First Smartphone with a True Octa-Core Chip Unveiled in China

A relatively unknown Android Smartphone UMI X2S has snatched the crown to be the first Android device (smartphone) to have a ‘True’ octa-core processor, it just emerged.  The guys at GSM Insider were tipped of a smartphone paraded an electronics fair in Hong Kong early this week boasting of a MediaTek MT6592 SoC.

UMI X2S Octa-Core

If you follow these developments closely, you will remember how ‘evolutional’ the moment Samsung made the ‘BIG’ announcement that it had finally managed to make an octa-core Exynos 5 chip for smartphones and tablets.  As we learnt later on, Samsung actually just a combination of two quad-core processors working in the same smartphone.  Not so long later, Motorola too dove into the octa-core business with its X8 chip which is basically an existing processor with four graphics cores and a contextual computing core.

In late July, MediaTek, a Chinese chip maker, came out and announced it had made a true octa-core processor for smartphones and tablets (read the story here) and since then it has been a game of wait-and-see to know how great a smartphone with a true octa-core processor is.  Although you may not heard of UMI, it is a very popular  manufacturer in India and its newest high end Android smartphone X2S is the first to be powered by an octa-core processor, the MediaTek MT6592.

MediaTek is a very popular processor in China, India and generally the Asian sub-continent just as UMI is a popular Chinese brand.  The device with the octa-core chip is a successor to UMI X2 which is also powered by an older MediaTek chip.  It is quite a powerful phone, with a 1920 x 1080 Full HD 5 inch display, 2 GB RAM to complement the 1.5 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, a 13 megapixels rear camera (with a Sony lens) and 32 GB internal memory.  The phone is priced between RMB 1,499 (about $245) and 1,999 (about $327) in the Chinese market.

UMI has led the way, from now on we should expect a high end flagship smartphone race on the processing power arena once more.

Source: GSM Insider