Yesterday we were lucky enough to get hands on with the reference design of the latest MediaTek processor platform, the MT6595. As a new high performance octa-core SoC that supports 2K displays natively, plus great camera support, this new platform represents a great value offering for manufacturers looking to build the next generation of high-end smartphones. Watch Nicole Scott get hands on with the latest and greatest from MediaTek.
The video below was shot at the MediaTek launch event in Shenzhen China, where Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek showcased their latest smartphone processor platform. The MT6595 is an octo-core design that features ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, providing four low power Cortex A7 cores working in tandem with four high performance Cortex A17 cores. The benchmarks we have seen so far from MediaTek would indicate that with the MT6595, the company will finally be able to establish a real challenge to Qualcomm in the high-end smartphone device segment.
The reference design of the MT6595 is perhaps typical of reference designs in general, offering a reasonably simplistic device design that does its best to show off the silicon inside, without really bringing anything revolutionary or exceptional in terms of the general design and build quality. Reference designs are often created by silicon vendors as a way to show off the potential of the chips inside – I’m not even surprised to see that the device we picked up at the event had ‘Demo – Yi Jiun’ scribbled on the back; possibly the name of the product manager responsible for the device…LOL. But hey, such is the way of things in largely business-to-business events in China.
The reference design itself does of course highlight some of the main points we saw float to the surface during the launch event. Most notably the device was using a beautiful looking 2K display that was also running a very cool looking app launcher which basically works like a live wallpaper. The wallpaper mimics a 3D city skyline at night, allowing you to access photos, videos, battery life readings, and more simply by tapping on a building within the scene. You want to check battery life? Tap the battery life tower. The 3D animation of the interactive wallpaper is visually stunning and a great way to show not just the quality of the screen used, but also the processing prowess of the new platform which serves up smooth, slick animated navigation in a very impressive manner.
The device itself actually looks pretty decent for a reference design, with what looks like a really nice 5 inch, 2560 x 1440 (2K) screen that looks visually stunning. The right side edge has dual SIM slots and a microSD slot plus micro USB, all in very visible positioning with the emphasis clearly on ease-of-access. The rear facing camera features a Sony 20.7MP sensor which, thanks to the new MediaTek platform is capable of shooting 1080p video at 480fps with Super-Slow Motion offering 1/16 slow motion playback.
We don’t know too much about the battery capacity, internal storage or system memory, which is all pretty much academic on a reference device anyway. Device manufacturers will of course dictate those details when devices come to market later this year. One interesting aspect of the display however, was the touchscreen responsiveness comparison between an iPhone 5S, Samsung Note 3 and the reference platform from MediaTek. The reference platform performed very well compared to the other two devices, both of which are considered to be leading the way in terms of touchscreen responsiveness.
This new MediaTek smartphone platform would seem to have all the makings of a very strong contender in the high-end space. The performance looks to be very solid, the feature set includes LTE support, 20MP camera support, QHD display support and much more.
You can catch a more in-depth look at the features and specs of the MediaTek MT6595 here.