Last week, we told you about MediaTek's MT6797 SoC. This is part of the chipmaker's Helio X20 series, and features a deca-core CPU. The ten cores are set up with four ARM 1.4GHz Cortex-A53 cores, four 2GHz ARM Cortex-A57 cores and two 2.5GHz ARM Cortex-A72 cores. We did point out that the MT6797 has support for 993MHz LPDDR3 RAM and LTE Cat-6. This is behind Qualcomm and Samsung's support for 1600MHz LPDDR4 RAM and Qualcomm's support for LTE Cat-9.
Monday morning, some information leaked about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 818 SoC, which also will feature a deca-core CPU. This chip offers four low power cores (1.2GHz Cortex-A53), two mid-range cores (1.6GHz Cortex-A53) and four high-power cores (2.0GHz-Cortex A72). The Snapdragon 818 chipset is said to come with the Adreno 532 GPU and supports LPDDR4 RAM. It is built to handle LTE Cat-10 speeds and is produced using the 20nm process.
We would take this with a grain of salt until Qualcomm makes its first deca-core chip official. At that time, we should have a better idea when we might expect to see it under the hood of a new smartphone.
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