The Chinese SoC manufacturer ‘MediaTek’ has the guts to become the world’s top SoC manufacturer. Recently, they set the record for introducing the world’s first deca-core processor known as Helio X20. Then they headed for its upgrade to X25. But, sadly this was not enough to defeat Qualcomm’s latest SoC ‘Snapdragon 820’. But for MediaTek it’s just the beginning, as they have already begun to prepare the second-generation 10 core SoC, the model is called Helio X30. Even though, Helio X25 has not been released yet, in Meizu Pro 6 and LeTV Le2, still they are making preparation for Helio X30.
Helio X30: What is new and what has changed?
It is rumored that Helio X30 will rely on the tri-cluster CPU design like the predecessors X20 and X25, still using the A72 + A53 architecture, but there are some changes. X30 will be equipped with 2x Artemis cores @ 2.8GHz, 4x Cortex-A53 @ 2.2GHz, and 4x Cortex-A35 @ 2GHz. It is said that Artemis core by ARM is the successor of Cortex-A72 and will compete with Qualcomm Kyro chipsets. Another change is observed in the use of a Cortex-A35 processor with are remarkably energy efficient and delivers 40% more performance than the Cortex-A7. If we do a comparison with Helio X25 enhanced version, the tri-cluster chips have a frequency of only 2.5GHz, 2.0GHz, 1.4GHz and the process used in it is 25mm.
According to the report from a Weibo user (Black digital black), Helio X30 will embrace new TSMC 10nm FinFET manufacturing process and the flow sheet is expected in June this year and the production of it will finish at the end of the year. This will be the fastest mass production of 10nm chips. MediaTek also claimed that Helio X30’s CPU performance (than the X20 / X25) has enhanced to about 20% while the power consumption reduced by half!
Moreover, the SoC also supports a powerful 4-core PowerVR 7XT GPU, a 26 MP camera, dual-camera mode, VR connections, and LTE Cat.13. Have you noticed a change? Instead of going for the old ARM Mali series as GPU, MediaTek returns to the powerful and customized GPU of PowerVR known as 7XT series (still with the four cores).
As far as its release is concerned, we might see it at the beginning of the next year 2017.