MediaTek Helio X20 – World’s first 10 Core Chipset

MediaTek has been working very hard lately to catch up with and even surpass the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 line up. What started off as an inexpensive alternative has now grown to challenge the mighty leader of the game. The company’s growth has been exponential in the past few years and the kind of innovation it brings in is amazing, considering the price point in which it delivers it.

It appears that the company has already started delivering its MediaTek Helio X20 chipset to the device makers and this can be attested by the numerous leaks regarding the chipset online. Now, the Helio X20 official by releasing a couple of slides which explain the potential of the new chipset.

The MediaTek Helio X20 is an unforeseen 10 core chipset based on an industry-first Tri Clustered design. The 10 cores of the chipset are segregated in the following way: 4 Cortex-A53 cored clocked at 1.4 GHz, 4 Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0 GHz and 2 Cortex-A72 cores clocked at 2.5 GHz. MediaTek has decided to skip on the Cortex-A57 architecture and has instead shifted its focus to the Cortex-A72, how this will enhance the performance is yet to be seen. The entire MediaTek Helio X20 unit is held together by a customized Interconnect Protocol dubbed as the MediaTek Coherent System Interconnect also called as the MCSI.

The coupled GPU is a next generation Mali-T800 which is expected to be on par with the Adreno 430. So far, the only place where we felt the MediaTek Helio X20 lags behind is in the memory system, while the Qualcomm and Samsung have moved to the LPDDR4, MediaTek still sticks to the LPDDR3 running at 933 MHz. Once we get our hands on an actual device running the MediaTek chipset, it will be interesting to contrast and compare how this memory format puts the MediaTek Helio X20 at a disadvantage compared to its competitors.

MediaTek also claims that the Helio X20 consumes 30 % less energy while decoding a video and 40 % less energy while encoding it. All these figures point out to the fact that the Helio X20 is a power efficient chipset. The device will naturally be 4G capable and there are chances it will be available with other perks like advanced voice recognition and other features which make use of at least half the potential of the 10 cores.

We expect the first smartphone powered by the MediaTek Helio X20 to arrive by Q2, if the chipset indeed poses a major threat to the Qualcomm and Samsung line up, then things in the mobile industry will get interesting.

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