As faithful followers of TechDissected know, we offer our readers the opportunity to submit their technical questions to TeD and get a response from our staff. This week’s question comes from a reader who wants to know more about the MediaTeK MT6592  Chipset with 1.4 GHz Octa Core:

Recently a cellphone has been launched- Xolo 8X-1000. It sports Android KitKat 4.4.4 with MT6592M Chipset and CPU 1.4 GHz Octa Core. Also has Mali 450-MP4 GPU clocked at 600 MHz. RAM 2GB. A 5 inch screen with resolution of 1280 X 720 at 294 ppi and a 8 MP with Exmor R™ Sensor. I want to know how good the processor is? Will it be able to play high end graphics intensive games and handle multitasking? I don’t understand much about how processors work and any help or guidance is greatly appreciated.

TeD expects that most of our readers know that the processor, or Central Processing Unit (CPU), is essentially the brain of your device or computer. This is where most of the calculations, or processing of instructions for the system, takes place. While there are other factors to consider, and we’ll discuss some of those shortly, most people consider the speed of the CPU to be the most important factor in appraising the power of your system.

We recently responded to a request to compare three mobile processors, and the MediaTeK MT6592 was one of them. Our own Jeff Trocchio had good things to say about this relative newcomer. But at the time there were not yet any phones on the market running this CPU.

Here are the impressive specs of the MediaTeK MT6592:

  • Octa-core (speed up to 2GHz) ARM Cortex-A7 processor
  • ARM Mali GPU
  • UMTS / HSPA+ R8 / TD-SCDMA / EDGE / LTE
  • Dual-band 801.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS, FM receiver
  • Full HD display controller
  • 16MP image signal-processor
  • H.265 Ultra HD video record & playback

To start with, the MediaTek MT6592M is an Octa-Core CPU, meaning that there are eight cores, actually separate CPUs processing instructions. While back in the 1990’s we only had to compare CPU speeds, in this era of multi-core processors, we also need to factor in how many cores are included in the chipset. MediaTek calls the MT6592M the first ‘true octa-core’ processor, as all eight cores run simultaneously. This is a contrast to earlier “octa-cores”, like the Samsung Exynos 5, in which only four cores run at any given moment.

Thus we can say that the MediaTek MT6592 is certainly a breakthough into the new generation of mobile processors. But while this tells us a lot about how the phone will perform, we should really look at some other features of the Xolo 8X-1000 as well.

Our reader asks about how well this device will multitask. We already know that the 8X-1000 has a high-powered CPU. If we want to get an idea of how it will do with multiple apps running simultaneously, we should consider the amount of available RAM as well. At 2 GB, this device appears to be in line with most of the current flagship phones. While there are some phones like the LG G3 and the Blu Life Pure XL which offer 3 GBs of RAM, 2 GB is certainly still a respectable level in today’s market.

We were also asked about gaming performance on this phone. If you’re going to run graphics / video intensive games, we need to take a look at the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). This phone carries a Mali 450-MP4 GPU, which is actually a quad-core unit itself. The question of the “best GPU” seems to be an ongoing source of debates, especially amongst gamers. And there are eight-core GPUs available as well. The Mali 450 itself is also available in an eight-core model, so the choice of only four cores must have been intended to keep costs down.

To sum this up, our reader did not inform us what games he’ll be looking to run on the X8-1000, so we can’t check specific system requirements. With the MediaTek MT6592M chipset and the Mali 450-MP4 GPU, I’m inclined to think that you’ll be fine for current games, even if they’re graphics intensive.

Of course, the mobile world evolves rapidly, and I find that the real question is how long it will be before a device can’t keep up with current software and thus becomes obsolete. And with the rate at which new products, both hardware and software, are being released, it’s close to impossible to predict how that will play out.

At this time, though, the Xolo 8X-1000 seems like a viable and affordable option. We at TechDissected haven’t seen one yet, but we’ve love to test and review one (if you folks at Xolo happen to be reading this).

Do any of you readers own a Xolo 8X-1000? Or are you running a device with the MediaTek MT6592M chipset? If so, what are your thoughts? Am I way off base in my appraisal of this phone? Sound off in the comments section below.

MediaTek: MT6592 Product Page
Xolo: 8X-1000 Product Page

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Fred Scholl

I'm an unabashed enthusiast of all things Android, open-source, and technology in general. I'm also an avid music lover and musician, playing guitar, bass, keyboards, and a host of other stringed instruments.