MediaTek MT6589 quad-core chip coming to smartphones, tablets in 2013

Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek is the latest company to throw its hat in the quad-core ring. The company’s new MT6589 processor is expected to start showing up in tablets and smartphones in early 2013.

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While MediaTek isn’t as well known in the West as competing chip makers such as Qualcomm, NVIDIA, Samsung, or Texas Instruments, the company’s chips have shown up in a number of Chinese devices… including some from major players like Lenovo.

Up until now most of MediaTek’s chips have shown up in low-end phones. The new quad-core processor is designed for higher-end devices such as Android smartphones and tablets.

Engadget ran some benchmarks on a smartphone powered by the new chip, and it didn’t score as well as devices with NVIDIA Tegra 3, Samsung Exynos, or Qualcomm S4 quad-core chips. But the scores were still pretty respectable.

The Mediatek MT6589 is a quad-core chip based on an ARM Cortex-A7 design. The graphics and cellular functions are all on the same chip. At launch the processor will support 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPSS, FM radio, and HSPA+, but All Things D reports a 4G LTE model is expected to launch later next year.