We’d recently caught wind that MediaTek might be unveiling the world’s first true octa-core CPU for mobile phones, and that dream has now become a reality. They announced today that they were officially going to begin producing the 8-core beast for manufacturers to begin using later this year.
Now, you may be thinking that Samsung’s already beat them to the punch with octa-core processors, but it’s important to remember that because of Samsung’s big.LITTLE implementation of their CPU architecture, only 4 cores are ever active at once, essentially making them act like two separate quad-core CPUs. This MediaTek processor does not work like that, offering a full 8-core CPU all the time, along with all the advantages that may bring. The CPU bangs out around 30,000 on an AnTuTu benchmark and varies in clock speed from 1.7 GHz to 2.0 GHz. It can decode 1080p video at 30 FPS.
Samples are currently being sent out to manufacturers with mass production slated for November. Hopefully we’ll this CPU start making appearances in more devices this time next year.