-efficient side of the chip while gaming and other number crunching tasks will be handled by the more powerful half.
Network Support – We saw a big change for Mediatek with the MT6592 which allows for dual 3G SIM cards and can work on GSM, TD-SCDMA dnd WCDMA networks, but the MT6595 takes things up a notch. The MT6595 processors will be able to work on GSM, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, aka 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks.
Video – The current crop of Mediatek processors can handle 1080p video for both playback and capture, for the new MT6595 this has been taken up to 4K! That’s right, the MT6595 can capture and play 4K video at 30 frames per second. The MT6595M remains at 1080 video recording at 60fps.
Screen Resolution – There wouldn’t be much point in being able to capture higher resolution video and being able to play it if the screen resolution remained at 1080p. The Mediatek MT6595 isn’t able to support a 4K displays just yet, but a 2K panel of 2560 x 1600 is a huge upgrade compared to today’s specifications.
Graphics – GPU’s have been updated from Mali-450 to PowerVR G600 running at up to 600mhz!
Cameras – Camera sensor support is up to 20 mega-pixel on the full MT6595 model while the MT6595M can handle 16 mega-pixel sensors.
Mediatek MT6595 variants
There will be 3 versions of the Mediatek MT6595 processor, the MT6595 Turbo, standard MT6595 and the entry-level MT6595M.
Differences between the MT6595 Turbo and standard MT6595 appear to just be the speed at which the processor will run at. The turbo will run at between 2.4-2.5Ghz where as the standard at 2.1-2.2 Ghz. The MT6595M will run at a maximum of 2.0Ghz but here are more changes for the entry-level chip.
The differences between the MT6595 and MT6595M can be seen in the comparison table below.
As you can see both processors have 4G LTE and octacore big.LITTLE set ups, but the lower range MT6595M has a slower 450Mhz GPU, supports just 16 mega-pixel cameras, 1080 video at 60FPS and can run at a maximum of 2.0Ghz. The MT6595 on the other hand can do 20 megapixel cameras, has a 600mHz GPU, can run faster and can capture 4K video at 30 FPS.
Quite a few differences, but both have the hardware and potential to be rather potent chipsets for our next Android smartphones.
What the MT6595 means for Chinese phones
The MT6595 is big news for smaller Chinese phone makers and means that they will finally be able to produce phones with similar performance to Qualcomm’s top of the range 800 series processors. It also means that the next wave of Android smartphones out of China for Q4 could be equipped with such features as 2K QHD displays, more RAM than before, 20 mega-pixel cameras and 4G LTE!
Are you excited to see what the next generation MT6595 phones will be like? What features are you most excited by?