Unusual Move by ZOPO: 5000 MTK6592 True 8-Core Smartphones for Foreign Buyers

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A lot of popular smartphones makers has released the MTK6592 True 8-Cores Android smartphones with per core speed of 1.7ghz, Though they are currently very hard to get outside of China and are currently mostly for pre-sale.

ZOPO decided to release 5000 phones that they will sell to foreign buyers starting from 21/11.

Not much details are currently known regarding the other specifications, Though it’s known that the phone will be able to use all the cores at the same time, The GPU will be Mali450 clocked at 800mhz.

MediaTeK MTK6582 Quad Core SoC for Up To $120 Android 4.2 HSPA+ Dual SIM Smartphones

Just before mass-producing the 4-8 Cores Heterogeneous big.LITTLE SoCs for tablets and True 8-Cores SoC for smartphones, MediaTeK has decided to take the sub-$100 Dual Core & Up to $120 quad core market by storm by first releasing the MTK6572 Dual Core 1.2Ghz 28nm Cortex A7 with Mali400MP GPU and a e new MTK6582 Quad Core 28nm Cortex A7 1.3Ghz with Mali400MP GPU.

The first MTK6572 phones with a retail price of up to $100 with features like Android 4.2.2 OS,4-5″ IPS Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Dual SIM Dual standby with GSM/GPRS/EDGE/WCDMA/HSPA+ support, MicroSD-HC, Dual Camera with AF & Flashlight and many more has been released.

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Now certain Quad Core MTK6582 smartphones with retail price tag of up to $120 are becoming available for preorder.

Interestingly, According to certain leaked benchmarks screenshots, The performance even exceeded that of MTK6589.

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Ainol Released 3 New Built-In 3G tablet, One of them with NuFront Dual Core SoC

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Ainol has added 3 new Built-in 3G Tablets into their Novo7 series

The brief overview is as follow:

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This one is an Android 4.2 Dual SIM Quad Core MTK8389 Tablet with PowerVR SGx544MP GPU

MTK8389 is similar to MTK6589 with some minor tablet-related optimizations.

It come with built-in GPS/Bluetooth/AGPS/EPO/3G (WCDMA/HSPA+)

Capacitive Multi-Touch 7″ IPS Screen 1024*600

1GB RAM

16GB Built-in storage

5MP Back camera with Flash & AF, 2MP Front camera

The second is Ainol Novo7 eos

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This Android 4.0 come with a not so well known NS115 40nm dual core Cortex A9 SoC  from NuFront with Mali400 GPU.

It come as a surprise that they decided to release it with the old Android 4.0 OS. It is not clear whether Ainol is going to release Android 4.2 for this device.

Beside the built-in 3G, It come with a 7″ 1280*800 Capacitive Multi-Touch screen, GPS, Bluetooth, 0.3MP Front camera, 2MP Rear, 1GB RAM, 16GB NAND, MicroSD-HC Support

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This Android 4.2 low priced built-in 3g  tablet come with AllWinnerTech A20 Dual Core SoC with Dual-Core Mali400MP2 GPU.

Beside, It comes with the 7″ Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen, Built-in Bluetooth, 512MB RAM, MicroSD-HC.

 

 

 

The Octa-Core War: MediaTeK VS AllWinnerTech

Till recently, MediaTeK has been making SoCs mainly for smartphones while AllWinnerTech & RockChips for tablets.

The difference is that MediaTeK had relatively weaker GPU (For example Dual Core MTK6577 worked around 2 times slower than Dual Core RK3066), But MediaTeK made integrated Bluetooth/GPS/3G HSPA+/Dual SIM Support and other phones features. Basically, On average a phone has 1800-3000mAh battery and come with dual sim/hspa+ along with Bluetooth/gps/wifi while a tablet usually come with a built-in 3g only for data and Bluetooth and a 6000-11000mAh battery which made it possible to heavily increase the performance by putting a stronger GPU.

Now MediaTeK decided to get into the tablets market and released the MTK8135 Quad Core Heterogeneous 2 Cores Cortex A15 along with 2 Cortex A7 and the newest PowerVR Sgx6 GPU. The difference between the Heterogeneous big.LITTLE model and the other big.LITTLE around is that MTK8135 can run both Cortex A7 & Cortex A15 at the same time.

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MediaTeK plan to release heterogeneous 6-Cores & Octa-Cores for tablets which mean it will be able to use up to all the 8 cores at the same time.

AllWinnerTech however responded with the announcmenet of the upcoming A80 Octa-Core SoC.

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Unfortunately, No additional details are currently being provided regarding the model AllWinnerTech has chosen to use in the A80. We hope they will use the heterogeneous model as well because the other models are not as useful as this one.

Also, It would be nice to know the average price of the true octa-core SoCs. Most probably, It will be significantly higher than the quad core SoCs so the average tablet price will exceed the “up to $200″ price tag that’s currently valid for the current quad core tablets.

Facts & Fictions about the “Faster CPUs”: What really matters?

A lot of “experts” are saying that Cortex A15 are much faster than Cortex A7. The so-called “experts” are also tending to claim that even a quad core Cortex A15 is faster than Octa-Core Cortex A7. This is definitely far from being true.

So let’s try to figure out what’s really matter:

We have 2 Quad Core Cortex A7 SoCs:

MediaTeK’s MTK6589t 1.5Ghz Quad Core With PowerVR SgX544MP (Single-Core) GPU

AllWinnerTech A31 Quad Core 1Ghz with PowerVR Sgx544MP2 (Octa-Core) GPU.

