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Benchmark battle: MediaTek's Helio X20 vs. Helio X10 vs. Exynos 7420 vs. Snapdragon 810 and more

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Benchmark battle: MediaTek's Helio X20 vs. Helio X10 vs. Exynos 7420 vs. Snapdragon 810 and more
The MediaTek Helio X20, with its deca-core CPU and Mali-T880 MP4 GPU, recently was spotted powering up the HTC One A9 on GeekBench. Not surprisingly, the chipset scored very high. With that performance in mind, today we have a series of comparisons showing the MediaTek Helio X20 taking on the previous generation MediaTek SoC, the Helio X10. Also part of the testing is the powerful Samsung Exynos 7420. That is the SoC that drives the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. It also is expected to end up in one variant of the Meizu Pro 5 (with the other version containing the Helio X20 MT6797 from MediaTek).

On AnTuTu, we can easily see how the Helio X20 outscored the Helio X10 by 40%. On GeekBench3, measuring the performance of each chip's CPU, the Helio X20 scored a single-core tally 70% above the Helio X10. For the multi-core score, the newer chip had a more reserved 15% improvement.

Moving out of the MediaTek family, the Helio X20 trounced the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 in both single and multi-core results. Compared to the Exynos 7420, the MediaTek chip out performed it as well. A new unannounced Exynos 8890 chip being tested by Samsung on the Lucky-LTE device (which could be the code name of the Samsung Galaxy S7) scored well below the Helio X20 with a single-core tally of 1336 and a multi-core score of 4824. Compare that to the 1835 and 5884 single and multi-core scores produced by the MT6797, the Helio X20 chip being tested with the HTC One A9.

Recently, the Snapdragon 820 SoC was spotted on running on Lucky-LTE (Galaxy S7?). Allegedly an enhanced version of Qualcomm's next high-end chipset, the SoC produced an AnTuTu benchmark score of 72,355 to top the Helio X20's results for the same test.

Regardless of how the new generation chips score on benchmark tests, it seems like we can all be assured of some zippy behavior on the new high-end handsets set to be released later this year and into 2016.


source: MyDrivers (translated) via Techgrapple (1), (2)

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posted on 12 Sep 2015, 18:18 10

1. Epicness1o1 (Posts: 272; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Awesome performance,but im really curious about the gpu performance

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 19:10 3

9. vincelongman (Posts: 4421; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


I want to see its efficiency tested as well
And sustained performance
Geekbench 3 is far too short, its just around a minute for my Nexus 5

posted on 17 Sep 2015, 10:08

82. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


so whats the point of the geek bench? gimmick..

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 21:21

15. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


GPU is on Adreno 330 (from SD800, not 801) level.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 00:48 1

30. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


It Will Fall Behind Sd810 And E7420 In GPU Cause They're Using The Mail T880-MP4 Instead Of The MP6 Or 8 But it Should Fair Well Powering A 1080p Screen Tho.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 08:27 1

47. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


It's crap

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 09:11

49. ph00ny (Posts: 1233; Member since: 26 May 2011)


"Allegedly an enhanced version of Qualcomm's next high-end chipset, the SoC produced an AnTuTu benchmark score of 72,355 to top the Helio X20's results for the same test"

Also the author is wrong. I'm pretty sure it said 72k is from exynos 7420 on the graph

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 18:26 1

2. abdoualgeria (Posts: 396; Member since: 27 Jul 2015)


LUCKY-LTE was tested with the CPU at a lower frequency ( ultra saving mode )

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 19:17 2

11. vincelongman (Posts: 4421; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


That score is far too good for ultra saving mode IMO
IMO its a 7420 a custom kernel with slightly lower clocks and an edited build.prop

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 08:30

48. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Nope it was the ultra saving mode if you go by the leaks of the benchmarks that came out about the m1 before this leak came out, they about the same score as the leak that had all 3 scores, normal mode, power saving mode and ultra saving mode.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 17:06

71. HomerS (Posts: 187; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Yeh Ultra saving mode is a bit lower but the rest higher.

http://www.areamobile.de/assets/news/2015-08/samsung-exynos-m1-benchmark.png

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Next-gen-chipsets-get-benchmarked-list-includes-NVIDIA-Denver-2-Apple-A9-and-A9X-Kirin-950-and-more_id72763

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 21:22

16. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Geekbench shows the frequency of the slower cores.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 18:42 2

3. bur60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


Cmonnnn HTC... Show us what you are capable of with a good cpu.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 18:42 4

4. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


I Want To Know How The New Apple A9 Performs Its Sure To Blow These Guys Away In Gpu And Single Core Performance.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 18:46 4

5. miket1737 (Posts: 2539; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


in one of their slides when they were talking about the A9, it said "optimized for real day use/everyday use" when talking about the A9...im thinking that is about little thermal throttling of the new chip, continuing that trend from the A8

names of the supposed cores are called Twister

cyclone cores, now twister cores

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 19:02 1

7. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Looks like A9 might, but A72 cores might blow the A9 single core performance too. But X20 being on 28nm chip might just come close or at best match A9 for single core performance. For GPU, I guess A9 will perform better than all, hands down. Lets see, in coming future new SOCs will do pretty well with 14nm, A72 cores, T880 GPU.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 19:11

10. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


The Battle For Top Soc Has Only Just Begun.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 19:19 3

12. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


With intel planning to re join game with new player, core m in phones, it's going to be bloody.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 19:27

14. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


You Got That Right.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 22:01 2

22. Tizo101 (Posts: 395; Member since: 05 Jun 2015)


remember, the gpu in Apples chip is made by a company called imagination

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 23:16

24. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Is That's Suppose To Be A Joke? Cause Its Not Funny At All.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 00:13

26. MacWiNux (Posts: 119; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


i think its not imagination PowerVR to be exact

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 00:45 2

29. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


The Company That Makes The PowerVR GPU Is Called, Imagination Technologies.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 00:44 2

27. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


No, I think they were actually called power VR imagination technologies back in the Dreamcast days. Too bad Sega had opposite of Apple mojo and forced them into mobile. It would have been interesting to see what they could have done with a Dreamcast 2 GPU.

Still, that system was amazing. Underrated as hell and they pulled the plug on it way too soon.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 02:34

38. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


If you think that SD 810 was an oven then you should wait to see helio x20 i mean come on its deca core with 28 nm manufacturing

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 09:57

53. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


I don't think SD 810 was oven because it was manufactured on 20nm exynos 5433 with similar CPU cores was manufactured on 20nm process. It was one of the reason but not sole reason.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 10:46

56. guest (Posts: 338; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)


Actually 28nm is a very mature node and provides the best bang for their buck that's why a lot of mediateks of the world use it. 20nm is a flop and it looks like so is foundry 14/16 nm. 810 was a bad design as it was implemented with too high a clock speed for heat dissipation for a planar process that dense. Apple was able to utilize both because they don't clock their CPU as high and their sustained performance doesn't need high clocks. I would imagine x20 will handle the heat fine on 28nm but at the expense of efficiency which is fine as long as HTC doesn't skimp on the battery. Think of it as over clocking a 3 generation old intel processor it can keep up with the newer generation but you are consuming more power and you need active heat sinks to handle the heat.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 12:52 1

59. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Sd 810 wasn't clocked super high, it was a little high than at what 5433 was clocked. 5433 ran cool and even after throttling to low clock speed SD 810 over heated. It was design issue, not related to clock speed, I guess.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 04:13 1

41. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Stock ARM Cores vs Custom cores.

Haven't you silly Android kids learnt your lessons yet?

I warned that 810 (8 cores) wouldn't even be an upgrade from 800/801/805 (4 cores). And it hasn't been.

Custom Cores > Stock Cores.

Apple has been full custom since Apple A6 "Swift" architecture in the iPhone 5, which absolutely smoked Krait (Snapdragon S4/600/800/801/805). And it was released shortly after Krait debuted.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 06:03 1

42. Mister-Z- (banned) (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Sep 2015)


Lmao, its only Apple who uses single core, because its OS is still halfbaked and was made for dummies and kids computer.

A dual-core processor has many advantages especially for those looking to boost their system's multitasking computing power. Dual-core processors provide two complete execution cores instead of one, each with an independent interface to the frontside bus. Since each core has its own cache, the operating system has sufficient resources to handle intensive tasks in parallel, which provides a noticeable improvement to multitasking.

A lot of people ask if 1GHz dual core is same as 2GHz single core. Answer is no, as frequency is only part of the equation, no matter how fast a single core is, it can only do one thing at a time. Going to a lower clocked dual is much better than a very fast single core. plus new apps and games build around dual core will never run as smooth on a single core. On top of it it will take less energy to run a dual core than a double frequency single core. So between 1GHz dual core and 2GHz single core processor, dual core wins.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 06:07

44. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


So technically four cores after better than two but i don't think if the advantage exist with octa cores since all are big. Little architecture too.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 10:01

54. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


If 8 cores are equal cores then it is not much of advantage, but little cores are good at doing job power efficiently. Background processes which don't need to much CPU power can use them. So actually big.LITTLE make sense.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 06:04

43. Mister-Z- (banned) (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Sep 2015)


Even Exynos SOCs kicks the butt out of custom core chips. Apples A series were always the underdog of Exynos. Lmao.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 11:35

57. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Nah Mate Exynos Lagged Behind Apple In Gpu Performance Tho. Cpu Was About The Same This Year But The Years Before Apple's A Was Crushing Exynos.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 15:16 1

66. Mister-Z- (banned) (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Sep 2015)


Why the hell you comparing single core to multi core. Apples os is child's play. Lmfao. A useless platform which only requires single thread to run. Wtf.

