MediaTek has a hexa-core processor on the way too, leaked roadmap reveals
Well, what do you know… it turns out that Samsung isn’t the only big mobile chipset maker that has developed a love for hexa-core CPUs. Earlier today, Samsung made the Exynos 5260 Hexa official – this is the chip that powers the recently unveiled Galaxy Note 3 Neo.
MediaTek is also working on a hexa-core processor, though. This has been revealed through a leaked roadmap originating at the Taiwanese company. It shows some of the chipsets that we already know about, such as the MT6592 (MediaTek’s first octa-core part, already in use in many devices), the MT6595 (its first octa-core chip with LTE support), or the MT6732 (its first 64-bit chipset, that got official a few days ago).
Alongside these, we can see an MT6591 referenced, which is a hexa-core affair. It has six cores clocked at 1.5 GHz, supports 1080p Full HD screens, as well as 21 Mbps HSPA. No 4G LTE here, nor is this a 64-bit offering, but it will probably make its way to a myriad of midrangers, especially from Chinese smartphone makers.
The MT6591 is slated for introduction in the first quarter of 2014, so we should hear more about it before the end of March. It’s unclear at the moment whether this uses an ARM big.LITTLE design like Samsung’s Exynos Hexa, but it doesn’t look that way. As for which specific core type is used, we’d venture a guess and say ARM’s Cortex-A7.