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MediaTek MT6592 (MTK6592) detailed review and performance benchmarks: at par with Snapdragon 800

Tuesday, September 23, 2014



Introduction to MediaTek and MT6592
 MediaTek is a rapidly growing Tainwanese manufacturer that upped its game in the last couple of years by producing high performance SoCs such as the quad-core MT6589 and octa-core MT6592.

So far, the most differentiating point in MediaTek's line of CPU's is their economy: very high performance is delivered at a very low price. This strategy led them to considerable success, and as of 2013, MediaTek is the fourth largest IC designer in the world. Although globally most flagships still use Qualcomm or Exynos CPUs, MediaTek is easily the biggest name in the Asian smartphone market and has gained worldwide attention.

MT6592 is currently the best system-on-chip in MediaTek's portfolio and has led many Asian manufacturers to produce high-end flagship smartphones priced as low as $250 to rival the very expensive flagship smartphones from Samsung, Sony, LG and other popular brands. MediaTek claims that MT6592 is at par with current flagship CPUs. Naturally, it seems too good to be true and therefore, many have been wondering whether MT6592 is a gimmick or does it really live up to the hype that MediaTek has made about it.

As an advanced user and developer, I decided to put MediaTek's claims to test and used two MT6592 devices (Uniscope XC2S and THL 5000) and thoroughly evaluated their CPU, GPU and real life performance to come up with this article.

MT6592 Features and Specifications

According to MediaTek, MT6592 is the world's first true octa-core CPU and has the following features.
  • Clock speed of 1.7 GHz or 2.0 GHz; the former is called MT6592T (Turbo)
  • 8 cores capable of working independently (heterogenous computing)
  • Very low power consumption as compared to other leading processors (consuming only 40% power with Wifi browsing, 65% power for full HD video recording and 50% power for full HD video playback).
  • Quad-core GPU (Mali-450 MP4)
  • Support for Ultra HD video playback (at a resolution as high as 4096×2160), including support for latest HEVC (H.265) and Google VP9 video codecs
  • ClearMotion; MediaTek's original technology that enhances the fluidity of video playback by increasing the frame rate for all 24/30 fps to 60 fps. 
CPU performance of MT6592
I used many multi-core different benchmarks to evaluate the performance of MT6592. (Single thread and single core scores are not really significant since Android ecosystem has fully evolved to support multi core CPUs). The benchmarking was performed on my THL 5000 (Android version 4.4.2 and Firmware version 1.0.9) that has the 2.0 Ghz version of MT6592.

To ensure that the benchmarks demonstrated the real-life performance more accurately, I tested my THL 5000 while it was fully loaded for daily use. All apps of daily use including a third party launcher (TSF Shell), Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Viber were installed and loaded in the background. Power saving mode was turned off. The runtime was ART (Android Runtime) instead of Dalvik since I use the former in my daily use. Airplane mode was NOT turned on.

Geekbench 3:


MT6592 scored 2553 on Geekbench 3 (multicore).
The multi-core score for MT6592 on Geekbench 3 was 2553 that exceeded not only many Snapdragon 800 smartphones including LG Nexus 5 (2538 in app and 2460 on web) and LG G2 (2478); but also some Snapdragon 801 models including Xiomi Mi 3 (2348) and LG G3 (2259).

MT6592 got a better score than LG G3 and Xiomi Mi 3 that have Snapdragon 801.
(Click to view in better resolution)

Vellamo:

MT6592 has a score of 1563 on Vellamo's complex multi-core test. It exceeds that of Nexus 5 (Snapdragon 800) and approaches Samsung Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801).

(NOTE: This benchmark was performed at a later time on Dalvik runtime with Xposed framework enabled. Scores on ART framework and with Xposed disabled are slightly higher.)


Scores of MT6592 exceed LG Nexus 5 (Snapdragon 800) and approach those of Galaxy S5 international edition (Snapdragon 801).
Click to view in better resolution.

CF Bench:


Chainfire's CF bench is a unique benchmark especially designed for multi-core devices and tests alot of parameters that other benchmarks don't. MT6592 scored 53481 in Native and 27952 in Java with an overall score of 38163.

