Qualcomm seems to comfortably dominate the market for high-end mobile processors nowadays, as Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC have all packed their latest flagship devices with Snapdragon 800 or 801 chips. But a worthy rival might be rising from distant Taiwan before long.
So far seen as the perfect supplier for low-end, low-cost gadgets, MediaTek has last month taken the wraps off a processor that’s both cost-effective and wicked fast.
The “true” octa-core MT6595 chip touts four ARM Cortex-A17 cores, plus a quartet of Cortex-A7 CPUs, offering Ultra HD video playback support, 4G LTE compatibility and a host of nifty add-ons and subsystems that may well help it trump the S801 in raw performance and, worst case scenario, tie the upcoming S805.
Unfortunately, as Qualcomm and even Intel exceed MediaTek in global stature and notoriety, finding the right partners for MT6595’s distribution could prove tricky. But if a newly leaked benchmarked is to be trusted, LG has boarded the MediaTek bandwagon already, abandoning the Qualcomm train.
Prominently featured in the rumor mill for a few weeks now, the forthcoming G3 is just about confirmed to sport a Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution) display, and might rely on a 2.2 GHz MT6595 CPU to keep the lights on.
Exactly how credible the tidbit is? Not very, as there’s no way to verify the legitimacy of the purported GFX Bench screenshot surfaced online. Just remember to not write MediaTek off yet.
Meanwhile, a different report suggests LG is currently rallying troops for a June 17-18 “Device Training and Launch Overview Event”. In layman’s terms, a test drive for a subsequent public release. What will LG announce in late June or early July? The B2, apparently, which is likely G3’s internal codename. Three months to go, y’all.