Chinese manufacturer UMI has announced the X2S, the world’s first smartphone to be powered by a true eight-core processor.
The device uses MediaTek’s MT6592 chipset (clocked at 1.5GHz), which was shown off on a reference device by MediaTek back in September. It has eight processor cores that can be operational simultaneously, and despite the cores being Cortex-A7 ones, their performance should match at least that of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro, which is impressive considering the device’s price tag, expected to be somewhere between RMB 1,499 ($245 USD) to RMB 1,999 ($327 USD).
Other specs of the X2S aren’t too bad either – they include a 5-inch 1920×1080 resolution display, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera with a Sony-made lens, NFC connectivity, and 32GB of on-board storage. In fact, for the sub-$400 price, these specs are rather top-of-the-line, which has become a tradition with almost every smartphone launched by Chinese manufacturers.
A launch date for the UMI X2S wasn’t announced, but as far as availability is concerned, don’t expect to see this outside China and India, with the latter likely to see local manufacturers like Micromax or Karbonn re-brand it under their own name.