“In the market for an octa-core smartphone? Look no further.”Recently, there have been a spate of new smartphones boasting octa-core chipsets. Eight cores do sound fancy, but what exactly do they add to your smartphone’s performance? A true octa-core solution is one where a processor is able to utilise all eight cores simultaneously, with each core dedicated to a different task. This not only improves multi-tasking and app load times, but also translates into better battery savings. Plus, with smartphone display resolutions only going up, octa-core SoC’s are able to better handle the heavy graphics. Kickstarting the octa-core revolution has been chipset maker MediaTek, which thanks to its low-cost true octa-core MT6592 processor, brings this powerful computing to affordable and mid-range devices. If you’re in the market for one, read through our list of the top octa-core smartphones priced under Rs 25,000.
Intex Aqua Octa (Rs 16,999)Earlier this year, domestic brand Intex released its first true-octa core smartphone, the Aqua Octa. More a phablet than a smartphone, the dual-SIM Aqua Octa features a 6-inch 720p OGS (One Glass Solution) display and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Powering the show is the MediaTek MT6592 SoC, clocked at 1.7GHz, accompanied by 2GB of RAM and a Mali 450-MP4 graphics processor. For imaging, there’s a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 5MP shooter in the front. There’s 16GB of internal storage on board, and a microSD card slot to take it up by an additional 32GB if required.
WickedLeak Wammy Passion X (Rs 15,990)The Wammy Passion X has more to boast about than its octa-core processor – it’s waterproof too. Thanks to its AquaProtect waterproof technology, you won’t have to worry if you drop it in a puddle or get stuck in the rain. The dual-SIM smartphone features a 5-inch 1080p display and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Powering the show is a MediaTek MT6592 chip, paired with 2GB RAM. On board, there’s 16GB of storage, expandable up to 64GB with the use of a microSD card. The Passion X sports a 13MP camera with a BSI sensor, LED flash and 1080p video recording at the back, and a 5MP shooter in the front. WickedLeak recently launched another octa-core phablet, the Wammy Titan 3 OCTA, which is powered by the same processor and is waterproof too. It features a 5.7-inch 720p display, 13MP rear and 5MP front cameras and 16GB of expandable storage.
Micromax Canvas Knight (Rs 19,999)The Micromax Canvas Knight is the company’s first octa-core smartphone, and is powered by a 2GHz MediaTek MT6592T processor paired with 2GB RAM. Launched last month, the smartphone sports a slim, aluminium unibody design, and features a 5-inch 1080p IPS display manufactured by Sharp, giving it a pixel density of 443ppi. The Canvas Knight offers 32GB of onboard storage, but no microSD card slot for expansion. At the back, the phone offers a 16MP camera with a Largan lens, coupled with an 8MP front camera. There’s also a Yamaha audio processor that promises better sound quality. The Canvas Knight runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, layered with Micromax’s custom UI. Related reads: Micromax Canvas Knight unboxing and first impressions | Micromax Canvas Knight review
iBerry Auxus Nuclea N2 (Rs 23,990)Launched alongside the Xenea X1 and Auxus Core X8, the iBerry Auxus Nuclea N2 is a 5.7-inch full HD phablet with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor and 2GB RAM, the Nuclea N2 runs Android 4.2.2, upgradable to KitKat 4.4.2. The device offers a 13MP rear camera with a BSI sensor and LED flash, along with an 8MP front camera. There’s 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 64GB with a microSD card. The dual-SIM device is fuelled by a beefy 3,500mAh battery, and supports wireless charging too.
Gionee Elife E7 Mini (Rs 17,149)In December last year, Chinese manufacturer Gionee launched the Gionee Elife E7 Mini, alongside the Elife E7 flagship. The E7 Mini features a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. Under the hood ticks an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, paired with 1GB RAM. The phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, layered with Gionee’s Amigo UI 2.0. Similar to the Oppo N1, the E7 Mini sports a 13MP swivel camera which can rotate 360 degrees, with an LED flash and 1080p video recording. There’s 16GB of internal storage, but no microSD card slot for expansion. The dual-SIM device is available in blue and pink colour options. Octa-core smartphones are only just beginning to hit the market, and there are plenty more launches coming your way. If you’re willing to hang on for a bit, here are some other options for you to consider. Last month, Karbonn announced its partnership with chipset maker MediaTek and launched the Titanium Octane Plus and Titanium Octane smartphones, based on the company’s true octa-core MT6592 processor. The more premium of the two, the Octane Plus, features a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable memory and 16MP rear and 8MP front cameras. The Titanium Octane, on the other hand, features a 5-inch 720p display, 1GB RAM, 13MP rear and 5MP front snappers and 16GB of expandable storage. Both phones run Android 4.4 KitKat and sport slim, unibody designs. Related read: Karbonn Titanium Octane and Octane Plus first impressions
Gionee Elife S5.5 (Rs 22,999)Gionee’s latest smartphone, the Elife S5.5, was launched in India last month. Reportedly the slimmest smartphone in the world, it measures just 5.5mm in thickness. It flaunts a 5.5-inch AMOLED 1080p display and is crafted out of a special magnesium alloy, bringing its weight down to a mere 133 grams. The S5.5 is powered by a MediaTek MT6592 chip, aided by 2GB of RAM. It gets a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, along with a 5MP front shooter. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, customised with Gionee’s Amigo UI. In the storage department, you get 16GB of memory, but no microSD card slot. However, you can attach an external flash drive thanks to its USB OTG support. In true Gionee style, the smartphone will be available in a riot of colours like black, white, pink, purple and blue. Related read: Gionee S5.5 first impressions Note: The prices mentioned are the best available rates at the time of publishing, and could vary at the discretion of the retailer.