This score is higher than that of International Edition of Samsung Galaxy S5 with Snapdragon 801 (39297 in Native, 34372 in Java and 36342 overall) and Xperia Z1 compact with Snapdragon 800 (37547, 31922 and 34172).

MT6592 scored 53481 in Native and 27952 in Java with an overall score of 38163


Antutu: 
 On Antutu, MT6592 often scores higher than 31000 points with an average of 30500 points. The highest score I got was 31700. However, Antutu also evaluates the 3D performance and includes it in the final score and we are concerned only with CPU at the moment (3D performance in GPU section).

The total Antutu score is 30656.

Antutu details show that the MT6592 has much more impressive CPU and RAM parameters as compared to Galaxy S5 Asia edition SM-G900 (Exynos Octa 5422), Galaxy S5 International edition (Snapdragon 801) and Sony Xperia Z2 (Snapdragon 801).

CPU Integer, CPU float point, RAM operation and RAM speed for MT6592 are 3482, 3963, 3408 and 1836 respectively. 

Asian edition of Samsung Galaxy S5 with Exynos Octa 5422 scores 2916, 3161, 1619 and 1206 in these parameters whereas the international edition (with Snapdragon 801) scores 3443, 3724, 2082 and 1455 in these parameters.


The MT6592 has much more impressive CPU and RAM parameters as compared to Galaxy S5 Asia edition SM-G900 (Exynos Octa 5422), Galaxy S5 International edition (Snapdragon 801) and Sony Xperia Z2 (Snapdragon 801)
The verdict: 
The results of all the above benchmarks show that MT6592 really has a lot of raw CPU power and performs as well as Snapdragon 800 and 801; if not better.


GPU performance of MT6592
The graphics of MT6592 is managed by ARM's powerful quad-core Mali450 MP4 GPU clocked at 700 MHz.

Antutu 3D: 
MT6592's Mali450 MP4 achieves 5519 points on Antutu. That is only half of that of Adreno 330 but the performance is adequate enough. Antutu declares that the 3D graphics of MT6592 are excellent and large games are fluently supported.

Antutu declares that the 3D graphics of MT6592 are excellent and large games are fluently supported.
3D Mark:
Mali450 MP4 scores around 7000 points on 3D Mark.  Snapdragon 800 devices with Adreno 330 easily achieve 15000 points. However, despite the large difference, Mali450 MP4 shows very impressive performance on 3D Mark and is declared in the results as "one of the most powerful devices around".

Mali450 MP4 in MT6592 has impressive score in 3D Mark.

Nenamark 2:

MT6592 on THL 5000 obtained an average of 52.2 fps on Nenamark 2 which shows that it can handle most of the modern games without breaking a sweat.

MT6592 got managed 52.2 frames per second on Nenamark 2.


The verdict:
 Adreno 330 clearly outperforms Mali450; however, despite not being the best GPU in town, Mali450 is still more than enough to run all the modern games fluently. 3D Mark and Antutu both declare that the GPU is one of the best around. After all, Mali450 in MT6592 is capable of 42 gigaFLOPS.

To give you an idea, PSP runs on 2.6 gigaFLOPS, PS VITA on 51.2 gigaFLOPS, PlayStation 2 on 6.2 gigaFLOPS and XBOX360 on 240 gigaFLOPS. Adreno330 runs on 130 gigaFLOPS.

How MediaTek made these great results possible with such a low price tag:
 Higher number of cores is usually associated with increased power consumption. This is the reason why most of the other manufacturers do not usually go for octa core CPUs. They tend to use ARM's Cortex A9 or A15 cores (or cores based on them i.e. Krait 400) that are powerful and deliver great performance. These cores however, are expensive.

MediaTek has taken a very different approach here. Instead of picking A9 or A15 cores, they went for 8 A7 cores. A7 is ARM's power efficient processor. A single core of A9 or A15 always performs better than A7 at the clock frequency. However, the A7 will use much less power as compared to the former two.

By increasing the number of A7 cores to 8, MediaTek has created a solution that competes with quad core flagships (based on A9/A15 cores) with low power consumption and price tag.

