MediaTek’s Quad-Core MT6589 Platform


Just end last year in Dec 2012, Mediatek announced its latest quad core solution mobile – the MT6589 platform. It was the world’s first commercialized quad-core System-On-Chip (SoC), targetting the  mid to high end smartphone and tablets market (and the dual-core MT6577 targeting the lower end of the market). This relatively new chipset integrates a power-efficient Cortex™-A7 CPU subsystem from ARM, PowerVR™ Series5XT GPU from Imagination Technologies, and MediaTek’s advanced multi-mode UMTS Rel. 8/HSPA+/TD-SCDMA modem. Adopting an advanced 28nm process technology, it aims to deliver powerful performance at a very competitive price, just like the MT6577 platform that we have been quite familiar with.

Let’s take a look at the Quad-Core Cortex-A7 1GHz+CPU Smartphone Platform (MT6589):

  1. Dual-SIM and Dual-Active functionality frees users to seamlessly make and receive calls on two SIM cards at the same time.
  2. High-end Multimedia Capabilities using PowerVR™ Series5XT GPU, which are multi-core variants of the SGX series with some updates.
  3. 13MP camera with integrated ISP, 1080p playback and recording at 30fps, and enhanced image processing for DTV-grade image quality
  4. Full HD (1920×1080) LCD support for razor sharp visuals.
  5. Integrated leading 4-in-1 connectivity combo, providing 802.11n Wi-Fi, BT4.0, GPS and FM radio.

This will be the solution that most newer budget phone will be sporting, and I am excited to see what it can offer to those who would like to have a faster smartphone without the hefty price. Some of the examples of such products on the market after the launch in Dec 2012 that you might see include:

  1. Micromax Canvas HD A116
  2. Galaxy S3 Clone (i9300)
  3. Tronsmart TS4
  4. ThL W8
  5. Cubot A6589
  6. Xolo Q800
  7. Zopo Libero HD
  8. UMI X2
  9. Jiayu G4

Just for a comparison’s sake, the newer MT6589 chipset does sport a pretty decent performance versus the bigger boys, and a marked improvement over its predecessor, the MT6577.


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