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Huawei Announces Octa-Core Ascend P6S

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Is the Ascend P6 getting a makeover?

Huawei's Ascend P6 (pictured above) was just unveiled this past summer, but it looks like Huawei is already tweaking the smartphone's design. The Ascend P6S is a slimmer version of the P6 and was confirmed this past weekend.

Android Community reports that Huawei president Xu Xin Quan recently confirmed the Ascend P6S via Weibo. The phone will pack a custom designed octa-core SoC and Quan says eight cores will be able to operate simultaneously. This is compared to Samsung's Exynos 5, which powers the GS4 and Note 3, and features two sets of CPU cores, four Cortex-A7 "LITTLE" cores clocked at 1.2 GHz for the minor tasks, and four powerful Cortex-A15 "big" cores clocked between 1.6 GHz and 1.8 GHz for the heavy duty chores like games and movies. Not all eight cores can perform simultaneously – each set kicks in when needed thanks to ARM's big.LITTLE architecture.

The original Ascend P6 packs a 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 312ppi display, a quad-core 1.5 GHz CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB/16 GB of storage (plus microSD up to 32 GB), an 8-megapixel camera around the back, a 5-megapixel camera up front, and a 2000 mAh battery. With a spec sheet like that, we can't imagine the Ascend P6S will improve too much on the original outside of the bump in processor. No word on when the device is set to launch, but since this isn't an official announcement, it probably won't be for a while.

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    MaCk0y , November 18, 2013 1:10 PM
    Huawei phones are expensive. Let's see Mediatek's next SOC. Neo N003 has been great so far.
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    cbgmail865 , November 18, 2013 2:25 PM
    These are the spec that I wish Blackberry Z30 had taken.....
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    Octawin , November 18, 2013 2:45 PM
    otacon , November 18, 2013 2:35 PM
    8 cores in a smartphone is ridiculous.

    tiny underpowered iDevices and their fanatics are ridiculous.
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    Octawin , November 18, 2013 2:47 PM
    otacon , November 18, 2013 2:35 PM
    8 cores in a smartphone is ridiculous.

    tiny underpowered iDevices and their fanatics are ridiculous.
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    burmese_dude , November 18, 2013 3:21 PM
    Fock anything Huawei, a consumer spying division of Chinese soul-less government .
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    alfaalex101 , November 18, 2013 5:04 PM
    All this to send SMS messages. i_dont_think_so_tim.jpg
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    sonofliberty08 , November 18, 2013 5:49 PM
    why use S ? why not use other alphabet like "E" P6E (Eight Core), the S remind me of the overprice crapple junk
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    ronch79 , November 18, 2013 7:07 PM
    8 cores in a smartphone? Even most desktops don't need 8 cores. It's more of stupid marketing than actually being useful.
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    captaincharisma , November 18, 2013 8:09 PM
    tiny underpowered iDevices and their fanatics are ridiculous.

    seriously? its a phone used for making phone calls and surfing the web not decryping files
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    rwinches , November 19, 2013 3:01 AM
    Sorry Jane, you are misinformed concerning Exynos 5 Octa big.LITTLE HMP
    (Heterogeneous Multi-Processing)
    All eight cores can be active at the same time.
    From Samsung site;
    'HMP solution of Exynos 5 Octa provides highest flexibility and efficiency for the performance and power that is essential to the mobile CPU. In the HMP
    solution, each and every core can be activated, and it indicates
    that any core with no running task can be deactivated.'

    Here is the link to the complete doc (you may have switch to the forum view to click)
    http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/Exynos/data/Heterogeneous_Multi_Processing_Solution_of_Exynos_5_Octa_with_ARM_bigLITTLE_Technology.pdf
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    icemunk , November 19, 2013 5:18 AM
    MTK6592 is MediaTek's latest. It's an octo-core Cortex A7's running at 2.0 ghz. You can get phones with it for around $225 right now.
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    GreedDestroysSociety , November 21, 2013 10:34 PM
    @burmese_dude
    Have you heard of NSA, an agency of the U.S. government?
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    GreedDestroysSociety , November 21, 2013 10:36 PM
    Several billions of powerful devices for mining bitcoins. Let's start a coop. :-)
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    Anonymous , December 13, 2013 2:48 PM
    WTF ARE THEY SELLING US IN DESKTOP/ WORKSTATION/SERVERS.