We do not talk about MediaTek's higher-end products too often. Part of that is because they use stock architectures, ARM's Cortex CPU, ARM's Mali GPU, and Imagination Technologies' PowerVR GPU, rather than designing their own CPU and/or GPU portion. Likewise, their design wins are also not covered too much on this site, such as the new Amazon Fire HD tablets, for their own reasons. They still make some interesting chips, though.
Image Credit: A Weibo user via GSM-Arena
The MediaTek MT6753 is a true eight-core, 64-bit ARM SoC. Its press release makes the rest of its details… confusing. The release claims that it is clocked at 1.5 GHz and contains an ARM Mali-T720 GPU that is capable of OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL 1.2. The ARM Mali-T720 is actually capable of OpenGL ES 3.1 and OpenCL 1.1. This leads some sites to report that the MT6753 actually contains a Mali-T760, which is newer and can utilize OpenGL ES 3.1 and OpenCL 1.2 (it is also used in the MT6752 that was released several months ago). Other sites report what MediaTek claims.
GSM-Arena, one site that claims the (more-sensible) Mali-T760, also claims that the Cortex CPU cores can be clocked up to 1.7 GHz. This might not be inaccurate either, because it could be intended to run at ~1.3 to 1.5 GHz with a 1.7 GHz peak for vendors that want to take it to eleven. Alternatively, they could be wrong and it could peak at 1.5 GHz. We don't know, and MediaTek should be more clear about these important details.
Everyone seems to agree on the chip's networking capability, though. It will directly support LTE protocols for both China and western markets. This is expected to make them more competitive against Qualcomm, which might lead to more interesting designs.
Devices containing the MT6753 are expected to ship next quarter.
That’s 8 ARM reference A53
That’s 8 ARM reference A53 cores at 3 IPC per core, so Apple’s custom cyclone 2 is 6 IPCs, and Nvidia’s Denver cores are 7+ IPC(according to NVidia’s Hot Chips presentation). Arm Holdings needs to design a wider superscalar reference design, and Imagination Technologies has a 64 bit MIPS design core, with an option for SMT, to go along wit its PowerVR GPUs. It’s the wider order superscalar custom ARMv8 ISA based designs that are giving Intel the headaches in the mobile market, and there will be Licensed Power8’s in the server room, as the Power8 is a 10+ IPC, with SMT(8 threads per core) RISC design, now up for ARM style licensing. Do not discount the MIPS based product from Imagination Technologies, as they will also be doing their version of HSA, and the PowerVR has some special abilities in that area, not to mention the wizard variant, with hardware ray tracing abilities baked into the GPU.