The MediaTek MT6595 octa-core SoC was finally showcased by the Taiwanese fabricator earlier today, after more than 2 months since announcement.
As announced previously, the chipset remains to be a 32-bit one, sticking to the big.LITTLE architecture. It is the on-board LTE support that grabs our attention more than anything else on this chipset. Chinese devices (among other low-cost ones) have, for long, suffered from lack of proper connectivity, something which the MT6595 aims to eliminate.
The SoC combines the goodness of 4x Cortex A17 cores running at 2.2GHz along with another four Cortex A7 ones which operate at a slightly slower frequency of 1.7GHz. Gaming, video, etc. are handled by the PowerVR G6200 GPU which offers support for Ultra HD 4K2K video playback as well as capture. What this means is that next gen displays, i.e., those with a resolution of up to 2560 x 1440p will be supported by this chipset. The last feather in the cap (graphics-wise) comes in the form of support for camera sensors up to 20 mega-pixel in resolution.
However, like we said earlier, it is the on-board LTE modem (among other modems) on this chipset that will get the most footage. The MT6595 will support TD-LTE/FDD-LTE/WCDMA/TD-SCDMA/GSM all without any trouble, which should allow Chinese smartphones (these happen to favour MediaTek over the likes) greater acceptability in other regions.