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Sony, LG, HTC, ZTE, Lenovo and Meizu reportedly interested in MediaTek's 10-core chip

Sony, LG, HTC, ZTE, Lenovo and Meizu reportedly interested in MediaTek's 10-core chip
According to a new report from Taiwanese publication Digitimes, smartphone manufacturers are lining up for MediaTek's 10-core Helio X20 chipset. 

Industry insiders quoted by the publication claim that manufacturers such as Sony, LG Electronics, HTC, Lenovo, Meizu, ZTE, Huawei, and Xiaomi, are all expected to include the 20nm-built MediaTek Helio X20 in some of their upcoming products.

MediaTek's chipset offerings are generally aimed at the entry-level and mid-range segments of the smartphone market, where the company has been able to increase its market share over the past years. With the new Helio line-up of mobile SoCs, however, MediaTek looks to expand into the high-end segment of the market, where the most profits are to be made.

The first product in the MediaTek Helio series was the Helio X10, a chip that makes use of an octa-core ARM Cortex-A53. More recently, the company announced its fastest chip to date, the Helio X20, a SoC that's said to be 40% faster than the X10 while consuming 40% less power. The CPU is a tri-cluster design that integrates a two ARM Cortex-A72 cores clocked a 2.5GHz, four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2GHz, and four additional Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.4GHz. The X20 also comes with a Mali-T800 GPU, which is said to be able to seamlessly power QHD displays.

MediaTek announced that Helio X20 sample units will start shipping in the second half of the year, meaning that we should expect to see the chip integrated in smartphones starting with the first quarter of 2016.

source: Digitimes

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posted on 15 May 2015, 11:01 1

1. gaming64 (unregistered)


Quallcom is in big doodie now.:~|

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:02 7

2. neela_akaash (Posts: 1117; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Mediatek is rising....

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:13 6

7. Ordinary (Posts: 2203; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Yep I love the competition, now its Exynos, Snapdragon and Mediatek (hopefully Intel also one day)

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:15 6

10. gaming64 (unregistered)


Dont forget Apple's Cyclone processors:D

posted on 15 May 2015, 13:13 2

20. UglyFrank (Posts: 1601; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Maybe when comparing performance but not when thinking about what will be in future android device

posted on 15 May 2015, 14:38 2

32. sintruder (Posts: 104; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


And nvidia

posted on 16 May 2015, 03:08

46. Simona (unregistered)


I said that long time ago ...

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:03 4

3. CAMBODIANPATRIOT (banned) (Posts: 226; Member since: 10 May 2015)


A9 chip will destroy all ;)

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:07 21

6. gaming64 (unregistered)


I wouldn't say destroy all but it will shine in single core performance. BTW, your retard level gone up, attention wh0*e

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:14 10

8. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


Mediatek's Helio X20 chipset is for upper mid range phones, not for flagships. So, please bring your junk A9 away from this article, or maybe you admit that your A9 chipset is worse than a mid range chipset?

posted on 15 May 2015, 13:43

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Too bad the A9 will sweep the floor in single core performance which matters the most. :(

posted on 15 May 2015, 13:53 5

23. marorun (Posts: 3361; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


To you maybe.. to me single core performance in a world thats more and more app use multicore is not important.

Also to me benchmark result is not important but a phone thats as a butter smooth UI with load of possibility and dont cost an arm is more important.

posted on 15 May 2015, 14:05

28. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10439; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Keep dreaming. Samsung is the only competitor Apple has. But please continue in believing this 10 core SoC will out perform the A8 chip, let alone A9.

posted on 15 May 2015, 21:38 1

38. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


A9 will without a doubt be faster then the Helio X20

posted on 16 May 2015, 06:54

49. robcar (Posts: 109; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)


Well, Helio is for random phones on the market. A9 is irrelevant because its only for Apple own products/iOs and they certainly optimize the benchmarks for it.

Helio will be of course faster with more cores activated and also a lot cheaper.

posted on 16 May 2015, 18:53

53. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


"Optimize the benchmarks" no apple doesnt do that and has never got caught cheating in benchmarks unlike other OEM's. Helio wont be faster because 98% of applications cant use all those cores as they are not coded and heavily multi threaded to do so.

