The MediaTek MT6595 is now official. Based on ARM’s latest Cortex-A17 architecture, the MT6595 is the first octa-core system-on-a-chip with integrated 4G LTE.
To a certain extent, the MediaTek MT6595 is not a true octa-core processor, one feature that its predecessor MT6592 has always been bragged about. Instead, this new SoC makes use of ARM’s big.LITTLE technology to combine four cores based on Cortex A17 with another four cores based on Cortex A7.
MediaTek’s own Heterogenous Multi-Processing Technology does unlock “the full power of all eight cores” for spectacular performance without sacrificing energy efficiency. The end result is that this second-gen octa-core CPU from MediaTek is more optimized for the majority of apps. So few rely on multi-threading, anyway.
Besides the integrated 4G LTE modem, the MediaTek MT6595 SoC employs a PowerVR Series6 GPU to handle intensive graphics. If no 4G LTE networks are in range, the chip also supports DC-HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, and EDGE for the older 2G and 3G networks.
The MediaTek MT6595 also supports Ultra HD 4K video recording and playback, wireless charging, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and a variety of location technologies.
MediaTek will be sending out its new chip to phone manufacturers by the first half of the year. Devices powered by the chip should then appear in the second half.