Real-life performance of MT6592
The benchmarks of MT6592 show great performance; now what do I have to say about the real life performance of MT6592.

The good thing is that MT6592 does deliver excellent performance . With Android Kitkat 4.4.2 on THL 5000 and 1.0.9 firmware, there was no lag in the user interface and every day apps. (Note: Of course this heavily depends on firmware optimizations as well because each update enhances the performance).

Web browsing, especially on Chrome and Dolphin Browsers is excellent. The scrolling is smooth, pages load fast and there is no lag.

The smartphone hardly broke a sweat while playing Riptide GP2, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Real Racing 3 and Modern Combat 5.

Video experience on MT6592 with ClearMotion is AWESOME and I can not stress this enough. All videos play very smoothly and feel like real 60 fps. The frame rate enhancement technology works very, very well and in my opinion, is one of the most underrated feature of this CPU. People do not seem to have heard much of it, but once you see any video on ClearMotion, you'd hate to see them without it. Movies and seasons especially look great when played on MT6592.

The final verdict
MT6592 is an excellent system-on-chip. It's CPU clearly has the processing power equal to Snapdragon 801, if not better. The GPU is not the best out there but it is still extremely powerful and fluently runs large, modern games. The real life performance, as explained above, is also excellent.

My advice is that if you do buy a MT6592 device, do some research and go for good brands that provide the latest Android version (most MT6592 devices come with Android 4.2) and have good firmware support.

Wildlife photography!

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Here are some of the wildlife-style photos I have captured this year. :) I call them wildlife-"style" since they were not actually captured in the wild. I tried to compose them in a way that hid the fact that they came from local zoos and aviaries. I hope you enjoy them! :)
All of the photographs were captured using Nikon P510. Click to view in higher resolution!

I hope you like them! :)

Tutorials on outdoor wildlife photography will soon find their way to this blog! Stay tuned :)

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Wildlife photography


Duck; close up :)
Duck; close up :)
Duck on water. Exposure was controlled so that the dirty water doesn't spoil the frame.
Duck on water. Exposure was controlled so that the dirty water doesn't spoil the frame.
A stag from up close. Made sure to keep artifacts out of the frame.
A stag from up close. Made sure to keep artifacts out of the frame.

A deer drinking water.
A deer drinking water.

A deer from up-close.
A deer from up-close.

Not exactly a wildlife shot. A crow bathing itself in the water to combat the heat.
Not exactly a wildlife shot. A crow bathing itself in the water to combat the heat.

A couple of deers.
A couple of deers.

A deer. I kept the wall subtle by controlling the exposure.
A deer. I kept the wall subtle by controlling the exposure.

Two goats captured with careful composition.
Two goats captured with careful composition.

An interesting shot of some crows with a deer.
An interesting shot of some crows with a deer.

A crow sits perched on a spotted deer.
A crow sits perched on a spotted deer.

A black bear from up-close.
A black bear from up-close.

A wolf looking out of its chamber in the zoo. I had only a few seconds to capture this sight.
A wolf looking out of its chamber in the zoo. I had only a few seconds to capture this sight.
The majestic look of an eagle.
The majestic look of an eagle.

A duck swimming half-submerged in the water.
A duck swimming half-submerged in the water.

Several flamingoes with some standing in their classic one-legged position.
Several flamingoes with some standing in their classic one-legged position.
A lioness sitting in the green.
A lioness sitting in the green.

A towering giraffe.
A towering giraffe.

A giraffe seen from up-close.
A giraffe seen from up-close.

An ostrich captured in a quick fleeting moment.
An ostrich captured in a quick fleeting moment.

An ostrich closeup shot.
An ostrich closeup shot.

[How to] EASILY capture great photos of sunrise and sunset! Tips from an expert.



