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MediaTek MT6732 is an LTE-enabled 64-bit processor

Dreaming to lead a new market segment it is christening “Super-mid Market”, MediaTek has unveiled its new MT6732 chip in time for MWC 2014. This system-on-chip that it hopes will power the next generation of low to mid range smart devices has two of the hottest buzzwords in mobile chips these days: LTE and 64-bit.

Somewhat like the Cortex-A7, ARM’s Cortex-A53 is designed to be the low-powered workhorse of mobile devices, but 64-bit instead of 32-bit. The MT6732 takes four of these Cortex-A53 cores, each running at 1.5 GHz, to deliver the processing power that future 64-bit enabled smartphones and tablets will need. It also brings in a Mali-T760 GPU for improved graphics performance and support for OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL 1.2 standards.

But aside from the 64-bit architecture, this new MediaTek SoC also boasts of other features, like support for both H.264 and H.265 codecs for 1080p 30 fps video playback. Video recording at 1080p 30 fps is only supported for the older H.264 video codec. It also comes built-in with a 13 megapixel camera image sensor with support for picture-in-picture and video-in-video features. The integrated 4G modem supports both FDD and TDD LTE networks but it also has support for older mobile network technologies like 3GPP, HSPA+, TD-SCDMA, and EDGE. Dual-band WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are also thrown in for new device categories like smartwatches and streaming HDMI dongles.

MediaTek believes that offering performance and connectivity should not have a high price tag attached, but it remains to be seen if its chips will be able to deliver on that promise, especially when the likes of Qualcomm and Samsung announce their own 64-bit offerings. The MediaTek MT6732 will only be available by the third quarter this year, so don’t expect any actual products carrying this chip until much later.

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Huawei releases the Ascend P6S, with 0.1GHz processor boost

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Huawei has very quietly released another mid-tier smartphone, the Ascend P6S. This isn’t a new handset though, just an upgrade to last year’s Ascend P6. And before you ask, I haven’t been able to figure out what what the “S” stands for either.

When the Ascend P6 first launched we were not very impressed with the handset’s rather meagre battery capacity of just 2000mAh. Perhaps then Huawei would seek to address this fundamental issue with the handset in the “S” revision?

Sadly not. The only noticeable change on the product’s spec list is a clock increase of just 0.1 GHz. Some further digging reveals that Huawei has updated the handset with its new K3V2+ SoC, but is the new chip really worthy of a handset refresh?

The K3V2+ is still based on the same quad-core Cortex-A9 design as the original Ascend P6 but throws in a more powerful Mali450MP graphics chip. On the plus side Huawei has moved over to the 28nm HPM manufacturing process, which should make the chip slightly more power efficient. The rest of the hardware remains identical – a 4.7” LCD 720p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 8MP rear camera, 5MP front-facing camera, and the same disappointing 2000mAh battery. There’s still no sign of LTE support either. The Ascend P6S remains a distinctly midrange handset with limited battery capacity.

The Ascend P6S doesn’t strike me as a particularly marketable product, at first glance I had no idea why I should pick the P6S over the original P6. A slight processor upgrade is likely to be the least important feature for the majority of consumers, compared with more noticeable changes like a higher resolution display or more internal memory.

What do you think about the Huawei Ascend P6S? Should manufacturers regularly refresh their handsets with the latest processors, or do you prefer bigger hardware upgrades across the board?

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LG Odin processor shows up at AnTuTu with perplexing scores

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[#protected_0#] is poised to take on rival Samsung in the chip manufacturing business with its own ARM-based System-on-Chip (SoC). However, the Odin, which is currently the codename given to it, is giving off some strange numbers in a discovered AnTuTu benchmark test.

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LG has recently licensed the design of Cortex-A50 ARM chips in order to make its own processor for some of its devices, similar to what Samsung is doing with its Exynos chips. The LG Odin is rumored to be a 64-bit compatible octa-core processor that will make its way into LG’s next smartphone flagship, the LG G3.

