Here at MoDaCo we're quietly big fans of the MediaTek MT6589 chipset. Cheap, performant, reliable and in a growing number of great value devices... it's the pick of the crop for budget Chinese phones at the moment... and now a turbo version is available!
There appears to be 2 main differences between the MT6589 and MT6589T (turbo) devices. The first, main one is that the CPU is clocked at 1.5GHz rather than 1.2GHz, giving a handy performance boost to an already very capable chip. The second is that a lot of turbo devices seem to be shipping with 2GB RAM as opposed to the 1GB found on the non-turbo phones. The GPU remains the very capable PowerVR SGX544.
A quick search at BuySKU reveals a number of devices shipping now with the new chip, including eagerly anticipated (in some circles!) handsets like the TCL Idol X, Umi X2 and the iOcean X7 Elite. We've been testing the waters with companies like BuySKU ourselves, stay tuned for a customer service / returns test article coming up!
We've been putting a X7 through it's paces of late so it seems a no-brainer that we should pick up an Elite and compare, right? :) Watch this space.