MediaTek MT 8389 Quad-Core Application Process for Tablet and Phablet


The Mediatek MT8389 is a low cost ARM SoC (System on a Chip), which is mainly used in tablets and phablets. It is manufactured by advanced 28 nm and integrates a quad-core Cortex-A7 processor and a PowerVR SGX 544 GPU. The CPU cores are usually clocked at 1.2 – 1.5 GHz, while the GPU is clocked at 300 MHz. The official specifications of the MT8389 are identical to the MT8125 SoC. our “ iPad Mini clone” – uPlay Tablet M785 is powered by MT8389.


Since the Cortex-A7 architecture is somewhat slower than a Krait or Cortex-A9 design at the same clock, the performance of the MT8389 is just below Nvidia’s Tegra 3 or the Samsung Exynos 4412. The PowerVR SGX 544 is also just a low-cost solution and unsuited for ultra-high resolution displays or very demanding games.


In addition to processor and GPU, the SoC also integrates a decoder for 1080p video, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM, GPS as well as 2G and 3G radio (up to HSPA+). Cameras are supported up to a resolution of 13 MP.

Power consumption

Thanks to the energy efficient A7 cores as well as the advanced 28nm manufacturing, the power consumption is likely to be relatively low. The chip can therefore be used even in smaller tablets .


Codename Cortex-A7
Clock Rate 1200 – 1500 MHz
Level 2 Cache 1024 KB
Number of Cores / Threads 4 / 4
Manufacturing Technology 28 nm
Features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM, 3G/HSPA+, 2G/EDGE
64 Bit no 64 Bit support
Announcement Date 05/29/2013
Product Link (external) MT8389

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