The ZTE Apache could beat Samsung's Galaxy S4 to the title of first eight-core smartphone, according to a report.
According to China Times, ZTE is collaborating with MediaTek to release a flagship, octo-core device. Its current codename is military-inspired Apache. In addition to the extremely powerful processor, the report also says the smartphone will feature full HD display, as well as a 13-megapixel camera and 4G connectivity.
Previous speculation has suggested that Samsung's unannounced Galaxy S4 boasts eight cores. An official unveiling is apparently set for CES during January, 2013.
ZTE, known for its durable phones, is also purportedly working on the Android-powered ZTE Grand X Pro.
Lol... Intel is content at milking existing quad core setups for a while even though we could have had them years before they actually 'debuted'.
Oh well, if at this rate computing capabilities of smartpones/tablets exceed laptops... I will hardly object.
Meh... its just a matter of time before Capitalism goes to atom scale computers (even though technologically/resource wise it can already be done - its just 'cost prohibitive').
Actually more cores at a lower frequency make more sense than fewer cores at a higher frequency.
You can easily turn off cores that are not needed.
Few programs are optimized for many core architectures. You can easily scale the clock frequencies on fewer cores, just sayin.
It will be interesting to see if this applies to this 8 core phone too. Seems like it would need to run a REALLY slow clock to make it power/heat prohibitive for a phone form factor... 8 cores, sure, but at like 400 MHz.
again, this will NOT BE RUNNING 8 CORES AT ONCE.
Only 4 will be active at a time.
We do have eight-core LGA 2011 CPUs. There are several LGA 2011 Xeons with eight cores. We don't have any i7s that I'm aware of with eight cores, but the Xeons don't not count because of that since you didn't specify otherwise.
chewy1963It will be interesting to see if this applies to this 8 core phone too. Seems like it would need to run a REALLY slow clock to make it power/heat prohibitive for a phone form factor... 8 cores, sure, but at like 400 MHz.
Actually, a process shrink and somewhat more power efficient architecture than current models is all that it would take. There'd be no need to use low frequencies for an eight-core phone CPU. Something like taking say a current quad-core, shrinking its process a node, and updating its architecture would give enough thermal and die area headroom for four more cores. Whether or not there's be good reason to do so is a much more complicated and questionable argument than whether or not it can be done.
Regardless, none of that matters except in an educational sense here because you're all mistaken about how the architecture in the subject of the article works. As others have said, there won't normally be a situation where all eight cores are in use AFAIK.