Lags by 10%. With Android you can root and raise the GPU up to 900mhz. You can't do jackass with IOS, Apple. They don't allow you. You must listen and be a slave to them. Now go listen to whst you can't and can't do.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 15:31 2

67. Mister-Z- (banned) (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Sep 2015)


Why the hell you comparing a 720p screen vs 1440p dumbass. Ip6 with 720p vs 1440p S6. Rotflmfao.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 15:38

68. Mister-Z- (banned) (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Sep 2015)


In other words, the chips Samsung is choosing to use could theoretically match Apple's latest iPhones if they were not also driving tons of additional pixels that contribute little to no benefit to users. Think of it as a reasonably powerful engine installed into a monster truck with massive wheels it can barely turn.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 16:30 2

70. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Ip6 has A 750p Screen Not 720p Get Your Facts Right LOL And Ios Is The Best Optimized Mobile Os Available And I Might Not Be A Fan Of Jailbreaking But All The Things Android Is Capable Of Doing Can Easily Be Accomplished Using Ios By Jailbreaking. The Resolution Of A Screen Doesn't Matter, But The Real World Performance Does, Don't Be Butt Hurt Be Cause The iPhone's Low Res Screen Significantly Boost It's Gaming Performance Well Above The Rest Of The Competition.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 08:38

75. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2887; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Even jailbroken iPhones don't have decent widgets on the homescreen, nor can it tell what color to give the notification led and I havent seen an iOS app yet that comes close to what Tasker can do

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 12:13

79. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


True.... But I Don't Even Use Widgets.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 12:47 1

80. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2887; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Besides that, I totally agree on screen resolution. I don't want QHD at the expense of framerate, batterylife, etc.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 06:08

45. Mister-Z- (banned) (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Sep 2015)


Another iFanboy giving credit to iJunk. Single core is useless on Android. Single core is good for OS with less features. Ios is a joke and is made for dumb people.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 14:31 1

62. miket1737 (Posts: 2539; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


the bridge you reside under 24/7 is over there ===========>. please go back under your bridge in that dark corner now troll

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 15:11

65. Mister-Z- (banned) (Posts: 175; Member since: 07 Sep 2015)


Off topic. Did I shut you up? Don't divert . I forgot I'm debating with an iFanatic. Who gives credit to apple, even if there in the wrong. Lmao.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 15:57 1

69. miket1737 (Posts: 2539; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


You didn't shut no body up lol. But you can try again in the future though, if i am corrected, i wont be ashamed to admit it lol unlike most, i am open to learning and i am objective and am a geniune tech lover .

Your a fresh troll acount. Lame.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 18:53 2

6. Starboy (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Feb 2015)


I've never seen any mobile chip beat the iPhone in single core performance... If this is legit, then the a9 is going to be a beast. Too bad mediatek doesn't support custom roms

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 21:23 1

17. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


Mediateks have crappy GPUs and X20 is no exception.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 08:13

46. dazed1 (Posts: 354; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


Gaming on phones FTW.

Faceplam.jpg

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 14:32

63. miket1737 (Posts: 2539; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


some games are actually really awesome on mobile devices, Vainglory especially comes to mind. what a amazing game that has such good graphics for a mobile device. the lure of playing games on the go is still as alive as ever my friend.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 22:01 1

21. MedLEB (unregistered)


I wonder, is the MediaTek which doesn't support custom ROMs, or there are no custom ROMs for MediaTek yet?

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 02:32

37. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Companies are putting presdure on mediatek to release the source code of their Soc... they have already done that partially...

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 03:22

39. fyah_king (Posts: 447; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


it's because the iphone has 2 big cores instead of 4 little ones. that's why the iphone scores really low in multicore against all high end android phones.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 08:40 1

76. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2887; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Nvidia had the Denver K1 that beat the A8X in single core performance. But that was on tablets

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 10:54

77. Techist (Posts: 242; Member since: 27 Jan 2015)


The Nvidia Denver K1 was the top-performing mobile processor in single-core performance. There are some indications that it's successor, the Nvidia Denver X1, might likewise top everything else in single core performance, but we'll have to wait until it is publicly released and compared to the A9X.

posted on 14 Sep 2015, 11:23

78. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 2887; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Only Nvidia and Apple had a custom ARM cpu. Apple has the 6 way superscalar, Nvidia 7 way and orginally ARM 3 way. This does account for the high single core scores and you would think the competition would move up the scalars as well.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 19:08 2

8. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


I am more interested in seeing how core m in mobile and big.LITTLE 4xA72 + 4xA53 based SOCs perform and big improvement in GPU department as well.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 21:24

18. may_czos (Posts: 736; Member since: 22 Nov 2014)


There's no big improvement in the GPU department in the X20. Intel Core M is a tablet/notebook pocessor.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 21:52

20. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


I know and I was not talking about X20 wither. X20 is deca core SOC and it has just 2 x A72 cores, manufactured in 28nm process. I would rather be interested in big.LITTLE 4xA72 + 4xA53 based SOCs performance.

Anyway, Mediatek is using T880 which is most powerful Mali GPU, but they are not using enough shedder cores (just 4). T880MP8 will work buttery smooth, if someone designs an SOC with one.

posted on 12 Sep 2015, 23:17

25. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 2015)


Samsung Will Go With That T880MP8 For There Next Soc.

posted on 13 Sep 2015, 09:36

50. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


That would make gpu game intresting.

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