The age of dual core has long been over. Quad cores now rule the game. However, even quad cores are soon set to follow the same route to extinction as that of its dual core counterparts. That, of course, is via courtesy of hexa core and octa core offerings of the modern day.
As far as the supremacy in the smartphone club is concerned, the battle mostly revolves around hardware specifications for the devices. However, it hasn't been long since even the concept of octa core came into light.
Late last year, MediaTek unveiled what it called "the world's first octa-core" processor. And this was a serious deal as it came to mock the very being of the then released Galaxy S4 that offered only four cores. But, needless to say, a number of budget handset makers benfitted from the new release.
In that likeliness, Obi Mobiles, headed by former Apple CEO John Scully and Inflexionpoint, has finally launched its first smartphone in India. Dubbed as Octopus S520, the device will be available via Snapdeal for Rs 11,990.
The Obi Octopus S520 sports a 5-inch HD IPS display and the company claims that the thickest part of the device is 8.4mm. It is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and following the ongoing trend in India, you will find the phone using the Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Moreover, the phone comes with an all-aluminium back panel.
The Dual SIM (3G+3G) smartphone comes with support for 3G, 8GB onboard storage can be expanded further up to 32GB. Imaging aspect is taken care by an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB 2.0. The device is fueled by an 1800mAh battery that offers 240 minutes of talktime and 180 hours of standby time.
But Obi isn't the only handset maker that's claiming a handset with 8 cores to back it up. In fact, there are numerous to choose from. We take a look at the top recently released ones.
The Desire 616 from HTC features a 5-inch 720p HD display. It sports a powerful Octa-Core processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board memory, which can be later expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card.
The handset is running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with HTC's trademark Sense 5.5 UI slapped on top. The makers have added a 2000mAh battery fitted inside. The new HTC Desire 616 measures 9.15mm in terms of thickness and weighs in at 150 grams.
The Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus comes with a 5-inch 1080p display rendering 1920 x 1080 pixels. The phone is powered by a MT6592 1.7 GHz octa-core processor and runs on Android KitKat v4.4.
As far as the in-device camera specs are concerned, the device sports an impressive 16-megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED Flash which is complimented via a front-facing 8-megapixel camera.
The device also comes with 2GB of RAM that complimented by 16 GB of internal memory, while packing a 2000 mAh battery. There's also external memory support for the device via microSD up to 32 GB.
Originally unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year, Gionee's Elife S5.5 initially ran Android Jelly Bean v4.2. It packs a 5.0-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It can now be upgraded to KitKat.
The world's slimmest smartphone also features a 1.7GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6592 processor with Mali 450-MP4 GPU coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.
Other specs include: 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED Flash, 5MP front-facing camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth 4.0 , A-GPS, USB OTG and 2300mAh battery.
The Panasonic P81 comes with a sleek body measuring only 7.9mm. It has a big 5.5-inch IPS display with HD (720p) resolution. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.7GHz coupled with 1GB RAM.
The device, however, runs on older 4.2.2 Jelly Bean flavor of Android, and also gets a layer of Play Life UI. On the camera front, one can expect a 13-megapixel rear camera (auto-focus and LED flash) with f/2.2 aperture and 28mm wide angle lens, and a 2-megapixel front-facing snapper good enough to take selfies and making video calls.
The Panasonic P81 houses 8GB native storage, which is further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card slot. Other connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 A2DP.
Just like most of the mid-range smartphones entering the Indian market, it comes with dual SIM functionality. It comes powered by a 2500mAh battery.
The Xiaomi-made Redmi Note Phablet sports a 5.5-inch display with 720 pixel IPS support. The device has 2 GB of RAM coupled with 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor. It has 8 GB of onboard storage and a micro-SD card slot that supports another 32GB.
The device runs on Android 4.2 that has been optimized with MIUI version 5. Apart from that, the device sports a primary 13MP rear camera with LED flash, alongside a 5MP snapper at the front of it. The phone is juiced via a massive 3200mAh battery.