If MediaTek doesn't ring a bell to you, it probably means that you never owned an Android powered low-end smartphone or tablet. Well, the Taiwan-based chipset maker became popular for its processing solutions that mostly made it under the hood of the terminals with affordable prices. Well, it seems that MediaTek is now readying an octo-core chipset ahead of other big players of the market like Qualcomm.

It's true, Samsung has made the jump to octo core with its proprietary Exynos 5 Octa chipset, which is based on four Cortex A15 cores clocked up to 1.8 GHz (for the tasks that require more processing power) and four Cortex A7 cores at 1.2 GHz (for the basic tasks, meant to improve the battery life).

Sources from Taiwan say that MediaTek will launch its proprietary octo-core MT6592 chipset by the end of July. Rumors saying that the Taiwanese semiconductor company will launch an octo-core chipset have hit the web for the first time last year, so I can say I'm not surprised hearing that it will indeed launch such a processor.

According to the reports MT6592 will include 8 Cortex A7 cores and we will be dealing with a CPU manufactured on 28 nm architecture with a clock speed up to 2 GHz. The first tests have shown that the prototypes powered by MediaTek MT6592 processor have scored 30,000 points in AnTuTu benchmarks, out scoring the models with Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processors.

Sources say that the mass production of the MediaTek MT6592 will begin in November, so with a bit of luck we will be seeing the first tablets underpinned by it by the end of the year. Hopefully the first affordable smartphones with octo-core processors will debut in time for the Christmas shopping fever.

Would you purchase a smartphone powered by a MediaTek MT6592 chipset if the price is right? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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