(NOTE: This tutorial is intentionally kept concise and easy as I believe that focusing too much on the technical aspects kills the art and creativity of photography. Use the tips below and you'll soon learn to take great photos with ease and confidence! :) )
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Why Photograph Sunrise and Sunset

Putting it in a nutshell, sunrise and sunset are among the best times to take photographs. The dim, diffused light at these times is highly suited to photography! :)


How to easily capture awesome photos of sunrise and sunset:

Here are some handy tips for taking great photographs of sunrise and sunset. They're easy and you can follow them even if you're a novice! :)

(Professional and serious photographers; do not take offense at the simplicity of the instructions and the nontraditional approach to exposure and saturation. All I want is to make it easy for everyone. :) )

Camera settings tips:

  1. Reduce the exposure manually: You don't have to be a geek to understand this. :P Just fiddle with the EV control and don't bother with shutter speed and aperture unless you're fully comfortable with these settings. Reduce the EV a couple of steps and you'll have much better saturation, details and lighting.
  2. Select Daylight or Cloudy WB: Select daylight or cloudy white balance manually (even if it isn't cloudy at all! ) Your photos will acquire a orange/yellow tint that will really make it pleasing. (Check out my guide to understanding and using white balance here )
  3. Increase the saturation manually: You'll have deeper colors if you increase the saturation. However, make sure you don't overdo it. 
  4. If you have a professional camera, the settings recommended for taking photos at sunrise and sunset are as below.
Sunrise & Sunset 

Mode
Aperture Priority Mode (Av)
ISO
100
F/stop
f/11 (Middle range f-number)

 You may be tempted to try an ISO greater than 100 for better exposure; however, it will produce much more noise and desaturated colors. For capturing the best photos of sunrise and sunset, I advice that you stick to ISO100.

Photo composition tips:

  1. Don't always centralize the sun: You don't need to keep the sun in the center of the frame all the time. It creates a really classy feel if you knock the sun off the center! :) Try the rule of thirds on it for great results.
  2. Try creating silhouettes: Try to create silhouette photographs at sunrise or sunset, they really rock in deep orange background! :) Raising the contrast will make it easier.
  3. Add a foreground object: Throw in a foreground object in any corner of the frame and you'll make your shot much more appealing.


Here's one of my sunset photographs. You can see some more here.

Beautiful, dreamy sunset with clouds and a couple of birds
A truly dreamy sunset with a beautiful formation of clouds and couple of birds.


Using these tips, you can easily capture great photos of sunset and sunrise even if you are a novice. I hope you'll find this tutorial helpful! :)

3 beautiful sunset photos :)

Hey there! :)
Here are 3 of my sunset shots from last year - click to view them in full size! :)

(All of these shots were captured using a Nikon P510.)



(Want to take photos like this? For some tips on how to EASILY take great sunset/sunrise shots, check out this tutorial:
http://www.hasaan.com/2014/08/how-to-easily-take-great-photos-sunset-sunrise.html

It'll also help to know more about manual white balance selection in order to take great shots.
http://www.hasaan.com/2013/12/white-balance-comprehensive-guide.html )


A truly dreamy sunset with a beautiful formation of clouds and couple of birds.

The glorious, setting sun and a lone bird...

A beautiful sunset silhouette with some trees and a lonely sparrow.

8 Awesome Anaglyph 3D Images - Set 2

Friday, January 3, 2014


Here are some more anaglyph 3D images with an excellent sense of depth.  (These are not my own productions and have been collected from the web based upon their great 3d depth). Have fun!


(Don't know how to watch 3D content? Follow this link and find out :)
http://www.hasaan.com/2012/10/how-to-watch-3d-movies-on-your-non-3d.html
)

AWESOME ANAGLYPH IMAGES

(NOTE: Images are seen best in their native resolution. Click on the image to view it in full size) 









10 Amazing Anaglyph 3D Images - Set 1

Hey guys :)

The following pictures are some of the best examples of Anaglyph 3D images over the web. (These are not my own productions; I selected them because of their excellent 3d depth). Have fun! :)

(Don't know how to watch 3D content? Follow this link and find out :)
http://www.hasaan.com/2012/10/how-to-watch-3d-movies-on-your-non-3d.html
)

AWESOME ANAGLYPH IMAGES

(NOTE: Images are seen best in their native resolution. Click on the image to view it in full size) 

Courtesy of Phaota. Thanks for the great frost dragon shot :)










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