Apples A8X already has a better GPU then the Helio X20 and surely the A9 will have a better GPU then the A8X so yeah...

posted on 15 May 2015, 12:39 4

17. Amiet (Posts: 37; Member since: 02 Apr 2015)


You do know that samsung make A9 chips..

People like you deserve high five on face with iron chair.

posted on 16 May 2015, 01:15 2

42. singhkaran9830 (unregistered)


Samsung just fabricates it.Its apple's architecture and samsung gets paid for only fabricating it.
People like you should correct your facts.

posted on 15 May 2015, 21:27 1

36. ibend (Posts: 3745; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


those dual-core A-72 still obciously better than dual-core A8 :P

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:23

11. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


I still think most flagships for next year will still carry SD. But we will see a lot of variants, mid and low range using chips from Mediatek.

posted on 15 May 2015, 12:09 1

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


Yeah since mediatek and Samsung can't mass product they're chipsets for everyone SD still still be an important player.

posted on 15 May 2015, 21:25 1

34. ibend (Posts: 3745; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


did you know that SD just "designer" in mobile processor? they didnt can produce any chipset, and did u know that Samsung is the one who will producing Snapdragon 820 ?

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:35

12. medicci37 (Posts: 1271; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Serves Qualcomm right for slacking

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:06 2

4. KENTOZ (Posts: 86; Member since: 03 Apr 2015)


Bad news for custom rom junkies

posted on 16 May 2015, 00:27

39. Settings (Posts: 1493; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


That's a thing of the past, MTK released sources for their kernels.

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:06

5. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 325; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


thats normal from these companies after great looses in sales they got because of SD810which was a big fail from a company that every smartphone company depends on (except samsung and apple) looks like qualcomm needs to work hard with its SD820 although i think it will be only on par with exynos 7420.

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:44

14. thegeneral7010 (Posts: 325; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


check this video and u will know how SD810 is a big fail even against SD801
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFpkPjl9U98

posted on 15 May 2015, 13:57

25. marorun (Posts: 3361; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


Superior is the right word.

SD 820 will use custom core again and every SD with custom core was superior to exynos of same generation only the SD 810 use stock arm core.

posted on 15 May 2015, 14:01

27. AppleCultist (banned) (Posts: 335; Member since: 18 Feb 2015)


The next Exynos will use custom cores as well.

posted on 16 May 2015, 03:06 1

45. alex3run (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Exynos 5410 destroyed QS600.
Exynos 5420 was on par with QS800.
E5422 and 5430 were slightly faster than QC801.
E5433 destroyed QC805.

Qualcomm's cores are superior? A nice joke ;)

posted on 16 May 2015, 06:14

47. singhkaran9830 (unregistered)


Exynos 7420 destroyed QS810

posted on 16 May 2015, 07:08

50. alex3run (Posts: 710; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Both of them are pure ARM Cortex implementations that's why I didn't mention them.

Seems that the problem of Snapdragon 810 is GPU which has far too big TDP on 20 Nm. The CPU isn't the main reason of overheating.

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:15 1

9. shiftt (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 May 2015)


Bye Qualcomm.

posted on 15 May 2015, 11:42

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


This chip is a mid range chip idk why anyone would wont it, unless it produces amazing battery life.

posted on 15 May 2015, 12:30

16. fonelover (Posts: 193; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


Helio X20 doesn't support LPDDR4 RAM, how can it cover high end segment?

posted on 15 May 2015, 13:34 1

21. Canaan (Posts: 329; Member since: 25 May 2014)


Is LPDDR4 even that much of an improvement? I've seen video comparisons between the Galaxy S5(LPDDR3) and Galaxy S6 (LPDDR4) and both were on par in terms of speed, only difference was that the S6 did not stutter with extended use, but that's attributed more to its revamped touchwiz than to the LPDDR version its using.

posted on 15 May 2015, 13:54

24. marorun (Posts: 3361; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)


DDr speed is important but not as much as the amount of it you have.