Details of the processor are still shrouded in mystery but its appearance on AnTuTu gives a bit of credence to rumors of its existence. However, if one takes those scores at face value, then it is easy to be disappointed about what the LG Odin and the LG G3 itself might be. For one, the processor is marked to be running at only 1 GHz. It is, however, noted to have a PowerVR Rogue graphics chip, which theoretically brings it to an iPhone 5s level in terms of graphics performance. One possible reason for this discrepancy in benchmark results and expectation is that the Odin has been throttled down, either manually for testing or automatically for battery saving.

The device used in testing the LG Odin processor is noted to have a display resolution of 1920

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Galaxy S5 candidate spotted in benchmark: 2K display, 2.5GHz processor, Android KitKat

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Rumors of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S flagship are already swirling, but most of them are reports from Korean media that lack much detail.

Now we may have something a little more concrete on our hands, with the key word being “may”. That’s because there’s no hard evidence that the Samsung SM-G900S device spotted in the GFXBench benchmarks is really the Galaxy S5, or just a fake, a prototype, or a different device altogether.

What we can say for sure is that the SM-G900S seems to match the description of Samsung’s upcoming superphone.

Samsung SM-G900S GFXBench

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First, there’s the 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution of the display, also known as Quad HD (or 2K) because it packs four times the number of pixels of an HD (720p) screen. Only the Chinese company Vivo released a smartphone with this resolution so far, while Meizu announced plans for its own.

But it’s very probable that Samsung will equip the S5 with a 2560 x 1440 screen. Back at the Analyst Day event in November, the company revealed it will launch devices reaching a pixel density of 560ppi in 2014. Punching the numbers in a PPI calculator shows that a 2560 x 1440 screen of 560ppi would be 5.25-inch across, which is a reasonable size for the upcoming Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S4 is 5-inch across, so slightly smaller bezels would make a larger screen entirely within reach.

Second, there’s the processor listed in the benchmark entry, identified as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 processor. However, the listed top speed of 2457 MHz is outside the limits of the S800, which is capped at 2.3GHz. It may be that the benchmark misidentified the processor as an S800, when it’s actually the new Snapdragon 805. Packing an Adreno 420 GPU and capable of speeds of up to 2.5GHz, the 805 will be available to manufacturers in the first part of 2014. It’s just speculation, but it would make more sense for Samsung to use the best possible processor for its flagship product.

The benchmark identified the OS on the SM-G900S as Android 4.4 KitKat, and we wouldn’t expect anything else from the Galaxy S5. The identification of the device itself, “klteskt” may indicate a version that is tested for compatibility on SK Telecom, one of the largest carriers in South Korea.

Will this SM-G900S turn out to be the Galaxy S5? It’s hard to say at this point, but the real device will probably have similar specs. The latest rumors out of Korea suggest the S5 will land in March, so we still have a few months of leaks ahead to figure it out.

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MediaTek tries to pretend that the Exynos 5420 doesn’t exist as it launches world’s first true octa-core processor

mediatek-MT6592-graphicIn a brazen attempt to look better than its competition, MediaTek has unveiled the MT6592, a processor which it is claiming is the world’s first true octa-core mobile platform. Ignoring all the fluff in the release information like “premium gaming performance” and “perfect balance of performance and power consumption” the MT6592 does look like a rather special processor, all I object to is MediaTek’s insistence that the Samsung Exynos 5420 doesn’t exist!

The eight-core MT6592 is built using 28nm HPM manufacturing process which has allowed MediaTek to ramp up the clock to 2 GHz per core. The MT6592 features what MediaTek are calling a “world-class multimedia subsystem with a quad-core graphics engine,” which is actually just an ARM Mali-450 MP GPU clocked at 700 MHz. However, MediaTek says it can handle 4Kx2K H.264 video playback and includes support for new video codecs such as H.265 and VP9. Interestingly the SOC also features MediaTek’s ClearMotion technology that automaticaly does frame-rate conversion for 24 or 30 fps video to 60fps video for smoother playback.

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The MT6592 delivers longer battery life, low-latency response times and the best possible mobile multimedia experience. Being the first to market with this advanced eight-core SOC is testament to the industry-leading position of MediaTek.
Jeffrey Ju, MediaTek General Manager, Smartphone Business Unit.

