MediaTek announced the world's first "true octa-core" mobile processor yesterday. One of the hottest discussions these past months has been whether today's apps and games can actually take advantage of all eight processing cores. Then there's the performance equation, how well does the new MT6592 stack up against the likes of Snapdragon 800, Exynos 5 Octa? Well, as it turns out, MediaTek's first high-end chipset doesn't disappoint.
The semiconductor company will be selling two variants of the octa-core chipset, one with its cores clocked at 1.7 GHz, while the top SKU will feature 2 GHz per core clock speed. And that very chip manages to impress in AnTuTu, a popular benchmarking app for mobile devices, by scoring over 32,000 points. There's also a new ARM Mali-450 quad-core GPU clocked at 700 MHz which should definitely perform well in games (remains to be seen), at least when compared to the PowerVR SGX544 in MediaTek's older MT6589 quad-core at 1080p resolution.