After launching the world’s first true octa-core processor, last year MediaTek came up with the world’s first deca-core processor – Helio X20 with the tri-cluster design. While increasing the number of cores might not bring more power to the device but significantly increase the battery life. In early 2016, the company launched the upgraded Helio X25 MT6797T SoC which is just an overclocked version of Helio X20 SoC. Both these processors are built on 20nm architecture and coupled with Mali T880 GPU.
Recently, we also reported about the Helio X30 processor that will be available only from 2017. It will be built on TSMC’s 10nm FinFET processor. The recently announced Apple A10 Fusion chipset is built on TSMC’s 16nm FinFET processor whereas the next year’s iPhones will be powered by the new processor built on the same TSMC 10nm architecture. As seen with the Helio X20, the Helio X30 will also have an upgraded processor called Helio X35.
The Helio X35 SoC will be just an overclocked version of Helio X30 SoC where other specifications remain same. As of now, there is no more information about the Helio X35 processor, but it is expected to come with a clock speed of 3.0GHz while the Helio X30 SoC is clocked at 2.8GHz. Both the Helio X30 and X35 processors will be available to manufacturers starting from early 2017, and the smartphones powered by this new chipsets will be available to consumers by the end of first half of 2017.
Talking about the Helio X30, it comes with four powerful Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.8GHz, four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.2GHz and two power efficient Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz. For the graphics part, the Helio X30 will depend on PowerVR 7XT GPU clocked at 800 MHz. The smartphones powered by Helio X30 processor can bump their RAM capacity to 8GB. If the rumors are to be believed, the upcoming LeEco Le Pro 3 will be world’s first smartphone with 8GB RAM.
Apart from smartphones and tablets, this new processor can power the standalone VR headsets as it sports better GPU. The modem on Helio X30 supports three carrier aggregation (3CA) and Cat.12 LTE. All the features that come with Helio X30 will be also part of Helio X35; instead the later will be slightly powerful. Though the Helio X20 is considered as the competitor to Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, in reality, the Snapdragon chipset performed much better than Helio X20. But with the Helio X30, we hope MediaTek will give a tough fight to Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 830 chipset.