MediaTek Unveils Quad-Core Cortex-A7 MT6589 SoC

This December is a busy month for silicon manufacturers and Cortex A7 processor, after AllWinner A20 and A31,  Rockchip RK3188 (4x Cortex A9), Qualcomm MSM8226 & MSM8626, Broadcom BCM21664T (2x Cortex A9), MediaTek announced MT6589, a quad-core Cortex A7 System on a Chip (SoC) with Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series5XT GPU that targets mid to high-end Android smartphones and tablets.

Mediatek MT6589 also integrates a multi-mode UMTS Rel. 8/HSPA+/TD-SCDMA modem developed in-house, Mediatek’s 4-in-1 connectivity combo (802.11n Wi-Fi, BT4.0, GPS and FM), and a multimedia subsystem that supports 1080p 30fps/30fps low-power video playback and recording, a 13MP Camera with Integrated ISP, up to FHD (1920×1080) LCD displays, and enhanced picture processing for DTV-grade image quality. This SoC also features MediaTek’s “Cool 3D” suite for support for stereo 3D cameras and displays & real-time 2D-to-3D, as well as  support for Miracast technology.

The first devices based on MediaTek MT6589 should be available in Q1 2013.

Engadget had a sample smartphone, and compared the performance to existing dual and quad core Cortex A9 processor with several benchmarks (Antutu, Vellamo and Quadrant). The results show that, as expected, a quad core Cortex A7 can’t quite match the performance of quad core Cortex A9 processor in any of the benchmark, but is still significantly faster than a dual core Cortex A9 according to Antutu 2 & 3, but still slower with Quadrant and Vellamo. This probably depends on how well different benchmark handle multi-cores, and the weight given to the GPU and other metrics.

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[…] MT6589 is certainly the most common SoC for cheap quad core smartphones, and starting this month, it will be available in MT6589M and MT6589T versions, the former with a weak video processing unit (VPU) and ISP, and GPU frequency, and the latter with higher GPU and CPU frequencies. Contrary to the table below, MT6589 and MT6589T support 1080p displays, whereas MT6589M supports 960×540 resolution (Source: gizchina). MT6592 Octa-core Cortex A7 @ 2.0GHz, and MT6588 quad core Cortex A7 @1.7GHz are coming for the end of the year with PowerVR Series 6 GPU. The analyst estimates MT6592 may have performance close to Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 application processor. […]