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MediaTek to unveil octa-core MT6595 chipset with LTE support in January

With 4G LTE rapidly spreading especially in China and across the globe, MediaTek is planning to officially announce in January a new octa-core chip with 4G connectivity: the MT6595.

The MT6595 is basically the LTE update to the MT6592, which was released as MediaTek’s first octa-core processor. True octa-core means all cores in the chip can be used simultaneously as demanded. The company initially scheduled a mid-2014 release for its LTE-enabled octa-core chipsets, but demand for the fastest available mobile network and the race against competition has pushed the company towards an earlier launch.

Configured to support multiple bands, the MT6595 will come in two variants: 1.7GHz and 2.2GHz. Besides LTE, the chip will also support GSM, TD-SCDMA, and WCDMA. When released, it will be certainly an attractive and cheaper alternative to LTE chip offerings from Qualcomm, which also recently unveiled its Snapdragon 805.

MediaTek is known for chipsets tiered for budget-level and mid-range smartphones. With the upcoming MT6595, however, it seems the company is keeping up with its goal to expand its market further next year. That means we’re likely to see more higher-end chipsets from the company.

Reports also indicate that device manufacturers may be already testing the MT6595, with a Q1 2014 launching a likely possibility for devices powered by said chip.

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