The world is now blessed with a smartphone running on a true octa-core mobile processor. Unveiled during the recent 2013 Hong Kong Electronics Fair, the UMI X2S is capable of using its CPU’s eight cores simultaneously.
Making such feat possible is due to the MediaTek MT6592 running under the hood. Unlike the Samsung Exynos 5, whose eight cores are only used in fours at a time, MediaTek’s offering can use all cores together when needed. Note that this feature does not necessarily translate to better performance over smartphones using other octa-core processors. When in doubt, refer to benchmark results. The MT6592 is theoretically as powerful as the Snapdragon S4 Pro by Qualcomm.
Besides the octa-core CPU that’s clocked at 1.5GHz, the UMI X2S has a 5-inch full HD (1920×1080) display, 32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, a 13-megapixel camera with a Sony-made lens, and near-field communication (NFC) connectivity. The GPU is unknown, but a Mali-450 is possible.
Anyone in the Philippines who are interested with the UMI X2S shouldn’t hope for it to come our way, as UMI only sells its handsets in China. Pricing and release date aren’t available, although rumors has it that the phone should be quite budget-friendly.