So no in mobile case its not a game changer.
In server case it is.

posted on 15 May 2015, 13:57 1

26. ph00ny (Posts: 1193; Member since: 26 May 2011)


um memory bandwidth has huge implication on both CPU performance and GPU

posted on 16 May 2015, 00:44

41. elitewolverine (Posts: 5111; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Only if a game/app uses it. Which because of frag it wont. Well maybe it will. It would need to be a big game studio and advertise that this phone was made to power this type of game. But if your putting your phone through that kind of paces, watch out battery.

posted on 16 May 2015, 18:57

54. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Or if your pushing a quad hd display and beyond, most certainly you need the bandwidth to push quad hd and beyond smoothly, yhat is why the Snapdragon 805 had been only found in quad hd displays devices and has a 128 bit wide memory interface with LPDDR3 ram giving the 805 about 25.6 GB/s of bandwidth, most of that going to the Adreno 420 as the Krait 450 cores are not starved for bandwidth

Snapdragon 800/801 uses LPDDR3 ram too but with a 64 bit memory interface only so roughly only like 12.6 GB/s

posted on 16 May 2015, 19:15

55. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Or unless you have a powerful gpu and are above the 12 gb/s bandwidth mark you could run quad hd displays smoothly. Something like the mali 7 series with a good configuration and adreno 420 and up can run a quad hd display smoothly

posted on 15 May 2015, 21:26

35. ibend (Posts: 3745; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


it doesnt.. this mediatek only cover mid-end class

posted on 15 May 2015, 12:40

18. carlemillward (unregistered)


I do not think that they will use this for their flagships in the States and the EU, maybe for an alternative high range device or an Asian flagship device. Qualcomm will still be their main supplier until they are on even levels of performance.

posted on 15 May 2015, 13:09 2

19. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 778; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Lol seems everyone is on panick, while Samsung with its Exynos, is just grabbing popcorn

posted on 15 May 2015, 14:32

29. jove39 (Posts: 1823; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


x20 will compete with S620 not S820. And I'd rather buy a iphone than buying phone with mediatek soc.

posted on 15 May 2015, 14:37

30. vuyonc (Posts: 990; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


$300 midrangers with near Galaxy Note 4 level power and efficiency? Yes please! Competition is good. Qualcomm, wake up and go custom!

posted on 15 May 2015, 14:37 1

31. vuyonc (Posts: 990; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


$300 midrangers with near Galaxy Note 4 level power and efficiency? Yes please! Competition is good. Qualcomm, wake up and go custom!

posted on 16 May 2015, 06:15

48. singhkaran9830 (unregistered)


"$300 midrangers with near Galaxy Note 4 level power and efficiency" You high?

posted on 15 May 2015, 17:51

33. carlemillward (unregistered)


I can imagine HTC and LG re-releasing the HTC M9 and LG G4 with Snapdragon 820.

posted on 15 May 2015, 21:37

37. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


S820 is without a doubt superior. Usually Throwing more cores at software does not = better performing software, UNLESS the application is heavily multi threaded and has heavy parralelization in which 95% of mobile applications do not and are not that capable yet, they only utilize 2-4 cores the most.

On desktop in which multi core processors have been around for almost a decade now, and alot of x86-64 software does NOT use more then 2-4 cores either, it gets quite difficult to get your software to play nice with all cores and that is why single core performance/IPC is and will always be very important. It is the staple of a good efficient architecture

posted on 16 May 2015, 00:32

40. Settings (Posts: 1493; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


I want to test that deca cores for my fart apps. Deyum! Who needs 10 effin cores?

posted on 16 May 2015, 02:32

43. Joshua9007 (Posts: 88; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


obviously, just to piss you off, lol... its a way to deliver everything in one package. The fuel efficiency when basic tasks are handled and the performance when needed. Is 10 the right number, maybe not, but until single core gets close to apple... more will be better.

posted on 16 May 2015, 19:16

56. miket1737 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Cortex A72 easily in range of A8 single core perf

posted on 16 May 2015, 02:40

44. P2theG1 (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


This product is aimed squarely at higher end mid range devices and not international flagships, expect to see it in a lot of Asian brand smartphones in Asian and Indian markets, like lower end variants of a flagship model.

posted on 16 May 2015, 08:59

51. Chuck007 (Posts: 1051; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Wow, those are some major partners. Color me impressed!

Hope this SOC delivers. Getting sick of Qualcomm.

posted on 16 May 2015, 10:04

52. Resiliant (unregistered)


This paired with Samsung going to their own chip will push Qualcomm to step it up a few notches. They will push the limits with the 818 chip. They next years will show who has it, and who will fail. My bt is Samsung is in major trouble in the next few years. My money is on Qualcomm, and nvidia

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