MediaTek are making a big thing of the fact that this processor has eight-cores and that the MT6592 can harness the full capabilities of all eight cores in any combination. Something which the Exynos 5420 can do as well, but MediaTek seems to have overlooked that.

For the cores MediaTek has opted to use eight Cortex-A7 cores arranged in a big.LITTLE configuration. Which doesn’t make much sense as big.LITTLE is meant to be for a true Heterogeneous Multi-Processing design where some of the cores are faster (i.e. Cortex-A15 cores) than others. It seems that MediaTek has arranged the eight cores in a kind of little.LITTLE arrangement. In this arrangement MediaTek is using its own scheduling algorithm that also monitors temperature and power consumption to ensure optimum performance at all times.

The company says we should expect devices running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean by the end of 2013 and Android 4.4 Kit-Kat based devices are expected in early 2014.

What do you think? Is the MT6592 a brilliant new design? Why does the company ignore the Exynos 5420?

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Galaxy S5 may arrive with a 64-bit processor, report says

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A new report from South Korea says that Samsung and ARM have “fine-tuned” their plan to equip the Galaxy S5 smartphone expected to be launched next year with a 64-bit processor.

While the news is certainly not surprising, it’s not official either, as it’s based on sources familiar with the matter that talked to The Korea Herald. However, the Galaxy S5 will most likely be Samsung’s next flagship device, which certainly makes it the perfect candidate for 64-bit processors.

Apple launched the first smartphone with a 64-bit CPU a couple of months ago, the iPhone 5S, and we can only expect more handset makers to move to such mobile processors.

Samsung has already confirmed that it’s going to have 64-bit processors in future phones, and it’s only logical to assume that flagship devices will get such advanced silicon first. Alongside the Galaxy S5, we would expect the Galaxy Note 4 to also include a 64-bit CPU – or at least that one of these two models would have next-gen ARM processors on board.

What’s even more interesting is that an ARM official apparently said that 128-bit processors could arrive in the following years, although other details have not been shared on the matter.

While 64-bit processors may be seen as a marketing gimmick for now, they likely have a future in the mobile business. In fact, just recently a Qualcomm top exec took hits at Apple for its 64-bit processor, but the company later retracted his statements. The Qualcomm exec was then reassigned, and he isn’t part of top management anymore. As for Qualcomm, the company will surely also work on its own 64-bit processors for mobile devices.

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ZTE rumored to announce its own ARM based processor next month

ZTE Logo aa 600pxIn the good old days things were simple, chip makers made processors and OEMs made products. Simple. But today everything is complicated. Samsung, Apple and Huawei all make handsets and they also design the processors running in those handsets. Many of the big Android names have gone vertical. Now ZTE is rumored to have done the same and is set to announce a new processor with 4G support at next month’s PT/Expo Comm China 2013.

The benefits for ZTE in designing its own processor, rather than buying from companies like Qualcomm and MediaTek, include reduced costs and high levels of integration. Apple even go as far as to add new instructions to its processor to improve the speed of certain custom operations. ZTE could do the same if it intends to only use the processor in its own products (to avoid compatibility issues).

Little is known about the upcoming processor other than its support for 4G LTE. It is very likely to be an ARM based processor but which core architecture it will use (Cortex-A7. A15 or even A12) isn’t known, nor is there any clues about the number of cores it can support.

ZTE is currently in competition against Huawei and LG to become the third largest smartphone maker in the world. There is a less than one percent difference between these three in terms of market position. Earlier this year Huawei announced it is working on its own processor, now thought to be called the K3V3. Huawei’s processor is believed to be an eight-core processor but it isn’t clear if it will use ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. Since ZTE is in direct competition with Huawei it will be interesting to see if ZTE is looking to use its processor in high-end phones or try to increase its share in the mid to low-end market.

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Intel Atom Z2580 processor takes 20% hit following AnTuTu revision

In case you missed it, earlier this month many questioned the AnTuTu benchmark results for Intel’s Atom Z2580 processor, which showed it ranking above offerings from Samsung, Qualcomm, and NVIDIA. Such complaints led to a revelation by consulting firm BDTI that the instructions were not being completely executed by the Intel processor, and as a result AnTuTu has released an updated version to correct the issue.

