The new processor from MediaTek allows all eight of the chipset's cores to run simultaneously offering better performance and higher power efficiency. "Intex will be the first domestic smartphone mobile player to host this chipset on its Aqua smartphone range.”

The phone will be launched in early January at about Rs 20,000 for the 16GB version," Intex Technologies business head (Mobile) Sanjay Kumar Kalirona said. The 32GB version will be priced about Rs 2,000-3,000 higher, he added.

"Unlike existing octa-core solutions in the market, which can only activate half of their CPU cores at once, MediaTek True Octa-Core allows for all eight of its cores to run simultaneously," MediaTek general manager (International Sales and Marketing) Finbarr Moynihan said.

He added that the company is in discussions to launch the chipset with other handset maker but declined to divulge names. Intex is yet to christen the smartphone, which will feature a six-inch screen and run on Android 4.2.2 JellyBean operating system. It will have a 1.7Ghz Octa core processor and HD IPS touch-screen.

Key specifications:

  • 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6592 processor
  • Android 4.2.2
  • 6-inch HD IPS display
  • Dual-SIM
  • 13MP rear camera with auto-focus and BSI
  • 5MP front camera
  • GPS, Wi-Fi
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16/ 32GB of internal storage