Even though the MTK6589t suppose to be faster, If we will compare a MTK6589t device with 1920*1080 resolution with a A31 device with 2048*1536 resolution, We will find out that heavy games like Asphalt 7,  Asphalt 8, NFS Most Wanted, Real Racing 3 are working flawlessly on 2048*1536 A31 device while lagging on 1920*1080 MTK6589t device despite the 50% increase in the CPU Clock’s speed comparing to A31.

It would not help in case MTK6589t would have A15 instead of A7. A31 would still be faster.

As you most probably have already guessed, The much faster GPU is the thing that actually made the difference in the case of A31.

One more example: MTK6577 & Rockchip RK3066 are both Dual Core Cortex A9 40nm SoCs.

Though MTK6577 with a resolution of 960*540 receive around 6500 AnTuTu score while a RK3066 with 1280*800 around 11000. This is because MTK6577 has a single-core PowerVR Sgx531MP while RK3066 has a quad core Mali400MP4. The GPU made all the difference once again.

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Quad Core Cortex A7 is well capable of running all the heavy newest games and multitasking applications without any problems on high resolution even when connected to a TV screen through Miracast/HDMI when it has a strong enough GPU. The coming True Octa-Core Cortex A7 from MediaTeK will reportedly have a muti-core GPU which would significantly increase the performance under the high resolution screens.

The “Octa-Core” currently being available by certain CPU makers that combine the 4 Cortex A7 & 4 Cortex A15 cores are not so useful because most of them are technically quad core since they are unable to use more than 4 cores at the same time. Moreover, They are not even able to activate let’s say 2 Cortex A7 & 2 Cortex A15 Cores at the same time. They may only activate either Cortex A7 or Cortex A15.

MediaTeK has released a quad core SoC with 2 Cortex A7 & 2 Cortex A15 which is able to activate all the 4 cores at the same time which makes much more sense than the solutions presented by the other companies. MediaTeK is planning to release 6-8 cores mixed solution with also the ability to activate all the cores at the same time when needed instead of just the 4 cores. Moreover, They are the first to use the PowerVR SGX6 Series GPU which significantly increase the performance.

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XiaoCAI to be among the first to release a phone on MTK6592 True Octa-Core SoC

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A popular smartphones brand, XiaoCAI, Best known for their high-quality sub-$200 Quad Core Smartphones X9/G6, Has now announced that their next model with the highly-anticipiated true 8-cores MediaTeK’s SoC MTK6592 is ready to be released in the near time.

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Currently known that this particular device is going to have a 5.5″ OGS IPS screen with a resolution of 1920*1080, 2GB RAM, 32GB Built-in Storage. It will run the CaiOS based on Android 4.2.2 .

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MTK6592 is a 28nm 8-cores Cortex A7 SoC with a per-core speed of 1.5Ghz. Comparing to the other 8-Cores solution, For this one it will be possible to use up to all the 8 cores at the same time.

Unfortunately, No additional details are currently known regarding the GPU that’s going to be used in this particular SoC, However, It’s known that it will not be PowerVR SgX5 like in the MTK6589 SoC.

The price of this device is not currently known too. Would be nice to see whether they will be able to maintain the sub-$200 price range, However, it is unlikely since the 8-cores SoC probably cost significantly more than a 4-Cores.

AMLogic & Rockchips announced new series of Quad-Core Tablet SoCs

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AMLogic, One of the leading fabless semiconductors company known for the single core Cortex A9 AMLogic AML8726-M3 along with the Dual Core Cortex A9 AML-8726MX CPUs which has brought to tablets with a retail price of up to $150-$200 a great performance of dual core 1.5ghz cortex A9 chip along with dual core Mali400MP2 GPU and allowed incredible multi-tasking capabilities and great gaming performance, Now has announced the new chipset – The Quad Core AML-8726-M8.

It will have 4 Cortex A9 Cores clocked at 1.6Ghz each (Some sources however are saying that it can reach a maximal clock speed of 2Ghz without overheating)

It wil be built using the advanced TSMC 28nm technology to promise the lowest possible power consumption. Basically it will be similar to the Rockchip’s currently leading RK3188 quad core SoC, However, It will come with a significant difference, 8 Cores Mali450MP8 GPU which is significantly faster than the Mali400MP4 in RK3188.

This SoC is already ready to be released and we should as usual expect up to $200 Android tablets with this SoC in the near time.

RockChips, However, Got a response:

RockChips is getting ready it’s next quad core SoC called RK3288

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Rockchip RK3288 will come with a Quad Core Cortex A12 CPU, Which per-core performance exceed that of A9 by about 40%. Moreover, They have updated the GPU to Mali-T628. This SoC is expected to reach the market soon and we should expect a lot of great new tablets.

 

Jy-G3, Jy-G3s, Jy-G3t: Differences between the JiaYU Models

JiaYU has released 3 variants of the JiaYU G3 models which has caused some confusion.

The differences between the models are as follow:

JiaYU G3- Dual Core 1Ghz ArmV7 Cortex CPU 40nm with PowerVR Sgx531MP GPU, 2750MaH Battery

JiaYU G3t – Quad Core 1.5Ghz ArmV7 Cortex CPU 28nm with PowerVR Sgx544mp 357Mhz GPU 3000MaH battery

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JiaYU G3s – Quad Core 1.2Ghz ArmV7 Cortex CPU 28nm with PowerVR SGx544MP 286Mhz GPU 2750MaH Battery

The price remained at no changes.