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The issue resulted from the ICC compiler that was used with the Intel processor, which reportedly has been around since approximately version 2.9.4. Other processors didn’t suffer the same issues because the tool utilized a GCC compiler instead. The specific cause of the issue was by incomplete RAM testing, which caused the incorrect results.

The ICC compiler is still used for Intel processors in the new version that has been released, but the results are drastically different, and as a result the Atom Z2580 has seen a 20-percent drop in its ratings. In particular, the RAM score – where the issue was located – dropped by 50-percent.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor and Samsung’s offerings, meanwhile, saw their scores hold nearly steady after the change, and in particular the Exynos 5 Octa from Samsung now ranks above the Intel processor. Reportedly, AnTuTu will be releasing new testing standards in August, and possibly the next version of the software.

Once the new release is out, we’ll be able to compare it to current numbers and see how the results change again. AnTuTu did not release what changes were made to the tool that caused the change in results, and so some continue to question the accuracy of the numbers despite them falling in line with similar results from other software.

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Rumor: Xperia Z refresh to pack Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor

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A Russian blogger revealed on Twitter that he was able to test a refreshed Sony Xperia Z featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor.

Eldar Murtazin, famous for his previous Twitter predictions and revelations regarding mobile devices – it’s worth pointing out that he doesn’t have a perfect track record when it comes to rumors and leaks – said that this purported Xperia Z model is “really fast:” thanks to the new processor:

Obviously, we’re advising you to take everything with a grain of salt, since such a device is yet to be confirmed by the company.

The same Murtazin said that the test Xperia Z version also sported an LCD3 screen similar to the one on the HTC One, but that he doesn’t believe the display would be used in the commercial version.

The existing Xperia Z model, the current Sony flagship smartphone, was announced at CES 2013 and released on February 9, beating its main rivals to market by a few good months. The handset packs a 5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution and Sony Bravia Engine 2 technology and a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor.

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AnTuTu benchmark shows Xperia Z performance compared to the competition.

Sony has scheduled a few new media events for the coming days, on June 25 in Munich and on July 4 in Paris, where it will reportedly unveiled the 6.44-inch Xperia Z Ultra (ZU/Togari) smartphone.

Will the company also release an updated version of the Xperia Z that will better compete against the other Android flagships out there including the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4? Unfortunately we can’t answer the question at this time, but we should have more details for you about Sony’s upcoming mobile plans in the following weeks.

For what it’s worth, we’ll remind you that the Togari is not the only rumored Sony device expected to hit stores in the near future. A 5-inch handset codenamed “Honami” and expected to also be a flagship device is also said to be in the works. Is it possible that the Honami is actually the Xperia Z Murtazin tested? Coincidence or not, the Honami is rumored to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC as well.

    




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Meizu MX3 is rumored to feature an Exynos 5 Octa processor

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Looking for a sexy and unique smartphone without paying a fortune? You might want to forget all the shiny new handsets coming out of Korea, Japan and the United States, and instead turn your attention to China. There are plenty of great brands to be found in China, including Oppo, Xiaomi, Huawei, and Meizu. The later of these is actually preparing for its successor, the Meizu MX3.

We can’t say for sure if the Meizu MX3 will live up to the aesthetically pleasing design seen with the MX2 (pictured above), but its specs certainly will make your mouth water.

The phone is expected to feature a 5.1-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 display and an impressive Exynos 5 Octa processor. Yes, that’s the same processor as you’ll find in the Samsung Galaxy S4. The phone is also believed to have a bezel that is ultra-thin on both sides to make it easier to handle with one hand, similar to what was seen with the recently leaked picture of what is believed to be the Xiaomi MI-3.

Not much else is known about what the next-gen Meizu phone will bring to the table, nor do we have any idea when it will hit or how much it will cost. There is also the possibility that this is nothing more than a rumor. Still, if you are a fan of high-end Chinese handsets, the Meizu MX3 is probably going to be worth keeping an eye out for.

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