As expected, Chinese chip maker MediaTek has unveiled its first 8-core, 64-bit processor for smartphones. But that’s not all. The company has also revealed that it’s new chips can support super slow motion video recording and high resolution displays with fast screen refresh rates.
The MediaTek MT6795 processor is the company’s most powerful chip to date. It has 8 ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores that can handle speeds up to 2.2 GHz, supports dual-channel 933 MHz memory, and screen resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 pixels.
The MT6795 chip works with 4G LTE networks and also supports 802.11ac WiFi, Bleutooth, GPS, FM Radio, and 2G and 3G wireless networks.
Other features include support for recording 1080p video at up to 480 frames per second for super slow-motion video playback, and support for displays with screen refresh rates of 120 Hz, thanks to a partnership with Japan Display. Most smartphone screens on the market currently top out at 60 Hz.
The chip also supports video recording and playback at Ultra HD (4K2K) resolution using the H.265 format as well as H.264 and VP9 formats.
Wondering why MediaTek isn’t using the more powerful ARM Cortex-A57 technology for this chip? The company is apparently saving that for an upcoming tablet processor.
In other words, MediaTek’s new chip will likely compete against Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 615 processor for mid-range devices instead of the Snapdragon 810 chip for high-end devices. But all of these chips will probably make whatever chip is in your current phone look slow (once mobile operating systems and applications are optimized to fully take advantage of 64-bit architecture).
MediaTek’s new chip could show up in phones by the end of 2014.