MediaTek MT6595 chipset launched, could usher in a range of affordable smartphones with octa-core processor and LTE connectivity

mediatek-socJust two months after launching the world’s first true ‘octa-core’ SoC, MediaTek has announced yet another chipset called MT6595. The company claims that this is the first 4G LTE capable octa-core chipset that uses ARM’s latest Cortex-A17 technology. It is also the first octa-core SoC to support H.265 Ultra HD Codec, which will essentially give affordable smartphones the ability to record and play 4K2K videos.

As far as numbers are concerned, the MT6595 houses four 2.2-2.5GHz A17 cores and four 1.7GHz A7s cores. Making use of ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture and Heterogeneous Multi-Processing, the chipset can alternate between using all eight cores to perform intensive tasks and using one or two cores to perform menial tasks. Graphic-intensive functions are taken care of by PowerVR Series6 GPU.  Additionally, MT6595 also supports up to 20-megapixel camera, displays up to 2560×1600 pixels, 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth LE and wireless charging among others.

Though the MT6595 will power relatively affordable smartphones, it could shake up the segments by providing them with premium level specifications. This is also the reason why it will end up competing with Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 800 and 805 SoCs. This could transcend into smartphones priced in the Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 segment with specifications normally associated with smartphones in the Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 range.

The MT6595 will be made available in the coming weeks, with the first batch of MT6595 devices expected to arrive in the second half of the year.