MediaTek teases upcoming Helio X30: 10nm 10-core chip


Chip maker MediaTek is known for offering system chips that offer tremendous value for the money and it's no wonder that most affordable phones these days - especially ones coming from China - come equipped with its SoCs.

Today, we're hearing more details about one of the most important upcoming chips from MediaTek: the Helio X30. The MT Helio X30 is a deca-core (that's 10 cores, in case you were wondering) chip that is expected to be built on the advanced 10nm manufacturing process. The information is a tease coming from MediaTek chief operating officer Zhu Shangzu.

The COO also mentions that the new Helio X30 system chip will likely support LTE carrier aggregation and feature a modem with Category 10-12 LTE. On the graphics end, an Imagination-made GPU is in the cards.

The rest remains speculation at this point in time, but expectations are for the Helio X30 to be available on devices shipping early next year.

Rumors - but not official information - also mention that it's possible for the Helio X30 to feature two high-performance Cortex A73 CPU cores, as well as two additional quad-core clusters using Cortex A53s with one cluster clocked a bit higher than the other. Rumors also mention support for up to 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM and even dual cameras.

source: EET (translated)

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30 Comments

2. KingSam

Posts: 1421; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Isn't the A9 14 and 16nm respectively? What are you trolling about its clear you know nothing about CPU. Meanwhile it's good to see an imagination GPU instead of the Mali crap. Their better chips always had power vr GPUs

13. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Too bad that Mali crap is more battery friendly than PowerVR.

24. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Complain to every Oems to use a bigger higher Mah battery, then you can ditch the weak Mali, and replace it with PoweVr.

28. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

and to make decent pricing? it's easy to "create" dream device but expect not-so-dreamy price.

6. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

This chip will totally kill the 10-core 1700$ 6950X. After all, 10 nm is better than 14 nm.

8. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Adding more transistors to a processor doesn't automatically make it faster. Increased path length == slower clock rate. Adding more transistors will increase the path length. Any increase has to be used valuable or it'll cause an increase in cost, heat, energy, but a decrease in performance. You can of course always add more cores. Why don't they do this? Well, they do. Lmfao 10nm crap and slow to 14nm.

10. sarcastic_nerd unregistered

Wait, you think I was serious?

27. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Maybe you should slap your username on his face for him to realize?

9. dimas

Posts: 3335; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Meh. Still gonna get owned by quad core snapdragon and exynos.

11. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Leave crapdragon, Slowdragon. Every Snapdragon phones I had, we're slow comparing it to SPEEDY POWERFUL EXYNOS. my Z5 throttles like crap.

14. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Dude, you are seriously wacked as far as your knowledge of SoCs is concerned. It was a perfect storm of unfortunate events that lead to the mess that was the 810. All that nonsense you sweet spewing up top about 22nm being better than 14/16nm and powerful this and that shows just how little you know. Mobile is mobile, and we've already reached an era where the SoCs themselves are strong enough. The OEMs and developers need to get their act together, because this is where the slowdowns are occurring--not in the hardware.

19. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

he's just some recently banned troll.. he's 22days here and already make 267 posts

22. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Now, as the fab size decreases, the "efficiency" of the CPU increases. So, if we assume two processors which are designed exactly the same except that one of them is scaled down to 14nm while the other is at 28nm, the 14nm processor will be able to: Perform at least as fast as the higher fab size CPU; Do so using less power; Do so while dissipating less heat; Do so using a smaller volume in terms of the physical size of the chip. Generally, when companies like Intel and the ARM-based chip manufacturers (Samsung, Qualcomm, etc) decrease fab size, they also tend to ramp up the performance a bit. This puts a hamper on exactly how much power efficiency they can gain, but everyone likes their stuff to run faster, so they design their chips in a "balanced" way, so that you get some power efficiency gains, and some performance gains. On the other extremes, they could keep the processor exactly as power-hungry as the previous generation, but ramp up the performance a lot; or, they could keep the processor exactly at the same speed as the previous generation, but reduce the power consumption by a lot. And by the way, the username says: iBend, majority of the time you bash Apple. And also use grammar and punctuation.

30. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Again, the OEMs. There's no need to keep clocking up like they do. Gain the advantages of a fab by leaving clocks as is...they'll use less power, go a bit faster, AND make less heat.

18. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Nexus 6p also using Snapdragon 810, without any overheating issue. Enjoy your iToy and shut up.

21. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Well, the 6P is still suspectable of overheating/throttling, as because of what some manufacturers used to prevent an issue is thermal paste directly on the board.

29. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

MTK is never to compete with flagships market. They specialized on win/win performance and not-so-battery-hungry SoC = midranger.

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

imagination's GPU? hopefully they didnt use more than 1 year old GPU... or they should just stick to T880 and make 8 or 12 core of it, or newer GPU and focus on vulcan support

25. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Since you love every efficiency, tell them to use Malimpt880mp16. Which then be clocked even lower at 420mhz.

26. davthom123

Posts: 120; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

this soc will be used in midrangers so why does every body keep comparing them with far more expensive soc's used in far more expensive smartphones

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