MediaTekâ€™s unconventional MT6592 octa-core SoC has popped up in more benchmarks and the results are encouraging.
According to Android Community, the Antutu benchmark database shows three different devices based on the weird chip, a 1080p device, a 720p device and what appears to be a WUXGA (2048x1536) tablet.
The 720p device scored 27442, while the 1080p device did even better â€“ 28,198. At WUXGA the score was just 14,582. This last result is unimpressive, but it also happens to be more realistic than the first two. Itâ€™s worth noting that there are tons of cheap WUXGA tablets churned out by Chinese white-box outfits and they donâ€™t mind cutting corners (i.e. slow RAM/storage and not much of it, cheaper parts with lower clocks).
In addition, Android benchmarks are notoriously unreliable and the results should be taken with a grain of salt. Even Antutu admits that some manufacturers are basically optimizing their devices to get good scores in benchmarks, but the tweaks donâ€™t have an impact on real world performance.
Obviously, on an A7 octa-core, such tweaks could yield great results, but since most apps donâ€™t handle multicores nearly as well as benchmarks, real world performance wonâ€™t be as impressive. The biggest and baddest SoCs out there like the Snapdragon 800 and Tegra 4 usually score 35k to 40k+ in Antutu, so an octa-core A7 shouldnâ€™t even come close, not on paper, not in benchmarks and certainly not in real life.
It looks like and smells like benchmarketing.