According to reports from various Chinese outlets, Taiwan’s MediaTek is prepping the launch of two new chipsets for the impending Mobile World Congress scheduled to take place in Spain.

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Much like Apple’s A7 chipset that you find sitting in an iPhone 5S, both these chipsets – namely the quad-core MT6372 and octa-core MT6752 – will feature 64-bit computing which will be a first for the fabricator. Not only that, both these chipsets are also expected to offer on-board LTE modems, thereby making it easy for manufacturers to produce LTE-enabled handsets.

The quad-core MT6372 is expected is being propagated as a direct competitor to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 for entry-level and mid-range smartphones. On the other hand, the MT6752 is expected to create a niche for itself with its powerful octa-core CPU alongside LTE availability.

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The quad-core MT6372 is expected to be made available to manufacturers in the third quarter of this year, while the octa-core MT6752 is scheduled for a fourth quarter release, which means there’s quite some time left.

Both chipsets are build around ARM’s Cortex A53 architecture, which use the 64-bit ARMv8 instruction set. Performance wise, the A53 cores outdo similar-clock A9 cores by a shade. According to ARM, A53 cores can be clocked up to 2GHz which is indeed a great sign for things to come.

MediaTek released what they claim to be the world’s first true octa-core processor, the MT6592 a few months back. Since then, the chipset has been employed by a wide range of manufacturers from India’s Intex to the international Alcatel. Only time will tell how well the 64-bit chipsets do.