MediaTek has annnounced the successor to Helio X20 and X25 chipset. The newly announced Helio X30 is MediaTek’s push into the flagship chipset market dominated by Qualcomm.
The MediaTek Helio X30 will be built on 10nm process compared to the 20nm process used to build Helio X20 chip. The flagship chipsets powering most Android smartphones rely on 14/16nm process. The 10nm build process means Helio X30 will be more power efficient. Also MediaTek Helio X30 now gets two extra Cortex A73 cores. Four big Cortex A73 cores makes Helio X30 more in line with Exynos 8890 powering Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 range.
MediaTek Helio X30 uses a three island design architecture with four Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.8GHz, four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and two Cortex A53 cores with a clock speed of 2.0GHz. The use of two low power A53 cores could make this processor one of the most efficient chipset in the market.
MediaTek Helio X30 is also making a jump to quad-core PowerVR 7XT GPU. The graphics processor is the same as the one used in latest iPhones and iPads. The new chipset will support up to 8GB DDR4 RAM and dual cameras up to 26 megapixels in resolution. It also adds support for Cat.12 modem with three carrier aggression.
MediaTek Helio X30 is reportedly being fabricated by TSMC, the company which also makes Ax chipset for Apple and Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin processor range. The new processor expected to debut next year.
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