Sony may be planning to release a smartphone touting the new MediaTek MT6592 octa-core chip. Such chipset, according to a Taiwanese publication, was recently introduced to companies, including Lenovo, LG, Huawei, and ZTE.
What makes Sony the most likely among this set to launch the 8-core chip is the fact that Sony has already made a device sporting a MediaTek chip. The handset, called the Sony Xperia C S39h, came with a quad-core MediaTek MT6589, and was announced last week to be heading for the Asian market.
The new Sony device is pure speculation at this point, so there are no details to speak of regarding the possible specifications. Given that MediaTek chipsets are generally affordable, Sony might not sell the smartphone for a reasonable price, as well.
The new MT6592 chip is believed to have an 8-core processor that will boast of clock speeds around 1.7 to 2GHz. According to initial AnTuTu benchmark tests, the chip does not score higher than the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset. However, it does have a result of around 30,000, which is higher than the results of both the Snapdragon 600 and the Exynos 5 Octa, which are found on the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone. The Snapdragon 600 has a score of 27,417 whereas the Snapdragon 600 has 25,900. It is still unknown at this point whether the processor will support 4G LTE connections, but given that MediaTek has reportedly been pouring investment into such development, this may be a possibility. Power efficiency is also said to be a feature of the MediaTek chipset, which would be based on Cortex A7 and manufactured using the 28nm process. Lastly, a purported leaked image hints at 1080p 30fps video decoding support.
According to estimates, MediaTek will begin manufacturing the MT6592 chip starting November. Mobile devices that pack the chip could be available during the early part of next year.
Producing a smartphone with such MT6592 chip could prove advantageous for Sony, which could be the first large-brand phone maker to offer a true 8-core handset, as opposed to the Samsung Galaxy S4 which only has a hybrid 8-core chip.