Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD: The first phone to use MediaTek’s quad core chip

by: ŠtefanJanuary 4, 2013

Last month we told you about MediaTek’s new quad core chip, the MT6589. Unlike NVIDIA’s Tegra 4, which has four ARM Cortex A9 cores, or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 Pro, which has four Qualcomm Krait cores, the MT6589 uses ARM’s Cortex A7. What does that mean in plain English? Companies that use the MT6589 will be legitimately allowed to say that their devices have a quad core chip inside, but the benchmarks show that said chip is barely faster than a one year old dual core Snapdragon S4.

So who is going to be the first to use this new deceptively marketed piece of silicon? According to Engadget and C|Net, the answer is Alcatel. That’s not a company one typically associates with high quality devices, but that’s partly due to the fact that most Alcatel devices are sold in China. In fact, Alcatel isn’t even Alcatel, it’s a Chinese company called TCL that acquired the rights to use the Alcatel brand quite a number of years ago.

Will you be able to buy this device in the United State or Europe? That’s a tricky question to answer. It’s notoriously difficult to find products with MediaTek chips outside a handful of countries (China, India, Russia). We think it has something to do with patents, but we can’t confirm that. That being said, Qualcomm announced their own quad core Cortex A7 chip called the MSM8x26. There’s a much better chance of that thing showing up in our neck of the woods.

Should you even buy one of these quad core chips just to say you have a quad core phone? We’re going to say no, but at the same time we recognize that marketing works. Even if it’s shady, it sill lures people in to make a purchase.

Save your pennies and buy a Galaxy S III.

  • abir

    What a stupid and useless article, I can not imagine how dumb one has to be to say that performance better than dual core S4 is bad performance and what is shady about the marketing of this product? It is actually a quadcore processor, performance differs from product to product. Does everyone have to or needs to buy a top tier phone? For the majority of people the answer is NO specially when it comes at a price point that one third or even a fourth of the price of high end devices made by samsung, apple etc. If you are a person who dabbles with only bleeding edge tech and dont understand the lower ends of the spectrum why bother writing about and misinforming the masses about a product that targets a segment which you dont understand?

  • MasterMuffin

    Tegra 4 has 4 cortex a9s? I though they were cortex a15