Although MediaTek only took the wraps off its latest flagship chip, the deca-core 64-bit Helio X20, in May, still laying the groundwork for the first smartphones powered by the “Tri-Cluster” CPU, an even more complex sequel is said to be in the pipeline already.
Could this, along with false rumors of the HTC One A9 packing X20 heat, suggest the 20 nm-based silicon was a flop, requiring an immediate 16 nm replacement? Or is MTK simply trying its best to rival Qualcomm and Samsung’s newest Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 workhorses?
No one can answer that for sure, but if the MediaTek Helio X30 is indeed around the corner, device manufacturers and end users clearly have much to gain. Like its predecessor, this should sport a whopping ten processing cores, arranged somewhat differently however.
Instead of a 2 + 4 + 4 design, MediaTek reportedly plans to lay them out in four clusters meant to cover your most diverse needs. A quartet of ARM-Cortex A72 nuclei clocked at 2.5GHz will take great care of your heaviest tasks, two A72s capable of 2.0GHz speeds are part of the equation for slightly lighter activities, and then you have a couple of frugal dual-core CPU components.
One of these is apparently made of now mid-range 1.5GHz Cortex-A53s that used to run the overclocked Helio X10 show, while the final piece of the ultra-versatile puzzle should be comprised of the modest 1GHz A35 cores ARM literally unveiled the other day.
It’s needless to stress MediaTek seeks to improve both the raw performance and battery life of tomorrow’s Android smartphones with such convoluted chip designs, and LPDDR4 RAM support is allegedly also on the way. What do you think, could this eclipse the SD820 and Exynos 8 Octa?