5 octa-core phones you should check out [April 2014]

Smartphones have forever been going through a long transition in terms of processors. From just having a single core processor, they have gone on to dual-core and then quad-core processors. The new fad is smartphones with octa-core processors.

To think that it would be possible to accommodate so many cores in the teeny-tiny body of a smartphone was inconceivable some years ago. But, that is how the smartphone industry functions – you will never know what new and unimaginable stuff will prop up on smartphones tomorrow. Octa-core processors are right up that alley.

Now that I have gushed about them all I could, How about what octa-core processors really do? Are they just marketing hype or do they actually perform better than quad-core processors?

True, the smartphone industry is an industry where everyone tries to cash in by building on a trend, but octa-core processors are more than hype actually. A great smartphone is all about optimization, which is why having a Moto G beats having a HTC Desire 501. Since smartphones now do a lot of stuff simultaneously, the processor needs to pick up the load. Having more cores makes the smartphone capable of better, faster multitasking and makes it more responsive.

Cutting to the chase, we have listed some cool octa-core smartphones for you. Here they are:


Samsung Galaxy S5  (Indian version)

While the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 retails with a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, the Indian version comes with a 1.9-GHz Exynos 5422 octa-core chip inside. The handset offers a lot of stuff including a 5.1-inch full HD display, 16 GB internal memory, 2 GB RAM, a 16-megapixel rear cam, 2-megapixel front cam and Android KitKat 4.4.2 along with a 2800 mAh battery. It also offers a built-in heart rate monitor and fitness functionality.

Price: Rs. 51,500 – 53,000 (MRP)


Gionee Elife S5.5

The Gionee Elife S5.5 comes with a 1.7-GHz octa-core processor, besides being the world’s thinnest smartphone. It comes with a 5-inch Full HD display. Besides the processor, the 5-inch display is a USP of the smartphone – its screen density comes at a whooping 441 ppi!

Besides this, it offers 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front cam, Android 4.2 along with a 2300 mAh battery.

Price: Rs. 22,999 (MRP)


Micromax Canvas Knight A350

The Micromax Canvas Knight A350 is Micromax’s first octa-core phone. The processor inside is a 2GHz Tru Octa-Core MT6592T one.

It comes with a 5-inch SHARP IPS FullHD (1920×1280) display with a pixel density of 443ppi. Other features include 32 GB internal memory 2 GB RAM, 16-megapixel rear cam, 8-megapixel front cam, Android 4.2.2 and a 2350 mAh battery. Its seems like a total package at an affordable price tag.

Price: Rs. 19,999 (MRP)


Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus

Karbonn, meanwhile has put in its own horse in the race. The Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus comes with a 1.7-GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor.

It boasts of a  5-inch full HD display (441 ppi density), 16 GB internal memory, 2 GB RAM, 16-megapixel rear cam, 8-megapixel front cam, Android 4.4.2 – KitKat OS and a 2000 mAh battery.

Price: Rs. 17,990 (MRP)


WickedLeak Wammy Passion X

The WickedLeak Wammy Passion X comes with a 1.7-GHz MediaTek MT6592 processor inside. The device comes with a nano-coating inside and outside, which makes it super hydrophobic – it can survive for 30 minutes in any kind of liquid without getting damaged. It comes with a 5-inch full HD display (443ppi density), 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 13-megapixel rear cam, 5-megapixel front cam, Android 4.2 and a 2500 mAh battery.

Price: Rs. 22,500